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DHS S&T, First Responder Resource Group Discuss Public Safety Initiatives in Annual Meeting

The Department of Homeland Security's science and technology directorate met with the First Responder Resource Group to discuss public safety gaps, priorities and potential projects. FRRG reviewed initiatives under the directorate's Silicon Valley Innovation Program, Small Business Innovation Research effort and Next Generation First Responder Apex Program, DHS said Tuesday.

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House Members Introduce Bill to Support Small Business Programs; Rep. Haley Stevens Quoted

Reps. Jim Baird, R-Ind., Haley Stevens, D-Mich., and Tim Burchett, R-Tenn., introduced a bill to support small business research and development programs. The Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Improvements Act would require the Small Business Association to annually report to Congress on SBIR and STTR programs, Baird’s office said Wednesday.

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DHS Releases Thermal Monitor for Firefighters

The Department of Homeland Security unveiled a body-worn device to monitor thermal conditions and alarm warfighters on potential hazards. Funded through the Small Business Innovation Research initiative, Burn Saver is a lightweight device designed to track the heat flux and temperature of fireground environments through the use of built-in sensors, DHS said Tuesday

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Rep. Mac Thornberry Releases FY20 NDAA Proposals on Acquisition, Industry Participation

Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, introduced two proposals for inclusion in the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act to improve acquisition procedures and promote industry engagement, the House Armed Services Committee said Thursday. Thornberry, a ranking member of the committee, noted that his reform proposals set out to “improve agility, cut bureaucracy, promote justice, provide better benefits, and save the taxpayer billions.”

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DOE Announces $95M Funding for SBIR, STTR Phase II

The Department of Energy intends to award $95 million in 86 grants across 74 firms under the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. The grants cover phase II of the programs and would finance projects that passed technical feasibility qualifications during the first phase, DOE said Monday. Each awardee would receive a grant valued around $1 million covering a two-year research and development period for prototyping.

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USAF Revamps Technology Transfer Program With New Efforts

The U.S. Air Force is accelerating the transition of new technologies to warfighters with new efforts under the branch's Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer program. The renewed program includes an upcoming STTR-focused workshop and expanded coverage of contributors, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said Monday.

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DOE Launches Grant Program to Support Science R&D Efforts

The Department of Energy will award 189 research and development grants worth a total of $33M in support of the Office of Science’s efforts to study the feasibility of new technology, DOE said Monday. The department will select 149 small businesses in 32 states to participate in R&D programs for the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Office of Biological and Environmental Research and Office of Nuclear Physics.

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GAO: FY 2015-2018 Awards to Small Businesses Majority-Owned by Investment Firms, Funds Totaled $43.6M

The Government Accountability Office has found that only three out of 11 federal agencies that take part in the Small Business Innovation Research program awarded grants and contracts to small firms owned by venture capital companies, hedge funds and private equity firms in the past four fiscal years. Those three agencies are the Department of Education's Institute for Education Sciences, Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy and the Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of Health, GAO said Friday.

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DOE Announces Second Wave of Small Business R&D Funds

The Department of Energy announced $37M available in funding to support small business innovation research and small business technology transfer efforts. This is the second SBIR/STTR funding opportunity announced for fiscal 2019 that finances multiple small business-led research and development efforts in support of nine DOE offices, the department said.

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