QUIZ YOUR USDA SBIR KNOWLEDGE

The USDA has one of the most accessible and unique SBIR programs, even among the granting agencies. See how well you know USDA in these True/False questions:

  1. A USDA Rural Development SBIR proposal does not necessarily need to have a science or technological innovation to be awarded, as long as the project will benefit rural communities (T/F)

  2. USDA has an STTR program. (T/F)

  3. USDA has more relaxed rules on capital equipment purchases than many other SBIR agencies allow in an SBIR budget (T/F)

  4. Since the USDA includes the US Forest Service and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), USDA SBIR research topic areas include forestry & related resources as well as food safety. (T/F)

  5. USDA SBIR Phase 1 proposals must include a field trial on farm or a food processing facility.

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ANSWERS:

  1. True- Rural development SBIR projects do not have to include scientific research.  Past awards include novel education services, medical access and training for rural communities.

  2. False- USDA does NOT have an STTR program since its budget is below the congressionally mandated minimum that requires STTR ($100M annually)

  3. True - As long as there is sufficient justification for the research need for the equipment, a small business can use SBIR funds for capital equipment (unlike NSF, for example)

  4. False- While USDA does have SBIR research topic areas for food science, nutrition and safety, this isn’t driven by the FDA, which is NOT at USDA.

  5. False – A field trial is not necessary in a Phase 1 SBIR, and is more appropriate in a Phase II proposal if needed at all. 


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