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New USDA Collaboration Links T2, SBIR

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Here’s yet another example of how our members are getting creative to meet the President’s challenge to streamline the T2 process!

The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) and the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have recently launched a new collaboration to incentivize tech transfer in the SBIR process. Now, SBIR applicants are encouraged to license ARS technologies and be considered for an SBIR grant.

During the evaluation process, SBIR reviewers will now be able to consider applicants’ involvement with tech transfer as an important component. An application that involves a CRADA with a USDA laboratory or a license to a USDA technology may have a better chance of qualifying. Another important consideration that’s been added is whether the application is a resubmission.

For more information, visit the SBIR website or check out the ARS Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) website to see a list of available technologies for licensing and CRADAs that may be considered as projects under the SBIR program. (Each of these technologies would be appropriate for one of the topic areas in Section 8.0 of the SBIR solicitation.)

Interested in proposing a research project that addresses one of these technologies? Contact the ARS OTT online or at (301) 504-6905 to discuss the possibility of signing a licensing agreement or a CRADA before submitting the proposal to the SBIR program.


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