NOAA SBIR Program Successes

These 5 technologies are helping save our ocean

These 5 technologies are helping save our ocean

Protecting and exploring our global ocean is a huge job: It covers more than 70 percent of Earth’s surface. Cutting-edge technologies help us dive deeper, gather more ocean data and solve some of its biggest challenges. Here are 5 innovative high-tech tools borne from NOAA’s partnerships with the fishing industry and technology companies large and small.
SeaTag™ Marine Mammals Tracking System

SeaTag™ Marine Mammals Tracking System

SeaTag™ addresses the limitations of previous products by offering customers low-cost, reusable, and solar based (providing unlimited charge) satellite tags. The full suite of available SeaTags™ have varying sensors, but each is equipped with: An accelerometer (measures activity of animal) Light sensors (allows for longitudinal locating via amount of daylight) Magnetic sensor (allows for latitudinal locating) Temperature sensor Depth sensors The tag can communicate globally with product users through the use of the Argos satellite constellation. After a programmed amount of time, the sensor detaches from the animal subject and floats to the surface, where it can be collected and…
Small Business Innovation Research – a Pathway to Commercial Success for Black Swift Technologies

Small Business Innovation Research – a Pathway to Commercial Success for Black Swift Technologies

Black Swift Technologies works through NOAA and Air Force SBIR to Develop Multi-Mission UAS Capabilities NOAA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program was established to support innovative research projects complementing NOAA’s core mission of science, service, and stewardship. Qualified businesses are evaluated based on their degree of innovation, technical merit, and future market potential1. In 2018, Black Swift Technologies (BST) was awarded a Phase I SBIR grant, the purpose of which was to determine the scientific, technical, and commercial feasibility of a proposed air-deployed unmanned aerial system (UAS) for boundary layer observations in turbulent environments (Contract 1305M218CNRMW0059). The aircraft under…
Small business partnership leads to big advances in water quality monitoring

Small business partnership leads to big advances in water quality monitoring

Sea Grant is partnering with Swift Engineering on the development of a buoy like none before. Meet Kelp – a remote, self-powered buoy for water quality monitoring. Joined through NOAA’s Small Business Innovation Research Program, Sea Grant is helping Swift Engineering deploy and test Kelp in different environments for a variety of purposes. Check out this multimedia feature to learn more about Sea Grant and Swift’s partnership on Kelp. Read the Full Article
SBIR Partner Expanding Access to NOAA Data

SBIR Partner Expanding Access to NOAA Data

Geocollaborate Tool is improving situational awareness and decision making across many economic and government sectors We are exposed to a wide variety of extreme weather events, such as wildfires, floods, earthquakes, severe storms, and volcanic eruptions. Natural hazards turn into disasters when lives are lost and livelihoods are damaged or destroyed. Some hazards, whether manmade or natural, become catastrophic disasters or large scale mass casualty events, which bring entire regions to a standstill. When these incidents occur, all those involved in responding and making decisions need to collaborate on the same map at the same time with accurate geospatial data…
Upcoming America’s Seed Fund Startup Expo to feature three NOAA SBIR award winners

Upcoming America’s Seed Fund Startup Expo to feature three NOAA SBIR award winners

Three small businesses funded by the NOAA Small Business Innovation Research Program were selected to showcase their innovative technologies at the inaugural America’s Seed Fund Startup Expo on May 25, 2022. The Startup Expo, hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Investment and Innovation, will feature presentations from 12 U.S.-based entrepreneurs who have developed impactful technologies using federal SBIR/STTR dollars.  Featured presenters were selected through a competitive process based on short video applications that introduced their innovation team, described their technology and its impact, and shared next steps for their company. The selected entrepreneurs will showcase technologies in four…