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SBIR Impact - June 2009

SBIR Impact is a quarterly newsletter for small businesses interested in the USDA-SBIR program and for institutions and organizations that support the small business community and rural America.


FY2010 Phase I Request for Applications

The FY10 Request for Applications (RFA) was released on June 10, 2009 with a closing date of September 3rd, 2009. Please check the Web site for more information.
All FY2010 proposals must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov and all attachments must be submitted in Portable Document Format (PDF).  Note that the registration process for submitting applications electronically can take as much as two weeks to complete, and registration must be finished prior to submitting an application. To complete the registration process, go to www.grants.gov and click on the “get registered link” under the applicants menu.  Applicants must allow additional time for electronic submission and plan ahead. It is recommended that applicants begin submitting their completed application at least one day prior to the deadline to allow for unforeseen problems or delays.

FY2009 Applications

FY09 Phase II reviews are complete and funding recommendations have been made. Project directors who submitted applications should have received word via phone or e-mail if their application was recommended for funding.  If you submitted a FY 2009 Phase II proposal and have not been informed about the status of your proposal, contact us at sbir@csrees.usda.gov. Information about the recommendation status of a proposal will only be made available to the project directors and/or authorized organizational officials. Information about new grantees will be posted on our abstracts page as soon as awards are made official, around September 1, 2009. We caution companies that have been recommended for an award about publicizing this information before the grant is made official. Grants are not official until a thorough administrative review of each recommended application is complete.

Abstracts for all the FY09 funded Phase I projects will soon be posted on the SBIR website.


: All new 2009 Phase I Project Directors (PDs) should have received an email from our office asking to RSVP for a Phase I kickoff webinar.  Please let us know if you have not received this email.  The purpose of this kickoff webinar is to provide new SBIR grantees with the information needed to successfully execute their grant. 

In 2008, the SBIR program provided an innovative commercialization training program to aid all Phase I grant recipients in the development of a commercialization plan. At this time the SBIR Program office is planning to offer this training again, however we are in the procurement stages to initiate the program in 2009.  Once this process is complete, staff from the SBIR Program office will notify all Phase I grantees with information on how to enroll in this program.  This is an optional program and is offered at no cost to the participants.

: As in past years, the USDA SBIR program is planning to initiate a Commercialization Assistance Training Program (CATP).  The CATP will include a 2 day workshop this fall and as dates are determined all FY09 Phase II recipients will be contacted regarding their participation in this program.  This is an optional program and is offered at no cost to the participants.


completed a Phase I project titled “Phage-mediated detection of Bacillus anthracis on deliberately contaminated fresh foods”. Dr. Schofield’s work focused on Bacillus anthracis, a causative agent of anthrax that is classed as a high priority agent for potential as a serious human pathogen and as a bioterrorist weapon. Since the prognosis of patients exhibiting clinical symptoms of anthrax is extremely poor, there is a critical need for rapid and sensitive detection methodologies following the deliberate release of B. anthracis in order to quickly implement public health measures. Results from this work were published in the April 2009 Journal of Applied Microbiology. 

Summit Seed, Inc. received a Phase II award in 2004 for a project called “Low cost processing of Cotton Byproducts for use as hydro mulch, an erosion control blanket and an annual bedding plant mulch”.  In the May 2009 edition of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) magazine “Agricultural Research” the technology was highlighted through a collaborative effort between ARS, Cotton Incorporated, Summit Seed Incorporated, and Mulch & Seed Innovations.  For more information on the technology and to read the article go to http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/AR/archive/may09/.

FY 2009 phase I grants were made official in June. Interim technical reports for these grants are due by the midpoint of the project in early October. These reports must be sent electronically to sbir@csrees.usda.gov in order for grant funds to be authorized beyond the initial 50 percent of the grant amount. For more information on reporting requirements, please see SBIR Grantee Resources on the website.


Quarterly Financial Reports (SF-272)

Reports are required even if you have not spent any grant funds during a given quarter. Failure to submit reports in a timely manner will result in a hold being placed on your Payment Management System (PMS) account with the Department of Heath and Human Services (DHHS), and you will not be able to withdraw funds until the delinquent report(s) has been submitted and the hold is lifted by the DHHS. USDA-SBIR program staff does not have access to this system and cannot remove any holds placed on the system by DHHS. If you have questions about these reports or need help in completing them, you can contact Vivian Hughes (vhughes@psc.gov or 301.443.9181) at PMS who handles the USDA-SBIR account.  Questions can also be sent to the general PMS help desk (PMSSupport@psc.gov).


Changes in Contact Information

Each grantee must provide the SBIR office with current contact information. Because correspondence between USDA-SBIR staff and grantees is conducted almost exclusively via e-mail, correct e-mail addresses are critical. Although maintaining this information is only explicitly required for the duration of the grant, we encourage all prior grantees to maintain contact with our office. Please send changes in contact information to sbir@csrees.usda.gov and include either the proposal or grant number for all projects to which the change applies.
Please note: e-mail addresses also need to be updated with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Payment Management System (see http://www.dpm.psc.gov/help/email_addresses.aspx).

Acknowledging SBIR Funding

Proper acknowledgement of CSREES funding in published manuscripts, presentations, and press releases is important for the success of the USDA-SBIR program. We specifically ask that you use the following language to acknowledge this support:
This project was supported by the Small Business Innovation Research program of the USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES), Grant Number (Insert Grant Number Here).

We strongly encourage you to acknowledge CSREES funding in interviews and articles that feature your company and work that has been supported through our program. This acknowledgement is beneficial for both the USDA-SBIR program and the companies with whom we partner.

Finally, we ask that you use the CSREES logo on your PowerPoint presentations or posters at meetings. Please contact sbir@csrees.usda.gov for a high quality image file of our logo.

Recent and Upcoming Meetings - SBIR Staff
Dr. Siva Sureshwaran will be presenting the USDA SBIR program at a joint meeting with the High Technology Development Corporation and the Hawaii Renewable Energy Development Venture in Hawaii June 22 - 23, 2009.


Pete Burfening
8.3 Animal Production and Protection

Dr. Charles Cleland
8.1 Forests and Related Resources
8.4 Air, Soil and Water Resources
8.7 Aquaculture
8.12 Small and Mid Size Farms

Dr. William Goldner
8.2 Plant Production and Protection – Biology
8.8 Biofuels and Biobased Products
8.13 Plant Production and Protection – Engineering

Dr. Richard Hegg
8.11 Animal Manure Management

Dr. S. Sureshwaran
8.6 Rural and Community Development
8.9 Marketing and Trade

Dr. Dionne Toombs
8.5 Food Science and Nutrition


The USDA SBIR staff encourages feedback concerning this newsletter and, more broadly, the administration of the USDA SBIR program. We are committed to being responsive to the needs of applicants to the program and to those companies who have received USDA SBIR grants. Please send comments to sbir@csrees.usda.gov or call (202) 401-4995.


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