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NIST Small Business Innovation Research Program Awards 21 Grants for Tech Development

September 25, 2017

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.

Naval H-1 Aircraft Mission Computers Up for a Retrofit

September 25, 2017

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 to Handle Coast Guard Radar Systems

September 25, 2017

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 Mission Systems Upgrading Aegis Weapon System in Support of Japanese Test Site

September 25, 2017

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.

Navy to Receive Support for Torpedo Sonar Systems

Septermber 25, 2017

Lockheed Martin Sippican Incorporated of Marion, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $52,963,189 modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-16-C-6412) to exercise option year one for the production of Mk 48 Mod 7 guidance and control sections, Mk 48 Mod 7 Common Broadband Advanced Sonar System (CBASS) functional item replacement kits, factory test equipment, spares, production support material and related engineering services and hardware support for guidance and control sections and CBASS kits. The modification combines purchases for the Navy (65 percent); the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) via the PMS404 Joint Program Office’s (JPO) Armament Cooperation Program (ACP) (11 percent); and the governments of the Netherlands (23 percent); and Canada and Turkey (less than 1 percent), under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Work will be performed in Marion, Massachusetts (88 percent); Braintree, Massachusetts (8 percent); and Lemont Furnace, Pennsylvania (4 percent), and is expected to be completed by November 2020. FY 2017 weapons procurement (Navy); foreign military sales ACP/JPO/RAN; and FY 2015 and 2016 weapons procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $52,963,189 will be obligated at the time of award, of which FY 2015 weapons procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $246,570 will expire at the end the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.

Air Force's Cobra Dane Radar to Keep Scanning

September 25, 2017

Raytheon Company, Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded a $16,000,000 modification (P00002) to previously awarded contract to support in-scope requirements which are required to ensure the Cobra Dane radar maintains operational capability. Work will be performed in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is expected to be completed by December 31, 2019. No funds are being obligated at time of modification. Fiscal year 2017 operations and maintenance funds will be obligated on orders within the ceiling of the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity. Air Force Life Cycle Management Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, is the contracting activity (FA8723-16-D-0001).

Universities Developing Speech Recognition for the Air Force Research Laboratory

September 25, 2017

The Air Force has tapped two universities to develop speech recognition technologies. One of the awards goes to the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, California, for $17,079,713, while the other award goes to Columbia University in New York, for $14,884,945. Both of the universities will perform research in developing and integrating agile and robust automatic speech recognition, machine translation, cross-language information retrieval, and summarization technologies into functional end-to-end systems. Work at USC and Columbia will be performed in Marina del Rey, California, and New York, respectivley, and should be completed August 22, 2021. The award is the result of a competitive acquisition and nine offers were received. Fiscal year 2016 research and development funds in the amount of $3,020,000 and $2,570,000 are being obligated at time of award for USC and Columbia, respectively Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-17-C-9116; FA8650-17-C-9117).

Raytheon to Supply B-2 Antenna Tool Aid for the Air Force

September 25, 2017

Raytheon Company, Space and Airborne Systems, El Segundo, California, has been awarded a $23,389,938, firm-fixed-price modification (P00003) to previously awarded contract for B-2 antenna supplemental work. The contract modification provides for the purchase of one B-2 antenna tool aid being produced under the basic contract. Work will be performed in El Segundo, California, and is expected to be completed by September 22, 2020. Fiscal year 2015 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $23,389,938 are being obligated on a subsequent order after award. Air Force Sustainment Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, is the contracting activity (FA8119-17-D-0015).

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