NOAA supports small businesses to fuel technology innovation

NOAA has invested in 23 small businesses developing innovative technologies in technical areas including climate adaptation and mitigation, weather-ready nation, healthy oceans, and resilient coastal communities and economies. These grants were awarded under the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, and total over nearly $3.4 million.

Each selected small business will receive up to $150,000 to test the feasibility of their technologies over the next 6 months. 57% of the awards will go to first-time SBIR awardees and 26% of the selected companies qualify as women-owned or small disadvantaged businesses. Investments were spread over 15 states. 

The FY22 NOAA SBIR Phase I awardees include:

Climate Adaptation and Mitigation
AirMettleAccelerated In-Situ Analysis of Multi-Dimensional Data
Project Vesta, PBCTechnological Development for Measuring, Reporting, and Verifying Olivine-mediated Ocean CO2 Sequestration
Weather-Ready Nation
60HertzArtificial Intelligence (AI) Based Algorithms for Predictive Maintenance Using NOAA Data-Sets for Renewable Energy Assets.
ACME AtronOmatic dba MyRadarOrbital Wildfire Resilience
Dragoon TechnologySingle Use Uncrewed Aircraft with Oceanic Range
Improving AviationNowcasting Wildfire Ember Risk in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) with WindTL
Intellisense SystemsFlood Location and Alerting
Marine Advanced RoboticsDynamic Swarming of USVs for Hydrographic Surveys in Disaster Recovery
MorphoboticsAutonomous Environmental UAV Survey System for Wildfire Assessments
Weathervane LabsNovel Personal Thermal Comfort Models for Weather-Ready Decision-Making
Healthy Oceans
Aerodyne ResearchNovel Probes for Real Time Monitoring of Dissolved Gases and their Isotopologues in Aquatic Ecosystems
Ai.FishA Multimodal Computer Vision System for Fisheries Monitoring
Biospherical InstrumentsInnovative UV Biofouling Mitigation Technique for In-water Optical Sensors
Blue Ocean GearImproving Data Measurements in Alaskan Waters While Reducing Ghost Gear Using Smart Fishing Technology
CoastalOceanVisionIn Situ and Point of Sale Quantification of Human Pathogens Associated with Aquaculture and Shellfish Farming Using Novel Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy
Field Data ServicesAutomated Monitoring of Salmon Streams with a New Solid-State LiDAR
FPN dba PhytoSmartDevelopment and Evaluation of Peroxide Free Fin-Fish Nursery Feeds with Active DHA-Synthase Enzyme (DSe)
GoeppertRapid Detection of Nanoplastics with Advanced Solid-State Nanopore Sensors
LobsterLiftDeveloping and Testing Ropeless Fishing Gear with Inshore Lobstermen While Focusing on Speed, Cost, and Safety
Ocean’s BalanceSustainable Seed Production for North Atlantic Kelp Aquaculture
Wolverine Radar CompanyMeasuring Stormwater Overflow with Synthetic Aperture Radar
Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies
Adaptive Management and EngineeringDeveloping IOT Sensor Systems to Reduce Cost of Dredging for Coastal Restoration Initiatives
Geometric Data AnalyticsLogistics Management of Drifters and Predictive Methods for Ocean Sensing

Additional information about the proposed technologies, including project abstracts, is available here. NOAA selects Phase I awards to receive funding based on their scientific and technical merit, level of innovation, and commercial potential. Based on their progress in Phase I, companies will be eligible to submit proposals for up to $500,000 in Phase II funding to further develop the technologies toward commercialization. NOAA also recently announced this year’s Phase II grant recipients.

The NOAA SBIR Program is located within the NOAA Technology Partnerships Office. To learn about upcoming NOAA SBIR events, workshops, and funding opportunities, sign up for the NOAA SBIR email list and follow the NOAA Technology Partnerships Office on LinkedIn and Twitter @NOAAinnovate