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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. Development of a low-cost natural pigment production in a GRAS yeast

    SBC: ARCH INNOTEK, LLC            Topic: 88

    Carotenoids, the basic source of yellow, orange and red, are among the most common, naturally occurring pigments. Because of their antioxidant properties and colors, currently, carotenoids are used commercially as feed additives, natural food colorants,??dietary supplements and cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries. Currently, most of carotenoids used industrially are chemically synthesized from ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  3. A Highly Efficient Vitrification Device for Animal Embryos and Spermatozoa

    SBC: CRYOCRATE LLC            Topic: 83

    This SBIR Phase I project aims to develop a novel ultrafast cooling device and companion cell suspension processing device that significantly reduce the need for cryoprotectants and improve the post-thaw viability and functionalities of livestock semen and embryos. These products will potentially greatly facilitate application of livestock artificial insemination (AI) and embryo transfer (ET) tech ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  4. Rapid and Portable Optical Detection System for Multiple Food-borne Pathogens, E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella Enterica in meat

    SBC: Smart Diagnostics Systems LLC            Topic: 85

    Smart Diagnostics Systems (SDS) is creating its diagnostic system with a mission to protect consumers and companies from the dangerous threats and consequences that foodborne pathogens (ex. E.coli, Listeria, Salmonella, etc.) pose on a global basis. The outbreak of foodborne pathogens and foodborne illness is a significant and growing burden. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that each yea ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  5. A durable, potent, and rechargeable antimicrobial polymer for modular conveyor belts.

    SBC: Antimicrobial Materials, Inc.            Topic: 85

    Food-borne illness remains a top concern within the food processing industry. This phase I Small Business Innovation Research projectputs forth a set of technical objectives and a series of tasks that when completed wil result in a product that will significantly impact food safety. Using patent-pending antimicrobial technology, we will create a rechargeable antimicrobial polyethylene material int ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  6. HVACP Processing of Almonds to Reduce Aflatoxin

    SBC: NanoGuard Technologies, LLC            Topic: 85

    High Voltage Atmospheric Cold Plasma (HVACP) treatment of agricultural products is an emerging non-thermal processing (NTP) technology that effectively reduces aflatoxins (AF) and microorganisms on almonds, other tree nuts and peanuts. HVACP-based NTP provides enhanced food safety by reducing incidences of food-borne illness. It is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly processing technolog ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of Agriculture
  7. Development of RNA interference-based product for Red Imported Fire Ant (Solenopsis invicta Buren) control.

    SBC: APSE, Inc.            Topic: 82

    Fire ants cause about $7 billion dollars of damage in the United States annually. Fire ants infest some 367 million acres in the United States and their range expands every year. Since the geographical range offire ant infestationis limited by temperature and rainfall, the rising global temperatureisforecasted to lead tosignificant range expansion.Fire ants cause damage to electrical equipment, de ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  8. Non-Thermal Pasteurization of Tree Nuts to Reduce Microbes and Mycotoxins

    SBC: NanoGuard Technologies, LLC            Topic: 85

    Non-thermal pasteurization using High Voltage Atmospheric Cold Plasma (HVACP) is expected to reduce mycotoxins and microorganisms on tree nuts resulting in reduced incidences of food-borne illness. Non?thermal pasteurization of food products using HVACP is a novel platform technology which addresses several NIFA National Challenge Areas. These include: 1) Global food security and hunger by increas ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  9. INCREASING GRAPE DIVERSITY IN THE U.S. WINE INDUSTRY

    SBC: Vox Vineyards, Inc.            Topic: 812

    Vox Vineyards, Inc., located in the Loess Hills of Platte County, Missouri grows approximately40 different grape varieties. Nearly all of these varieties were originally discovered as wild specimens in the United States, or were bred from native North American grapes during the last half of the 19th Century. Rarely grown on a commercial scale, they represent the unique genetic heritage of the Midw ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  10. 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

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