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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for FY20 is not expected to be complete until September, 2021.

  1. Handheld Optical Spectrometer for Real-Time Characterization of Digestible Protein in Soybeans

    SBC: SK Infrared, LLC            Topic: 85

    SK Infrared LLC proposes to conduct research and technology development toward a novelhandheld optical sensor that provides real time characterization of the quality of soybeans.Specifically the sensor will quantify five essential amino acids (cysteine lysine methioninethreonine tryptophan) that indicate digestibility of protein within the soybean product. Thistechnology directly responds to the s ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Agriculture
  2. Automated Modular Algae Cultivation For Aquaculture

    SBC: Culture Fuels, Inc.            Topic: 87

    There is compelling value to feeding live algae in fish hatcheries as the current survival rate oflarvae fed frozen paste is relatively low resulting in higher costs.However the complexity andcosts of existing photo-bioreactors and the logistical costs of shipping live material over distancesare barriers to the widespread deployment of live algae as feed.Culture BioSystems has successfully grown a ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Agriculture
  3. Precision Time-to-Harvest Forecasting of Specialty Crops

    SBC: GEOVISUAL TECHNOLOGIES INC.            Topic: 813

    Specialty Crop production margins are eroded by input costs impacts of weather pests anddiseases and market price fluctuations. Producers routinely overproduce to hedge against lossesfrom environmental impacts and ensure sufficient supply to meet retail account demand furtherreducing their average margins. If they had greater certainty in advance of how much they willproduce and when it will be ha ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Agriculture
  4. Commercializing Rural Community and Economic Development Strategic Planning

    SBC: BUILDING COMMUNITIES, INC.            Topic: 86

    The economic recovery and development of rural America is lagging that of its metropolitancounterparts.While metropolitan areas fully replaced the job losses from the 2008-2009 GreatRecession by the third quarter of 2013 rural America has yet to replace those job losses fullyfive years later.While many of the economic forces are beyond the control of ruralcommunities (globalization natural resourc ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Agriculture
  5. Radar Monitoring of Honey Bees for Early Warning of Health Issues and Colony Collapse

    SBC: GhostWave Inc.            Topic: 813

    If a single factor can be identified that is harming honey bees in the U.S. it is the parasitic Varroamite (Varroa destructor). Varroa was first detected in the U.S. in 1987 and spread throughoutNorth America soon after. Varroa mites feed and reproduce on developing bees under theprotection of wax cappings which harms the bee directly but mites also vector highly virulentforms of honey bee viruses ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Agriculture
  6. Biomorphic Silicon Anodes for High Capacity Batteries

    SBC: PH MATTER, LLC            Topic: 88

    tructural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are widely used construction panels in residential andcommercial applications. SIPs have insulating foam sandwiched between two Oriented StrandBoards (OSBs). SIPs provide design flexibility faster installations reduced man hours andreduced maintenance. Core materials for SIPs are chosen for their insulating properties.Thermocore of Missouri (Thermocore) has develo ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Agriculture
  7. Development of Natural and Sustainable UV-Blocking Compounds by an Algal-Based System

    SBC: Sandbox Solar LLC            Topic: 88

    In order to meet growing demands of renewable energy photovoltaic (PV) developments willrequire significant land space for ground-mounted PV systems. This growing demand is creatingcompetition for land resources causing the most challenges for small and mid-size farms. Thischallenge can be reformed into an environmental and financial opportunity for these farms withthe increased research of co-loc ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Agriculture
  8. Integrating Agrivoltaics: Studying the synergistic relationship between transparent solar panels and horticulture

    SBC: Arizona Green (Division of TeachSharp LLC)            Topic: 812

    Making production of tilapia (and other warm-water fish) financially viable and sustainable on asmall-farm scale depends on several factors. The number-one constraint is the need to maintaino o tropical water temperatures (70 to 100 F) for the fish. To address this need our research focuseson heating the water in individual fish tanks via a closed-loop heat-transfer system usingrenewable energy. O ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Agriculture
  9. Design and Manufacture of Hybrid Fiber-Reinforced Polymers, Structural Low-Cost Custom Components Using State-of-the-Art Additive Manufacturing Technologies

    SBC: Rapid Made, Inc.            Topic: 812

    The proposed project aims to promote and improve the sustainability and profitability of small andmid-size farms which constitute the vast majority of farms in the USA.Farm operators may need a continuous supply of custom-made components and spare parts forexisting machinery.Components and spare parts could be difficult or expensive to procure or notavailable for old machinery still in operations. ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Agriculture
  10. Improving water and energy management for small and mid-size farms

    SBC: Irrigation For The Future, Inc.            Topic: 812

    This proposed project will enable commercialization and widespread adoption of an innovativeirrigation management tool that addresses three fundamental goals of the SBIR program; (i)improving the efficiency of water and energy use; (ii) increasing the profitability of small irrigatedfarms through better planning and risk management; and (iii) utilizing renewable energy moreeffectively.A panel of n ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Agriculture
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