SBIR Success Stories and Highlights
EPA Awards More Than $3M to Small Businesses for Continued Development of Innovative Environmental Technologies (October 2022)
EPA announced over $3.1 million in SBIR Phase II funding to eight small businesses to further develop and commercialize their innovative environmental technologies.
EPA Announces Funding for Small Businesses to Develop Innovative Environmental Technologies (December 2021)
EPA announced over $3 million in funding for 31 Phase I contracts with U.S. small businesses through its Small Business Innovation Research Program to develop technologies that will help protect human health and the environment.
EPA SBIR Supports Technologies to Monitor Air Quality from Wildland Fires (November 2021)
Three EPA SBIR-funded projects are seeking to improve air quality sensor technology to provide actionable information during wildland fire events.
EPA's SBIR Addresses Climate Change (September 2021)
Climate change is a clear threat to human and environmental health, so projects that address some of the many aspects of climate change are a major focus of EPA's SBIR support. Here we highlight six small businesses funded by the EPA SBIR program to develop and commercialize technologies to address climate change.
EPA's SBIR Support of PFAS Detection and Treatment (August 2021)
Because PFAS pose a risk to human and environmental health, projects that alleviate, reduce, or mitigate risk from PFAS are a major focus of EPA's SBIR support. The EPA SBIR program has funded seven small businesses that developed technologies to reduce harmful impacts of PFAS.
EPA's SBIR and Manufacturing: A Decade of Success (June 2021)
Through one focus area of SBIR, EPA calls for research proposals from small businesses focused on generating technology solutions that improve upon current methods and materials, both economically and environmentally. Over the past decade, EPA SBIR has supported numerous projects to develop and commercialize innovative technologies that will help improve manufacturing.
SBIR-STTR Success: Instrumental Polymer Technologies, LLC (May 2021)
Instrumental Polymer Technologies, LLC (IP TECH), a small business based in Westlake, California, is revolutionizing the polymer industry by developing environmentally friendly, low-cost polymers by imitating nature's Primary Production.
SBIR-STTR Success: GreenTechnologies, LLC (May 2021)
Through innovation, approaches have been developed to reduce waste and increase growth. Approaches that benefit both the environment and the economy simultaneously are incredibly valuable. GreenTechnologies, LLC, has developed such an approach, establishing a means to treat wastewater and reuse the extracted nutrients productively in its line of fertilizers.
EPA SBIR Small Business Receives 2020 Tibbetts Award (January 2021)
Each year, the U.S. Small Business Administration honors the best and brightest within the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program with Tibbetts Awards. This year, ASAT, Inc., an EPA-SBIR funded small business, was awarded a Tibbetts Award for their success and excellence.
EPA's SBIR and Homeland Security Programs: A Decade of Success (October 2020)
The EPA SBIR program has several focus areas, one of which is homeland security, intended as a complementary program to accompany EPA's Homeland Security Research Program. Through this research program, science and technology are mobilized to protect public health from both intentional and unintentional threats.
Supporting Small Businesses Through the EPA SBIR Program (August 2020)
Clean burning cookstoves, new biodegradable materials for packaging, software to promote energy efficient buildings, and environmentally friendly coatings for manufacturing: what do these technologies have in common? They were all developed with support from EPA's Small Business Innovation Research program.
EPA Funds Small Business to Develop Environmental Technologies (June 2020)
EPA announced ten Phase II contracts to small businesses to further develop and commercialize innovative technologies to protect the environment through EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.
EPA Announces Funding for Small Business to Develop Innovative Environmental Technologies (March 2020)
EPA announced $2.3 million in funding for 23 Phase I contracts with small businesses through its Small Business Innovation Research Program to develop technologies that will help protect human health and the environment.
EPA Awards Funding to Small Business to Commercialize Environmental Technologies (November 2019)
EPA announced $2.7 million in funding to nine small businesses for Phase II contracts to further develop and commercialize innovative technologies that protect the environment while growing the American economy.
U.S. EPA SBIR Award Recipient Receives 2015 Tibbetts Award (May 2015)
Precision Combustion, Inc. (PCI), a U.S. 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.
SBIR Success Stories
GVD Corporation - Safer Coatings for Molds Used in Manufacturing (PDF) (2 pp, 343 K)
With support from U.S. EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, GVD Corporation created a mold-release coating made of high-purity polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) that uses no organic solvents or PFOA. As a result, air quality is improved inside manufacturing facilities. (May 2013)
Green Building Studio, Inc. - Streamlining Green Building Design (PDF) (2 pp, 308 K)
With support from the U.S. EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, Green Building Studio, Inc., developed a web-based modeling tool to streamline the design of sustainable buildings. The Green Building Studio® web service helps designers and architects analyze water use in a building, eligibility of the LEED® daylight credit, renewable energy potential at the building site (using photovoltaic panels and wind energy), and the natural ventilation potential of the building. (April 2013)
Bridger Photonics - Handheld-Held Sensor for Carbon Dioxide (PDF) (2 pp, 310 K)
With support from U.S. EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, Bridger Photonics developed a mid-infrared laser for use in a remote CO2 sensor with high-range resolution for onsite CO2 monitoring and spatial mapping from a distance. The sensor will be used to spatially scan CO2 sequestration or industrial sites for leaks and emissions. (June 2012)
Ecovative Design, LLC - Renewable and Biodegradable Insulation and Packaging Materials (PDF) (2 pp, 368 K)
With support from U.S. EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, EcovativeDesign, LLC, (Ecovative) has developed two materials: MycoBondTM, a basic material to replace hydrocarbon-derived synthetics in packaging, insulation and structural cores, and GreensulateTM, an insulating application of MycoBondTM. These eco-friendly products can be used for high value packaging materials. (June 2011)