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The United States Environmental Protection Agency Releases SBIR Funding Opportunity

Kaitlyn ClarkeUtah Innovation Center

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its 2022–2023 SBIR Phase I Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)/solicitation. The goal of EPA’s SBIR program is to support the commercialization of innovative technologies that help support EPA’s mission of protecting human health and the environment. To support the agency’s mission, the lifecycle environmental impacts of the technology, including (if applicable) minimizing resource use, minimizing the toxicity of materials, efficient use of water and energy, minimizing pollution, and minimizing the impacts of disposal, should be considered. 

The EPA is calling for small businesses to apply for Phase I awards of up to $100,000 to demonstrate proof of concept in the selected topic areas below. The SBIR Phase I Proposal will be closed on Aug. 23, 2022.

2022–2023 EPA SBIR Topics

Clean and Safe Water

  • Decentralized wastewater treatment (septic system) technologies for intentional non-potable reuse
  • Technologies to process, sort, and identify microplastics
  • In-stream aquatic trash capture technologies
  • Sensors to detect high-priority contaminants of emerging concern (including PFAS)

Air Quality & Climate

  • Ambient air monitoring technology for air toxics
  • Continuous Emission Monitoring System for metal HAPs
  • Air monitoring technology for methane emissions from fugitive sources
  • Technologies that reduce exposure to radon in buildings
  • Technologies for improved recovery of refrigerant from air conditioning (AC) and refrigeration equipment

Homeland Security

  • Innovative technology solutions that build community resilience to disasters
  • Miniaturized oil spill droplet size sensor for emergency response underwater vehicles

Circular Economy/Sustainable Materials

  • Innovative technologies that help consumers prevent food waste in the acquisition, preparation, and food storage
  • Innovative technologies or materials that will improve the U.S. recycling system
  • Innovative reduction, reuse, and recycling solutions to advance plastic circularity

Safer Chemicals

  • PCB-free color
  • Rubber anti-degradant technologies for tires and other rubber products that are a lower concern for human health and the environment
  • Innovative enhanced efficiency fertilizers

Risk Assessment

  • Software tools and machine-learning applications for systematic review in science assessment for chemical evaluation

If your Utah small business has questions about this funding opportunity, please contact the Utah Innovation Center at innovationutah@utah.gov.