NASA has selected 16 proposals for negotiation of Phase 2 contract awards in the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. The selected projects have a total value of approximately $9.6 million. The contracts will be awarded to 16 hi-tech firms partnered with 15 universities in 18 states.
The Small Business Administration provides guidance for the general conduct of the STTR Program. NASA is one of the federal agencies required to reserve a portion of its research and development funds to award to small business. NASA works closely with Small Business Administration to ensure compliance with federal regulations.
NASA’s Innovative Partnerships Program office at the agency’s headquarters in Washington provides executive oversight of the STTR program as part of its focus on emerging technologies and efforts to advance technological innovation for NASA purposes. The office partners with U.S. industry to infuse innovative technologies into NASA missions and transition them into commercially available products and services for NASA and other markets.
As an investment opportunity, STTR innovations address specific technology gaps in mission programs, provide a foundation for future technology needs, and are complementary to other NASA research investments.
Examples of some STTR technologies being pursued in current selected proposals are provided below:
- A novel on-chip sensor system that monitors body fluids to follow the potential onset and progress of diseases is being developed. The integrated platform will provide the technological backbone to develop microfluidic processing systems and nano-biosensors for a variety of applications in healthcare and the life sciences.
- A smart reconfigurable antenna for space suits is under development for use during NASA’s spacewalking operations on the moon. These proposed smart antennas offer a high performance-to-cost ratio and may reduce the cost of mobile communication antennas.
- A new coordinated control architecture for a new generation of robotic vehicles is under development. It will improve motion planning for cooperative mechanisms, task sequencing and monitoring, and enable the robotic vehicles to work in closely coordinated teams. This control architecture also can be applied to commercial sector robots, making factories and warehouses more efficient.
Research proposed to develop a technique and sensor to measure simultaneously the concentrations of several contaminants in hydrogen gas storage tanks and supply lines. The purity of hydrogen fuel is important in engine testing at NASA and the proposed sensor may also be used for quality control in pharmaceutical, chemical and food processing industries.
Participating firms and research institutions submitted 25 Phase 2 proposals. The criteria used to select the winning proposals included technical merit and innovation, Phase 1 results, value to NASA, commercial potential, and company capabilities.
The program is a highly competitive, three-phase award system. It provides qualified small businesses, including women-owned and disadvantaged firms, with opportunities to propose innovative ideas that meet specific research and development needs of the federal government. In addition, the STTR program requires a collaborative research effort between small business and research institutions.
Phase 1 is a feasibility study to evaluate the scientific and technical merit of an idea. Awards are for up to 12 months in amounts up to $100,000. Phase 2 expands on the results of the development in Phase 1. Awards are for up to two years in amounts up to $600,000. Phase 3 is for the commercialization of the results of Phase 2 and requires the use of private sector or non-STTR federal funding. These NASA awards are for the second-phase in this competitive process.
NASA’s STTR program operations are managed by NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif. Individual projects are managed by NASA’s field installations.
Proposals Selected for Negotiation of Contracts
T1Â Information Technologies for System Health Management And The Study of Space Radiation Environments and Associated Health Risks
Qualtech Systems, Inc.
100 Great Meadow Road, Suite 603
Wethersfield,Â CT 06109-2355
Sudipto Ghoshal (860) 257-8014
University of Connecticut
438 Whitney Road Ext., Unit 1133
Storrs,Â CT 06269-1133
Data Reduction Techniques for Real-time Fault Detection and Diagnosis, and Multiple Fault Inference with Imperfect Tests
Impact Technologies, LLC
200 Canal View Blvd, Suite 300
Rochester,Â NY 14623-2893
Carol Marquardt (585) 424-1990
Georgia Tech Research Corporation
505 Tenth Street, NW
Atlanta,Â GA 30318-5775
Integrating Prognostics in Automated Contingency Management Strategies for Advanced Aircraft Controls
T2Â Atmospheric Flight Research of Advanced Technologies and Vehicle Concepts
Advanced Engineering Solutions
67 Deep Woods Way
Ormond Beach,Â FL 32174-1848
Maj Dean Mirmirani (310) 704-7490
Oklahoma State University
218 Engineering North
Stillwater,Â OK 74078-5016
The Integrated Computational Environment for Airbreathing Hypersonic Flight Vehicle Modeling and Design Evaluation
Zona Technology, Inc.
9489 E. Ironwood Square Drive
Scottsdale,Â AZ 85258-4578
Jennifer Scherr (480) 945-9988
Arizona State University
P.O. Box 873503
Tempe ,Â AZ 85287-3503
GVT-Based Ground Flutter Test without Wind Tunnel
CFD Research Corporation
215 Wynn Drive, 5th Floor
Huntsville,Â AL 35805-1926
Silvia Harvey (256) 726-4800
University of Pittsburgh
219 Parkman Avenue
Pittsburgh,Â PA 15260-3900
An On-Chip Nano-Plasmonics Based Urine Protein Assay Cartridge
Sigma Research and Engineering Corp.
4801 Forbes Blvd.
Lanham,Â MD 20706-4303
Tim Kirk (301) 552-6300
University of Maryland Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore,Â MD 21250-0002
Wavelength Drift Corrector for Wind Lidar Receivers
Advanced Mechanical Technology, Inc.
176 Waltham Street
Watertown,Â MA 02472-4800
Bruce White (617) 926-6700
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge,Â MA 02139-4307
Modified Collins Cryocooler for Cryo-Propellant Thermal Management
Virtual EM, Inc.
2019 Georgetown Blvd.
Ann Arbor,Â MI 48105-1532
Tayfun Ozdemir (734) 222-4558
302 Wood Street, 7th Floor
West Lafayette,Â IN 47907-2040
MEMS-Enabled Smart Reconfigurable Antennas
100 N.E. Loop 410, Suite 520
San Antonio,Â TX 78216-4727
Bruce Dunson (210) 822-2310
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh,Â PA 15213-3815
Coordinated Mobile Manipulation for Robotics Material Handling
3900 Dow Road, Suite J
Melbourne,Â FL 32934-9255
Robert Thompson (321) 254-7300
University of Central Florida
12201 Research Pkwy., Suite 501
Orlando,Â FL 32826-3246
Wireless, Passive Encoded Saw Sensors and Communication Links – Phase II
11750 Beltsville Drive, Suite 300
Beltsville,Â MD 20705-4044
Amy Hizoune (240) 790-0609
University of Maryland
Dept. of Aerospace Engineering
College Park,Â MD 20742-0001
Adaptive Magnetorheological Isolator for Ground Support Equipment
Accudyne Systems, Inc.
134 Sandy Drive
Newark,Â DE 19713-1147
Mark Gruber (302) 369-5390
University of Delaware
201 Composite Manufacturing Science Lab
Newark,Â DE 19716-3144
Generating Autoclave-Level Mechanical Properties with Out-of-Autoclave Thermoplastic Placement of Large Composite Aerospace Structures
Hyper-Therm High-Temperature Composites
18411 Gothard Street, Units B&C
Huntington Beach,Â CA 92648-1208
Wayne Steffier (714) 375-4085
California St University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach,Â CA 90840-0004
Low Erosion Ceramic Composite Liners for Improved Performance of Ablative Rocket Thrust Chambers
Tetra Research Corporation
420 Park Avenue West
Princeton,Â IL 61356-1934
Rex Chamberlain (815) 872-0702
Mississippi State University
Engineering Research Center
Mississippi State,Â MS 39762-9627
Multi-Phase Flow Analysis Tools for Solid Motor Applications
Irvine,Â CA 92618-2008
Christina Arnold (949) 553-0688
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville,Â TN 37235-7749
Hydroxyl Tagging Velocimetry for Rocket Plumes
Mississippi Ethanol, LLC
P.O. Box 186
Winona,Â MS 38967-9513
Bill Martin (662) 574-6688
Mississippi State University
PO Box 6156
Mississippi State,Â MS 39759-6156
Non Intrusive, On-line, Simultaneous Multi-Species Impurity Monitor in Hydrogen