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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) awarded nearly $3.9 million in grants to 21 small businesses to support innovative technology development. Awardees in 16 states will receive Phase I or Phase II funding through NIST’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The innovative products to be developed through the grants aim to solve specific technology challenges in collaboration and partnership, data and modeling, precision measurements, and systems. Phase I awardees receive up to $100,000 to establish the merit, feasibility and commercial potential of the proposed research and development. After completing their Phase I projects, awardees may vie for Phase II funding of up to $300,000 to continue their efforts. In Phase III, non-SBIR funds are used for technology commercialization. “These grants are a strong investment in the nation’s economic future,” said Paul Zielinski, director, NIST’s Technology Partnerships Office. “Small businesses build on NIST’s scientific advances and create next-generation products that boost U.S. leadership in technology.”
The 2017 Phase I awardees include:
Collaboration and Partnership
En’Urga Incorporated. (West Lafayette, Indiana) $100,000 - for an optical device for sorting particles by size. The device, based on a NIST provisional patent, will estimate the size of minute drops in advanced spray nozzles and fuel injectors designed to improve engine efficiency in the automotive and aerospace industries.
Data and Modeling
MBSE Tools, Incorporated, doing business as ModGeno (Cumming, Georgia) $100,000 - for a model-based solution to improve the accessibility and affordability of manufacturing system simulations. MBSE will use an automated modeling and analysis tool to help manufacturers answer routine questions about throughput, capacity, cycle time and work-in-process inventory.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Woodland Hills, California, is being awarded a $10,114,000 modification to previously issued firm-fixed-price delivery order 3000, placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-15-G-0026. The modification provides for the procurement of 52 technical refreshed mission computers for retrofit on the H-1 aircraft. Work will be performed in Baltimore, Maryland (42 percent); Salt Lake City, Utah (38 percent); and Woodland Hills, California (20 percent), and is expected to be completed in May 2020. Fiscal year 2017 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $10,114,000 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Saab Defense and Security USA LLC, East Syracuse, New York, is being awarded a $16,838,188 firm-fixed-price contract for Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutter multi-mode radar systems. The contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $118,529,109. Work will be performed in East Syracuse, New York (64 percent); and Gothenburg, Sweden (36 percent), and is expected to be completed by January 2019. Fiscal year 2017 other procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $16,838,188 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The competitively procured contract had three offers received. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity (N00024-17-C-5381).
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Moorestown, New Jersey, is being awarded a $49,215,810 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-5111) to provide equipment upgrades and spares to the Aegis Weapon System baseline, systems engineering, and staging services in support of the Japanese Computer Program Test Site. Work will be performed in Moorestown, New Jersey (97.8 percent); Yokosuka, Japan (2.0 percent); and Clearwater, Florida (0.2 percent), and is expected to be completed by September 2020. Foreign military sales funding in the amount of $49,215,810 will be obligated at time of award. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The contract was not competitively procured International Agreement. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.