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The program supports agricultural producers and rural small businesses in reducing energy costs and consumption and helping meet the nation’s critical energy needs.
The program supports digital dentistry research to improve oral healthcare delivery. Areas of interest include development of digital imaging and image processing capabilities for dental radiology and integration of 3D additive manufacturing with imaging tools.
The SBIR program supports research related to important scientific problems and opportunities in agriculture that could lead to significant public benefits. Its four goals are to: (1) stimulate technological innovation in the private sector; (2) strengthen the role of small businesses in meeting federal agricultural research and development needs; (3) increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from USDA-supported research and development efforts; and (4) foster participation by women-owned and socially and economically disadvantaged small business firms in technological innovation. Research programs can focus on a variety of issues including rural development and food science and nutrition.
These funds reward banks for supporting community and economic development activities for low-income communities. The goal is to ensure a steady stream of funding for activities in distressed communities.
The vast bulk of America's critical infrastructure is owned and operated by state, local and private sector partners. The program helps ensure this infrastructure is secure. IBSGP funds are primarily intended to support the work of operators of fixed-route intercity and charter bus services in the nation's major metropolitan areas.
The program supports owners and operators of transit systems, including intra-city bus, commuter bus, freight rail, ferries and all forms of passenger rail, in protecting critical surface transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of terrorism, major disasters and other emergencies.