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Posted on Apr 16, 2015

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Special operations forces (SOF) operating in war-zone environments are not regularly welcomed with open arms by their adversaries. In fact, their adversaries provide a variety of obstacles designed to keep them at arm’s length.As a result, SOF personnel requested a compact, lightweight, hand-held tool that would allow them to cut through locks, bars and other barriers.To meet this need, the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program office is providing transition funding that will give SOF personnel, law enforcement and first responders a small, hand-held thermal erosive cutting (TEC) torch as...
Posted on Apr 10, 2015

To access the application click here. For more information & updates please visit www.sba.gov/accelerators2015 SBA Growth Accelerator Fund ApplicationThe U.S. Small Business Administration is thrilled to announce a second round of the Growth Accelerator Fund contest. In 2015, we will again be awarding $50,000 prizes to the winners of the contest. These funds are to be used to fund operating budgets, not for investing in start-ups in your ecosystems.The winners of this year's contest must demonstrate the ability to raise (or have plans to raise) a 4 to 1 match of prizes awarded. This match can be in the form of cash, in-kind donations, or sponsorships.For this contest, "accelerators...
Posted on Apr 2, 2015

SBIR Pulse:  A “Start Up Hub” For Entrepreneurs Looking to Make A DifferenceInterview #3: David Zipper, Managing Director at 1776Incubators, accelerators, and startup hubs are an emerging and important part of the high-tech ecosystem. These entities support entrepreneurs and startups in early stages and later on in getting to market through networking, trainings, mentorship, and by providing capital. In this month’s SBIR Pulse, we interview David Zipper, the Managing Director at 1776, a global startup hub in areas including education, energy & sustainability, health, and transportation & cities.  1776 manages an incubator in Washington DC with 260 startup members, as well...
Posted on Mar 29, 2015

For complete story, see original in Forbes Magazine here."Some startups seeking angel investments have an extra advantage – they’ve already received money from the federal government and started developing their products before angel money is needed. Funds from Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants are especially interesting because they do not dilute ownership by founders or investors,  and they work in concert with angel funds to build startups’ success.  Additional funds for product development combined with zero dilution is an angel investor’s dream for better and faster returns..." 
Posted on Mar 27, 2015

Original posting can be found here.Hello from the open road, the southeast leg of the #SBIRRoadTour. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) personnel from different agencies on a bus tour to meet with entrepreneurs in state after state... what's not to love? For the National Science Foundation (NSF), the timing is just right, with our funding deadlines coming up in mid-June. The tour is also the inspiration for this installment of the SBIR Agency Blog.Question of the Week:Which SBIR/STTR program is NSF, again?The "bring your own customer" one. And that customer better be a paying one. Unlike at most contracting agencies, NSF will not be your final customer....
Posted on Mar 25, 2015

SBA Administrator Seeks Constructive Criticism in Louisville as Part of Road TourDuring a visit to Louisville Tuesday, Maria Contreras-Sweet, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and a member of President Barack Obama’s executive cabinet, described the city as a hub of innovation that is advancing the profile of the entrepreneur.Contreras-Sweet’s visit was part of the Small Business Innovation Research road tour, an 18-state tour in which she is meeting with entrepreneurs, researchers, scientists, government officials, academics and businesses to gather feedback on how the SBA can better promote its grants, loans and equity financing tools to small businesses...
Posted on Mar 20, 2015

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Nickel-based materials are used in several components of today’s fighter aircraft. However, working with these materials can be dangerous for installers and requires special handling procedures.Through a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract with the Air Force, Triton Systems, Inc., located in Massachusetts, developed a nickel-free material technology that is positioned for transition to several F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft applications. Transition of this technology is anticipated to save $550 million across the aircraft’s lifecycle.“Identifying environmentally benign and more affordable alternatives to nickel will provide...
Posted on Mar 19, 2015

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Air Force warfighter needs unmanned aerial vehicles that can provide 24-hour surveillance and deliver understandable imagery. The Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program office recently provided nearly $750,000 of follow-on funding for a SBIR effort that will give the warfighter a high-definition, short-wave infrared (SWIR) camera for airborne surveillance applications.The objective of this SBIR Phase II follow-on contract is maturation of the technology and manufacturing readiness. Toyon Research Corporation, located in Goleta, California, and their subcontractor, FLIR Systems, will be...
Posted on Mar 16, 2015

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Military training has long been an expensive, but necessary endeavor. In particular, flight training cost billions of dollars per year. Reducing expenses associated with this training and creating training programs that are more cost-effective and efficient present challenges for the Air Force.However, according to Dr. Winston Bennett, a scientist who researches training technology for the Air Force Research Laboratory, his organization has found a key source of funding to address challenges and shortfalls related to training.“The Air Force provides its airmen with training from the time they enter their initial schoolhouse training until they leave...
Posted on Mar 12, 2015

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio – Although the development of remotely piloted aircraft began in the 1950s, they are increasingly used by both military and commercial customers and provide a promising new chapter in the history of aviation. As the technology’s potential grows, so does the need for technologies that provide enhanced situational awareness for the aircraft operator and improved safety while operating during military operations.The Department of Defense is developing an airborne sense-and-avoid (SAA) capability to improve the agility of remotely piloted aircraft and allow them to make autonomous collision avoidance maneuvers. These aircraft support the Air Force’s global mission,...
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