DOD SBIR/STTR Training & Advocacy

Learn more about SBIR and STTR technologies that are benefitting both the Department of Defense and the public.



Reducing IT costs for the Air Force

The Air Force and a small business partner developed a way to cut IT-related costs by taking advantage of cloud computing on a wider scale. With support from the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Program, New Hampshire-based Solid State Scientific Corp. moved a software application to a secure web service platform for government users. Additionally, the veteran-owned small business capitalized on that success by securing millions of dollars in other funding to perform work for several Air Force centers. 

Developing this technology addresses an Air Force directive to migrate applications to the cloud, thereby reducing the need for physical data centers, according to Matthew Shaver, the CDIS Group deputy program manager at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Information Directorate in Rome, New York.

As the data center inventory shrinks – and hardware, software, utilities and building expenses are eliminated – the Air Force will be able to lower its total cost of cyber operations.


Remote Monitoring & Diagnostics

As a one-person start up, ESRG quickly learned how to leverage the SBIR program and state resources to evolve its technologies and deliver innovative solutions to the U.S. Navy. Having received Phase I and Phase II DOD SBIR awards for its Shipboard Energy Conservation and Fuel Management Decision Tools, ESRG became one of the Navy’s premier data analytics providers, delivering data transparency and analytics to help the agency optimize fuel efficiency and performance. ESRG was able to accomplish this and outpace its competition by combining the core competencies of domain expertise and analytic space, as well as the operations and maintenance of marine vessels.

ESRG was awarded a $9 million contract by the Navy to provide Remote Monitoring & Diagnostics support services to the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD), Ship Systems Engineering Station (SSES), in Philadelphia, PA. ESRG’s team of software architects and developers provided architecture, design, development, testing, and project management support for NSWCCD’s various Machinery Health Monitoring Systems and technology programs. As a key component on the Navy’s Great Green Fleet, ESRG’s proprietary software and solutions caught the eye of Caterpillar, Inc., which acquired the small business in 2015 for an undisclosed amount.


Using naturally OCCURRING cold water for air conditioning

Although Makai first made a name for itself as the premier installer of undersea telecommunications cables with its world-renowned MakaiLay products, the Hawaii-based company has been instrumental in harnessing the power of the ocean as well. The U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin and companies around the world have invested in its Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) and Seawater Air Conditioning (SWAC) technologies, which have the capacity to power the planet and change the way we look at renewable energy. Makai’s SBIR-derived OTEC technology produces electricity by using the temperature difference between deep cold ocean water and warm tropical surface waters. A reliable power source that doesn’t depend on fleeting weather conditions to operate, OTEC has the resource to produce 4x humanity’s electrical needs.

SWAC uses a naturally occurring cold water reservoir for air conditioning. Cold water is drawn from a lake or ocean through a deep water intake pipe to a cooling station, where the "cold" is transferred to the buildings via a fresh water loop that never mixes with the ocean or lake water. Makai is working on a number of SWAC projects worldwide, including on the early stages of SWAC projects for the U.S. Army and Navy at installations in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.


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