25 small businesses across the country will receive more than $2 million in funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to assist in the development of new technologies that will help safeguard the environment and protect public health.
The awards were made possible through the EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which supports studies that aim to benefit communities, find ways to protect the environment, create new products, and help small businesses to grow.
“Over the past 30 years, EPA’s SBIR program has funded over 900 small businesses that develop unique environmental technologies,” explained Lek Kadeli during the June 12 announcement. Kadeli is the principal deputy assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development. “This funding opportunity allows these companies to help protect public health and the environment through innovative technology and more sustainable solutions while creating jobs and increasing economic competitiveness,” he said.
Each participating company currently employs less than 500 people and will be awarded a Phase I research contract up to $80,000 to advance their technologies. After six months, technologies that prove to be potentially profitable will compete for Phase II funding of up to $300,000.
The funded projects will focus on air quality, green building, manufacturing, wastewater, drinking water, waste processes, homeland security, and sustainable biomass usage. Protect employees involved in research and development by providing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), such as safety glasses, work gloves, respiratory protection, ear plugs, and lockout tagout devices.