Transforming Scientific Discovery into Commercial Products and Services

September 5, 2022

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Agricultural and farming images. Image from USDA SBIR/STTR Programs.

USDA Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer programs help researchers move their innovations from the laboratory into the commercial world.

On Friday, Sept. 9, at noon in person or online, Melinda Coffman, USDA SBIR program coordinator, will share topic opportunities and collaborations with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service. Join this great opportunity to learn about funding awards from the USDA!

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 technologies and enable the application of research advancements from conception into the market. The Small Business Technology Transfer program aims to foster technology transfer through formal cooperative R&D agreements between small businesses and nonprofit research institutions.

Projects dealing with agriculturally related manufacturing and alternative and renewable energy technologies are encouraged across all SBIR/STTR topic areas. USDA SBIR/STTR's flexible research areas ensure innovative projects consistent with USDA's vision of a healthy and productive nation in harmony with the land, air and water. The USDA SBIR/STTR programs have awarded over 2,000 research and development projects since 1983, allowing hundreds of small businesses to explore their technological potential, and providing an incentive to profit from the commercialization of innovative ideas. Click below for more SBIR/STTR information.

Register at AKICE-SEP9 or for more information, please contact Evelyn Jacomb at