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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.

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EPA Announces Support for Small Businesses to Bring Green Technology, Innovative Research to Marketplace/Small businesses in Calif., Del., Ga., Ill., La., Ohio, N.Y., and Tenn., to receive EPA funding
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy announced nine awards in eight states for small businesses to help them bring innovative green technologies to the marketplace. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy held a press call to announce the awards and reiterate the agency’s commitment to strengthening economic growth, supporting sustainable businesses, and combating the impacts of climate change.
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The SimpleWater company got their start as an EPA P3 team Local Water Woes, No More? Advancing Safe Drinking Water Technology
A group of former Berkeley student P3 Award winners now own a company called SimpleWater.  SimpleWater recently received a Phase One SBIR contract from EPA and aims to commercialize their Aresenic removal technology and bring their track record of success in Bangladesh and India to help Americans who may be at risk from arsenic exposure in their drinking water.
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buildingOS Lucid Provides Energy Reduction Software to DC Government
Earlier this year, Lucid, a 2014 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Small Business Innovation Research award recipient, announced that the District of Columbia (D.C.) government was using Lucid’s BuildingOS® software in order to reach an energy reduction target of 20 percent in 20 months.
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EPA Supporting Small Businesses by Advancing Sustainable and Innovative Products and Research/Twenty-one Businesses Receiving Funding to Strengthen the Economy and the Environment
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that 21 small businesses in 14 states are receiving funding from the EPA to develop and commercialize innovative, sustainable technologies to address current environmental issues . The agency’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is providing $2 million in funds to advance these innovative products and research.
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The 2014 Tibbetts Awards NanoMech, US EPA SBIR Award Recipient: 2014 Tibbetts Award Winner
NanoMech, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) award recipient in 2004 and 2005, received the 2014 Tibbetts Award for its coating technology, which can improve manufacturing processes by extending the life of tools used in automotive and aerospace industries.
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ecovative mushroom insulation Ecovative, US EPA SBIR Award Recipient: Innovation with Mushroom Insulation
US EPA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award recipient Ecovative, was recently highlighted for its work using mushroom roots, mycelium, to create insulation for buildings.
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Cambrian Ribbon Cutting Cambrian Innovation Blog
The next time you enjoy a cold, refreshing beer or glass of wine, you might also be helping the environment.
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U.S. EPA SBIR Company Receives Honor as a Top Ten Innovative Company for Energy by Fast Company Magazine
Recently reported in Fast Company Magazine, Okeanos Technologies, a U.S.  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program award recipient, is one of the 2014’s top 10 innovative companies for energy.
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U.S. EPA SBIR Company NEI Corporation: Self-Healing Coating Receives Patent
NEI Corporation, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program award recipient, has received a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trade Office for their self-healing, corrosion protection coating technology.
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ACTA Technology presents US EPA with copy of their patent
US EPA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awardee, ACTA Technology, presented James H. Johnson, Director of the US EPA National Center for Environmental Research, and April Richards, Program Manager of the US EPA’s SBIR Program, with a copy of their “Red Ribbon” patent. The presentation was a gesture of gratitude for their US EPA SBIR Phase I award, which led to the successful development of their patented technology.
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EPA SBIR Recipient -- Winner of the 2013 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards
Faraday Technology, a 2011 Environmental Protection Agency Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) recipient, was recently announced as a winner of the 2013 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards.
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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.
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SBIR LogoDeputy 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.
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Ecovative factory worker with packaging moldEcovative’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.
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SBIR LogoNanoMech’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.
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Materials Science 101: Molding Mushrooms
compostable wine packaging 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.
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EPA SBIR Awardees, Orono and Ecovative receive Tibbetts Awards at the White House
Orono Spectral Solutions & Ecovative Design 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.
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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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Defiant Technologies Hand-held Gas Chromatography Tool.  Image credit: defiant-tech.com 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.
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Faraday  Technology 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.
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