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Posted on Mar 3, 2015

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Access to clean, uncontaminated water is of paramount importance to Air Force warfighters conducting critical operations. Unfortunately, in many remote or rural areas of the world, access to this resource is limited or non-existent.The Air Force Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program office is providing nearly $750,000 to further mature a portable micro-discharge ozone generator, capable of purifying and decontaminating water for warfighters in the Air Force’s Air Combat Command and the Army’s Special Forces Command. The new generator, developed jointly by Physical Sciences Inc., in Andover,...
Posted on Mar 2, 2015

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – In order for an imaging munition to find and make its mark, a variety of information is required, including high-resolution video imagery. Future Air Force munitions will likely feature wide field-of-view (WFOV) imaging seekers that provide Air Force warfighters several advantages over using traditional imaging seekers, including improved capability and lower cost.The Air Force Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program office recently provided nearly $100,000 of additional funding for a SBIR effort that will give the warfighter a WFOV technology system.The objective of this SBIR Phase II follow-on...
Posted on Feb 27, 2015

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Air Force and a small business partner developed an innovative, high-temperature, abrasion-resistant coating product that could directly improve the reliability and maintainability of weapon systems across the Air Force, including the F-35.With funding from the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program, Texas Research Institute (TRI), in Austin, Texas, the Proteckt high-temperature coating has demonstrated 20-times improvements in abrasion resistance at operational temperatures in laboratory testing.“This is roughly a 2,000 percent improvement in the average time between coating...
Posted on Feb 26, 2015

Original story can be found here which includes a video demonstration. Interview #2:  Anupam Pathak, Founder and CEO of Lift LabThe 2nd edition of SBIR Pulse features Anupam Pathak, the Founder and CEO of Lift Labs, a start-up company that was funded by NIH SBIR and was recently acquired by Google. Lift Labs’ SBIR-funded product is currently available on the market, and Anupam now works at Google[x] R&D in the San Francisco Bay Area.SBIR Pulse:  What is your lead product and how is it creating a social impact?Our lead product is Liftware, which uses a new technology to actively stabilize a user’s hand tremor by physically moving an...
Posted on Feb 20, 2015

Original complete story from Brookings Institution can be found here.With both houses of Congress moving apace to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the question is not whether the new legislation will reduce the federal government’s footprint in K-12 education; it assuredly will.  The question is whether, in their understandable efforts to rein in Washington’s influence, legislators can preserve those elements of federal policy that stand to benefit students and taxpayers—particularly those that fulfill functions that would otherwise go unaddressed within our multi-layered system of education governance....The origins and implementation of i3 have been...
Posted on Feb 18, 2015

2015 TIBBETTS AWARD NOMINATIONSThe Tibbetts Awards are presented to those small businesses and individuals judged to exemplify the best in the SBIR or STTR programs. The award is named for Roland Tibbetts, acknowledged as the father of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, and is presented to companies, supporting organizations, and individuals which have leveraged the SBIR/STTR investment, or helped others do so, in a way that has generated measurable value to their firm or the nation.   All Tibbetts Award winners will be selected by the SBA based on the recommendations of a panel of judges. There is no monetary value to the Tibbetts Award. All awardees are...
Posted on Feb 16, 2015

Original unabridged story can be found here: http://arrowheadsolutionsllc.com/blogs/post/Roundtable-Recap-Small-Business-Innovation-Research-Program-SBIR/ SBA LEADERSHIP AND BOULDER AREA BUSINESSES COME TOGETHER AND DISCUSS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S PROGRAM TO FUND INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY  BUSINESS ATTENDEES: Michael Minard: ACTA Technology, Geoff Crowley & Gerald Thompson: Astra, LLC, David Bruhwiler: RadiaSoft, Bob Levenduski: Redstone Aerospace, Doug Campbell: Solid Power Battery, LLC, Mark Yager: eCrossCulture, JD Marks: RedCanyon Engineering and Software, Stephanie Amend: Arrowhead Solutions, LLC, Andra Hargrave: Global Sales Advisors GOVERNMENT...
Posted on Feb 12, 2015

By Javier.SaadeAt the SBA, we oversee America’s Largest Seed Fund, formally known as the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.These highly competitive programs provide the needed impetus for many advanced technology firms to move from ideation to commercialization, supporting our country’s innovation driven economy.  Since the programs’ inception, there have been over 150,000 awards totaling about $40 billion to help this country’s innovators and de-risk technology investments needed to keep our country competitive.   Annually, thousands of American innovators gain access to $2.5 billion in non-dilutive seed...
Posted on Feb 10, 2015

Original story can be found here: http://www.fastcompany.com/3041667/most-innovative-companies-2015/the-worlds-top-10-most-innovative-companies-of-2015-in-video10) ZaptionFor giving teachers the power to use video as an educational tool. Teachers are turning increasingly to YouTube to supplement textbook lessons for students. The problem? Just watching a video doesn’t guarantee students retain any of its information. That’s where Zaption comes in. Its web app enables anyone to take online video and add interactive elements, like review questions, paving the way for deep learning. In 2014, Zaption released its freemium product, adding 50,000 new users—mostly K-12 teachers—in the...
Posted on Feb 9, 2015

We are pleased to announce our 17th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference will be held on Tuesday, October 27 – Thursday, October 29, 2015, in Seattle, Washington. Hosted by the Washington State Department of Commerce (WSDC) (http://www.commerce.wa.gov/Pages/default.aspx), this event will be the largest annual gathering of HHS SBIR/STTR federal experts in the country, including representatives from NIH, CDC, FDA and others.Washington State has a vibrant life science ecosystem making it an ideal location for our conference. The event will take place at Seattle’s Destination Waterfront Venue, the Bell Harbor International Conference Center (http://www.bellharbor.com/).Small businesses at any stage...
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