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Special Announcements
  • The next EPA SBIR Phase I solicitation is scheduled to open in summer 2015. Draft 2015 topics for proposals include:

    Air and Climate
    • Lab-on-a-chip sensors for organic pollutants in homes
    Integrated Cookstove-Heating-Electricity Generation for Small Homes
    • Integrated cooking, heating, and electric power generation
    • Non-toxic and biodegradable plastics
    Toxic Chemicals
    • Less toxic coatings
    • Resource and/or Energy Recovery
    Building Materials
    • Innovative Construction Materials
    Homeland Security
    • Decontamination of railroad and subway cars
  • An Informational Webinar will be held prior to the Opening of the Solicitation


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

EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research team at the conference. EPA Blog: Seeding Environmental Innovation
April Richards, program manager for EPA’s SBIR program, shares her experiences at the 2015 National SBIR/STTR Conference and meeting environmental entrepreneurs. [Read More]

Microlith® Reactor prototypes and hot vibration operation U.S. EPA SBIR Award Recipient Receives 2015 Tibbetts Award
Precision Combustion Inc. (PCI), a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award recipient in 1990, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2013 and 2014, received the 2015 Tibbetts Award for developing and manufacturing advanced performance catalytic reactors and systems for energy, defense and environmental applications.[Read More]

On our Seeding America’s Future Innovations tourEPA Blog: On the Road from Cajun Country to the Heartland to Seed Small Business Innovation Research
Greg Lank, mechanical engineer at EPA, highlights his travel and EPA’s participation in the “Seeding America’s Future Innovation” Small Business Administration bus tour for the SBIR and STTR programs. [Read More]

Life Cycle SBA blog :  EPA SBIR -- The Small Program with the Big Mission – February 2015
Javier Saade, Associate Administrator of the SBA, talks about EPA’s SBIR program as “the small program with the big mission” in protecting human health and the environment with a focus on supporting companies whose ideas are launched from a foundation of life cycle assessment. Read More

TWO EPA SBIR Companies LAUNCH Their Green Technologies – January 2015
Two former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Small Business Research (SBIR) awardees were among ten finalists chosen to be part of the LAUNCH System Challenge: Green Chemistry forum, held January 23 and 24 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL.

ANDalyze Inc. (formerly DzymeTech Inc.), a 2007 EPA SBIR awardee, was recognized for the development of a product that performs rapid and accurate on-site readings of heavy metal concentrations in water. Grow Plastics LLC, a 2014 awardee, has created a technology for the production of low cost, low material bioplastic products that perform better than their oil-based counterparts.

LAUNCH is an open innovation platform that was founded in 2010 by NASA, NIKE, The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and The U.S. Department of State to identify and foster breakthrough ideas for a more sustainable world.

For more information on ANDalyze Inc. SBIR awarded technology - Development of a Reliable, Low-Cost and User-Friendly Spot Test Kit for Leaded Paint and Dust Based on Recent Advances in Bionanotechnology
For more information on ANDalyze Inc. – ANDalyze Inc. exit EPA
For more information on Grow Plastics LLC SBIR awarded technology - Process Development for Sandwich Core Structure PLA Thermoformed Objects
For more information on Grow Plastics LLC – Grow Plastics LLC exit EPA
For more information on LAUNCH – LAUNCH.org exit EPA

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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