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
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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2013 EPA SBIR Factsheet (PDF) (1 pp, 59 K)
SBIR Project Search
The 2012 EPA SBIR solicitation is now closed. The next EPA SBIR Phase I solicitation is scheduled to open in June of 2013. See factsheet (PDF) (1 pp, 59 K) for more information about EPA and NSF SBIR Programs.
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