Got a Great Aquaculture Idea?
Access over $700,000 in government funding to conduct R&D on your aquaculture innovation with an SBIR grant from the USDA.
SBIR/STTR Workshop: Preparing a USDA/NIFA SBIR Phase I Proposal
Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
University of Southern Maine’s Abromson Center, Portland, ME
Thursday, March 21, 2019, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Hutchinson Center, Belfast, ME
The Maine Technology Institute (MTI) and Maine EPSCoR are conducting a workshop to prepare Maine innovators and companies for the upcoming U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute on Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) solicitation. Phase I and II awards are for research and development that leads to new products, processes or services that enhance aquaculture or other areas of interest.
At this interactive workshop, SBIR expert Karen West and members of MTI’s Technical Assistance Program will discuss:
- USDA/NIFA topics and examples of previous awards
- How to write a compelling SBIR proposal
- How MTI programs can help you prepare your proposal
The workshop is free, but pre-registration is required. Lunch will be served.
About SBIR Proposals
The US Department of Agriculture’s National Institute on Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA) is one of 11 agencies participating in the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses can access over $700,000 to conduct research and development into their innovation that leads to new products, processes or services that enhances aquaculture or other areas of interest.
Small Businesses submit Phase I proposals to determine the feasibility of their idea – if selected for an award, can receive up to $100,000 for their research effort. Phase II is up to $600,000 for prototype development. The USDA SBIR solicitation will be announced in June and proposals will be due in October. Proposals are only accepted once each year.
MTI offers funding assistance to help defray the costs of writing the proposal, such as hiring a grant writer, obtaining market reports and paying subject matter experts for their input.
MTI also offers a pro bono Technical Assistance Program designed to guide your business through the proposal development process including experts in commercialization strategy, market research, and budget development.
SBIR Topics and Subtopics
- Aquaculture • Reproductive Efficiency • Genetic Improvement • Integrated Aquatic Animal Health Management • Improved Production Systems and Management Strategies • Algal Production Systems
- Small and Mid-Size Farms • New Agricultural Enterprises • Development of New Marketing Strategies • Farm Management • On Farm Natural Resources and Renewable Energy • Urban Farming
- Forests and Related Resources • Plant Production and Protection – Biology • Animal Production and Protection • Conservation of Natural Resources • Food Science and Nutrition • Rural and Community Development • Biofuels and Biobased Products • Plant Production and Protection — Engineering