Jennifer Stewart has joined the NOAA Technology Partnerships Office as the new Technology Transfer Specialist. In her role at TPO, Jennifer will work to maximize the impact of taxpayer investments in NOAA’s R&D, drawing from expertise in areas including innovation discovery, technology road mapping, intellectual property management, patent licensing, and cooperative research and development agreements.
The NOAA Small Business Innovation Research Program has awarded approximately $16 million in grants to 47 U.S. small businesses. This seed funding will support research and development of innovative technologies across NOAA’s mission. The winning proposals span multiple research topic areas, including climate change adaptation and mitigation, coastal resilience, and extreme weather events, among others. This year, 30 companies were each awarded up to $175,000 in Phase I startup capital to test the feasibility of their proposed technologies over the next 6 months. Small businesses were selected to receive funding based on the scientific and technical merit, level of innovation, and commercial potential of their proposed technologies.
See our latest NOAA SBIR Program success story on small business NEOEx Systems. They have developed a liquid-hydrogen fuel technology to replace traditional fuel and electric power supplies on aerial drones, potentially extending mission duration by up to 20 times.
On August 4, TPO Deputy Director Derek Parks was featured in the Federal News Network podcast, “Federal Drive”, hosted by Tom Temin. They discuss the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s “LabTech In Your Life” program, an interactive website that illustrates the impact of federally-funded technology in everyday life.