Tag Archives: Small Business Technology Transfer

Draft House NDAA Provisions Seek to Address Gap Between R&D, Acquisition

Pentagon

A draft of a House defense bill contains two provisions that would create a five-year pilot program to identify promising technologies and broaden Navy programs that promote innovation involving small businesses to help address the “valley of death” between research and acquisition in order to get the technology into the hands of warfighters.

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House Subcommittee Schedules FY 2022 NDAA Markup

Capitol Hill

The House Armed Services’ cyber, innovative technologies and information systems subcommittee is set to meet Wednesday for the markup of the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2022. The subpanel's proposed NDAA would direct the secretary of the Department of Defense to launch a five-year pilot program to help advance the transition of DOD's science and technology initiatives into full-scale implementation.

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DHS Asks Former SBIR Participants for Technology Ideas; Dusty Lang Quoted

Cyber Hygiene

The Department of Homeland Security invites small businesses to submit ideas with the potential to address the technology needs of various DHS components. Interested businesses may take part in the Other Agency Technology Solutions requests for information, which seek concepts on a variety of topics including electro-optical/infrared sensors, autonomous vessel tracking and 5G internet of things, DHS's Science and Technology Directorate said Friday.

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SBA, Millennium Challenge Corp. Partner to Drive Small Business Innovation for Global Applications

Small Business Innovation

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has teamed up with U.S. foreign aid agency Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in a push to help smaller companies bring emerging technology to international markets for potential use in multiple sectors. The two agencies signed a memorandum of understanding to explore innovations that align with country-specific technological needs in renewable energy, agriculture and irrigation, health, water and sanitation. 

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USAF Taps Jump Aero, Caltech to Develop Damage Recovery Tech for Emergency Response Aircraft; Carl Dietrich Quoted

Architecture

Jump Aero and the California Institute of Technology will develop a machine learning-aided flight controller designed to help the U.S. Air Force boost the safety of emergency response aircraft. The Air Force expects the new technology to increase the probability of a safe recovery when the aircraft is damaged in battle.

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DOE Announces $110M for Small Business-led Clean Energy, Climate Projects; Jennifer Granholm Quoted

Jennifer Granholm

The Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a total of $110 million in new funds to 102 small businesses-led projects on clean energy and climate. DOE said Wednesday that it issued these awards under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. 

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NASA Funds Small Business for Research, Development of New Space Tech; Jim Reuter Quoted

Jim Reuter

NASA has invested $45 million in 365 small business projects that support the areas of space science and technology, aeronautics and human exploration. The space agency said Thursday it funds these companies with up to $125,000 each for the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer program's first phase, where they demonstrate the feasibility of proposed technologies.

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AFVentures Reports $710M in Contracts Awarded Via Open Topic Program; Maj. Jason Rathje Quoted

Maj. Jason Rathje

The Department of the Air Force’s commercial investment group AFVentures has issued its annual report for fiscal year 2020 stating that it has awarded $710 million in contracts to over 1,400 small businesses using the Open Topic program since its formation in 2018. Maj. Jason Rathje, director of AFVentures, said the report seeks to reflect the program’s return on investment for the Air Force and Space Force.

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DOE Allots $115M for New Wave of Small Business-Led Clean Energy Research; Jennifer Granholm Quoted

Jennifer Granholm

The Department of Energy (DOE) will award $115 million to small businesses for research and development projects on clean energy. Interested parties may apply for these awards under DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. The funds will support research on a range of clean energy topics, including renewable energy, grid modernization and carbon removal. 

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DOE Invests in Phase I R&D Work Under 139 Small Businesses

U.S. Research Security

The Department of Energy (DOE) has earmarked $37 million to fund Phase I research and development activities under 170 grants issued to 139 small businesses in support of the DOE Office of Science. DOE said Tuesday the Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer grants have a median value of $200,000 and cover a period of up to 12 months.

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