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6 small businesses awarded EPA grants

Companies include TIAX, XploSafe, Renuvix and Microvi Biotech.

Six small businesses have been awarded $1.8 million by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop technologies that provide solutions for environmental issues.

“Small businesses are not only essential to the American economy, but they also produce some of our best, cutting-edge technologies,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “Through this funding, these companies will create jobs and create value in the marketplace, all while developing innovations that protect the environment and human health.”

How it works

The six companies are receiving Phase II contracts from EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research program, which awards contracts annually through a two-phase competition.

Companies compete for a Phase I award of $100,000 by submitting research that addresses key environmental issues. After receiving a Phase I award, companies are eligible to compete for a Phase II award of $300,000 to further develop and commercialize the technology. The recipients of these Phase II awards will now work to bring their products to market. 

SBIR Phase II recipients 

  1. TIAX, LLC, Lexington, Mass., to develop a technology that simultaneously treats and decontaminates chemical and radiological hazards for homeland security applications. 
  2. XploSafe, Stillwater, Okla., to scale up and demonstrate a technology that recovers nutrients from wastewater and then reuses those nutrients as fertilizer. 
  3. Renuvix, LLC, Fargo, N.D., to further develop their high-performance resin coating which has significantly lower levels of air pollutants than current technology. 
  4. Microvi Biotech, Inc., Hayward, Calif., to develop their ProviTM technology that treats nutrients in wastewater and recovers phosphorus as a valuable by-product. 
  5. Hi-Z Technology, Inc., San Diego, Calif., to further research and develop their Power Stove, a thermoelectric cookstove that provides a clean cooking solution, as well as a reliable energy source.
  6. ASAT, Inc., Cottage Grove, Ore., to commercialize a clean-burning, biomass-fueled, integrated stove that can be used for cooking, heating, and as a source of power.

EPA is one of 11 federal agencies that participate in the SBIR program. Enacted in 1982, the SBIR program was developed to strengthen the role of small businesses in federal research and development, create jobs, and promote U.S. technologies. To be eligible to participate in the SBIR program, a company must be an organized, for-profit U.S. business and have fewer than 500 employees.

For more information on EPA’s SBIR Phase II recipients, visit:

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Source: U.S. EPA

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