The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program provides critical, early-stage research and development funding in the form of grants for a wide range of innovations that have a strong commercial potential. Once every year, the USDA seeks SBIR proposal applications that address a wide range of research topics including biofuels, animal and plant production, food science, forestry and rural development.This webinar will address key content to include in SBIR proposal applications, including the commercialization plan that is a required part of a Phase II application. Also to be discussed is the review process used by USDA and the necessary steps for successful registration and submission through Grants.gov. The webinar will address common issues that present challenges for new SBIR applicants and offer guidance regarding how to plan ahead in order to ensure successful completion of major steps within the application process.The webinar will be led by Dr. Kitty Cardwell, USDA/NIFA SBIR National Program Leader. Dr. Elizabeth Hood of Arkansas-based company Infinite Enzymes will also participate in this webinar to share her strategy for success in winning USDA SBIR Phase I and II awards. Following a 1-hour presentation, Dr. Cardwell and Dr. Hood will engage with webinar participants in a 30 minute question and answer session.10-11:30 a.m. CSTRegistration: Free, but required.