On Feb. 29, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced eight grants awarded to small businesses to develop innovative technologies to protect the environment, funded through EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.

Among the grant recipients is clean energy tech company Precision Combustion Inc., a CBIA member in North Haven.

Precision Combustion earned a $300,000 “Phase II” contract for developing regenerable high efficiency filter technology for removing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and carbon dioxide from indoor air.

Phase II SBIR grants provide recipients with funding to further develop and commercialize their products and ideas.

Phase II awards are only available to companies that previously submitted research proposals for their innovative technologies and were awarded phase I contracts up to $100,000.

Last month’s grant recipients include Aspen Products Group Inc. (Marlborough, Mass.) for developing a filtration device to control emerging contaminants in drinking water supplies, and Environmental Fuel Research LLC (Philadelphia, Penn.) for developing a system to produce biofuel from grease trap waste.

SBIR Program

EPA funds many environmentally-minded small businesses so they can bring their innovative technologies to market.

The agency is one of 11 federal agencies that participate in the SBIR program, which was enacted in 1982 to strengthen the role of small businesses in federal research and development, create jobs, and promote U.S. technical innovation.

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.