SBIR Grants for New Environmental Technologies

Everybody needs money to get their business off the ground, and this is truer than ever lately, with some of the traditional funding channels drying up or frozen.  A fair number of people contact me looking for funding opportunities, so I thought I would share this opportunity for small businesses to apply for SBIR grants from the EPA and NSF.  The information is from the National Center for Environmental Research at the EPA, forwarded by Byron Kennard, Executive Director of the Center for Small Business and the Environment in Washington DC. 

Expanded Funding for New Environmental Technologies

Nearly $200 million funding is currently available from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) for small businesses to grow, add workers, and expand into new markets.  This unique opportunity can be accessed by small businesses through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs at both agencies. Companies with fewer than 500 employees are eligible to apply to both EPA and NSF, although they can only accept funding from one source. The EPA’s SBIR Phase I solicitation opens on March 19, 2009, and closes on May 20, 2009.  A total of $70,000 is available in funding for each EPA Phase I award. The NSF’s SBIR Phase I solicitation is now open and will close on June 9, 2009.  Phase I funding is $150,000 per award.

For information on EPA environmental technology needs and application requirements, visit  For information on the NSF’s SBIR Program, visit the NSF Web site at:










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