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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for FY19 is not expected to be complete until April, 2020.

  1. A Multimodal Acoustic Tool for Inline Pipe Inspection

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: 180PH1

    A Multimodal Acoustic Tool for Inline Pipe Inspection 3/19/2018 The US energy transport pipeline system is a longstanding distribution network with most of its still standing pipes being installed between the 1950s–1970s. Due to degradation mechanisms, such as embrittlement, capable of causing a two-fold reduction in fracture toughness, pipe rupture is a major risk. Current nondestructive ins ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Transportation
  2. Rapid Assessment of Air Void System in Fresh Concrete

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: 171FH2

    Proposal title: Rapid Assessment of Air Void System in Fresh Concrete Water expansion during freeze-thaw cycles can cause deterioration in concrete, leading to scaling, cracking, and crumbling over a period of years. Resistance to this damage is achieved with a system of voids formed by adding surfactants to the fresh concrete to stabilize air bubbles naturally entrained during mixing. The volume ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of Transportation
  3. Broken Rail Detection from Flashing Rear End Device

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: 171FR2

    Proposal title: Broken Rail Detection from Flashing Rear End Device Broken rails are a common cause of mainline derailments and a particular concern given the increasing use of our rail system for passenger traffic and petroleum products. The progressive nature of the defects provides an opportunity for early detection of cracks before they become significant enough to cause a derailment. Unfortu ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of Transportation
  4. Off Grid High Value Crop System: Harnessing Mushroom Farm Bi-Products for Soil and CO2 Enrichment to Produce Additional Specialty Crops

    SBC: HAW RIVER MUSHROOMS, LLC            Topic: 812

    US interest in gourmet mushrooms has been growing rapidly, with a 50% increase in sales seen between2014 and 2015 (National Agricultural Statistics Service, 2015), resulting in an increase in small farmoperations specializing in this nutrient dense crop. This project will research how a new agriculturalenterprise model consisting of mushrooms, medicinal herbs, and a non?food vermiculture product c ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  5. Semi-Autonomous Follow-me Biomass Baler

    SBC: AUTONOMOUS TRACTOR CORPORATION            Topic: 813

    This project addresses USDA-NIFA's research priorities regarding crop management systems that promote energy conservation and efficiency, including the use of alternative and renewable energy resources. This proposal outlines a plan to prove the research concept of a Single-pass Autonomous Follow-me (SAF) Baler. The SAF baler is intended to bale the available supply of corn stover during corn ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  6. Novel Approaches to Improve Maize Yield

    SBC: Benson Hill Biosystems, Inc.            Topic: 82

    High-temperature stress can result in significant yield loss in maize, particularly when the stress coincides with reproductive growth stages and grain fill. Engineering of the starch biosynthetic pathway has been prioritized as an attempt to mitigate heat stress-induced yield losses. Traditional transgenic approaches to solve this problem are complicated by the presence of the native gene encodin ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  7. Novel Methods for Plastid Transformation

    SBC: Benson Hill Biosystems, Inc.            Topic: 82

    Higher plant plastids contain active homologous recombination (HR) machinery that has been harnessed for plastid transformation in a limited number of plant species. Stable plastid transformation requires homoplasmic plants in which all plastid genome (plastome) copies are transformed to avoid segregation of the plastid-encoded trait. In plant species where plastid transformation has been demonstr ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  8. SPENT HOPS, YEAST AND TRUB FROM CRAFT BREWERIES FOR PROMOTION OF ANIMAL GROWTH AND METHANE REDUCTION IN RUMINANTS

    SBC: Highland Brewing Company, Inc.            Topic: 83

    The growing craft brewing industry produces significant amounts of spent yeast, trub (grain proteins) and spent hops that are presently treated as waste. Their disposal can be a headache for the brewer and municipal waste treatment authorities. We have created a combination of these materials called THYM (Trub Hops Yeast Mix) and are developing it into an agricultural feed supplement for cattle. B ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  9. Sweetpotato Leaf Rubisco and Whole Leaf Proteins as Functional Ingredients in Foods

    SBC: LeafPro, LLC            Topic: 85

    This work will optimize extraction of edible proteins from sweetpotato leaves, an agricultural waste stream, and develop them into a nutritious, functional dry protein concentrate for use in production of the high-protein foods in strong demand today. A biorefinery approach allows extraction of coproducts, such as polyphenols and carotenoids, useful in food products for their antioxidant and/or co ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  10. Advanced Portable Processing Platform

    SBC: SinnovaTek, Inc.            Topic: 85

    The food industry is changing as traditional business models increasingly shift toward socially good enterprises with a need for transparency, ingenuity, and agility. This shift demands innovative products that satisfy multi-faceted goals that employ improved nutritional content, sustainable agricultural practices, supply chain flexibility, and accountability for food waste. This demand creates an ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture

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