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NOAA Small Business Innovation Research awardees will present their innovative research & development projects The NOAA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program will host the NOAA SBIR Commercialization Assistance Workshop on October 26-27, 2022. This year’s event offers both in-person (Washington, DC) and virtual options for participation. Each year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) awards approximately $10M to U.S. small businesses to develop innovative new technologies through the SBIR Program. The primary goal of the NOAA SBIR Program is to empower small businesses to develop and commercialize technologies that are related to NOAA’s mission. As part of the program, small businesses are encouraged to take part in NOAA’s 2-year Commercialization Assistance Program, which is run through the Larta Institute. The culmination of this program is the Commercialization Assistance Workshop, or “Demo Day,” when companies will showcase their technologies and hone their business pitches. This year’s NOAA SBIR Commercialization Assistance Workshop themes include: Fisheries and Conservation Technology Ocean Technology (Observation, Visualization, Modeling) Weather/Environment Technology (Observation, Visualization, Modeling, Forecasting) Those who are interested in attending this year’s NOAA SBIR Commercialization Assistance Workshop can register here. General attendees will have the opportunity to learn about NOAA SBIR-funded technologies and network with members of the innovation ecosystem. We Need Judges and Expert Advisors! We are also seeking attendees who are interested in serving as Pitch Session Judges on October 26. Judges will provide feedback for all participating small businesses and help select two companies to advance to the in-depth Feedback Sessions on October 27. Finally, we are also seeking Expert Advisors to provide in-depth feedback to selected companies on October 27. If you are interested in serving as a Judge or Expert Advisor, please RSVP with this form. Thank you for supporting the NOAA innovation community!
Throughout the 2022 hurricane season, NOAA will work with numerous partners to gather coordinated air-sea and atmospheric measurements in a hurricane from uncrewed ocean and aerial drones. NOAA will use a suite of innovative technologies to sample the ocean and atmosphere near each other in real-time and collect high-resolution data from all parts of the hurricane environment. This data could help forecasters better understand the forces that drive hurricanes so they can warn communities earlier. Technologies involved in these unprecedented sampling efforts include Saildrones and Altius-600 drones. The Saildrones involved in this research mission were specially modified to support hurricane research and developed through a CRADA partnership between NOAA and Saildrone, Inc. The Altius-600 drone was created by a small business called Area I, supported by SBIR research and development funding from the Department of Defense. The drone technology was later procured and further developed through a NOAA SBIR Phase III award. Read the full story NOAA will use several autonomous instruments this hurricane season to collect ocean and atmospheric data during during hurricanes. Credit: NOAA PMEL