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    Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
    Outreach Training and Technical Assistance Program

    A collaborative training and outreach effort between the
    Regional Rural Development Centers and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
    to increase awareness and understanding of USDA's SBIR grant program.

    About

    The Small Business Innovation Research Program at USDA provides unique opportunities for the nation's small businesses to apply for and receive federal monies for research and development to support high quality, advanced concepts related to important scientific problems in agriculture and other endeavors that could lead to significant public benefits.

    The SBIR Outreach Training and Technical Assistance Program provides informational and training webinars for Cooperative Extension and other agency personnel to successfully guide SBIR applicants through the proposal writing and submission process.

    Hear from a Successful SBIR Applicant

    We are pleased to introduce you to Agenor Mafra-Neto, an innovative small business owner and recipient of multiple SBIR awards. Dr. Mafra-Neto, of ISCA Technologies, graciously took time via Skype to tell us a bit about his business, one of the issues he addressed in a SBIR Phase I proposal and its solution, and offered his advice to SBIR applicants. Watch now.

    Recorded Webinars

    This webinar series is designed to assist individuals and organizations in their efforts to secure SBIR resources to further the development of small business activities that demonstrate potential for commercialization. This webinar series provides an overview of the the USDA SBIR Program and eligibility requirements, tips on navigating Grants.gov, the SBIR application process, steps for developing your idea, and resources for developing a strong proposal.

    This webinar provides an introduction to the SBIR Outreach Training and Technical Assistance Program including an overview of the USDA SBIR Program and eligibility requirements. The webinar will also include an introduction to the forthcoming online curriculum that will provide information on developing a business idea that is appropriate for SBIR funding, and help on preparing and submitting a proposal for possible SBIR funding.

    Presented by Scott Dockum, SBIR/COR, USDA NIFA
    Wednesday, August 10, 2016
    Watch the webinar: http://nifa-connect.nifa.usda.gov/p9gai3vbinh/
    PowerPoint Slides (PDF): SBIR Introduction

    This webinar answers these important questions: What is the Small Business Innovation Research Program? Am I eligible to apply? What's in it for me? What is the application process? What are the qualities of a strong proposal?

    Presented by: Scott Dockum, SBIR Program Coordinator/COR, USDA NIFA
    Tuesday, August 23, 2016
    Watch the webinar: http://nifa-connect.nifa.usda.gov/p5acml9w9n7/
    PowerPoint Slides (PDF): SBIR Module One

    In this webinar we'll discuss how to develop your idea by identifying the opportunity/problem, a potential solution, and gaining the support of others. In addition, this module covers SBIR Topic Areas, literature review, research design, and determining the commercialization potential of your idea.

     

    Presented by: Scott Dockum, SBIR Program Coordinator/COR, USDA NIFA
    Tuesday, August 30, 2016
    Watch the webinar: http://nifa-connect.nifa.usda.gov/p409peza7am/
    PowerPoint Slides (PDF):
    SBIR Module Two

    You've developed your idea, now what? This webinar will shed light on the grant writing process, preparing your proposal for submission, and the steps for submitting your application.

    Presented by: Scott Dockum, SBIR Program Coordinator/COR, USDA NIFA
    Tuesday, September 6, 2016
    Watch the webinar: http://nifa-connect.nifa.usda.gov/p9i2b2sn1jd/
    PowerPoint Slides (PDF): SBIR Module Three

    Team

    Don Albrecht, Project Coordinator, Western Rural Development Center
    Scott Dockum, SBIR Program Coordinator, USDA NIFA
    Bren Elrod, National Program Leader, USDA NIFA
    Roberto Gallardo, Mississippi State University (Southern Region)
    José Garcia-Pabon, Washington State University (Western Region)
    John Mann, Michigan State University (North Central Region)
    Winifred McGee, Pennsylvania State University (Northeast Region)
    Betsy Newman, Western Rural Development Center


    Questions

    Please contact the Project Leader with your questions.
    Don Albrecht -Director
    Western Rural Development Center
    don.albrecht@usu.edu
    435-797-9731


    Funding

    The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Outreach Training and Technical Assistance Program is a collaborative agreement between the Regional Rural Development Centers and USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of the USDA's SBIR grant program. This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 200576-00001.