The USDA NIFA solicitation is out!
The United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture has released their 2015 Program Solicitation for Small Business Innovation Research Program - Phase I.
MTI is here to help companies submit competitive proposals! MTI also offers a Phase 0 KickStart grant to help defray the costs of writing an SBIR/STTR proposal and also free technical assistance to guide you through the proposal development process. For more information, see below and also contact Karen West at 207-845-2934, email@example.com
SBIR/STTR Three-Phase Program
Determines feasibility. Agencies award grants up to $150,000 for a six month SBIR project and one-year STTR project that explores the technical merit of an idea or technology. Applicants must submit a 25-page proposal in response to a specific agency topic. The proposal must articulate objectives, significance of the innovation, scope of work, and applicant qualifications. Recommended Timeline for Phase I Proposal Writing Process
Transfers innovation from the workbench to the marketplace. No SBIR/STTR funds support this phase, so an entrepreneur must pursue capital from the private sector or funding from other non-SBIR/STTR federal programs.
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The MTI has developed an SBIR/STTR Technical Assistance Program (TAP) to encourage entrepreneurs and small business to participate in the federal SBIR/STTR Program. Companies may receive pro-bono guidance and advice from the TAP team separate from, and in addition to the MTI SBIR/STTR funding programs. For more information contact Shane at 588-1018 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Business Accelerator Grants
The MTI Business Accelerator Grant is available to companies that have recently been chosen for a Federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I or Phase II grant. More information about the Business Accelerator Grant can be found here.