SoldierBoost, Nutrient-Dense Soldier Food Bar Ration

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Logistics Agency
Contract: SP4701-18-C-0070
Agency Tracking Number: L2-0138
Amount: $751,445.57
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DLA163-001
Solicitation Number: 2016.3
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-09-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-09-25
Small Business Information
3300 N Interstate 35, Austin, TX, 78705
DUNS: 033171534
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Malcolm Prouty
 (512) 535-7791
 malcolmprouty@systemsandmaterials.com
Business Contact
 Dr. Malcolm Prouty
Phone: (512) 535-7791
Email: malcolmprouty@systemsandmaterials.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Soldiers engaged in Sustained Operations can burn up to 6,000 kcal of energy per day, which cannot be compensated for by current rations - Meals, Ready-to-Eat and First Strike Rations only provide up to 3,750 kcal/day and 2,900 kcal/day, respectively. This energy debt is further aggravated by the fact that most soldiers "field strip" their rations, removing menu items that are undesirable, or that are deemed expendable. Studies have shown that short-term hypocaloric diets can worsen physical fatigue, impair cognitive function, and decrease overall soldier performance in the field. Systems & Materials Research Corporation is teaming with North Carolina State University to produce SoldierBoost, a nutrient-dense, shelf-stable food ration designed for soldiers engaged in high activity field operations. Each SoldierBoost bar comes in a standard and caffeine-infused version, providing soldiers with a full allowance of nutrition while on the move and the option for extra stimulation to remain alert during times of fatigue such as night-time operations. SoldierBoost supports the DLA subsistence supply chain's mission by providing an improved field ration that has ultra-high energy content in a compact, lightweight form factor.

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