Navy strengthens defense industrial base with new small business funding opportunity

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-04/oonr-nsd042720.php

To support the national response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Department of the Navy (DoN) must leverage and sustain its research-and-development industrial base–and attract new small business partners.

The Navy and Marine Corps are doing so by harnessing the DoN’s agile Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs–both located at the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The programs announced today $30 million in rapid-funding opportunities through a new Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), which is a request for scientific or research proposals. The BAA can be viewed at https://www.navysbir.com/.

“During this national emergency, the Naval Research Enterprise must engage all activities to ensure we accomplish our current workload, make sure vital naval partners survive current economic conditions, and bring in new partners,” said DoN SBIR/STTR Director Bob Smith. “I’m proud the DoN SBIR/STTR programs are taking bold steps to maintain the defense industrial base through accelerated funding awards.”

The new BAA, titled DoN SBIR FY20.4, will close on May 28. It seeks proposals from innovative small businesses and startups for high-impact, scalable technologies that address both naval requirements and the needs of the commercial market. Areas of interest to the Navy and Marine Corps include:

  • Modernization and sustainment (maintenance and repair of military assets)
  • Digital logistics (security, analysis, management and flow of digital information and data)
  • Deployable manufacturability (rapid, on-demand manufacturing of deployable systems supporting diverse payloads and missions)
  • Resilient communications (expanded communications capabilities for fast, coordinated response during a global crisis)

BAA FY20.4 is just one facet of a broader DoN SBIR/STTR effort to sustain the defense industrial base during the COVID-19 response, by awarding more than $250 million in funding over the next 90 days.

SBIR provides the Navy and Marine Corps with innovative advances in technology created by small businesses–while STTR transitions products developed by both small businesses and research institutions.

Navy SBIR/STTR and NavalX

In addition to promoting BAAs like FY20.4, the DoN SBIR/STTR programs also look to strengthen new approaches, like serving as technology enablers for the Naval Expeditions (NavalX) Agility Office–created by the Hon. James Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition.

NavalX gives Sailors, Marines and DoN civilians tools to put good ideas into action. This enables naval organizations like ONR and SBIR/STTR to better connect warfighters with experts and small businesses.

SBIR/STTR also provides expertise at NavalX’s multiple Tech Bridge locations nationwide.

A partnership between ONR, NavalX, the Navy’s Technology Transfer Program Office, and all naval systems commands, Tech Bridges are regional innovation hubs where warfare centers, government, academia and industry can team up and work together on technology research, evaluation and commercialization–as well as economic and workforce development.

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Learn more about the DoN SBIR/STTR programs and BAA FY20.4 at https://www.navysbir.com/.

The Neutrino Donut and LARTA – Seminar – Market Research and Consumer Landscape

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MARKET RESEARCH and CONSUMER LANDSCAPE
Thursday, April 30, 2020 9:00AM PT | 12:00PM ET

Our goal is to help companies understand their markets, distribution and partnership opportunities, develop an understanding of strengths and weaknesses and allow the company to target their efforts toward the appropriate customers.  Market research is about defining your market and identifying individual players in the market. The competitive landscape includes direct and indirect competitors, as well as “doing nothing.” They key to a successful market entry process is the identification of specific companies and individuals for contacts. Competition is about challenging the market against the companies’ strengths and their weaknesses. We will focus on an understanding of the value and distribution models.  

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About the Speaker
Earle Hager

Managing Partner,
The Neutrino Donut, LLC
www.neutrinodonut.com

Earle Hager is a thought leader with an understanding of commercialization processes in the evaluation of technologies and businesses. He has completed multiple technology assessments and business development projects in innovative technologies over the last ten years for domestic and international clients.  Project clients include grant reviews for DoE, DoD, NIH, NSF, and other agencies as well as US and foreign universities. Earle is also a member of the grant review panels with NIH and DoD.        

Larta’s mission and passion is to energize the transformation of technology ideas into solutions that elevate economic opportunities and make lives better for people around the world.  

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Larta Institute – Los Angeles
www.larta.org

The Neutrino Donut, LLC, Los Angeles and Austin
www.neutrinodonut.com

The Neutrino Donut – Networking – The Water Council – TECH CHALLENGE IS OPEN TO INNOVATORS!

https://watertechhub.com/challenge/spring-2020-tech-challenge/

The Water Council helps connect people deploying new innovations in water technology through corporate-sponsored open innovation tech challenges.

If you have a water tech idea or prototype with high potential for implementation or commercialization, we’re the link to get you to the next stage of development with corporate sponsors ready to help you make your idea a reality. As an applicant, your application will be reviewed by the corporate R&D team sponsors and if you are chosen, you’ll get the opportunity to present your innovation in-person to A.O. SmithBadger Meter and Zurn and compete for:

  • Funding with maximum total prize money of $25,000
  • Opportunity for high potential for joint commercialization with market leaders
  • Access to sponsoring companies’ R&D team expertise

Accepting applications March 2 to May 3

SPRING 2020 CHALLENGE TOPICS:

Sensors & Enabling Technologies for Leak Detection

Our Corporate partners are seeking innovative solutions for detecting small water leaks in a pipe to identify opportunities for early intervention to repair or replace the pipe. Enabling technologies for detecting water quality parameters inline at a pipe without the need for grab samples, and operational aspects of using artificial intelligence/machine learning and IoT will also be considered. The solutions may be complete systems, algorithms or concepts by talented individuals with the focus on optimization of operation, condition assessment, conservation, leak detection and water quality controls.

The applications may be of various scales including:

  • Plumbing systems in residential, commercial or industrial facilities
  • Cooling water systems
  • Drinking water distribution
  • Wastewater collection
  • Water reuse distribution

Key success criteria:

  • Long lasting
  • Durable
  • Low cost
  • Low energy usage
  • Rapid response or real time
  • Non-toxic reagents or no reagents required
  • Limit of detection commensurate with the regulatory limit or concentration of interest for the substance being detected

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Energy Harvesting from Water Networks

Our Corporate partners are seeking innovative solutions for recovering energy from water networks, both small scale (in home or building) and large scale (water distribution and collection systems).  Supporting technologies that store energy are also of interest. Potential uses for the energy recovered include:

  • Extend battery life/Recharge batteries needed for data transmission in Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)
  • Powering meters and sensors
  • Powering actuators for valves and other

Key Success Criteria:

  • Long lasting
  • Durable
  • Low cost

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The Neutrino Donut – Service Offerings

The Neutrino Donut is a consultancy with a focus on technology commercialization. Our focus is on managing the commercialization process for SBIR programs as well as global market entry strategies. We have an extensive understanding of the ecosystems for universities, startups, grant programs, and global projects.

Over the last few years, we completed multiple programs and implemented processes for evaluation of technologies and demonstrated commercialization paths for execution.  We have conducted technology assessment projects for multiple players in the marketplace on behalf of NIH, NSF, DoD, DoE, and other government agencies. We have been a member of grant review panels for NIH and DoD and provided services in the evaluation of technologies and budget processes.

In this process, we have completed over 300 technology assessments and over 250 business development projects in innovative technologies over the last ten years for domestic and international clients.  A full list of recent projects is contained on The Neutrino Donut site. These research projects varied from 80 pages to 10 pages, based on client requirements, market definitions, and agency reporting requirements.

We were the founding members of two startups in technology commercialization and in negotiation for a third company. One company was a University of Pennsylvania startup in biotech field with a technology related to tRNA florescence. We provided marketing services for a diabetes medical technology developed privately in Santa Barbara. In these roles, we developed business strategy, grant application processes, review of IP challenges, and developed next stages for technologies and was a shareholder in each company.

 
Our international projects included being a senior member of teams responsible for commercialization of entrepreneurial efforts in Hungary, India, Korea, Mexico, Portugal, Chile, Ukraine, Russia, Qatar and other countries.  Responsible for closing deals for clients in each area across multiple technology areas. We delivered commercialization services and training programs in several of these countries.

We conducted assessment and development projects on behalf of the University of California, Irvine, The University of Texas at Austin, and projects for multiple universities in the area of technology assessments and business development.

We are interested in working with your organization to expand the resources available to you for commercialization of technologies.

The Neutrino Donut Project – Developing NIH Healthcare projects between the US and India

The Neutrino Donut is working on developing relationships with healthcare technologies in the US and India, and seeking cooperative research and commercialization grants. The basis for these projects is the global development of ideas and technologies, supporting by agencies on both sides.

The Neutrino Donut Project – Global Business Development Project with CRDF and the US Department of State

The Neutrino Donut is working with CRDF on a project to help entrepreneurs in the Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan. These startups have an interest in developing relationships globally and expanding their roles. The business models include sales distribution, licensing, and co-development projects. The target areas are oil/gas, healthcare, and industrial processes.

The Neutrino Donut – Energy Technology – Grant Development Programs

The Neutrino Donut has been working with an energy startup. We have managed the SBIR process, Army grant programs, and all the administrative processes associated with grants.

The company is based on energy technologies and has drawn interest from government and corporate organizations.

42 Investment Summit: SaaS Universe

Our friends at Unit.City and Center 42 Innovation Agency are running a Saas VC conference in the next few weeks. Contact Kirill Mazur (km at unit dot city) for more information.

https://42.unit.city/42-investment-summit

42 Investment Summit: SaaS Universe is a new series of unique CEE tech events for business leaders, investors, creative entrepreneurs and international guests in Kyiv, the second creative capital of Europe 😉 

We will gather a community of 300 brightest people from venture capital funds, angel investors, a lot of business founders, corporate executives, startup ecosystem leaders, business associations, GR and media from Ukraine and CEE region to make new relevant connections, deals, find business opportunities and ideas for cooperation and future growth. 

The topic of this event – SaaS Universe.
Subscription business model (SaaS) changes everything. Now, it doesn’t matter where you have located your office – you can earn money globally and be competitive globally as well. And Ukraine and CEE already have a lot of successful SaaS-stories – like Grammarly (Ukrainian SaaS startup which top-5 in the list of world’s most innovative companies in AI who just raised $110 mln. in last round). 

And yes – we want to bring more international people and capital to Kyiv!