Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program

SBIR Funding Opportunities

SBIR solicitations currently open or planned for 2016 can be found below. The list may change periodically and should only be used as a guide to assist potential applicants. Please check back for updates or sign up to receive notifications of new funding opportunities. SBIR Listserv 

All forms necessary for completing an application are noted in the announcement and available to download. Funding Opportunities: How to Apply and Required Forms  

The draft topics below describe research priority areas for EPA’s SBIR program in 2016 - 2017. While the SBIR research topics may change from year to year, the list below provides a guide to the type and specificity of topics that will continue to be addressed in future solicitations.

Air and Climate

  • Inexpensive Indoor Formaldehyde Sensor
  • Low-cost Sensor for Fugitive Methane Emissions


  • Greener Manufacturing of Plastics
  • Greener Plastic Materials and Products

Toxic Chemicals

  • Cleaner Manufacturing Processes for Dyes, Paints
  • Technologies to Help Consumers Understand the Chemical Composition of Products


  • Non-Reverse Osmosis Desalination Units for Small Communities
  • Non-Toxic Coatings for Water Pipes that Prevent Biofilms, Corrosion, Scaling and Leaching
  • Simple Lead Test for Tap Water

Water and Homeland Security

  • Water Pipes that Prevent Biofilms, Corrosion and Scaling

Greener Buildings

  • Non-Toxic Interior Construction Materials
  • Greener Exterior Construction Materials

2016 SBIR Open Solicitations

There are currently no open SBIR solicitations. 

Notice of Intent

  • 2017 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR): Phase I - August 2016