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SBIR Impact - February 2011

SBIR Impact is an annual newsletter for small businesses interested in the USDA-Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and for institutions and organizations that support the small business community and rural America.


Phase I applications, submitted at the September 2, 2010 deadline, are undergoing peer review. Applications have been assigned and sent to reviewers, and panels will meet in January, February and March. Final funding recommendations will be made in mid-March, with notifications to companies being made shortly thereafter. Grants will become official on or around May 1, 2011 provided that the recommended companies successfully complete the NIFA administrative review. The next USDA Phase I solicitation is anticipated to open in June of 2011 with the application deadline tentatively scheduled for early September 2011.

This program solicitation is for prior USDA SBIR Phase I projects that are eligible to apply for Phase II funding.  The deadline for Phase II applications is March 1, 2011.  All applications must be submitted electronically via Grants.gov by 5 p.m. eastern time.  In addition, all potential applicants must complete the required registration process prior to submitting their application.  This process can take up to one month; therefore, any companies that have not yet begun this process need to do so immediately.  Information on the registration can be found on the Organization Registration pages of Grants.gov. If you have any questions about submitting an application for this submission please contact our office by sending an email to sbir@nifa.usda.gov.


Biogas & Electric, LLC received a USDA SBIR Phase I grant in 2010 to develop demonstrate the efficacy of a novel low cost approach to scrubbing NOx emissions from biogas exhaust generated by gas turbines at anaerobic digestion facilities on many dairy farms.  The goal of the proposed research is to prove efficacy in the lab of Biogas & Electric LLC’s novel low cost approach to scrubbing NOx emissions from biogas exhaust.  While many NOx reduction methods exist, they all require a large capital expenditure on behalf of the dairy or developer. Biogas & Electric LLC’s proposed research could lead to the development of a low cost NOx removal system that could be the tipping point in anaerobic digester affordability for many California based dairies.
Biogas & Electric, LLC received the first annual $100K Think Green® prize in the 2010 Rice University Business Plan Competition that was sponsored by Waste Management, Inc., North America’s largest waste and environmental services company. The Think Green® investment prize is designed to spur new approaches in the clean technology, recycling and renewable energy sectors. For more information about the Biogas & Electric, LLC, visit http://biogasandelectric.com.  

Hudson Simulation Services, LLC is a current Phase I awardee that is developing a prototype mobile simulation platform to be fielded and used for training and research in the rural region of Northeastern New York.  The program will introduce advanced simulation training to the region and assist with the development of local emergency medical trainers. This focused simulation training effort can equip EMS providers with timely training that will raise both their competence and confidence levels in emergency response skills.  Recently the project director of Hudson Simulation Services was featured in the press for contributing to an emergency response drill in Stony Creek New York.  The drill involved using a remote controlled mannequin with interactive features to help simulate a medical crisis and provide feedback on emergency technicians’ response efficacy.  The data generated from this drill will be used to gauge the feasibility of introducing this type of training in rural communities, and to help small rural emergency squads with retention and recruitment by providing upgraded training experiences and boost emergency care in rural communities.  For more information visit http://www.hudsim.com/.

USDA SBIR Staff encourages all grantees to review the terms and conditions that were provided in the grant paperwork.  Within the terms and conditions are the requirements for completing your grant, including deliverables and how funding is disbursed.  If you cannot locate the terms and conditions in your package you can download a copy at the Grantee Resources page.

Proper acknowledgement of NIFA funding in published manuscripts, presentations, and news releases is critical 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 (SBIR) program of the USDA National Institute of Food & Agriculture (NIFA), Grant Number (Insert Grant Number Here).”

We strongly encourage you to acknowledge NIFA funding in interviews and articles that feature your company, as well as work that was supported through our program. This acknowledgement is beneficial for both the USDA SBIR program and the companies with whom we partner.

This year’s Phase I commercialization training program was a great success.  Participant feedback indicated that the information will help to develop a concise commercialization plan for Phase II application submission.  The USDA SBIR program is planning to continue this training in the future and as more information is available it will be highlighted in the SBIR Impact newsletter and via emails to Phase I grantees. 

The USDA SBIR program has partnered with Larta Institute, a premier commercialization assistance organization, to develop and implement the USDA-Commercialization Assistance Training Program (USDA-CATP) for 2010 Phase II projects.  With Larta’s help, Phase II awardees will be able to develop a commercialization strategy as they further develop their technology, process or product. 

Information about the USDA-CATP will be sent to all 2010 Phase II awardees after they are awarded.  For further information please contact the USDA SBIR program at sbir@nifa.usda.gov or Ms. Constanza Pachon of Larta Institute at 213.538.1451 or cpachon@larta.org.

Dr. Charles Cleland will represent the USDA SBIR program at the 2011 National SBIR/STTR Spring Conference to be held April 10 - 13, 2011 in Madison, WI.  For more information go to http://www.wisconsinsbir.org.

Mr. Scott Dockum will represent the USDA SBIR program at the 241st American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting & Exposition to be held March 27 - 31, 2011 in Anaheim, California.  For more information go to http://portal.acs.org/portal/acs/corg/content.


Dr. Charles Cleland

  • 8.1 Forests and Related Resources
  • 8.4 Soil, Water and Soils
  • 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

Dr. Adele Turzillo

  • 8.3 Animal Production and Protection

Scott Dockum

  • General SBIR Program Support


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@nifa.usda.gov or call (202) 401-4995.


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