NIST Awards $4M for Small Business Innovation Research; Replacing Helium is One Study

NIST Awards Nearly $4 Million to 19 Small Businesses for Technology Development

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+  The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded a total of nearly $4 million in grants to 19 small businesses to support innovative technology development. Awardees in 12 states will receive Phase I or Phase II funding through NIST’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

“American small companies play an important role in technology innovation,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Walter G. Copan. “Funding through the SBIR program supports advances in key technology areas that can lead to improvements in health care, communications, manufacturing and more, and foster economic growth.”

+  Graphene Waves LLC (Gaithersburg, Maryland) $100,000xxxxxxxxxDeveloping Commercial Quantum Resistance Standard Based on Epitaxial Graphene — a new quantum Hall resistance (QHR) standard for on-site electrical calibration, to replace the current standard, which requires liquid helium — an increasingly scarce and expensive resource.

+  SandBox Semiconductors Inc. (Austin, Texas) $99,975 Advanced Manufacturing and Material Measurements Software Tool Weave™ for the Acceleration and Automation of SEM Image Analysis in the Semiconductor Industry — a software tool for accelerating and automating scanning electron microscopy (SEM) image analysis for the semiconductor industry.

Source:  NIST NEWS.  Jennifer Huergo,  NIST Awards Nearly $4 Million to 19 Small Businesses for Technology Development …

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