SBIR Available Technologies

SBIR technologies that are available for Phase III acquisition.

The World Climate Service provides meteorologists and other climate-sensitive professionals with critical long-range forecast information to support climate risk-related decision making.

World Climate Service – Long Lead Forecasting Tools

The World Climate Service provides meteorologists and other climate-sensitive professionals with critical long-range forecast information to support climate risk-related decision making. As forecasting skill improves at all lead times, new opportunities emerge to provide innovative and valuable services. Founded in 2009, the World Climate Service is positioned to be a leader in the exciting developments and upcoming growth of long-range weather and climate forecasting. More Information –> Federal Procurement – Sole Source Information The right to receive sole-source awards is a real benefit of the SBIR Program both to the government and to the participating companies. The SBA SBIR/STTR Policy Directive dictates the justification that an agency can and must use to justify the sole-source award. Predictably, that justification reads that the new award must derive from, extend, or complete prior SBIR effort and be funded with non- SBIR funds.

Nucleic Sensing Systems eDNA Tracker shown at water's edge

Autonomous, Real-Time, Field-Deployable Genetic Detection Technology

The Tracker is the world’s only field-deployable, automatic, web-connected monitoring tool, able to report real-time data on environmental DNA (eDNA). By taking the human out of the loop, we connect autonomous high-frequency sampling with geospatial data to better monitor biological activity. Tracker Capabilities Continuous-flow operation giving real-time results Operating with commercially available liquid reagents that require no refrigeration which eases logistical concerns No concentration, separation, or purification of samples required Simultaneous multi-species detection enables geospatial and temporal data for mapping and optimizing a management response Autonomous, GPS integration, Cloud-connected software interface with data & alerts Digital genetic verification via PCR with general specificity Federal Procurement – Sole Source Information The right to receive sole-source awards is a real benefit of the SBIR Program both to the government and to the participating companies. The SBA SBIR/STTR Policy Directive dictates the justification that an agency can and must use to justify the sole-source award. Predictably, that justification reads that the new award must derive from, extend, or complete prior SBIR effort and be funded with non- SBIR funds. For inquiries about this technology, please contact Nucleic Sensing Systems directly. 1-Page Fact Sheet

Giner Harmful Algal Bloom Detection Instrument next to aerial view of a harmful algal bloom on the water.

Low Cost Instrument for Detection of Toxins in Seawater During Harmful Algal Blooms

Technology Overview Giner, Inc. (Giner) has developed a low-cost, portable instrument for detection of toxins found in seawater during harmful algal blooms (HABs). During these HAB events the rapid growth of Karenia brevis algae leads to a significant increase in local concentrations of a marine neurotoxin, brevetoxin (BTX). High density blooms of K. brevis, “red tides”, are endemic to the Gulf of Mexico and frequently occur on a nearly annual basis. Giner’s field-ready toxin analyzer, developed with NOAA SBIR Phase II funding, uses aptamer modified screen printed electrodes (SPEs) to bind with brevetoxin present in ocean water. This is followed by a rapid electrochemical analysis step to elucidate toxin concentrations. The resulting assay is portable and more cost efficient than traditional methods but has a similar limit of detection, making it possible for use as a red tide early warning tool. This novel assay has been incorporated into a custom prototype handheld device that performs the electrochemical detection step and data recording either locally or by Bluetooth using a nearby tablet or laptop computer. The complete instrument can be easily carried and used along the Florida coastline to better detect and monitor the severity of HAB events. Advantages Traditional benchtop instruments (i.e. HPLC-MS) used to measure brevetoxin are bulky, expensive, and they require skilled technicians to operate. Sample-to-result turnaround time is, at best, on the order of hours but typically requires several days. The health and economic effects of a red tide on nearby communities are exacerbated by this delay. Additionally, samples need to be collected, transported, and sometimes stored at the testing facility prior to analysis, creating several logistical hurdles for those performing the analysis. Conversely, ELISA or other antibody based immunoassay techniques are more accessible while performing field work, but they lack the sensitivity and selectivity of traditional chromatography techniques. These assays also necessitate a cocktail of complex reagents that do not store or travel well. Giner’s electrochemical toxin assay and the analyzer instrument would provide HAB researchers and public health officials with several advantages over the current state of the art toxin monitoring. The aptamer functionalized SPEs are inexpensive, easy to fabricate and can be stored for months before use. Testing is rapid (<30 min sample-to-result) and inexpensive (<$15/sample). Lastly, the parts-per-billion level limit of detection can alert officials to a red tide event far before the current visual methodologies of beach observation and satellite imagery. Partners Florida Map with MOTE Beach Conditions Reporting Sites (Credit: MOTE Marine Lab) Through the NOAA Phase II funding, Giner was able to partner with Mote Marine Laboratory (Mote), based in Sarasota, FL, to guide development of the sensor to better fit the needs of potential end users. Giner worked closely with Dr. Richard Pierce (Senior Scientist for Ecotoxicology at Mote) who provided valuable insight on red tide ecology as well as the necessary K. brevis lab work.  This collaboration has subsequently led to several other HAB related partnerships, including adaptation of Giner’s technology to detect aerosolized brevetoxin found in ocean spray to monitor respiratory health concerns for communities adjacent to Florida’s coastal regions. By leveraging Mote’s Beach Conditions Reporting System (BCRS), Giner’s rapid aerosol toxin data would feed into the daily reports of red tide conditions (e.g. respiratory irritation, dead fish, and discolored waters). Giner’s goal is to distribute a handheld portable instrument to trained beach sentinels (lifeguards, government agents, and vetted volunteers) to improve airborne detection and data resolution. The BCRS has become a staple for residents and visitors, acquiring over 1 million users and over 4 million page views to the website alone. Data from this effort is also automatically sent to GCOOS, NOAA, and FWC. Federal Procurement Information The right to receive sole-source awards is a real benefit of the SBIR Program both to the government and to the participating companies. The SBA SBIR/STTR Policy Directive dictates the justification that an agency can and must use to justify the sole-source award. Predictably, that justification reads that the new award must derive from, extend, or complete prior SBIR effort and be funded with non- SBIR funds. For inquiries about this technology, please contact Giner, Inc. directly.    

GeoCollaborate by StormCenter Communications - SBIR-funded tool available for purchase

StormCenter’s GeoCollaborate Tool

SBIR-Developed Tool Available for Commercial Sale StormCenter Communications has developed GeoCollaborate, a software platform that permits real-time collaboration for users accessing data using interactive web maps, GIS platforms, or Common Operating Pictures (COPs). For more information on the capabilities, please see the GeoCollaborate summary document. The software was initially developed using SBIR funds (NASA, Phase I 2011, Phase II 2012) and is now available for commercial sale. Federal agencies may procure this technology using a Sole Source justification. See procurement guidelines below for more information. Federal Procurement Guidance for SBIR-Funded Technologies Phase III refers to work that derives from, extends, or completes an effort made under prior SBIR/STTR Funding Agreements. An agency that wishes to fund an SBIR/STTR Phase III award, which is an extension of prior Phase I and/or Phase II awards, is not required to conduct another competition for the Phase III award in order to satisfy statutory procurement provisions. Special acquisition requirement. Agencies or their Government-owned, contractor-operated (GOCO) facilities, Federally-funded research and development centers (FFRDCs), or Government prime contractors that pursue R/R&D or production of technology developed under the SBIR/STTR program shall issue Phase III awards relating to the technology, including sole source awards, to the Awardee that developed the technology under an SBIR/STTR award, to the greatest extent practicable, consistent with an Agency’s mission and optimal small business participation. Agencies must make a good faith effort to negotiate with such Awardees regarding the performance of the new, related work and to issue Phase III awards for the work. An agency that intends to pursue Phase III work (which includes R/R&D, production, services, or any combination thereof of a technology developed under an SBIR/STTR award), with an entity other than the Phase I or Phase II SBIR/STTR Awardee, must notify SBA in writing prior to such an award.

SeaTag on large fish in ocean

SeaTag™ Marine Mammals Tracking System

SeaTag™ addresses the limitations of previous products by offering customers low-cost, reusable, and solar based (providing unlimited charge) satellite tags. The full suite of available SeaTags™ have varying sensors, but each is equipped with: An accelerometer (measures activity of animal) Light sensors (allows for longitudinal locating via amount of daylight) Magnetic sensor (allows for latitudinal locating) Temperature sensor Depth sensors The tag can communicate globally with product users through the use of the Argos satellite constellation. After a programmed amount of time, the sensor detaches from the animal subject and floats to the surface, where it can be collected and reused. Federal Procurement Information The right to receive sole-source awards is a real benefit of the SBIR Program both to the government and to the participating companies. The SBA SBIR/STTR Policy Directive dictates the justification that an agency can and must use to justify the sole-source award. Predictably, that justification reads that the new award must derive from, extend, or complete prior SBIR effort and be funded with non- SBIR funds. More Information:  http://desertstar.com page/electronic-tags/