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SBIR Impact - April 2013

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 panels are complete and funding recommendations have been made based on a projected FY13 budget. At the time of this newsletter, USDA SBIR selected 10% of the projects recommended for funding to be awarded.  This decision was based on the delay of the FY13 budget appropriations.  USDA SBIR is currently waiting to determine the total FY13 budget and once in place a decision will be made to determine if additional projects can be funded.  In past years the USDA SBIR program funded approximately 15% of the proposals that were submitted and reviewed. 

Project directors who submitted proposals will receive word via phone or e-mail about their status of their proposals and whether it is one of the proposals that could be funded once the budget is determined. If you submitted a FY 2013 Phase I application and have not been informed about the status of your proposal, contact the SBIR program office at sbir@nifa.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, early June. 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 proposal is complete.

The next USDA-SBIR Phase I Solicitation is tentatively scheduled to be released June 2013, with an expected closing date of September 26, 2013. All FY2014 proposals must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov. Note that the registration process for submitting applications electronically can take as much as one month to complete, and registration must be finished prior to submitting a proposal. If you intend to submit an application, you need not wait until the solicitation is published and can begin the registration process immediately.


KickinKitchen.TV:  Even in the throes of a heated run to the playoffs couldn’t keep Boston Celtics Forward Jared Sullinger from taking time out to join the cast of KickinKitchen.TV in late March to promote nutrition and wellness among youth. Sullinger joined KickinKitchen.TV co-stars Reyna and Stacy and about 20 teens from Massachusetts to enlighten them on how to be winners, both on and off the court. He also shared his personal triumphs with weight challenges and provided insights on how to be comfortable in your own skin at any age.
During his time with KickinKitchen.TV, Sullinger grabbed the whistle and took the group through a series of calisthenics, demonstrating some of his favorite stretching routines. He even tried his hand at directing, yelling, "speed" and "action". The day ended with Sullinger leading the cast in a toast to being healthy with ice cold cups of H2O, followed by closing snack of fruit!

The Sullinger Video will become part of KickinKitchen.TV's Television and Web Series, as well as a segment in the KickinKitchen.TV Healthy Eating and Active Lifestyles Curriculum to be implemented and tested in MA public schools in the Fall/Winter of 2013. For more information on KickinKitchen.TV, visit them at www.KickinKitchen.TV.

Clean Plus Inc. The company newest product in its line of industrial cleaning solutions designed to absorb oil and other liquids from floors is Drip Trap Absorbent Granules. While other companies offer similar industrial cleaning solutions, most are made from clay and chemical compounds. The difference in Clean Plus Inc.’s product is that main ingredient of its granules are corn stocks; a byproduct of many farms in Minnesota and across the nation.

Clean Plus Inc. was featured in the January 2013 of issue of Enterprise Minnesota magazine. In the article, company president communicated the potential for the product by stating that it could eventually double Clean Plus Inc.’s business. For more information about Clean Plus Inc. and their products, visit them at http://www.cpidivisions.com.


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@nifa.usda.gov and include the proposal and grant number for all projects to which the change applies.

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 for Food and 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.


The Spring 2013 National SBIR Conference will be co-located with the National Innovation Summit and Showcase (NISS), at the Gaylord Convention Center, May 13-16, 2013 in National Harbor, MD. This event is structured to cater to everyone from the SBIR beginner to the veteran firm.  Both federal agency SBIR and Tech-Transfer offices will be participating.  At this Conference, representatives from all 11 federal agencies with SBIR programs will attend, in addition to other SBIR/STTR experts and trainers. Conference highlights include:

  • Presentations from all SBIR Agency Program Managers
  • Learn how to successfully submit competitive research proposals
  • Hear from government, industry and academic experts on successful commercialization strategies
  • Interact with SBIR Agency Program Managers, technology entrepreneurs, large company representatives, and researchers in Roundtable discussions, sessions and 1-on-1 meetings
  • Learn about cutting-edge opportunities in defense, agriculture, energy, and health/medicine
  • Optional pre conference workshops on SBIR Phase I, Phase II and licensing and commercialization

Conference Agenda and registration details can be found at:



Dr. Charles Cleland
8.1 Forests and Related Resources
8.7 Aquaculture
8.12 Small and Mid Size Farms

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

Dr. Shing Kwok
8.2 Plant Production and Protection – Biology

Mary Ann Rozum
8.4 Soil and Water Resources
Dr. Suresh Sureshwaran
8.6 Rural and Community Development

Dr. Jodi Williams
8.5 Food Science and Nutrition

Dr. Adele Turzillo
8.3 Animal Production and Protection

Elden Hawkes
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.


To receive email notification of future USDA SBIR newsletter releases, send a message to sbir@nifa.usda.gov and type subscribe SBIR in the subject line.

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