Small Businesses: Advice And Money Dollars are available and deadlines are imminent for proposals to the Small Business Innovation Research program—plus, if you have already tried and failed, a couple of conferences might set you straight. SBIR, run by 11 participating federal agencies, funds research “of a high risk nature that may have excellent commercial potential.” Phase I SBIR awards—which range from $20,000 to $50,000 for a six-month effort—can be crucial sources of money for infant firms and, by establishing a company’s credibility, can often attract funding from other sources. Only businesses with 500 or fewer employees are eligible to apply. Department of Agriculture: September 1

Topics for which the USDA is soliciting research proposals include: plant production and protection; animal production and protection; and food science and nutrition.

The USDA expects to make about 25 awards averaging $50,000 each.

Public Health Service (includes NIH): August 15, December 15 Topics...

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