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Mar 10, 2015

On June 3, 2014, New York City-based education technology firm Teachley won a 2014 Apple Design Award (see: for their app, Addimal Adventure. Each year, Apple hosts the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, during which they recognize outstanding iOS apps....

Mar 10, 2015

ViaSat, Inc.
Carlsbad, CA 92009

Highlights: 2100 employees, $688 million sales

There is no doubt that SBIR funds have made a big difference at ViaSat, a digital communications company specializing in satellite and wireless networking technologies. ViaSat’s first SBIR Phase I contract was from the Navy for the Communication Environment Simulator...

Mar 10, 2015

ViewPlus Technologies, Inc.
Corvallis, OR 97333

The story of ViewPlus Technologies starts with a minor eye operation gone awry. One day in 1988, John A. Gardner was a physics professor at Oregon State University. The next, he was blind.

When he returned to work, he encountered enormous barriers. For one, he could no longer understand graphically displayed data,...

Mar 10, 2015

Advanced Residual Stress Sensors To Determine Severity Of Steel Pipeline Mechanical Damage

It is well known that mechanical damage is the leading cause of steel pipeline failures. It is less well known, but equally true, that residual stress plays a critical role in the cracking and failure of pipelines. With DOT SBIR funding G2MT has developed an advanced sensor for measuring the...

Mar 10, 2015

Qualcomm Inc.
San Diego, CA 92121

“When you’re being innovative, there are always skeptics.”So says Dr. Irwin Jacobs, co-founder of the world’s leading provider of wireless technology and services, Qualcomm.

Jacobs knows this lesson well. In 1985, Qualcomm was a small company providing R&D to the government. But its real goal was to become...

Sep 16, 2014

The NIH SBIR grant was a gift that we felt obliged to pay forward to our community. We set out to create a product to transform the lives of people with tremor. In doing so, we discovered other ripple-effects including the creation of jobs and a community behind our work.  Read full article

Sep 4, 2014

NIH is looking for success stories that describe the transition of R&D from your small business into specific applications for the public, private sector, and/or the government. The only requirement is that the success story be attributable to NIH SBIR/STTR (alone or in combination with other research projects, including other agency SBIR/STTR funding).


Sep 13, 2013

SQUID-Technology™ arresting system, developed through contracts from the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, has spawned a series of Non-Lethal spiral technologies that arrest and immobilize vehicles while providing safety both to the user and the target.  ESA licensed the technology to Pacific Scientific...

Sep 13, 2013

Domestic security officers aim to not only replace human divers with an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), but one whose design is derived from nature: the tuna, one of the fastest and most maneuverable fish in the sea. The Biomimetic In-Oil Swimmer (BIO-Swimmer) is such an AUV being developed by Boston Engineering Corporation’s Advanced Systems Group in Waltham, MA, for the U.S. Department...

Sep 13, 2013

Smart Chart AIS (Automatic Identification System), a product developed by Technology Systems, Inc. (TSI) under a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology (S&T) Directorate’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, is a way to improve waterway safety and security for small vessels.  The system is being provided free of charge to all boaters. The Smart...