NOAA's SBIR Program Benefits 35 U.S. Small Businesses
September 23, 2021
NOAA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program recently awarded approximately $10.7 million in grants to 35 small businesses. These awards fund the development of innovative technologies that support NOAA’s mission and the U.S. economy. This year, NOAA granted 19 Phase I and 16 Phase II SBIR awards.
The goals of the SBIR program are to stimulate technological innovation, strengthen the role of small businesses in meeting federal research and development needs, encourage participation by socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses, and increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from federal research and development funding. Small businesses apply to participate in NOAA’s SBIR program during annual notices of funding opportunities. Grant proposals are reviewed by technical experts within and outside of NOAA, and are evaluated based on their scientific merit, commercialization potential, and alignment with NOAA’s mission.
The Phase I awards will support feasibility and proof of concept work for initial development of innovative technologies in topic areas including citizen science and STEM education, uncrewed systems, artificial intelligence, genetic research (‘omics), and blue economy. Small businesses use Phase I support to establish the technical merit, feasibility, and commercial potential of their proposed technology. NOAA Phase I awards are funded at a maximum of $150,000 over 6 months. The list of FY21 awarded companies and their project titles include:
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Adopt existing technologies for improved seafood production and to better feed a growing world
Tridentis Advanced Marine Vehicles LLC
Enhanced Aquaculture Monitoring
Live Advantage Bait LLC
Rapid diagnostic testing for marine velvet disease, Amyloodinium ocellatum: a potential game changer for disease prevention and economic gain for fisheries and aquaculture
Infrared Polarimetric Wave Imaging (I-PWI) for Passive Remote Sensing of Sea State
Swift Engineering Inc.
A Modular Water Quality Observation System to Accelerate the Blue Economy
Yeast-Based Biosensors for Detecting Pathogenic Bacteria in Aquaculture Systems
Hummingbird Nano Inc.
Pressure based microfluidics to increase the speed, automation, and portability of ELISA for microcystin detection
Synthetik Applied Technologies LLC
DeepSpace-AI- A Deep-Learning Based Offshore Monitoring System Using Satellite Imagery
Cell Matrix Corporation
Participatory Sensor Networks for Marine Navigation
Elder Research Inc.
HABSSED: Harmful Algal Bloom Surveillance by Sequencing of Environmental DNA
Sunburst Sensors LLC
pHyter: An Oceanographic Tool for Citizen Science and STEM Education
International Association of Virtual Organizations (IAVO) Inc.
Setac: Enhancing Usability of Archived Weather Data in the Digital Age
Tampa Deep Sea Xplorers LLC
Tampa Deep Sea Xplorers Compact Low Cost AUV Platform for Next Generation Seafloor and Water Column 3D Imaging Sensors
Maritime Applied Physics Corporation
TALONS for Marine Mammal Detection
Toyon Research Corporation
Detecting and Classifying Marine Mammals in Infrared Video Using AI
Syntro Tek Corporation
Smartphone Water Quality Monitoring Platform for Increasing Public Engagement
Stratospheric HAPS for enhancing societal resilience to extreme weather
AI Model for Automated Detection and Mapping of Intertidal Vegetation
Phase II is an opportunity for high-performing small businesses to expand on successful Phase I results. FY21 Phase II SBIR awards will support further research and development for projects in topic areas including weather service improvement and evolution, next-generation NOAA platforms, next-generation observations and modeling systems, aquaculture, and recreational and commercial fisheries. NOAA Phase II awards are funded at a maximum of $500,000 over 2 years. The list of NOAA Phase II awardees and their projects titles include:
Rapid detection of fish species and quality in the marketplace
Low Cost Ocean Temperature Profile Sensing
Shellfish Solutions Inc.
Tide to Table Traceability and Marketing System
CFD Research Corporation
Weather Risk Information and Impacts for Schools Systems Kit
Charles River Analytics Inc.
Semi-autonomous Capabilities for the Operation of Uncrewed Teams (SCOUT)
CD3, General Benefit Corporation
SBIR Phase II: Continuous eDNA Monitoring for Early Detection of Aquaculture Diseases
Aerodyne Research Inc.
Automated Monitoring of VOCs with a Compact Gas Chromatography-Proton Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometer (GC -Vocus)
Cruyningen, Izak van dba LineSpect
Aircraft Detection 360 Camera and Microphone Array
NOAA Aerielle SONAR UAS
Rapid, Simple Diagnostic for Pathogens in Marine Aquaculture
CVision AI Inc.
Automated Filet Identification
Advancing Flood Extent Delineation Modeling Using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Data
Kraenion Labs LLC
Machine Learning for Risk Assessment using Satellite and Aerial Imagery
Non-Equilibrium Short-Pulsed Discharge for Removal of Antibiotics and Pathogens from Water used in Aquaculture Facilities
Next Generation Observation and Modeling Systems
Developing a Visibility Predictive Model using Crowdsourced Data
Additional information about NOAA SBIR awards from FY21 and previous years, including abstracts of successful proposals and comments on anticipated results, can be found here.
The SBIR Program at NOAA is located within the Technology Partnerships Office (TPO). For more information on the SBIR Program and how to apply, visit the NOAA SBIR website. To stay connected with the NOAA SBIR program and to learn about upcoming events, workshops, and requests for proposals, follow us on Twitter @NOAAinnovate and join the NOAA SBIR mailing list by emailing NOAA.SBIR@noaa.gov with the subject “subscribe”.