This webinar is designed to help small businesses and academic researchers better understand the different agencies that fund environmental technologies, and the fundamental goals of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.
The SBIR and STTR programs are one of the largest sources of funding for eligible U.S. small businesses [https://www.sbir.gov/faqs/eligibility-requirements] to develop innovative high technical risk technologies that have potential for substantial commercial or societal benefits.
The webinar is hosted jointly by the SBIR/STTR programs within the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Superfund Research Program (NIEHS SRP), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the United States Department of Agriculture. Hear agency experts —Heather Henry from NIEHS SRP; April Richards from EPA; Prakash Balan from NSF; and Charles Cleland from USDA — highlight the unique characteristics of each of their environmental funding options, details of their SBIR/STTR programs, and tips on how to develop a successful SBIR/STTR application. A majority of the time will be dedicated to a Q&A session at the end of the webinar.
The NIEHS SRP SBIR/STTR programs fund the development of innovative technologies for the detection and remediation of hazardous substances of relevance to Superfund.
The EPA SBIR program funds small businesses focused on technologies for the treatment of drinking water and wastewater; air quality sensors, filters, and pollution reduction; and innovative green manufacturing and green materials.
The NSF SBIR/STTR environmental programs fund any innovative technologies which have a significant, beneficial impact on the environment and enhance sustainability. Technologies include, but are not limited to, innovations in energy and bioenergy; biotechnology; separations; green chemistry-based products and byproducts; water conservation and reuse; agriculture; and chemical, food, and pharmaceutical processing.
The USDA SBIR program funds a broad range of innovative new technologies that reduce the adverse impact of agriculture on the environment and mitigate the adverse impact of the environment on agriculture. The focus includes reducing the impact of animal waste on air and water pollution, monitoring and remediation of pollution of surface and groundwater, and methods to measure and prevent soil erosion and soil contamination.