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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.
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.

TPO employee selected to receive a Women of Color Technology Rising Star Award
Thursday, June 17, 2021

TPO employee selected to receive a Women of Color Technology Rising Star Award

The Technology Partnerships Office is pleased to announce that Tiffany House, Commercialization Specialist under NOAA’s Small Business Innovation Research Program, has been selected by the Women of Color STEM Conference to receive the Women of Color Technology Rising Star award for 2021.
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 Awarded U.S. Patent for Innovative Lionfish Trap
Monday, April 26, 2021

NOAA Awarded U.S. Patent for Innovative Lionfish Trap

Device could help protect threatened ecosystems and aid fishing communities

Over the last 20 years, invasive lionfish populations have dramatically increased throughout the western Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea. Lionfish have already caused a decline in native species that have significant ecological, cultural, and commercial value. Further impacts on coral reefs and other important ecosystems are anticipated, but not yet fully understood. Fortunately, as the threat of lionfish has intensified, so too have the levels of awareness and concern among not just scientists and fishers, but among members of the public. NOAA’s recently-patented lionfish trap could be a solution that offers both ecological and commercial benefits. The trap is shaped like a change purse and is constructed primarily out of a hinged steel frame, attached netting, and a centrally-located vertical panel called a “fish attraction device”.
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.
New technology uses NOAA data to provide faster disaster warnings
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

New technology uses NOAA data to provide faster disaster warnings

Mayday.ai applies artificial intelligence to NOAA satellite imagery to detect natural disasters, starting with wildfires

In 2017, as Kian Mirshahi watched wildfires rage across his home state of California, he wondered if there might be a way to get real-time information to first responders and citizens to help coordinate actions on the ground. More specifically, he wondered if Artificial Intelligence, or AI, might provide a key to faster decision-making. Fortunately, NOAA had recently rolled out two major developments, which provided the fuel for Mirshahi’s innovative drive. 
NOAA Releases Economic Valuation Overview for SBIR and CRADA Work
Wednesday, June 10, 2020

NOAA Releases Economic Valuation Overview for SBIR and CRADA Work

Summary Document Highlights Results from 2019 Report

In 2019, the TPO contracted a private company to research and assess the economic impact and overall effectiveness of NOAA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program and the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) component of NOAA's Technology Transfer Program.  The attached document provides a high level summary of the results.
Harmful Algae Blooms Could Be A Thing Of The Past, Thanks To CRADA Partnership
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Harmful Algae Blooms Could Be A Thing Of The Past, Thanks To CRADA Partnership

NOAA scientist, Dr. Peter Moeller, has partnered with Green Water Solutions, LLC to test a new technology for eliminating harmful algae blooms.

Computers In Library Magazine Features SOS Explorer in December Article
Friday, December 27, 2019

Computers In Library Magazine Features SOS Explorer in December Article

Science On A Sphere, developed from TPO's Tech Transfer office, brings NOAA directly to the classroom to help students visualize data in near real-time.

TPO's Tiffany House Visits GLERL and Comes Away Wowed
Thursday, November 14, 2019

TPO's Tiffany House Visits GLERL and Comes Away Wowed

Mentoring Visit to GLERL Offers a Wealth of Learning Opportunities

Tiffany House, NOAA SBIR, had the opportunity to shadow her mentor through the OAR Mentoring Program and deliver a briefing on the SBIR Program to GLERL, one of seven Federal research laboratories in the OAR line office of NOAA. She had fun learning about the advanced tools and technology GLERL uses and shares with the world, listening to leaders in science talk about their research with so much passion, and she was proud to share with them the great things the NOAA SBIR does for small businesses. 

SBIR Fall Innovation Conference Comes to National Harbor
Thursday, October 17, 2019

SBIR Fall Innovation Conference Comes to National Harbor

Networking opportunities, program sessions, workshops, and meetings with SBIR agencies, all in one location

Last week, the NOAA Technology Partnerships Office attended the conference in National Harbor, Maryland with the goal of connecting with small businesses in need of research grants in NOAA mission related functions with excellent commercial potential. Networking opportunities, program sessions, workshops, and meeting with SBIR agencies, were just a few of the benefits of attending the SBIR/STTR Fall Innovation Conference. In just two days the NOAA SBIR team connected with over 30 small businesses. 
Monday, September 16, 2019

New NOAA app brings earth and space animations to your phone

Free tool helps teachers, students understand the Earth

On the SOS Explorer Mobile app, users can interact with streaming data visualizations— zooming in and out, rotating, scrolling through time, taking guided tours through datasets, and watching embedded educational videos.
CA Water Forecast Improvement Driven by NOAA Innovation and Partnerships
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

CA Water Forecast Improvement Driven by NOAA Innovation and Partnerships

The NOAA Physical Sciences Division (PSD) is entering its third consecutive five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the California Department of Water Resources (CA-DWR) as part of their Enhanced Flood Response and Emergency Preparedness (EFREP) program. The cornerstone of these MOUs has been the development, deployment, operation, and maintenance of a 21st-century observing system to help California deal with its water resource and flood protection issues.
Aquaculture:  Partnering with America's Growers
Monday, March 12, 2018

Aquaculture: Partnering with America's Growers

The open ocean, our coastal waters, even tanks in land-bound states all invite opportunities to grow more fish, shellfish and marine plants.
NOAA science, partnerships and pioneering techniques are building on these expanded opportunities, leading to more jobs, increased food security, revitalized waterfronts, and the restoration of depleted species and habitats.
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