SBIR

August 30, 2017
By Kimberly Underwood
Soldiers at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, test the new positioning technology being developed by Echo Ridge.

The military is developing a new battlefield tool that will help ground forces navigate hostile territory without the susceptibility of GPS platforms. Instead, warfighters will use radio frequency signals as a source of positioning information. To display navigational solutions on a map, the tool connects to a smartphone running the Air Force’s Android Tactical Assault Kit.

In conjunction with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Sterling, Virginia-based Echo Ridge LLC is designing the technology to fit in a small, low-power package that can be carried by ground operators, according to Mark Smearcheck, an electronics engineer with the AFRL Sensors Directorate.

June 1, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman

Adapted from an online report

The very qualities that define small businesses—agility, flexibility, inherent innovation—are driving the Defense Information Systems Agency to increase its efforts to bring those capabilities under the big tent of defense network services.

June 17, 2016

Nimbis Services Inc., Oro Valley, Arizona, has been awarded a $9 million Small Business Innovation Research Phase III, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with cost-plus-fixed-fee task orders for research and development. The contractor will continue research and development for a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)-wide, DoD-owned, cloud-based silicon integrated circuit design environment, which will allow for seamless linkage of the best design and verification capabilities across the DoD. Work will be performed in Columbus, Ohio, and is expected to be completed by June 15, 2023. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.

May 9, 2016

Kent Optronics Inc., Hopewell Junction, New York, is being awarded a $47,600,000 Small Business Innovation Research Phase III, firm-fixed-price, basic ordering agreement for wide field-of-view night vision systems, retrofits and data. The wide field-of-view night vision system uses optical foveal design that features an 80 degree field-of-view without compromising optical resolution or size, weight and power consumption. The night vision systems will be used by Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, U.S.

April 5, 2016

Mercury Defense Systems, Cypress, California, is being awarded $15,430,634 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0005 against previously issued basic ordering agreement N68335-12-G-0059 for work associated with a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research effort under Topic N06-036, entitled “Advanced Techniques for Digital Radio Frequency Memories (DRFM).” This order includes production of 28 Type II advanced DRFM units. Work will be performed in Cypress, California, and is expected to be completed in January 2018. Fiscal 2015 aircraft procurement (Air Force); and fiscal 2015 missile procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $15,430,634 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expir

December 16, 2016
Maryann Lawlor

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is now accepting proposals for its upcoming Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program for fiscal year 2016. The Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate and the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) jointly issued the solicitation. S&T and DNDO are seeking technical solutions from small businesses in 13 topic areas. The pre-solicitation is available online.

September 28, 2015

Securboration Inc., Melbourne, Florida, has been awarded a $40 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III contract for Collaborative Event Processing Environment (CEPE) software development and enhancement of decision aiding tools. Contractor will develop and transition foundational research in semantics and related technologies to provide and enhance capabilities in weapons systems to warfighters in today's information intensive battle space using SBIR-developed technology. The CEPE will facilitate the advancement and transition of advanced technologies to the warfighter keeping with the fundamental objective of the SBIR program.

June 15, 2015

Material Sciences Corp., Horsham, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a $24,526,386 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This is a phase III effort under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program with Material Sciences Corp. and is for the use of innovative technologies developed under the phase I and II contracts to design, analyze, and fabricate a wide array of structure and mechanical components intended for use by the Navy.

June 4, 2015

Mercury Defense Systems, Cypress, California, is being awarded $7,567,134 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0004 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-12-G-0059) for work associated with a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research effort under Topic N06-036, entitled "Advanced Techniques for Digital Radio Frequency Memories (DRFM)." This order includes production of 14 Type II Advanced DRFM units. Work will be performed in Cypress, California, and is expected to be completed in December 2016.

January 21, 2015

Progeny Systems Corporation, Manassas, Virginia, is being awarded a $16,193,364 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-11-C-6296) for the procurement of engineering and technical support services associated with Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III Topic No. N96-278 Technology Infusion Methodology for Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) Based Systems. This effort includes engineering services involving software development, procurement of COTS products and hardware/software integration for submarine and undersea warfare weapon systems. Work will be performed in Manassas, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by January 2016.

January 1, 2015
By George I. Seffers
iRobot, which developed the PackBot, has virtually become a household name selling robotic vacuum cleaners. The company received early investment funds from the Defense Department’s Small Business Innovation Research program.

The U.S. Defense Department broke records last year with small business contracts, but with the pending release of Better Buying Power (BBP) 3.0, which stresses the importance of innovation, smaller companies may see even greater opportunities.

January 9, 2015
By George I. Seffers

Besides having one of the coolest names in the Defense Department, Bonny Heet may arguably have one of the coolest jobs as well—program manager for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program for U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM).

The SBIR program and its sister program, the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, encourage domestic small businesses to engage in federal research and development with an eye toward commercialization. Heet reports that 11 federal agencies, including the Defense Department, participate in the SBIR program. Special Operations Command is one of only 13 Defense Department component agencies that have a SBIR program.

December 22, 2014

Organizational Strategies Incorporated, McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a $7,531,203 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for work associated with a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research effort under Topic N98-057, entitled “Advanced Training Technology Delivery System.” Work will be performed in Jacksonville, North Carolina (92 percent), and Lexington Park, Maryland (8 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2017. Fiscal 2014 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $2,463,715 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR 6.302-5.

December 22, 2014

BSC Partners LLC, San Diego, is being awarded a $13,679,958 modification to exercise an option on a previously awarded firm-fixed-price Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III contract (N61340-14-C-0002) under Topic #03-190, helicopter operations aircrew/crew chief trainer. The objective of this SBIR effort is to design, fabricate, install and test MH-60 Naval aircrew training system (S/N 2) and MH-60S aircrew virtual environment trainer (S/N 3) device. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida (90 percent), and Binghamton, New York (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2018.

December 15, 2014

Progeny Systems Corp., Manassas, Virginia, is being awarded a $7,638,109 cost-plus-fixed-fee option to previously awarded contract (N00024-14-C-6294) for the procurement of engineering and technical services associated with Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III Topic Number N96-278–Technology Infusion Methodology for Commercial Off-the-Shelf-Based Systems and Topic N98-115–Commercial Off-the-Shelf Approach to Information Security. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy (40 percent) and the government of the United Kingdom (60 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Work will be performed in Manassas, Virginia, and is expected to complete by December 2018.

March 18, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
3 Phoenix Inc., Chantilly, Va., is being awarded a $6,886,142 modification to previously awarded SBIR Phase III contract for additional engineering and system integration support for the AN/SPS-74 periscope detection radars system program. This effort includes equipment, engineering services, and field services in support of in-service engineering requirements as well as material and services required for equipment changes, repair, and spare and repair parts. The contractor will provide drawings, software engineering, and documentation development in support of the AN/SPS-74 periscope detection radars system. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme, Calif. is the contracting activity. 

May 21, 2012
By George Seffers

Science Applications International Corporation, San Diego, California, is being awarded a $6,961,768 firm-fixed-price contract for advisory and assistance services for the Weather Sustainment Division. Space-based infrared systems and military satellite communications must sustain effective and responsive consolidated logistics management support for mission-critical national defense weapons ground/command and control systems. U.S. Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, is the contracting activity.

April 26, 2012
By George Seffers

Progeny Systems Corporation, Manassas, Virginia, is being awarded a $16,238,064 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification for Small Business Innovative Research Phase III engineering and technical support services in support of technology infusion methodology for commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) based systems. This effort includes the services involving software development, procurement of COTS products and hardware/software integration for submarine and undersea warfare weapon systems. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, DC, is the contracting activity.

September 30, 2011
By George Seffers

Progeny Systems Corporation, Manassas, Virginia, is being awarded a $14,801,175 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) phase three contract to mature, adapt, and utilize the Data Acquisition and Retrieval System developed by Progeny Systems under Naval Sea Systems Command SBIR topic N99-100, used to collect combat systems data used on Navy submarines. The Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, Rhode Island, is the contracting activity.

May 9, 2011
By George Seffers

Scalable Network Technologies (SNT) Incorporated recently  announced that the company was awarded a contract to support the acquisition and enhancement of Joint Tactical Radio System Network Emulator for use by numerous U.S. Defense Department programs and agencies. The contract from the Joint Program Executive Office for the Joint Tactical Radio System (JPEO JTRS) is a follow-on to previous Army and Navy efforts with SNT, with an estimated value of $11 million.

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