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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.
These 5 technologies are helping save our ocean
Friday, June 25, 2021

These 5 technologies are helping save our ocean

NOAA’s tech partnerships are working to solve big problems

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.

Small Business Innovation Research - a Pathway to Commercial Success
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Small Business Innovation Research - a Pathway to Commercial Success

Black Swift Technologies works through NOAA and Air Force SBIR to Develop Multi-Mission UAS Capabilities

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.  Critical to the success of the UAS platform was Black Swift’s ability to reduce the complexity and weight of the vehicle compared with existing platforms, offering an order of magnitude decrease in cost while maintaining endurance without sacrificing performance and measurement quality. These characteristics proved to be equally valuable in the eyes of the United States Air Force.
Small business partnership leads to big advances in water quality monitoring
Monday, May 3, 2021

Small business partnership leads to big advances in water quality monitoring

SBIR Recipient Swift Engineering working with NOAA Sea Grant to test kelp

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.

NOAA awards $8 million to U.S. Small Businesses
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

NOAA awards $8 million to U.S. Small Businesses

Small Business Innovation Research Program Awards Support NOAA's Mission Priorities

NOAA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program recently awarded approximately $8 million in grants to 20 Phase II small business applicants. Information on the FY20 funded projects, including abstracts of successful proposals and comments on anticipated results, can be found here. Grant research topic areas included Aquaculture, Recreational and Commercial Fisheries, Weather Service Improvement and Evolution, Flood Inundation, Next-Generation Observation and Modelling Systems, and Next-Generation NOAA Platforms.
NOAA-funded tool uses fluorescence to help scientists see tiny coral...and much more
Friday, August 21, 2020

NOAA-funded tool uses fluorescence to help scientists see tiny coral...and much more

A NOAA SBIR company developed equipment that is used by marine biologists around the world both underwater and in the laboratory to study coral recruitment and health and to address other issues related to understanding and stewardship of the marine environment. 
Monday, November 4, 2019

HF Radar Calibration with Automatic Identification System Ships of Opportunity

CODAR partnered with the University of California Santa Barbara on phase I and II of an SBIR program, "HF Radar Calibration with Automatic Identification System Ships of Opportunity", which resulted in the commercially available AutoAPM add-on kit for SeaSonde® HFR systems. 
Monday, November 4, 2019

The Trident Array: A Stable, Towed, Tetrahedral Hydrophone Array

SBIR awardee, Proteus Technologies, is Phase III-ready

Recently with NOAA SBIR funding, Proteus developed a high-speed, towed (over 10 knots), volumetric array (named Trident) that performs real-time detection, classification, localization and storage of a four element tetrahedral array. 
Monday, November 4, 2019

FogViewer Low-Cost Visibility Measurement System for Ports and Ships

SBIR-funded company, Areté, improves information for port operators and shipboard personnel

Areté’s FogViewer is an image based meteorological visibility measurement system which utilizes low-cost COTS hardware and innovative, advanced image processing techniques to provide port operators and shipboard personnel an estimate their local visibility.
Monday, November 4, 2019

Advanced Algorithm for Radar Derived Bathymetry

SBIR-Funded Company, Areté, Successfully Demonstrates New Signal Processing Approach

Areté’s Radar Derived Bathymetry effort successfully demonstrated the utility of real-time, continuously updated bathymetric maps. 
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