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Upcoming America’s Seed Fund Startup Expo to feature three NOAA SBIR award winners

Upcoming America’s Seed Fund Startup Expo to feature three NOAA SBIR award winners

Three small businesses funded by the NOAA Small Business Innovation Research Program were selected to showcase their innovative technologies at the inaugural America’s Seed Fund Startup Expo on May 25, 2022. The Startup Expo, hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Investment and Innovation, will feature presentations from 12 U.S.-based entrepreneurs who have developed impactful technologies using federal SBIR/STTR dollars.  Featured presenters were selected through a competitive process based on short video applications that introduced their innovation team, described their technology and its impact, and shared next steps for their company. The selected entrepreneurs will showcase technologies in four…
NOAA teams up with Viking to conduct and share science aboard new Great Lakes expedition voyages

NOAA teams up with Viking to conduct and share science aboard new Great Lakes expedition voyages

NOAA plans to expand its research in the Great Lakes region as the agency teams up with the travel company Viking to carry scientists aboard new expedition voyages planned to begin in 2022. As part of the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement, NOAA scientists will join Viking expeditions in the Great Lakes to conduct research focused on changes in the region’s weather, climate, ecosystems and maritime heritage resources. NOAA scientists will also serve on the Viking Scientific Advisory Committee. Read the Full Story –>  
NOAA Awarded U.S. Patent for Innovative Lionfish Trap

NOAA Awarded U.S. Patent for Innovative Lionfish Trap

Device could help protect threatened ecosystems and aid fishing communities The Challenge 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. In recent years, state-sponsored…
Small business partnership leads to big advances in 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. Read the Full Article
NOAA issues FY22 call for Phase I SBIR proposals

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…
NOAA awards $10.7 million to support Small Business Innovation Research

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…
Small Company Thrives on Commercialization of NOAA’s Miniaturized Particle Spectrometer

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…
NOAA Technology Transfer:  Increasing the Impact of Public Investments in NOAA Science

NOAA Technology Transfer: Increasing the Impact of Public Investments in NOAA Science

The NOAA Technology Transfer Program manages intellectual property and executes Cooperative Research and Development Agreements for NOAA. The goal of the Program is to ensure a rapid and cost-effective transfer of NOAA technology from the Lab to the U.S. marketplace for direct use and/or commercialization. More Information: Licensing NOAA Technologies Cooperative Research and Development Agreements Intellectual Property 101 for NOAA Staff Program Contacts: Derek ParksTechnology Transfer Program Manager Ciceley GibbsCRADA Administrative Support