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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. On-Farm Conversion of Solar Energy, Water, and Carbon Dioxide to Hydrocarbon Fuel

    SBC: Giner, Inc.            Topic: 812

    Fossil fuels are the dominant energy source in the agriculture sector, comprising a large fraction of farming operational expenditures and emitting CO2 as a greenhouse gas. Despite recent market penetration, renewable energy adoption on farms remains low. Large capital costs, intermittency, and immobility of renewable energy prevents adoption on small and mid-size farms. A particularly detrimental ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  2. Small and Mid-size Farm Efficiency Ecosystem

    SBC: Boston Labs Design and Development LLC            Topic: 812

    Small farms are critical to the futureof America. Small farms promote and sustain communities, create jobs, improve the health of the land and of the people who live on it. Currently small to mid-sized farms raising pasture-based livestock have been left to invent/build their own feeding/watering systemsand are at a disadvantage to large, fully automated, high-efficiency systems on large scale far ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  3. Combined Fermentation-based Biosynthesis and Whole-Animal Screening Platform for Biobased Nematicide Discovery & Commercialization

    SBC: MANUS BIOSYNTHESIS, INC.            Topic: 813

    Plant parasitic nematodes cause over $125 billion USD a year in food production losses, or over 12% of all crops. Regulatory changes are resulting in fewer options for nematode control for farmers and requiring that new products be more sustainable in use. Optimized through evolutionary processes for biological activity, natural products (NPs) are a rich source of bioactive molecules that are biod ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  4. An Autonomous Pallet-Stacking Robot for Field Use

    SBC: Tanner Research, Inc.            Topic: 813

    We propose to develop a lightweight and affordable one-armed autonomous robot to transfer produce from a wheeled transport robot to a pallet. In-field automation improves efficiency by increasing production and/or reducing labor costs by up to $35M/year for California strawberries alone. Our robot will improve health and safety by reducing worker injuries from repeated lifting and by minimizing ch ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  5. Cloud Effects Correction Of Drone-Collected Crop Imagery For Precision Agriculture

    SBC: Spectral Sciences, Inc.            Topic: 813

    The effect of cloud shadows on aerial imagery is an unsolved problem that has been identified by many operators of unmanned aerial vehicle (drone)-based remote sensing systems for agriculture. Shadows affect the ability to compare imagery, including multispectral and hyperspectral imagery (MSI and HSI), taken over periods of time, and the ability to quantify image data analytics, including NDVI an ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  6. An Accessible Microfluidic Protoplast Selection and Isolation Tool for Transformation and Gene Editing Workflows

    SBC: Nodexus Inc            Topic: 813

    Improvements in genome engineering tools have enabled unprecedented control over genetic material, allowing for tremendous potential for creating new crop varieties. As the world population climbs, there are increasing demands to efficiently produce and distribute food. This challenge, as well as higher temperatures, drought, flooding, pests, and disease place food security among the top of worldw ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  7. SPLAT FAW: An inexpensive mating disruption solution to effectively protect row crops from damaging insecticide-resistant fall armyworms.

    SBC: Isca Technologies, Inc.            Topic: 82

    Summary:The objective of this project is to develop SPLAT FAW, a formulation to disrupt the mating of FAW in corn and other row crops, suppressing the pest's population in the treated area as well as the damage inflicted to the crop. An infestation by FAW can cause 15-73% reductions in corn crop yield, leading to losses between $0.5B and $2B a year. This makes FAW a serious liability for agric ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  8. Corn Based Chemistries For Making Renewable Optical Polymers

    SBC: Novol Inc            Topic: 88

    In summary, this proposal will build a route to industrial manufacturing of a commercially viable polymeric material using Corn-based monomers like Isosorbide, test these methods and demonstrate a path to a prototype product. Work presented in this proposal is novel and unique in the following ways:First application of Isosorbide for making optical polymersFirst report of non-brittle Isosorbide po ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  9. Phosphatase engineering for microbial production of a high-value organic acid

    SBC: Lygos, Inc.            Topic: 88

    Lygos is developing novel bio-manufacturing processes to valuable chemicals. Our targeted chemicals have existing, large markets of >$250MM per year. Current petroleum-based production of these chemicals has a number of pitfalls. Current chemical manufacturing requires petroleum feedstocks, utilize environmentally damaging processes, achieve low-yields, and have high production costs. In contra ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  10. Mapping and Predicting Tree Mortality using High-resolution Nanosatellite Data for Improved Forest Management

    SBC: Salo Sciences, Inc.            Topic: 81

    This project will enable forest monitoring at previously inaccessible scales by combining daily, high resolution satellite imagery with deep learning algorithms and extensive field observations. The innovation in this proposal is not in developing any one of the approaches; high resolution imagery has previously been used to map tree mortality, and deep learning has been used for object detection ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture

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