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Jul 30, 2011

Children’s Progress
New York, NY 10018

With funding from the SBIR program at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and other sources, Children’s Progress developed and refined its computer-adaptive dynamic assessment (CPAA) for early childhood. The assessment covers concepts in early literacy and mathematics for students in...

Jul 30, 2011

Nimble Assessment Systems, Inc.
Newton, MA 02458

With a 2008 award from the SBIR program at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in the U.S. Department of Education (ED), the firm successfully developed NimbleTools. NimbleTools delivers standard versions of assessment instruments and tailors embedded accommodation tools to meet the specific needs of each student...

Jul 30, 2011

Variation Reduction Solutions, Inc.
Plymouth, MI 48170

With its roots in the automotive industry, VRSI could have faced a fate similar to many Michigan companies when the economic downturn hit in 2007. Instead, VRSI has grown and thrived, thanks in part to the SBIR Program. Innovative leaders at the company had looked to extend beyond...

Jul 30, 2011

3C Institute for Social Development
Cary, NC 27513

Can research and innovation prevent depression, anxiety, and academic failure that result when children feel picked on or bullied? Dr. Melissa DeRosier knows that they can. Her company, 3-C Institute for Social Development (3-C ISD), has researched and commercialized intervention programs for social-emotional health,...

Jul 30, 2011

A123 Systems
Watertown, MA 02472

Highlights: 2200 employees, $24 million revenues, “green technology”

A123 Systems makes advanced lithium-ion battery technology for the transportation, power grid, and commercial/industrial products industries. The company was founded in 2001 based on novel nanoscale technology initially developed at the...

Jul 30, 2011

NanoMech, Inc.
Fayetteville, 72701 OR

Environmental Problem - Machining involves several processes that use power driven machine tools (such as lathes, milling machines, and drill presses) with a sharp cutting tool to mechanically cut metal, wood, or plastic. The temperature of both the cutting tool and the part...

Jul 30, 2011

iRobot
Bedford, MA, 01730

Highlights: iRobot wins U.S. Army, Navy and DARPA contracts worth a total of $4.4 Million

iRobot Corp. (IRBT), a leader in delivering robotic technology-based solutions, was selected as one of eight companies to receive the first annual Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Hall of Fame Award.

The U.S. Small...

Jul 29, 2011

US Small Business Administration
Washington, DC 20416

2011 SBIR Hall of Fame and Tibbetts Awards Ceremony - The national ceremony to recognize recipients of the Tibbetts Awards and Hall of Fame Awards was held in Washington, DC, on February 15, 2011.  Click on the video below to see the highlights.

Jul 8, 2011

Creare Inc.
Hanover, NH 03755

Cutting fluids used during the machining process can pose risks to human health and the environment. Creare, Inc., has created the Indirect Cooling System (ICS), which is a low-cost system that indirectly cools the cutting tool without the use of cutting fluids. Creare’s ICS prevents the environmental and occupational health problems...

Jul 8, 2011

Jet Process Corporation
North Haven, CT 06473

Conventional processes used to apply thin film coatings on electric devices generate significant water pollution, process waste, and toxic effluent.  The most common coating processes—sputtering, evaporation, Chemical Vapor Deposition, and electroplating — are not always compatible with heat sensitive...