Phase I & Phase II Solicitations

Below are links and information for USDA SBIR Program's Request for Applications (RFA) / Solicitations.

Small Business Innovation Research Program - Phase I

Phase I RFAs are generally released every year in June with due dates in October.

Small Business Innovation Research Program - Phase II

Phase II RFAs are generally released every year in December with due dates in February.

Perspective applicants are encouraged to review the USDA SBIR RFA to gain a better understanding of the SBIR Program. Please note the USDA SBIR RFA’s may be closed, however the RFA’s are still accessible for viewing and planning purposes.

Recorded USDA SBIR Application Webinar Series

This webinar series will provide an overview of the USDA SBIR program including eligibility requirements, tips on navigating, the SBIR application process, developing your idea, and resources for developing a strong proposal.  Presented by: Scott Dockum, SBIR Program Coordinator/COR, USDA NIFA

Module One - SBIR Overview - Small Business Innovation Research program? Am I eligible to apply? What’s in it for me? What is the application process? What are the qualities of a strong proposal?  PowerPoint Slides (PDF): SBIR Module One

Module Two - Developing Your Idea - In this webinar we’ll discuss how to develop your idea by identifying the opportunity/problem, a potential solution, and gaining the support of others. Plus, SBIR topic areas, literature review, research design, and determining the commercialization potential of your idea. PowerPoint Slides (PDF): SBIR Module Two

Module Three - Preparing and Submitting Your Proposal - You’ve developed your idea, now what? This webinar will shed light on the grant writing process, preparing your proposal for submission, and the steps for submitting your application.   Powerpoint Slides (PDF): SBIR Module Three


We are pleased to introduce you to Agenor Mafra-Neto, an innovative small business owner and recipient of multiple SBIR awards. Dr. Mafra-Neto, of ISCA Technologies, graciously took time via Skype to tell us a bit about his business, one of the issues he addressed in a SBIR Phase I proposal and its solution, and offered his advice to SBIR applicants. 
Watch Dr. Mafra-Neto now.