EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is one of 11 federal agencies that participate in the SBIR Program established by the Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982. EPA issues annual solicitations for Phase I and Phase II research proposals from science and technology-based firms. Phase II contracts are limited to small businesses that have successfully completed their Phase I contracts. [Read More]
Since its inception, EPA's SBIR Program has provided incentive funding to small businesses to translate their innovative ideas into commercial products that address environmental problems. View some of our most recent success stories.
SBIR in the News
Former Administrator William "Bill" Reilly visits SBIR Award Winner Cambrian Innovation
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award winner Cambrian Innovation received a visit from former EPA Administrator William "Bill" Reilly recently, to view first hand, Cambrian Innovation's deployment of their novel wastewater treatment system, EcoVolt.
Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe talks about the small business SBIR Phase II awardees
EPA's funding will support technologies ranging from an E-waste recycling process that will help recover valuable resources from industrial scrap to an environmentally friendly insulation that can support energy efficiency in green buildings.
Ecovative’s biodegradable styrofoam replacement business is mushrooming!
Ecovative Designs, a 2010 SBIR Phase 1 Award winner, was recently covered by CBS News because of its novel approach to creating biodegradable insulation and packaging materials. Ecovative uses agricultural waste and mushroom roots or mycelium to create a biodegradable replacement for styrofoam.
NanoMech’s TuffTek® coating receives prestigious R&D 100 Award
Nanomech, an EPA Small Business Innovative Research Program (SBIR) award recipient, has received R&D Magazine's R&D 100 Award for its TuffTek® coating technology for environmentally friendly cutting tool manufacture.
Materials Science 101: Molding Mushrooms
Your new TV or fancy bottle of wine came in a cardboard box that can be recycled, but thanks to a small, eco-friendly business, those white packing pieces that cushion and protect consumer goods inside boxes could go a step further in the product life cycle. Ecovative, located in New York, wants you to throw the packaging in your compost pile.
EPA SBIR Awardees, Orono and Ecovative receive Tibbetts Awards at the White House
Two of EPA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program awardees received Tibbets Awards at the White House. Orono Spectral Solutions and Ecovative Design were among the 21 recipients of this year’s Tibbets Awards. This prestigious award is presented to small businesses and individuals that are exemplary in their work and continue to illustrate the mission and goals of the SBIR and Small Business Technology Transfers programs.
2013 Spring National SBIR/STTR Conference
The presentation slides from the National SBIR Conference, May 14-16, are available for view and download.
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Smallest Hand-held Gas Chromatography tool is a Big SBIR Success
Defiant Technologies has developed a hand-held, portable device to detect and analyze VOCs in water, soil and air. The FROG- 4000™, a portable gas chromatography (GC) instrument, is constructed with miniaturized components used for analytical chemistry. The battery powered FROG-4000™ is the smallest and lightest GC system on the market today and provides onsite VOC analysis results in less than 10 minutes.
Faraday Inc. Develops New Durable Trivalent Plating Process
Faraday Technology Inc., an EPA 2011 SBIR winner, has developed a new trivalent chromium plating process. This new process avoids the use of toxic hexavalent chromium.
Colorado Senator Mark Udall Says Gevo is helping to solve US Renewable Energy Challenges
Senator Mark Udall, toured the Gevo facility in Englewood CO last month, and met with Gevo CEO Patrick Gruber, Ph.D. to see Gevo’s R&D as a provider of renewable chemicals and biofuels.
SBIR Seed Funding Helps Create Jobs
EPA's SBIR program issues small funding contracts through an annual research competition which opens in March. The small companies in turn use this seed funding to advance their research and leverage that investment to bring in other sources of funding such as venture capital.
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Video HighlightEcovative: Replacing Synthetic Foam with Biodegradable Packaging
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