Courtesy of NAA:
This notice identifies the objectives for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I projects, deadlines, funding information, eligibility criteria for projects and applicants, and application forms and associated instructions.
The USDA SBIR/STTR programs focus on transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial potential and/or societal benefit. Unlike fundamental research, the USDA SBIR/STTR programs support small businesses in the creation of innovative, disruptive technologies and enable the application of research advancements from conception into the market. The STTR program aims to foster technology transfer through formal cooperative R&D between small businesses and nonprofit research institutions.
Different from most other investors, the USDA SBIR/STTR Programs fund early or "seed" stage research and development that has a commercial potential. The programs provide equity-free funding and entrepreneurial support at the earliest stages of company and technology development.
Key differences between USDA’s SBIR and STTR programs include the percentage of research conducted by the nonprofit research institutions (e.g., Universities, Federal Laboratories) that requires a formal cooperative agreement detailing the allocation of intellectual property rights to carry out follow-on research, development, or commercialization activities for STTR applicants and the primary employment of the project’s principal investigator.
This request for applications is being released prior to the passage of an appropriations act for FY 2023. Enactment of additional continuing resolutions or an appropriations act may affect the availability or level of funding for these programs and may delay the start date of Phase I grants.
Aquaculture - Topic Area 8.7
The Aquaculture topic area funds research projects with the overall goal of leading to improved production efficiency and increased competitiveness of private sector, commercial aquaculture in the United States. This topic area aims to develop new technologies that will enhance the knowledge and technology base necessary for the expansion of the domestic aquaculture industry. Seafood production from the wild is under increased pressure due to overfishing, and therefore aquaculture is increasingly an important source of farmed seafood and an important contributor to food security. Studies on commercially important species of fish, shellfish and aquatic plants from both freshwater and marine environments are included. In this context, new technologies are needed to improve production efficiency, protect aquaculture species against disease, and ensure the quality of farmed seafood.
Aquaculture Key Information
Application Deadline: FY 2023, 5 P.M. Eastern, October 6, 2022
Grant Duration: 8 Months SBIR, 12 Months STTR
Anticipated Number of Awards: 6 Maximum
Award Amount: $175,000 or $181,500 with TABA
To address identified needs or constraints that limit U.S. aquaculture, the following are provided as examples of appropriate subtopics for research applications from small businesses, including, but not limited to, the following:
Other Key Information
Additional grant opportunities for aquaculture are embedded in other Topic Areas. For additional information or to apply, click here.
Contact Dr. Timothy Sullivan, National Program Leader for Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Research – Aquaculture, at Timothy.Sullivan@usda.gov or (816) 527-5434 regarding questions about the suitability of research topics or to arrange a telephone consultation.