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2020-2021 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I Solicitation

Date and Time

Wednesday 06/17/2020 11:00AM to 12:00PM EDT
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Registration Deadline

Wednesday 06/17/2020 11:00AM EDT


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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites you to participate in the

2020-2021 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I Solicitation Informational Webinar

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT

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Registration for the 2020-2021 SBIR solicitation webinar is free.  

Join us for an informational webinar on EPA’s upcoming 2020-2021 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I solicitation. Learn about EPA’s SBIR program, this year’s solicitation topics, and how to apply for an SBIR contract. EPA SBIR program experts will be available to answer questions following the presentation.

EPA’s 2020-2021 SBIR Phase I solicitation is anticipated to open in late June 2020. The solicitation purpose is to support eligible small businesses in the development and commercialization of innovative environmental technologies. EPA is one of 11 federal agencies that participate in the SBIR Program as a result of the Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982. EPA is calling for small businesses to apply for Phase I awards for up to $100,000 to demonstrate proof of concept in one of the SBIR solicitation topic areas. Successful Phase I awardees are eligible to receive Phase II funding, up to $400,000 for two years, through an additional application process.

Webinar Objectives

  • Review topics anticipated in the upcoming 2020-2021 SBIR Phase I solicitation
  • Learn about the federal SBIR Program and EPA’s SBIR Program
  • Learn how to apply via FedConnect
  • Review administrative, submission, eligibility and peer review concerns
  • Share frequently asked questions

Proposed Research Areas & Topics for the Solicitation

Novel technologies are wanted in the following topic areas: 

Clean and Safe Water

  • Monitoring technologies for water reuse
  • Treatment technologies for water reuse

Air Quality

  • Air monitoring technology for ethylene oxide
  • Air quality sensors for volatile organic compounds and odors 
  • Innovative technologies for radon mitigation in buildings

Land Revitalization

  • Innovative technologies that destroy PFAS in soil, sediment, water and groundwater

Homeland Security

  • Long-term disinfectant coatings

Sustainable Materials Management

  • Preventing food waste
  • Technologies that will improve the US recycling system
  • New applications for industrial non-hazardous secondary materials and food processing byproducts
  • Safe building deconstruction tools or safety equipment 
  • Building materials that improve energy efficiency and have reduced embodied impacts

Safer Chemicals

  • New Approach Methodologies to reduce, refine or replace animal testing
  • Cleaner manufacturing of coloration techniques 

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