The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) was established to find innovative solutions to issues related to agriculture, food, the environment, and communities. The agency is structured to direct federal funding effectively to programs that address key national and global challenges.  NIFA administers the USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, under which qualified, established small businesses with proposals for high quality, advanced research are eligible for competitive awards.