Week of September 5, 2023
Department of Homeland Security Awards $14.9M to 15 U.S. Small Businesses for R&D Prototypes
The DHS Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program has granted $15M to $15M small businesses for homeland security tech development. Phase II recipients receive around $1 million to prototype over two years. The program spans 10 tech areas and aims to foster innovation and economic growth through small businesses. Phase II awardees may receive further funding for final product development from private or government sources. This program encourages small businesses to engage in federal R&D and commercialize SBIR-funded solutions.
NSF Looks to Invest $100M in New AI Research Institutes
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is offering $100 million in funding to establish new national artificial intelligence research institutes. These institutes will focus on long-term AI research in areas with potential for economic and scientific advancements, including astronomical sciences, materials research, and AI strengthening. NSF will award around $4 million annually to selected entities for four to five years to support multidisciplinary research on large-scale AI challenges that can drive transformative technologies. Over six years, NSF has invested $200 million in six large-scale AI projects.
SBA Administrator Announces $8 Million in PRIME Grants to Help Micro-Entrepreneurs
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced the recipients of the 2023 Program for Investment in Microentrepreneurs (PRIME) grants, totaling $8 million. These grants will support 32 organizations across the U.S. in providing assistance to small businesses, particularly in underserved communities, by offering training, technical help, access to capital, and program development for disadvantaged microentrepreneurs. The SBA prioritized organizations aiding rural entrepreneurs and those offering in-language assistance to diverse rural-owned small businesses. PRIME grants were established by Congress to help low-income entrepreneurs access capital for their businesses.
DOE Announces $126 Million for Small Businesses to Pursue Clean Energy Research and Development
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $126 million in research and development grants to 90 small businesses across 27 states. These grants support projects in areas such as clean energy, cybersecurity, fusion energy, and nuclear nonproliferation. Small businesses are seen as crucial in advancing clean energy and national security goals. The DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards aim to translate DOE-supported scientific breakthroughs into viable products and services, fostering innovation and bridging the gap between research and commercialization.
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Department of Energy Funds 3 Projects to Support Quantum Networking Research Advancement
The Department of Energy is awarding $24 million in grants over up to three years to three quantum computer networking research projects. These projects aim to advance the development of devices, techniques, and protocols for distributed quantum computers. The research teams involve several national laboratories and universities and are focused on co-designing scalable quantum networks, error-robust correction techniques, hyper-entanglement-based networking, and performance-integrated scalable quantum internet protocols and architecture.
Sandia National Labs Collaborates With Government, and Industry to Expedite Tech Testing in Space
Sandia National Laboratories, in collaboration with NASA, the National Nuclear Security Administration, and NanoRacks, is developing a rapid testing method for supercomputers and space technologies. They will use the International Space Station (ISS) as a testing platform, reducing research time from 10 years to 12-18 months. The first payload, LEONIDAS, carries an Advanced Micro Devices microchip for national security satellites, demonstrating the approach on the ISS’s External Platform. This method aims to accelerate the development of innovative technologies, with future payloads testing various satellite-related technologies.
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Case Study: Metals (Forgings/Castings) Focused 3D Manufacturing
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Administration Announces Nearly $3 Billion in Project Selections to Help Communities Build Resilience to Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events
The Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, and the White House have announced the selection of projects totaling nearly $3 billion in climate resilience funding as part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda. These funds will support communities across the U.S. in enhancing resilience to climate change and extreme weather events. The selected projects include $1.8 billion for critical resilience projects through the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program and $642 million for Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) projects.
SBA Launches “Investing in America: Small Business Tools and Resources” Webinar Series with Public Private Strategies Institute
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is collaborating with the Public Private Strategies Institute (PPSI) on the “Investing in America: Small Business Tools and Resources” series to raise awareness of SBA programs, particularly among underserved communities. The series involves senior administration officials, business leaders, nonprofit leaders, and small employers to inform business owners about various initiatives and funding opportunities provided by the Biden-Harris Administration to support economic growth.
Event: The Battery Show North America 2023 | Sep 12-14, 2023
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The expertly curated four-track conference features immersive tracks spanning new methods of advanced battery design and the latest technologies, battery manufacturing development, and newly added forecasts of the market supply chain and regulatory outlook. The three-day educational event brings together battery and EV/HEV manufacturers, industry experts, thought leaders, and academics to discuss and help solve your manufacturing, supply chain, and production challenges.
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