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EPA Will Offer Free Workshop on March 15 to Small Businesses on How to Get Technology Funds


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03/13/06 - PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host the 6th Annual Small Business Innovation Research Program Workshop on Wednesday, March 15, 2006. The one-day workshop focuses on EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research program, and will be held at the agency’s regional office at 1650 Arch St., in Philadelphia.

Attendees will learn how to win contracts under EPA’s competitive Small Business Innovation Research Program. Co-sponsors include the two Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center programs (Temple University School of Business and Management and the Environmental Management Assistance Program), Innovation Partnership, and Innovation Philadelphia.

“EPA seeks novel, low-cost, and effective technologies to address our environmental priorities,” said Donald S. Welsh, EPA’s mid-Atlantic regional administrator. “We can all benefit from the environmental innovations championed by the small business sector.”

Through the Small Business Innovation Research program, EPA makes monetary awards to small, high-tech firms to develop and commercialize cutting-edge environmental technologies. A small business is defined as a for-profit organization with no more than 500 employees, and the research must be conducted in the United States.

EPA solicits applications and awards contracts of up to $70,000 to investigate the scientific merit and technical feasibility of new concepts. Companies that successfully complete this phase can compete for two-year contracts of up to $225,000 to conduct the testing and research and development needed to commercialize the new technology or product.

All solicitations will open on March 23, 2006, and close on May 24, 2006. Call the EPA HELPLINE at (800) 490-9194 for more information on the program. Last year’s solicitation also is available on the EPA Web Site at

This workshop will emphasize practical, useful information on critical elements of the program, including writing winning proposals, commercialization and sources of assistance. Call 215-204-3856 for more information and to register. Space is limited, so register as early as possible.


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