U.S. Department of Agriculture Small Business Innovation Research Program Update
The USDA has announced some interesting information recently:
Topics “8.6 Rural and Community Development” and “8.12 Small and Mid‑Sized Farms” will allow off the shelf technologies.
As many of you know there has been a significant shift in the USDA and NIFA and many of the previous employees have elected to resign positions rather than move to Kansas. It’s always a good idea to get to know them before you submit a proposal. The National Program Managers are listed below by topic:
8.1 – Daniel Cassidy (email@example.com)
8.2 – Robert Nowierski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
8.3 – Robert Smith (email@example.com)
8.4 – Jim Dobrowolski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
8.5 – Max Teplitski (email@example.com) and DeirdraChester (firstname.lastname@example.org)
8.6 – Caroline Crocoll (email@example.com)
8.7 – Adele Turzillo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
8.8 – Ed Kaleikau (email@example.com)
8.12 – Denis Ebodaghe (firstname.lastname@example.org)
8.13 – Steven Thomson (email@example.com)
The USDA SBIR program Office was also kind enough to release the following data. As you can see the success rate for 2019 Phase I awards was only 10%; however, the success rate for resubmissions was 27%. That’s significant!