NOAA SBIR Program Successes

NOAA issues FY22 call for Phase I SBIR proposals
Monday, November 15, 2021

NOAA issues FY22 call for Phase I SBIR proposals

Letter of Intent due December 13

On November 16, 2021 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued its Fiscal Year (FY) 22 Phase I Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. NOAA Phase I SBIR awards provide up to $150,000 with up to a six (6) month period of performance for conducting feasibility and proof of concept research with a tentative award start date of August 1, 2022. NOAA encourages proposals from qualified small businesses for highly innovative technologies with strong commercial potential that fit within the NOAA mission areas.
NOAA awards $10.7 million to support Small Business Innovation Research
Wednesday, September 22, 2021

NOAA awards $10.7 million to support Small Business Innovation Research

NOAA's SBIR Program Benefits 35 U.S. Small Businesses

NOAA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program recently awarded approximately $10.7 M 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.
Small Company Thrives on Commercialization of NOAA’s Miniaturized Particle Spectrometer
Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Small Company Thrives on Commercialization of NOAA’s Miniaturized Particle Spectrometer

POPS is a low-cost, high-sensitivity alternative to traditional aerosol measurement technologies

For many people, hiking is a peaceful escape from everyday stressors. For Dr. Ping Chen, CEO of Handix Scientific Inc., hiking was a starting point of his success. In 2015, he met NOAA inventor and research physicist, Dr. Ru-Shan Gao, on a trail in Boulder, Colorado. As they walked, Gao proudly spoke about NOAA’s recently-developed Portable Optical Particle Spectrometer (POPS) for aerosol measurement. Chen immediately realized the technology’s tremendous potential and expressed interest in licensing and commercializing the technology with a firm belief that POPS was going to be a commercial success. Indeed, with over 200 units of POPS sold across the world to date, it appears that Chen’s premonition became a reality. His new company has since grown from one to twelve full-time employees and Chen expects the demand for POPS to increase in the near future as his team actively explores new markets. 


TPO Welcomes New Technology Transfer Program Manager
Friday, July 23, 2021

TPO Welcomes New Technology Transfer Program Manager

Wayne MacKenzie Brings Academic and NESDIS Experience to NOAA Tech Transfer

Wayne MacKenzie joins the Technology Partnerships Office as the Program Manager of NOAA’s Technology Transfer Program. Wayne comes from the NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS), and has over 15 years of experience working with satellite data products at NOAA and in private industry. At TPO, Wayne will be in charge of overseeing the Technology Transfer Program. The mission of TPO’s Technology Transfer Program is to promote increased use and commercialization of NOAA’s innovative technologies and knowledge by facilitating strategic partnerships and ensuring the rapid and cost-effective transfer of intellectual property from NOAA labs and programs to other federal agencies, academia, and the U.S. private sector.
TPO Welcomes New SBIR Program Manager
Friday, July 23, 2021

TPO Welcomes New SBIR Program Manager

Dr. Genevieve Lind Brings Wealth of Skills and Experience from NIH to NOAA TPO

Dr. Genevieve Lind joined the Technology Partnerships Office on July 18, 2021 as the Program Manager of NOAA’s Small Business Innovation Research Program. Dr. Lind comes to NOAA from the National Institutes of Health and has prior experience working with SBIR programs and the Small Business Administration. In her new role at TPO, Dr. Lind will oversee NOAA’s SBIR Program. The program’s mission is to stimulate the U.S. economy and business growth through the commercialization of innovative mission-relevant technologies by investing NOAA research funds in American small businesses and providing guidance to entrepreneurs throughout the process of researching, developing, and commercializing products or services.
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