Week of August 1, 2023
Department of Defense Issues Updated Guide on Other Transaction Agreements
The Department of Defense released an updated guide on Other Transaction agreements (OTAs) for acquisition and sustainment. It covers planning, evaluating, and administering production and prototype OTs, supporting access to novel technology and flexible project design. The guide includes pre- and post-award information, best practices, and information on using consortia in OTAs.
National Science Foundation and Economic Development Administration Announce Official Coordination on Regional Innovation Programs
The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) signed an agreement to collaborate on regional innovation programs to advance technology, create jobs, and boost economic growth. The partnership will enable coordination on various projects, education activities, and outreach efforts. The NSF Engines program will catalyze partnerships to drive regional economic growth, while the EDA Tech Hubs program will enhance innovation ecosystems for economic and national security benefits.
Defense and Commerce Team up to Support Semiconductor Investments
The Departments of Commerce and Defense have signed an agreement to develop a strong domestic semiconductor supply chain. This aims to enhance national security, information sharing, and investments, ensuring a robust industrial base and emergency technology support.
Air Force Weather-funded Research Aims to Improve Predictability of Extreme Weather
Scientists are using sub-seasonal to seasonal prediction methods to understand the short-term impacts of climate change. These predictions fill the gap between daily weather forecasts and long-term climate projections, providing essential information for emergency response and preparing vulnerable communities for extreme weather events.
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AFCENT, ARCENT Partner to Test Operational Capabilities of CARPE Dronvm
U.S. Air Forces Central partnered with U.S. Army Central, McEntire Joint National Guard Base, and MITRE to test CARPE Dronvm, an initiative for reporting and alerting on suspicious drone activity. The smartphone app aims to enhance situational awareness and counter unmanned aerial systems threats in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, enabling real-time, crowd-sourced data for military decision-makers.
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NSIN | $75,000 Available for Extended Range Sensing Innovations | Prize Challenge | August 4, 2023
Companies with extended range sensor system innovations that could enhance environmental awareness and joint force maneuverability for the 1st Multi-Domain Task Force (1MDTF) are invited to submit solutions to the NSIN Presents: Extended Range Sensor Challenge for the chance to receive part of $75,000. Read More
U.S. Department of Homeland Security | $850,000 Available for Backup Power Technologies | Prize Challenge | August 8, 2023
Innovators with technologies that can support national security by providing reliable backup power to essential facilities may submit their solutions to DHS for the opportunity to receive part of a $850,000 prize purse. Technologies must be at a prototype stage or higher to be considered. Submissions are due Aug. 8. Read More
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency | Awards Available for Technologies Enabling Autonomous Systems | SBIR/STTR | August 10, 2023
Small businesses with technologies that could enable autonomous systems including advanced computing and software, human-machine interfaces, microelectronics, and trusted AI and autonomy may submit their solutions to DARPA for the opportunity to receive funding. Submissions are due Aug. 10. Read More
Department of Homeland Security S&T Awards Funds to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to Research the Future of Emergency Management
The DHS Science and Technology Directorate awarded $1.67 million to DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for researching and enhancing future emergency response structures. The focus is on advancing next-gen emergency operation centers, improving communication and coordination for state and local emergency managers, and leveraging technologies like AI and machine learning. The goal is to reduce disasters’ societal and economic impact and empower emergency managers for future challenges.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Releases RFI on Establishing a Domestic Center for R&D and Manufacturing 3-D Heterogeneous Integration (3DHI) Microsystems
DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office is seeking information to establish a domestic R&D center for 3D heterogeneous integrated (3DHI) microsystems. The center aims to advance technologies like compound semiconductors, photonics, and MEMS, to create open-access capabilities for the design, packaging, assembly, and testing of 3DHI prototypes. The program intends to foster innovation and collaboration among stakeholders from academia, businesses, and government organizations.
Bath & Body Works Cracks the Code to ‘Made in America’
Beauty and fragrance company Bath & Body Works returned its manufacturing process to Ohio from Canada, China, and Virginia in 2008. Despite initial challenges, their efforts paid off during the pandemic with revenue reaching $7.56 billion. However, for companies with specialized supply chains rooted in foreign countries, U.S.-based production may be less feasible.
SMART ePANTS Program Delivering Advanced Smart Textiles for Intelligence Community, DoD, DHS
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) is investing in Advanced Smart Textiles (AST) through the Smart Electrically Powered and Networked Textile Systems (SMART ePANTS) program. The goal is to develop wearable electronics integrated into fabric, enabling clothing with sensor systems to record data and improve capabilities for the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security. The program aims to create durable, stretchable, and washable smart garments, potentially revolutionizing wearable technology.
DHS, TSA, and FAA Evaluating Security Requirements for Advanced Air Mobility
The FAA has released the “Innovate28” plan to enable advanced air mobility operations by 2028. The plan outlines steps for safe implementation, including certification of aircraft and pilots, airspace access, infrastructure development, security measures, environmental considerations, and community engagement. Multiple entities, including the FAA, industry, NASA, and local communities, will play roles in this initiative.
PSF-In Depth Analysis: SBIR/STTR – Trends and Opportunities
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•What types of investments are being commercialized and lead to commercial capital (in progress)?
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