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The Air Force Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program office is providing nearly $750,000 to further mature a portable micro-discharge ozone generator, capable of purifying and decontaminating water for warfighters in the Air Force’s Air Combat Command and the Army’s Special Forces Command. The new generator, developed jointly by Physical Sciences Inc., in Andover, Massachusetts and Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, is expected to offer maintenance and system voltage improvements over conventional ozone generators.
Access to clean and uncontaminated water is of paramount importance to Air Force warfighters conducting critical operations. Unfortunately, in many remote or rural areas of the world, access to this resource is limited or non-existent. “Maturation of this technology is expected to result in portable water purification systems for remote air fields, as well as portable biological and chemical agent decontamination devices,” said Dr. Steve Adams, the Air Force Research Laboratory researcher managing the project.
Additionally, the technology will be used in an associated rare-gas microplasma laser effort, which will concentrate on scaling the power up to demonstrate the potential for meeting weapons-grade power objectives. Read more about this and other innovative technologies on our News & Events page.
Kristin Galbally-Kinney, of Physical Sciences Inc., adjusts the excitation beam for an argon microplasma laser. (Courtesy photo)
In 2015 we will continue our outreach to small businesses, entrepreneurs, researchers and other stakeholders across the country, frequently engaging in under-served states and with disadvantaged businesses/individuals. We also plan to participate in several online webinars with other DoD components. Our schedule is subject to change, so please contact us for current information. You can also check-out the latest edition of our Advantage newsletter in the Publications library.
Air Force SBIR/STTR program manager David Sikora will take part in the 2015 Alliance Northwest conference in Puyallup, Washington. Alliance Northwest is the largest business-to-government conference in the Pacific Northwest, featuring high-quality workshops, and matchmaking sessions with government agencies and prime contractors. For more information visit 2015 Alliance Northwest or call (360) 754-6320.
SBIR Road Tour! We will be joining the SBA and other SBIR/STTR agencies on the 2015 SBIR Road Tour which kicks off March 24. This initial tour has scheduled stops in Louisville, Nashville, Atlanta and Columbia, SC.
The SBIR Road Tour is a national outreach effort. Federal and state program managers representing over $2.5 billion in funding have been invited to participate in this series of cross-country events. Additional tours are planned throughout the year to include stops in Mississippi, Kansas, Louisiana, West Virginia, Indiana, Iowa and many other states. Continue to visit this website for up to date details on our participation. Information on registration, venues and agendas will be posted on the SBIR Road Tour website (above) as they become available.
See our Solicitation Schedule for information on Air Force solicitations. Also see the DoD Solicitations for instructions and additional guidance on topic selections for all of the military services.
If you are new to the Air Force SBIR/STTR program be sure to review the guidelines and other valuable information on our Phase I Awardee Training page in the Small Business section. We appreciate your feedback on this training: If you have any comments or need further assistance, please send us an e-mail.
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