Technology Partnerships Office News

Parent category for all the TPO news items – category feeds the TPO general newsroom.

A man operates a drone in a grassy field

NOAA SBIR-funded company develops satellite wildfire detection

Small business MyRadar / ACME AtronOmatic, LLC is utilizing satellite technology to develop wildfire detection and mitigation. The company is using artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms along with weather data to detect environmental hazards like smoke, aerosols, and fire hotspots. Their research and development received a boost with initial Phase I funding from the NOAA SBIR Program. Read the full story.

DOC and NOAA emblems with text "SBIR NOFO FY2023"

NOAA issues FY23 call for Phase I SBIR proposals

Small businesses must submit a Letter of Intent by January 13, 2023 On December 2, 2022 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued its Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Phase I Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. NOAA Phase I SBIR awards provide up to $175,000, which funds a six month period of performance for conducting feasibility and proof of concept research. The tentative award start date for the FY23 competition is August 1, 2023.  NOAA encourages proposals from qualified small businesses for highly innovative technologies with strong commercial potential that fit within NOAA’s mission areas.  To be eligible to submit a Phase I application, small businesses must first submit a required Letter of Intent via this form by Friday, January 13, 2023 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 must be submitted through Grants.gov by March 17, 2023 at 11:59 pm (ET). Topics for the NOAA FY 2023 SBIR Phase I solicitation include: 9.1  Extreme Events and Cascading Hazards 9.2  Coastal Resilience 9.3  The Changing Ocean 9.4  Water Availability, Quality, and Risk 9.5  Effects of Space Weather 9.6  Monitoring and Modeling for Climate Change Mitigation 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 FY23 SBIR Phase I Notice of Funding Opportunity informational webinar: An informational webinar to discuss the Notice of Funding Opportunity and application process for the NOAA FY23 SBIR solicitation will take place on Tuesday, December 13th at 1:00 pm (ET). The webinar will include an overview of the FY23 competition and an opportunity for attendees to ask questions. Questions can be submitted in advance to noaa.sbir@noaa.gov with the subject “NOAA FY23 SBIR NOFO Webinar”. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the NOAA SBIR website.  Register for the webinar by clicking HERE. Key dates: Thursday, December 2, 2022: Notice of Funding Opportunity released Tuesday, December 13, 2022: Informational Webinar Friday, January 13, 2023: Letter of Intent (required) due date Friday, February 10, 2023: Letter of Intent feedback provided Friday, March 17, 2023: Full application due date The NOAA SBIR Program aims to stimulate U.S. economic and business growth through the commercialization of innovative, mission-relevant technologies by investing in small businesses and providing education and support to entrepreneurs throughout the process of researching, developing, and commercializing technologies. For additional information, please visit our website, follow the NOAA Technology Partnerships Office on LinkedIn and Twitter @NOAAinnovate, or contact the NOAA SBIR Program at noaa.sbir@noaa.gov. Media contact: suzi.webster@noaa.gov

Five people post behind a table with banners and tablecloth that read NOAA

NOAA connects with entrepreneurs and innovators at BlueTech Week

The NOAA Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) recently participated in BlueTech Week in San Diego, CA. BlueTech Week is an annual conference where global participants collaborate and innovate on some of the most pressing water and ocean challenges. This year marked a return to an in-person event, and was held at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Liberty Station. As a Visionary Sponsor for the event, TPO had the opportunity to host an exhibitor booth throughout the conference and to share informational materials about NOAA’s mission priorities, technologies, and various programs that support the U.S. Blue Economy and innovation ecosystem. TPO staff were on hand at the BlueTech Week exhibitor booth. Credit: NOAA TPO The event brought together representatives of academia, industry, and policymakers (“the Triple Helix”) and featured presentations on a wide variety of topics including BlueTech accelerator programs, Blue workforce development, and NOAA’s role in supporting the New Blue Economy. There were concurrent sessions on four key topics: offshore renewable energy, space applications, sustainable commercial shipping, and water technologies. “It was exciting to see NOAA TPO showing up in support of BlueTech Week,” said Randy Lind, President of San Diego-based small business Biospherical Instruments, Inc. “BlueTech Week is always an amazing gathering of water and ocean-focused innovators, many of whom have received help from TPO to cross the bridge from innovation to commercial success.” TPO’s Deputy Director, Derek Parks, moderated a panel discussion on “The Role of Governments: Working with Industry to Promote a Sustainable Blue Economy.” The discussion covered how governments can positively influence the development of a vibrant Blue Economy, including strategic planning and goal-setting, defining standards, and direct financial support for specific industry sectors. Panelists for the session included Pedro Pinto, Consul General of Portugal in San Francisco; Martin Stensland, Counselor for Trade and Industrial Affairs from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Washington, D.C.; and Amanda Netburn, the Deputy Division Chief for Science and Technology in NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration.  BlueTech Week panelists discuss how various government initiatives are impacting private-sector activities and investments related to the blue economy. Credit: NOAA TPO TPO had the opportunity to connect with current and previous NOAA SBIR award recipients. Entrepreneurs from Biospherical Instruments, Inc. invited representatives from the NOAA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program to visit their workspace in downtown San Diego. The visit included a tour of their facilities and learning about progress on their current NOAA SBIR Phase I project. “We had a great site visit with [NOAA SBIR Program Manager] Dr. Lind and the rest of the TPO staff,” said Randy. “We always enjoy showing Biospherical’s facilities to visitors and having the opportunity to give greater insight into what we do, how, and why.” Founder and CEO of Blue Ocean Gear, Inc., Dr. Kortney Opshaug, participated on a panel about technologies impacting the sustainable commercial shipping sector. Blue Ocean Gear has two active NOAA SBIR awards and credits the program with increasing their company’s ability to move their technology forward in difficult economic times. Dr. Yi Chao, President and CEO of Seatrec and 2018 NOAA SBIR awardee, also participated in a panel focused on transforming ocean observations into powerful solutions. Current NOAA SBIR Phase I awardees from Biospherical Instruments, Inc. showcase their technologies for members of the NOAA SBIR team. Credit: NOAA TPO TPO also provided conference registration for representatives from three U.S. small businesses – Tampa Deep Sea Xplorers, Oscilla Power, and Radmantis – who were on hand to present technologies developed with funding from the NOAA SBIR Program. Through a competitive process, companies with active or recently-completed NOAA SBIR Phase II projects were selected to participate in the BlueTech event. The goal for including these companies was to increase their chances of commercial success by introducing them to potential investors and customers for their technologies. The conference was a wonderful opportunity to connect with members of the BlueTech sector in San Diego and beyond. TPO looks forward to continuing support for growing and diversifying the Blue Economy through funding opportunities and strategic research partnerships. NOAA TPO staff with Mitch Goldberg (Senior Scientist at NESDIS), Nicole LeBoeuf (Assistant Administrator for NOAA’s National Ocean Service), Todd Gloria (Mayor of San Diego), and Carl Gouldman (Director of the Integrated Ocean Observing System). Credit: NOAA TPO The primary goal of the NOAA SBIR Program is to empower small businesses to develop and commercialize innovative technologies that are related to NOAA’s mission. Visit the NOAA SBIR Program website to view additional information about the program, read about other NOAA SBIR successes and available technologies, and sign up to receive email updates on upcoming funding opportunities. Note: Any reference obtained from this website to a specific company, product, process, or service does not constitute or imply an endorsement by NOAA. Story published on December 1, 2022 Media contact: suzi.webster@noaa.gov

Two whales swimming in the ocean

NOAA SBIR-funded company joins partnership to protect marine mammals

The Vineyard Wind Project announced a new partnership with Charles River Analytics, Inc., aimed at protecting marine mammals during the construction of the Vineyard Wind 1 Project, the first utility-scale offshore wind project in the U.S. The effort will incorporate an “artificial intelligence and computer vision system that complements and supports human lookouts and marine radar systems” to detect marine mammals, ships, and fishing gear. Charles River Analytics’ research and development received a boost with initial Phase I funding from the NOAA SBIR Program. Read the full story.