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CEREO June 2018

EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program

Open Date: June 13, 2018 – July 31, 2018

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the release of its 2018-2019 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I Solicitation to develop innovative technologies that will help protect human health and the environment.
EPA is calling for small businesses to apply for Phase I awards up to $100,000 to demonstrate proof of concept in the following topic areas: clean and safe water, air quality, land revitalization, homeland security, manufacturing, sustainable materials management and safer chemicals. See the full solicitation posted on FedConnect to learn more about these topic areas, view specific subtopics for each area, and access instructions on how to apply.
EPA is one of 11 federal agencies that participate in the SBIR program enacted in 1982 to strengthen the role of small businesses in federal research and development, create jobs, and promote U.S. technical innovation from conception to commercialization. EPA’s SBIR funding boosts local economies by supporting small businesses and creating jobs. This funding also supports technologies aimed at creating cleaner manufacturing materials and better infrastructure in communities. Successful Phase I companies are eligible to apply for Phase II funding, which awards up to $300,000 for two years with a commercialization option of up to $100,000, to further develop and commercialize their technologies
All applications must be submitted through FedConnect. For more information on eligibility, application process and the SBIR program, visit the EPA SBIR website at

Missed the June 11, 2018, informational webinar on how to apply for the 2018-2019 EPA SBIR Phase I Solicitation? View the presentation slides on EPA’s SBIR Website.

The EPA SBIR Program is part of EPA’s Sustainable and Healthy (SHC) research program.

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Spend 12 weeks in DC as a Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellow

Applications are now open for the 2019 Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship!

In this 12-week program, early-career individuals are placed in different divisions within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, DC—including the Gulf Research Program. Fellows gain hands-on experience in science and technology policy while learning about the role scientists and engineers play in advising the nation.

Interested in being a Mirzayan Fellow for the Gulf Research Program? If you’re a graduate student or recent graduate whose studies are relevant to our program initiatives, consider applying! Meet our past Mirzayan Fellows to learn more about their backgrounds and the careers they’ve chosen to pursue after their fellowships.

Learn more about the Mirzayan Fellowship

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational and Applied Science Program supports grants in six AFRI priority areas to advance knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. The six priority areas are: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. Research-only, extension-only, and integrated research, education and/or extension projects are solicited in this Request for Applications (RFA). See Foundational and Applied Science RFA for specific details.

• Agricultural Microbiomes in Plant Systems and Natural Resources – Letter of Intent required: Letter of Intent Deadline – July 18, 2018
• Agricultural Biosecurity Coordination Network – Letter of Intent required: Letter of Intent Deadline – July 24, 2018
• Food and Agriculture Cyberinformatics Tools (FACT) – Letter of Intent required: Letter of Intent Deadline – July 25, 2018
• Critical Agricultural Research and Extension (CARE) – Letter of Intent required: Letter of Intent Deadline – July 25, 2018
Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-AFRI-006609
Estimated Total Program Funding: $182,000,000

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