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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for FY19 is not expected to be complete until April, 2020.

  1. Semi-Autonomous Follow-me Biomass Baler

    SBC: AUTONOMOUS TRACTOR CORPORATION            Topic: 813

    This project addresses USDA-NIFA's research priorities regarding crop management systems that promote energy conservation and efficiency, including the use of alternative and renewable energy resources. This proposal outlines a plan to prove the research concept of a Single-pass Autonomous Follow-me (SAF) Baler. The SAF baler is intended to bale the available supply of corn stover during corn ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  2. Natural Immune Boosting Compounds as Alternatives to Antibiotics

    SBC: ALTBIOTICS, LLC            Topic: 83

    Routine use of antibiotics at subtherapeutic levels in the livestock industry has been criticized for triggering antimicrobial resistance. FDA has recommended the withdrawal of medically important antibiotics for production practices in the U.S. as of January 2017. Although various alternatives to antibiotics are currently on the market, none is able to match the efficacy of antibiotics. We recent ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  3. Mill Development Model Development and Testing

    SBC: Innovative Natural Resource Solutions, LLC            Topic: 86

    INRS and MDP will collaborate to build an analytical model that demonstrates the probability of success - and opportunities for enhancement - for the redevelopment of idled industrial assets. This model will be developed and refined using the former pulp and paper mill in Old Town, ME., and data supplied by multiple redevelopment efforts elsewhere in the State of Maine. Based upon learnings and ex ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  4. Developing A Ground Station For Airborne Wind Energy System

    SBC: EWINDSOLUTIONS, INC.            Topic: 812

    The tether and power generating ground station,are the focus of this proposal. Both these systems have challenges that are unique to the airborne wind energy field. First is the selection and design of the tether itself. This includes the material (e.g. nylon, steel,or composite) and whether to weave in electricity-transmitting wires between the ground station and the flying craft (which would inc ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  5. Development of more sensitive monitoring and Attract and Kill technology for BMSB

    SBC: ALPHA SCENTS, INC.            Topic: 813

    he goal of this proposal is to develop a more effective and sensitive lure for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) that can eventually incorporporated into an attract and kill control product. Semiochemicals, including pheromones, are commonly used to manipulate insect behaviors in IPM programs such as monitoring insect pest populations for timing of insecticide applications and control strategi ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  6. Diversifying and Adding Value to the Food Industry: Mealworm Powder as an Ingredient

    SBC: ALL THINGS BUGS LLC            Topic: 85

    Diversifying and Adding Value to the Food Industry: Mealworm Powder as an IngredientThe goal of this SBIR effort is to begin diversifying the insects as a food market currently valued at $105M and growing to $1.53 billion by 2021. Currently, crickets have been the primary focus of the market, but mealworms offer a strong alternative. To become competitive in the larger protein market, the insect b ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  7. Enhanced Membranes for Dewatering of Black Liquor

    SBC: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC.            Topic: 81

    Compact Membrane Systems (CMS) proposes to employ membrane systems for pressure-driven separation of water from black liquor to replace the first two stages of existing multiple-effect evaporators. This is a promising approach to considerably reduce the steam energy required for concentration. Membrane materials must withstand high temperature, high salinity and high pH conditions. Fouling of the ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  8. Nanocomposite Binder Systems for Dispersion Coatings that enable Biodegradable, Paper-Based Packaging with Enhanced Barrier Properties

    SBC: RENUVIX LLC            Topic: 81

    Packaging is critically important to our society. Appropriate packaging protects its contents from the environment and, thus, inhibits physiochemical and/or biochemical deterioration. According to the World Packaging Organization, the packaging market is currently worth $600 billion and is expected to increase to $1 trillion by 2020. The common materials used for packaging include paper, plastic, ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  9. The Development of a Breeding Station for a Predator of Coffee Berry Borer

    SBC: ALPHA SCENTS, INC.            Topic: 813

    The goal of this proposal is to increase the population of the Square-necked Grain Beetle (SNGB), Cathartus quadricollis, in coffee plantations by developing breeding stations that use pheromones and food source odors to increase the population of this predator of Coffee Berry Borer, Hypothenemus hampei, (CBB). SNGB is a major predator of the CBB which causes significant damage to coffee in all co ...

    SBIR Phase I 2016 Department of Agriculture
  10. Enhanced Membranes for Sweetening of Manure based BioGas

    SBC: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC.            Topic: 88

    Every year over 1 billion tons of fresh animal manure is produced in US and it raises pollution concerns. "Anaerobic digestion" is an environmental friendly and energy efficient way to dispose animal manure. Animal manure is converted to biogas and digestate through this process. The animal manure digestate has a much less pollution potential than untreated animal manure and can be used as a chemi ...

    SBIR Phase I 2016 Department of Agriculture

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