4. National Institute of Health (NIH)
The NIH is the world’s largest funder of biomedical research, investing over $32 billion per year. This government body exists specifically to improve the health and wellbeing of all Americans.
Various grants are available to allow businesses to commercialize innovative medical technologies and to fund research and development.
This government funding enables new medical research, the development of better technology and the creation of life-saving drugs.
With grants from the NIH, small businesses can also break into the federal R&D arena and stimulate economic growth.
5. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The EPA’s aim is to protect human life and the environment.
Via the EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, grants are awarded to science and technology companies developing new green energy programs.
Previously grants were available for cleanup technologies and containment systems. The EPA now aims grants at green technologies which reduce pollution in the first place.
These areas include wastewater management, chemical reduction technologies, development of safer manufacturing and building materials, and green tech for improving air quality.
Grants of up to $400,000 are available as part of a 2-phase program. Phase 1 allows new businesses to provide ‘proof of concept’, whilst phase 2 allows further development and commercialization of the technology.
6. New York City Commute Enhancement Grant (NYC only)
The largest city in the US, New York faces commuting challenges greater than almost anywhere else in the world.
The NY Commute Enhancement Grant (NYCCE) is available for up to $10,000 for existing businesses or startups that can help to ease the city’s commuter burden.
The grant has previously been used to fund ‘bike to work’ programs for NY businesses. Bikes were provided for employee commutes and secure bike storage was installed at the workplace.
The grant also encourages businesses to promote ride-sharing or carpooling, as well as incentives to promote greener forms of transport.
7. Texas Young Farmer Grant (Texas only)
The 2nd most populous state in the US, Texas is also home to one of the largest farming and agricultural communities.
The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) offers grants that help to benefit operators as well as the greater community.
The Young Farmer Grant is open to anyone between the ages of 18 and 46 and has two rounds of funding per year. Known as a ‘dollar for dollar’ grant, it helps foster the growth and output of farming and agriculture properties.
Funding ranges between $5,000 and $20,000 and can be used to create new or expand existing farming and operations.