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Charles River Analytics Expands Drone Research to Support NOAA Environmental Missions

NOAA SBIR Awardee to explore how unmanned aerial systems can further the agency’s unique environmental stewardship goals. Charles River Analytics was recently awarded its first two Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to explore how unmanned aerial systems can further the agency’s unique environmental stewardship goals.

Sea Grant is helping Swift Engineering deploy and test Kelp - a remote, self-powered buoy for 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.

NOAA issues FY22 call for Phase I SBIR proposals

On November 16, 2021 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued its Fiscal Year (FY) 22 Phase I Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) 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.  To be eligible to submit a Phase I application, small businesses must submit a required Letter of Intent via this form by December 13, 2021 at 11:59 pm (ET). In response to submission of the Letter of Intent, the NOAA SBIR program will provide feedback indicating if an application is likely to be nonresponsive to the NOFO. Instructions for submitting the Letter of Intent are available in the Notice of Funding Opportunity. Full applications for Phase I must be submitted through grants.gov by February 18, 2022 at 11:59 pm (ET). Topics for the NOAA FY 2022 SBIR Phase I Solicitation include:9.1 Climate Adaptation and Mitigation9.2 Weather-Ready Nation9.3 Healthy Oceans9.4 Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies Additionally, NOAA gives high priority to proposals developing technologies that integrate any of the NOAA Science & Technology Focus Areas, which include Uncrewed Systems (UxS), Artificial Intelligence, Data and Cloud Computing, ‘Omics, and Citizen Science. NOAA FY22 SBIR Phase I Notice of Funding Opportunity Webinar An informational webinar to discuss the Notice of Funding Opportunity and application process for the NOAA FY22 SBIR solicitation will take place on Thursday, November 18th at 2:00 pm (ET). The webinar will include an overview of the FY22 competition and an opportunity for attendees to ask questions. Questions can be submitted in advance to noaa.sbir@noaa.gov with the subject “NOAA FY22 SBIR NOFO Webinar”.  Register by clicking HERE.The webinar will be recorded and posted on the NOAA SBIR website: https://techpartnerships.noaa.gov/SBIR/current_opportunities Key Dates Monday, November 16, 2021: Notice of Funding Opportunity releasedMonday, December 13, 2021: Letter of Intent (required) due dateMonday, January 10, 2022: Letter of Intent feedback providedFriday, February 18, 2022: Full application due date For questions or additional information, contact the NOAA SBIR Program at noaa.sbir@noaa.gov or follow us on Twitter @NOAAinnovate. 

NOAA awards $10.7 million to support Small Business Innovation Research

NOAA’s SBIR Program Benefits 35 U.S. Small Businesses September 23, 2021 NOAA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program recently awarded approximately $10.7 million 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. The goals of the SBIR program are to stimulate technological innovation, strengthen the role of small businesses in meeting federal research and development needs, encourage participation by socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses, and increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from federal research and development funding. Small businesses apply to participate in NOAA’s SBIR program during annual notices of funding opportunities. Grant proposals are reviewed by technical experts within and outside of NOAA, and are evaluated based on their scientific merit, commercialization potential, and alignment with NOAA’s mission.  The Phase I awards will support feasibility and proof of concept work for initial development of innovative technologies in topic areas including citizen science and STEM education, uncrewed systems, artificial intelligence, genetic research (‘omics), and blue economy. Small businesses use Phase I support to establish the technical merit, feasibility, and commercial potential of their proposed technology. NOAA Phase I awards are funded at a maximum of $150,000 over 6 months. The list of FY21 awarded companies and their project titles include: InferLink Corporation Auto-Transcription for Citizen Science Radmantis LLC Adopt existing technologies for improved seafood production and to better feed a growing world Tridentis Advanced Marine Vehicles LLC Enhanced Aquaculture Monitoring Live Advantage Bait LLC Rapid diagnostic testing for marine velvet disease, Amyloodinium ocellatum: a potential game changer for disease prevention and economic gain for fisheries and aquaculture Areté Associates Infrared Polarimetric Wave Imaging (I-PWI) for Passive Remote Sensing of Sea State Swift Engineering Inc. A Modular Water Quality Observation System to Accelerate the Blue Economy Mimetics LLC Yeast-Based Biosensors for Detecting Pathogenic Bacteria in Aquaculture Systems Hummingbird Nano Inc. Pressure based microfluidics to increase the speed, automation, and portability of ELISA for microcystin detection Synthetik Applied Technologies LLC DeepSpace-AI- A Deep-Learning Based Offshore Monitoring System Using Satellite Imagery Cell Matrix Corporation Participatory Sensor Networks for Marine Navigation Elder Research Inc. HABSSED: Harmful Algal Bloom Surveillance by Sequencing of Environmental DNA Sunburst Sensors LLC pHyter: An Oceanographic Tool for Citizen Science and STEM Education International Association of Virtual Organizations (IAVO) Inc. Setac: Enhancing Usability of Archived Weather Data in the Digital Age Tampa Deep Sea Xplorers LLC Tampa Deep Sea Xplorers Compact Low Cost AUV Platform for Next Generation Seafloor and Water Column 3D Imaging Sensors Maritime Applied Physics Corporation TALONS for Marine Mammal Detection Toyon Research Corporation Detecting and Classifying Marine Mammals in Infrared Video Using AI Syntro Tek Corporation Smartphone Water Quality Monitoring Platform for Increasing Public Engagement StratoSolutions Inc. Stratospheric HAPS for enhancing societal resilience to extreme weather Nearview LLC AI Model for Automated Detection and Mapping of Intertidal Vegetation Phase II is an opportunity for high-performing small businesses to expand on successful Phase I results. FY21 Phase II SBIR awards will support further research and development for projects in topic areas including weather service improvement and evolution, next-generation NOAA platforms, next-generation observations and modeling systems, aquaculture, and recreational and commercial fisheries. NOAA Phase II awards are funded at a maximum of $500,000 over 2 years. The list of NOAA Phase II awardees and their projects titles include: SafetySpect Inc. Rapid detection of fish species and quality in the marketplace Creare LLC Low Cost Ocean Temperature Profile Sensing Shellfish Solutions Inc. Tide to Table Traceability and Marketing System CFD Research Corporation Weather Risk Information and Impacts for Schools Systems Kit Charles River Analytics Inc. Semi-autonomous Capabilities for the Operation of Uncrewed Teams (SCOUT) CD3, General Benefit Corporation SBIR Phase II: Continuous eDNA Monitoring for Early Detection of Aquaculture Diseases Aerodyne Research Inc. Automated Monitoring of VOCs with a Compact Gas Chromatography-Proton Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometer (GC -Vocus) Cruyningen, Izak van dba LineSpect Aircraft Detection 360 Camera and Microphone Array Hydronalix Inc. NOAA Aerielle SONAR UAS Lynntech Inc. Rapid, Simple Diagnostic for Pathogens in Marine Aquaculture CVision AI Inc. Automated Filet Identification Azavea Inc. Advancing Flood Extent Delineation Modeling Using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Data Kraenion Labs LLC Machine Learning for Risk Assessment using Satellite and Aerial Imagery AAPlasma LLC Non-Equilibrium Short-Pulsed Discharge for Removal of Antibiotics and Pathogens from Water used in Aquaculture Facilities Innovim LLC Next Generation Observation and Modeling Systems DiveViz LLC Developing a Visibility Predictive Model using Crowdsourced Data Additional information about NOAA SBIR awards from FY21 and previous years, including abstracts of successful proposals and comments on anticipated results, can be found here. The SBIR Program at NOAA is located within the Technology Partnerships Office (TPO). For more information on the SBIR Program and how to apply, visit the NOAA SBIR website. To stay connected with the NOAA SBIR program and to learn about upcoming events, workshops, and requests for proposals, follow us on Twitter @NOAAinnovate and join the NOAA SBIR mailing list by emailing NOAA.SBIR@noaa.gov with the subject “subscribe”.