U.S. EPA Contaminated Site Cleanup Information (CLU-IN)


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division

For more information on Vendor/Commercialization Support, please contact:

Carlos Pachon
Technology Integration and Information Branch

PH: (703) 603-9904 | Email: pachon.carlos@epa.gov

Business Planning and Funding

Domestic Market Funding Sources


Resource

Small Business Investment Company Program (SBA program)

Link

http://www.sba.gov/INV/

Description

Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs), which are licensed and regulated by the SBA, are privately owned and managed investment firms that provide venture capital and start-up financing to small businesses. Congress created the SBIC program in 1958 to fill the gap between the availability of venture capital and the needs of small businesses in start-up and growth situations. SBICs, licensed and regulated by the SBA, are privately owned and managed investment firms that use their own capital, plus funds borrowed at favorable rates with an SBA guarantee, to make venture capital investments in small businesses.

Virtually all SBICs are profit-motivated businesses. They provide equity capital, long-term loans, debt-equity investments and management assistance to qualifying small businesses. Their incentive is the chance to share in the success of the small business as it grows and prospers.

Resource

Small Business Administration (Loan and loan guarantee programs)

Link

http://sba.gov/financing/indexloans.html

Description

The SBA enables its lending partners to provide financing to small businesses when funding is otherwise unavailable on reasonable terms by guaranteeing major portions of loans made to small businesses. By providing this guaranty, the SBA is able to help tens of thousands of small businesses every year get financing they would not otherwise obtain. To qualify for an SBA guaranty, a small business must meet the SBA's criteria, and the lender must certify that it could not provide funding on reasonable terms without an SBA guaranty.

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Small Business Innovation Research Program

Link

http://www.sba.gov/SBIR/


E-mail: Robert Connolly (Robert.connolly@sba.gov)

Description

The EPA, along with 10 other federal agencies participates in the SBIR Program to help small businesses grow in the field of technical innovation. A small business is defined as an independently owned and operated for-profit firm with fewer than 500 employees. 51% of the business must be owned by U.S. citizens, or lawfully admitted resident aliens. Joint ventures and limited partnerships are also eligible. Annually, the agencies solicit research proposals for either Phase I or Phase II grants.

Phase I grants are aimed at funding research and development of the proposed technology. They can be up to $70,000 and typically have about a 6 month span. Every year, solicitations for Phase I grants are posted for a two-month period starting at the end of March.

Phase II grants are given to projects that successfully completed Phase I and are deemed to have commercialization potential. These grants are up to $225,000, last about two years and are intended to help fund commercialization of the technology. Projects that obtain third-party financing are eligible for $120,000 and an extra year in the program.

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Resource

Technology Innovation Program (TIP)

Link

http://www.nist.gov/tip/


E-mail: David Swanson (david.swanson@nist.gov)

Description

The National Institute of Standards and Technology Technology Innovation Program (TIP) was established by the 2007 America COMPETES Act to support, promote, and accelerate innovation in the United States through high-risk, high-reward research in areas of critical national need. The merit-based competitive program can fund cost-shared R&D projects by single small-sized or medium-sized businesses and joint ventures that also may include institutions of higher education, non-profit research organizations and national laboratories. TIP awards are limited to no more than $3 million total over three years for a single company project and no more than $9 million total over five years for a joint venture.

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Federal Technology Transfer Act

Link

http://www.epa.gov/etop/cont_ftta.html


Office of Science Policy
Federal Technology Transfer Act Program
26 W. Martin Luther King Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45268

E-mail: Kathleen Graham (graham.kathleen@epa.gov)

Description

The FTTA facilitates research between the EPA and "external parties" such as companies, universities and trade associations through Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs). Through CRADAs, non-federal partners have access to EPA's research facilities. The EPA cannot provide any funding for the project, although external parties may. The FTTA does not act as a demonstration or verification program, therefore projects under it MUST involve research and development, as well as a truly collaborative effort.

The FTTA prefers to work with small companies/businesses and typically issues between 10 and 20 CRADAs per year.

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Research Development and Demonstration Institutions

Link

http://clu-in.org/vendor/view.cfm?CategoryID=3

Description

A number of RD&D institutions also offer financing, either directly or in-kind services and equipment. Some of these are listed in the next section (Section 3, Research & Development).

Resource

Directory of State Assisted Venture Capital Programs, 2000

Link

http://www.rupri.org/dataresearchviewer.php?id=6

Description

The new Rural Policy Research Institute directory provides a partial listing of state assisted programs in the following five categories: state funded and managed venture capital funds, state investments in private or quasi-public venture capital programs, state tax credits for private venture capital investments, development of angel investor networks, and sponsorship of venture capital fairs.

Resource

The Capital Network (TCN)

Link

http://www.thecapitalnetwork.com/

Description

TCN is a non-profit, economic development organization developed in response to a growing need to provide entrepreneurial ventures with training and access to investors. The Network offers investor-to-entrepreneur introduction services, educational programs, venture capital conferences, seminars, literature, software, and an extensive "know-how network" of experts and advisors. TCN offers a selective, confidential matching service for investors and entrepreneurs based on mutual business interests.

Resource

Western Governors' Foundation

Link

http://www.westgov.org/wga_foundation.htm


Heidi Fuller
600 17th Street
Suite 1705 South
Denver, CO 80202-5452

Tel: 505-294-2133

Description

The Western Governors' Foundation serves as the source of strategic "seed capital" for research projects for the Western Governors' Association (WGA) and other organizations and individuals that help serve the governors and the region. The Foundation accepts grants and gifts and funds WGA programs and policy development in several key areas, including, information technology and governance, natural resources, the environment, human services, economic development, international relations, and state management. The issues are selected by the governors based on regional interest and impact.

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IRA Network LLC

Link

http://www.businessplanfunding.com/

Description

"IRA" Network is a commercial broker with access to a national association of industry resource professionals, who can provide full business planning, business development, and capital resource assistance. They can help gain access to venture capitalists and other investors.

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