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NSF Opens to New SBIR/STTR Proposals

September 16th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

The National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovative Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs have new funding opportunities available for innovative small businesses. The NSF seeks proposals from small businesses across a broad range of science and engineering disciplines. The deadline for SBIR and STTR proposals is Dec. 6. NSF SBIR/STTR technology topics include the following: Advanced Manufacturing […]

Printed Circuit Board Issues to Consider Pre-Design

September 7th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

A recent article in Make shared seven issues that can lead to costly mistakes with printed circuit board design. A PCB is the foundation piece for connecting and holding electronic components together. Issues to consider to avoid in PCB design include the following: High current traces not wide enough Errors in landing patterns Incorrect antenna layout […]

EPA Seeks SBIR Proposals by Oct. 20

September 7th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

Innovative researchers exploring commercial development of environmental technology are encouraged to explore the 2016 EPA SBIR solicitation. This EPA SBIR solicitation opened Aug. 30, and closes at noon EST on Oct. 20. The EPA is calling for small businesses to apply for Phase I contract awards up to $100,000 for 6 month project performance periods. The […]

FAA Sets Rules for Commercial Drone Use

September 7th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

With the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration completion of operational rules for routine commercial drone use, new opportunities are becoming available for business and government. The FAA commonly refers to drones as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The release of FAA’s operational rules is key for the integration of  UAS into the national airspace. U.S. Transportation […]

Dept. of Energy Seeks SBIR/STTR Proposals

August 24th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

Innovative researchers with ideas for new energy concepts to address market needs are encouraged to explore the Department of Energy FY2017 Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer funding opportunity announcement. Proposed ideas must respond to an agency-identified topic from the DOE’s research topic list. Interested applicants must submit letters of intent by Sept. 6 using instructions found […]

Securing Water for Food Challenge

August 24th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

Scientists and entrepreneurs with an interest in helping produce more food with less water in developing countries and who have piloted innovations may find a fit within the Securing Water for Food Challenge. This funding competition is intended to source and accelerate innovations that will enable the production of more food with less water or […]

Four sessions focused on the customer will comprise the first STaR Institute at the Arkansas Hospitality Association’s annual Vendor Showcase and Convention. The showcase, the largest hospitality industry event in Arkansas, is Sept. 14-15 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will lead the educational sessions, which will […]

Fayetteville’s SurfTec, LLC recently received notice of a $225,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Science Foundation to develop and test a new nanoparticle composite coating to support greater wear life for electric motors. Once commercial ready, the technology will be ideal for food-and-beverage processing plants as well as the pharmaceutical industry. The vision of SurfTec […]

Trends in Biomass Production

August 10th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

The U.S. has the future potential to produce at least one billion dry tons of biomass resources annually without adversely affecting the environment, according to a recent report jointly developed by the Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Biomass resources include agricultural, forestry, waste, and algal materials. One billion dry tons of biomass could produce […]

White House Plan to Scale Up Microgrids

August 9th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

Following a White House summit to boost the growing combination of renewables and energy storage, the Obama Administration identified several initiatives to scale up microgrids, energy storage, and renewable energy. Several military and private projects in the U.S. were included in these initiatives. Examples: Alaska Microgrid Innovation and Commercialization project at the University of Alaska, […]