Applaud Funding of Small Business Green Innovation

Target: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Applaud the agency’s increased funding of small business green technology research

Small businesses generally have less money to devote to the research and development of green technologies. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that it would take on this issue by allocating $2 million in funding for small business green innovation. Known as the EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, the agency will grant funds to projects attempting innovative research “resulting in new commercial products, processes and services that protect the environment, benefit the public, and promote the growth of small businesses.”

The EPA will be supporting 25 small businesses nationwide; in order to be eligible to participate in the SBIR program, a company must be an organized for-profit U.S. business and have fewer than 500 employees. The program will fund a diverse set of projects focusing on topics ranging from waste monitoring and management to green building. For example, HJ Science & Technology, Inc. (Berkeley, CA) is receiving federal funding for its research regarding “lab-on-a-chip” technology; this device could feasibly detect and quickly identify a variety of toxins in drinking water.

The SBIR program is split into two phases. In Phase I, contracts up to $80,000 will be offered to small businesses to develop their technology over the subsequent six months. The larger Phase II award of up to $300,000 will be made eligible to those who are able to show that their technology is commercially viable. Arguably, the EPA’s seed funding primarily benefits these small businesses by allowing them to advance their research and bring in other sources of funding such as venture capital. Companies can then hire new scientists, engineers and other employees needed to develop and potentially manufacture their green technology.

Lek Kadeli, principal deputy assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development, states that, “Over the past 30 years, EPA’s SBIR program has funded over 900 small businesses that develop unique environmental technologies.” By signing this petition, you are applauding the EPA’s SBIR program. Not only could their funding potentially create jobs, but it also allows these companies to help protect public health and the environment through innovative technology.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,

Typically, small businesses have less money to devote to the research and development of green technologies. You recently announced you would take on this issue by allocating $2 million in funding for small business green innovation. Your Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program will fund projects attempting innovative research resulting in new commercial products, processes and services that protect the environment, benefit the public, and promote the growth of small businesses.

You will be supporting 25 U.S. small businesses whose projects investigate a diverse set of topics, ranging from waste monitoring and management to green building. Arguably, your seed funding primarily benefits these small businesses by allowing them to advance their research and bring in other sources of funding such as venture capital. Companies can then hire new scientists, engineers and other employees needed to develop and potentially manufacture their green technology.

Over the past 30 years, you have funded over 900 small businesses that develop unique environmental technologies. I am applauding your SBIR program. Not only could this financial support potentially create jobs, but it also allows these companies to help protect public health and the environment through innovative technology.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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