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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 June, 2020.

  1. Catalytic production of hydrocarbons from biomass

    SBC: VISOLIS, INC            Topic: 88

    Conversion of biomass into useful fungible chemicals and fuels is a long standing challenge. A key requirement of such processes is high efficiency of conversion for economic viability. Biomass derived sugars are highly oxygenated and need processing to remove to be converted into useful hydrocarbons.We propose an integrated bio-thermochemical platform for production of a hydrocarbon which can be ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture
  2. Epigenetic Enhancements In Tomatoes

    SBC: EpiCrop Technologies Inc            Topic: 82

    The fundamental goal in agriculture is higher yields per acre, in conjunction with requiring thesame or lower inputs. To achieve these higher yields, more energy and water efficient plants arerequired. One of the fundamental biological processes involved in producing these phenotypes isheterosis, i.e., increased yields from hybrid progeny of parent plants with heterotic combiningability, with hybr ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture
  3. New Ammonium-free Water Formulation for Fire Retardants for the Management of Wildland Fires

    SBC: Nano Terra, Inc.            Topic: 81

    Wildland fires cost billions of dollars a year in the US, threatening homes, lives, and valuable natural resources. Large amounts of chemical additives, including those in water enhancers, foam fire suppressants, and long-term retardants are used in battling wildland fires to slow the spread of the fire and enable firefighters to work safely on the ground. Millions of gallons of water and hundreds ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture
  4. SUBZERO TEMPERATURE STORAGE OF FISH EGGS FOR IMPROVED HATCHERY OPERATIONS

    SBC: Cryoocyte, Inc.            Topic: 87

    Culturing fish today is organized around two key steps: multiplication of fish in the hatcheries and the increase of fish biomass in grow-out production. This transition is more-or-less linear: immediately after spawning eggs get fertilized, develop and hatch, they are grown to the fry/fingerling/smolt stage, and get transferred to grow-out production. This cycle starts with the spawning event, wh ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture
  5. Nutrient Removal System

    SBC: REACTIVE INNOVATIONS, LLC            Topic: 84

    In this Phase I SBIR program, Reactive Innovations, LLC (RIL) will demonstrate an advanced system to recover valuable nutrients from animal manure. Since World War II, the availability of relatively cheap mineral fertilizers has been a major factor spurring specialization of production agriculture, in which crop (cereal) production has been increasingly separated from livestock production. One imp ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture
  6. Compact Hyperspectral Imager for Crop Water Stress Detection on UAV

    SBC: Bodkin Design & Engineering, LLC            Topic: 84

    As drought persists in certain areas of the western U.S., precision farming techniques are being developed to control irrigation as well as pesticide and fertilizer application in order to ensure crop health and conserve resources by preventing over-application. Water stress as well as disease and nutrient stresses of crops can be estimated by measuring optical spectral reflectance off canopies. R ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture
  7. Safer Sweep Auger Operation Using Robotics

    SBC: GARNER INDUSTRIES, INC.            Topic: 813

    The inside of a grain bin is a dangerous place. In 2014, there were no fewer than 70 reported cases of injury or death in confined agricultural spaces. Fifty-four percent were related to entrapments, but there are other incidents including asphyxiations, entanglements, falls, and fires. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates the workplace safety procedures surrounding c ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture
  8. Solar-Efficient Greenhouse with Electricity and Heat Generation

    SBC: Physical Sciences Inc.            Topic: 813

    Controlled environment agriculture (CEA) has been used intensively worldwide to produce high quality products. One important issue associated with CEA is that temperature control of the greenhouse is often difficult to achieve, requiring large amount of fuel and/or electric power. Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI), in collaboration with the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, The Uni ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture
  9. A Rapid Multispectral Image Acquisition System For Forecasting Beef Tenderness

    SBC: Goldfinch Solutions, LLC            Topic: 85

    Beef tenderness is the most important trait influencing consumer satisfaction. Currently there is no method for real-time classification of beef by tenderness. The overall objective of this project is to determine the feasibility of a multispectral image acquisition system for real-time forecasting of beef tenderness (forecast 14-day tenderness from 2-day images). We have demonstrated that hypersp ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture
  10. Effective Antimicrobial Treatment to Prevent Carcass Contamination

    SBC: Giner, Inc.            Topic: 85

    Many different disease-causing microbes, or pathogens, can contaminate foods and lead to foodborne illnesses. Every year, as many as one in six Americans experiences a foodborne illness, meaning they get sick by consuming contaminated foods or beverages. Pathogen decontamination of meat carcasses to control meat contamination at the start of the meat processing is one of the methods to eliminate d ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture

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