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NIFA Invests Nearly $18M for Small Business-Led Innovations | National Institute of Food and Agriculture – National Institute of Food and Agriculture

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KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 13, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced that it is doubling down on its small business innovation investments, extending almost $18 million in research funds to further develop transformative agricultural solutions.
NIFA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program funds these research projects, each of which proposes an innovative or disruptive solution across nine topic areas ranging from food science and nutrition to conservation of natural resources. The program targets early-stage projects in the private sector poised to deliver significant public benefits and strengthens the role of federal research and development in support of small businesses, many of which are owned by women or historically underserved populations.
“The projects we’re supporting with this new round of funding demonstrate scientific originality, technical feasibility and strong commercial potential,” said National Institute of Food and Agriculture Acting Director Dr. Dionne Toombs. “With this research, our small business partners are helping to solve some of our most vexing agricultural problems.”
About a quarter of the 28 grants announced today are going to woman- or minority-owned businesses across the country, from Hawaii to Michigan to Maine. Examples of these projects include:
View the complete list of the 28 funded Small Business Innovation Research projects:
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