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USDA Request for Application Closes September 19, 2023

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How It Works

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Meet With Us

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Topic Match Up

We’ll answer questions about USDA’s SBIR/STTR program to help you decide if this is an opportunity for you.

Submit your idea for a preliminary review of topic eligibility.

Match your capabilities with the 10 USDA program topics.

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Proposal Lab

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Proposal Submission

If your company’s capabilities are a match for one of the USDA program topics, you will be selected to participate.

Commit to a series of personalized meetings and receive valuable information in order to submit your USDA SBIR/STTR application by the day the RFA closes.

You will remain a part of the accelerator family. We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship with you.

We are here to help you navigate this and other SBIR/STTR opportunities.

Start by registering for the USDA Proposal Lab webinar on August 7.  Register Here.

About the Proposal Lab

Our goal is to help you to succeed at bringing your technology to market by taking advantage of the SBIR/STTR federal programs non-dilutive funding.

The USDA Proposal Lab offers one of the most wide-ranging application opportunities for new technologies. The SBIR/STTR programs at USDA are administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and offer 10 topic areas that are intended to permit a variety of science and technology based small businesses to compete for funding.

The ten topics are:

8.1 Forest and Related Resources

8.2 Plant Production and Protection - Biology

8.3 Animal Production and Protection

8.4 Conservation of Natural Resources

8.5 Food Science and Nutrition

8.6 Rural and Community Development

8.7 Aquaculture

8.8 Biofuels and Biobased Products

8.12 Small and Mid-size Farms

8.13 Plant Production and Protection – Engineering


During the accelerator you will be matched with one or more topics within your capabilities and interest. You will receive virtual instruction, templates and resources to help you write your proposal, one-on-one counseling, and when possible, match-up with experts in your area.

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Maria Labreveux
KSEF Executive Director

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Matthew Defrese
SBIR Innovation Manager 

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Kay Lee
Program Manager

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Ellie Derbyshire
SBIR Innovation Manager 


Kristine McNiel
KY Innovation Project Manager

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