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Company Information:

Company Name: NorthWest Research Associates, Inc.
City: Bellevue
State: WA
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: http://www.nwra.com
Phone: (303) 415-9701

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $2,279,150.00 29
SBIR Phase II $8,598,357.00 16
STTR Phase I $414,638.00 3

Award List:

EXPERIMENTAL GENERATION OF STRATIFIED SHEAR FLOW BY WAVE MOMENTUM TRANSPORT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1984 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Donald P. Delisi
Award Amount: $74,786.00

PROCESSING AND DISPLAY OF LARGE-SCALE INOSPHERIC IMAGES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1984 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: R. David Lucas
Award Amount: $50,132.00

PROCESSING AND DISPLAY OF LARGE-SCALE INOSPHERIC IMAGES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: R. David Lucas
Award Amount: $472,520.00
Abstract:
A comprehensive approach to the digitization, processing, and display of afgl all-sky images is proposed. we first plan to evaluate and compare two methods of producing digital representations of the images: video frame-grabbing and digital scanning. accuracy, reso lution, noise levels, cost and… More

EXPERIMENTAL GENERATION OF STRATIFIED SHEAR FLOW BY WAVE MOMENTUM TRANSPORT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Donald P. Delisi
Award Amount: $187,566.00
Abstract:
This proposal is a joint experimental, theortical, and numerical study of gravity wave - critical layer interactions. these interactions are important in understanding atmospheric dynamics because of stress divergence and mixing that occur as a gravity wave approaches its critical level. the… More

EVOLUTION OF AIRCRAFT WEAKE VORTICES NEAR THE GROUND.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $49,987.00
Abstract:
Few studies of aircraft trailing vortices have been perform ed in sheared or stratified flows. yet, measurements indicate that the atmosphere is typically both sheared and stratif ied. this lack of knowledge could be important if vortex evolution is significantly different in sheared, stratifie d… More

A VISUAL ANALYSIS SYSTEM FOR VERY LARGE, MULTIDIMENSIONAL DATA SETS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $40,000.00

A VISUAL ANALYSIS SYSTEM FOR VERY LARGE, MULTIDIMENSIONAL DATA SETS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $215,000.00
Abstract:
The large, multidimensional data sets generated in numerical and empirical science are often difficult to analyze. new strategies are needed for storing, transporting, and graphically rendering these results. northwest research associates, inc. proposes a system based on write-once optical disk… More

A NEW METHOD FOR RESPIRATORY MONITORING DURING SPACE FLIGHT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert B Fraser
Award Amount: $49,787.00
Abstract:
Respiratory gas analysis is a vital component of physiological monitoring of both humans and animals during extended space flight, since it allows one to assess non-invasively both pulmonary and cardiovascular health. what is proposed here is an innovative method of rapid multi-gas analysis which… More

COMPUTER-AIDED DIAGNOSIS OF THE CRITICALLY ILL

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1989 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
With the improved monitoring capabilities in intensive care units (icu's), there is a growing need to provide enhanced data-processing capabilities both for better patient care and more effective use of icu personnel. a number of biomedical monitors provide alarms (e.g., for apnea); however, there… More

A PROPOSAL TO DEVELOP AN IONOSPHERIC TOMOGRAPHY SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Edward J Fremouw
Award Amount: $49,853.00

A PROPOSAL TO DEVELOP AN IONOSPHERIC TOMOGRAPHY SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Edward J Fremouw
Award Amount: $483,161.00
Abstract:
Transionospheric c3i radio systems and oth radars benefit from knowledge of plasma density (radio refractive index) in the ionosphere and gradients herein. we propose to assess feasibility of an ionospheric tomography system (its) for providing such information in the form of near-real-time images,… More

A PORTABLE RESPIRATORY GAS ANALYZER AND PNEUMOTACHOMETER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Fraser, Robert B , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $49,857.00
Abstract:
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New Methods for Nonlinear Tracking and Nonlinear Chaotic Signal Processing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ziad Haddad, Ph.d.
Award Amount: $49,805.00
Abstract:
We propose a method to identify, separate, and classify complex broad-band signals, and, subsequently, to track and locaiize the typically elusive threats emitting those signals. The proposed methods were developed by the authors, and have already undergone some basic preliminary testing. The… More

INTERACTIVE REGISTRATION OF VOLUMETRIC DATA

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: R David Lucas
Award Amount: $49,971.00
Abstract:
The long-term objective is to implement a personal computer-based system supporting volumetric data registration and other tasks required in the analysis of volume data such as pet, mri, xct, etc. the system will combine the convenience and ease-of-use characteristics of personal computers with… More

COMPUTER-ASSISTED TRAUMA MANAGEMENT IN RURAL COMMUNITIES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Robert B Fraser
Award Amount: $50,000.00

COMPUTER-ASSISTED TRAUMA MANAGEMENT IN RURAL COMMUNITIES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Robert B. Fraser
Award Amount: $50,000.00

COMPUTER-ASSISTED TRAUMA MANAGEMENT IN RURAL COMMUNITIES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Robert B Fraser
Award Amount: $296,065.00
Abstract:
Trauma is one of the leading causes of death and disability in rural commnities. many of these fatalities and disabilities could be avoided if significant injuries were detected earlier or if there were improvements in resuscitation and stabilization of the injured patients. we will develop a… More

Bedside Monitor for the Measurement of Cardiac Output

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Robert Fraser
Award Amount: $80,990.00
Abstract:
Cardiac output measurements are one of the most important physiological indices ofcardiovascular function. Although there is interest in the measurement, there are no relativelyinexpensive, noninvasive cardiac output monitors available commercially. We are developing such amonitor, based on a new… More

A MULTI-POINT ARRAY LASER DOPPLER VELOCIMETER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Yogesh C Agrawal
Award Amount: $64,951.00

COMPUTER-ASSISTED TRAUMA MANAGEMENT IN RURAL COMMUNITIES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Robert B. Fraser
Award Amount: $241,686.00

A MULTI-POINT ARRAY LASER DOPPLER VELOCIMETER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Yogesh C Agrawal
Award Amount: $299,933.00
Abstract:
Researchers are developing a multi-point laser velocimeter to obtain velocities at a number of points, simultaneously and non-intrusively. this instrumentation is to be applied to transport and exchange in surface and bottom boundary layers. however, the technique will be applicable to a wide… More

Design of a Unified Front End for NOAA Database Access

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: Donald B. Altman , Research Scientist
Award Amount: $49,952.00
Abstract:
We propose a unified front end (UFE) for placing NOAA's databases on the Internet. The UFE uses a combination of existing World-Wide Web technology along with custom-written elements to present the user with an efficient, content-oriented data search. The goal of the UFE is to allow data seekers… More

A Prototype System for Distributed Space-Weather Models and Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: James A. Secan
Award Amount: $49,963.00
Abstract:
Accurate and timely information about space weather has become essential for managing many technologies on which our lives depend (e.g., radio communications, Global Positioning Systems). A major limitation to accessing this information from NOAA and private vendors is the lack of well-defined,… More

A Prototype System for Distributed Space-Weather Models and Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: James A. Secan
Award Amount: $200,000.00
Abstract:
Accurate and timely information about space weather has become essential for managing many technologies on which our lives depend (e.g., radio communications, Global Positioning Systems). A major limitation to accessing this information from NOAA and private vendors is the lack of well-defined,… More

Plasmaspheric and Enhanced Ionospheric Total Electron Content Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Susan Rao, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,920.00
Abstract:
The integrated charge density through the ionosphere and plasmasphere along a line-of-sight, denoted Total Electron Content (TEC), is a quantity that influences the operation of various radio-frequency systems. Measurement of TEC is utilized in order to assess environmental or system impacts, with… More

Cardial Ejection Fraction From 3-D Ultrasound

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: George R. Mellman
Award Amount: $99,850.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The goal of this project is the production of a low cost, portable 3-D ultrasound device capable of accurate measurement of left ventricle end-systolic and end-diastolic volumes and ejection fraction. The device will employ automatic boundary detection… More

Plasmaspheric and Enhanced Ionospheric Total Electron Content Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Susan Rao, VP, Senior Research Scien
Award Amount: $746,143.00
Abstract:
The integrated charge density through the ionosphere and plasmasphere along a line-of-sight, denoted Total Electron Content (TEC), is a quantity that influences the operation of various radio-frequency systems. Measurement of TEC is utilized in order to assess environmental or system impacts, with… More

Dynamical Stratospheric Turbulence and TLE/Lightning Forecasting and Nowcasting for High-Altitude Airships (HAA) and other Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: David C. Fritts, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,844.00
Abstract:
We propose to define and develop state-of-the-art forecasting and nowcasting tools to support HAA operations. Our focus is on stratospheric gravity wave (GW) processes, turbulence, and transient luminous events (TLE) and related electrical discharges to altitudes of 70,000 feet. These phenomena… More

Optical Turbulence Forecasting for Directed Energy and Laser Communication Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Joseph Werne, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
This proposal addresses the development of advanced optical- turbulence forecasting tools to aid design, testing, and operations for applications involving laser propagation through the atmosphere. These include laser-weapons systems, free-space optical communication, and astronomical… More

Dynamical Stratospheric Turbulence and TLE/Lightning Forecasting and Nowcasting for High-Altitude Airships (HAA) and other Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: David C. Fritts, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
We have defined a state-of-the-art forecasting and nowcasting ADA to support HAA operations. Our focus will be on stratospheric gravity wave (GW) and turbulence processes at altitudes to 70,000 feet. These phenomena pose the major threat to HAA (including Global Hawk and U-2) flight operations and… More

Radar Ionospheric Impact Mitigation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James Secan, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
Accurate real-time determination of the three-dimensional electron density distribution of the ionosphere is required to mitigate ionospheric delay and refraction effects on Air Force ground-based space-surveillance radars. We have developed a prototype system that processes phase and group delay… More

Ground-Based Radar Performance Improvements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Lyn J. Nickisch, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,905.00
Abstract:
Ground-based radars operating in the naturally or nuclear disturbed ionospheric environment can be subjected to high levels of clutter and returns from countermeasures. Effective clutter mitigation and false alarm control is required to maintain performance in high sensitivity applications such as… More

Optical Turbulence Forecasting for Directed Energy and Laser Communication Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Joseph A. Werne, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $748,571.00
Abstract:
We have designed a state-of-the-art optical turbulence forecasting system for free-space optical (FSO) laser communication and directed energy laser weapons systems applications. Our initial emphasis has been on an improved atmospheric decision aid (ADA) for the Airborne Laser (ABL), but the … More

Ground-Based Radar Performance Improvements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dennis Knepp, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $745,212.00
Abstract:
It is well known that UHF radars at high latitude observe significant perturbations in measurements of amplitude, phase, range, and Doppler, caused by ionospheric disturbances. Without mitigation of these effects, there is no doubt that the natural ionosphere is a major issue for the important… More

Radar Ionospheric Impact Mitigation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: L. J. Nickisch, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $742,609.00
Abstract:
Accurate real-time determination of the three-dimensional electron density distribution of the ionosphere is required to mitigate ionospheric delay and refraction effects on Air Force ground-based space-surveillance radars. We have developed a system for processing dual frequency GPS beacon data to… More

Ambulatory Detection of Asymptomatic Atrial Fibrillation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Research Institution: N/A
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $164,882.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Project Summary/Abstract Atrial fibrillation is the most common disorder of the heart rhythm that requires treatment, with a prevalence estimated at over 5 million in the US alone in the year 2000. If untreated, it is a ssociated with increased risk of death and… More

Dissemination of Climate Model Output to the Public and Commercial Sector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robert Stockwell, Dr.
Award Amount: $94,994.00
Abstract:
While climate model data is publicly available, existing data portals generally serve climate model output files in network Common Data Form (netCDF). This output is designed for scientists and programmers, but is opaque to a non-expert. Nonetheless, this information is vital to businesses, as… More

High Frequency (HF) Over the Horizon Radar (OTHR) Metric Accuracy

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: L. J. Nickisch, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,945.00
Abstract:
Over-the-Horizon radar (OTHR) uses ionospheric reflection to propagate HF transmissions to long range (~ 500 to 5000 km). The ionosphere is a dynamic "mirror" that varies diurnally, seasonally, and with the solar cycle. Geolocation of targets observed by OTHR, (Coordinate Registration; CR),… More

Multimode Tracking for Next Generation Over the Horizon Radar (NG OTHR)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: L.j. Nickisch, Senior Research Scientist – (831) 582-4905
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Coordinate Registration (CR) of OTHR targets requires accurate real-time ionospheric modeling coupled with HF propagation calculations to convert radar-measured target signal delays and beam steers to geographical position. Our team is the developer of the most sophisticated CR capability currently… More

High Frequency (HF) Over the Horizon Radar (OTHR) Metric Accuracy

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Lj Nickisch, Sr. Research Scientist – (831) 582-4905
Award Amount: $736,702.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Over-the-Horizon radar (OTHR) uses ionospheric reflection to propagate HF transmissions to long range (~500-5000 km). The ionosphere is a dynamic"mirror"that varies diurnally, seasonally, and with the solar cycle. Geolocation of targets observed by OTHR, (Coordinate… More

Calculation of Impulse Response Function During Realistic Scenarios

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Dennis Knepp, Senior Research Scientist – (831) 582-4906
Award Amount: $149,903.00
Abstract:
It is well known that satellite communications and radar signals propagating in the natural ionosphere can be disturbed. It has also been widely reported that the ionosphere is subject to even greater disturbances following nuclear detonations. Hence the design of robust satellite communications… More

Mitigation of the effects of the ionosphere on UEWR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Dennis Knepp, Sr. Research Scientist – (831) 582-4906
Award Amount: $149,836.00
Abstract:
UHF radars at high latitude observe significant perturbations in measurements of amplitude, phase, range, and Doppler, caused by ionospheric disturbances. Without mitigation of these effects, there is no doubt that the natural ionosphere is a major issue in the performance of the important radar… More

Multimode Tracking for Next Generation Over the Horizon Radar (NG OTHR)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Lj Nickisch, Senior Research Scientist – (831) 582-4905
Award Amount: $747,050.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Coordinate Registration (CR) of OTHR targets requires accurate real-time ionospheric modeling coupled with HF propagation calculations to convert radar-measured target signal delays and beam steers to geographical position. Our team is the developer of the most sophisticated CR… More

Implementation of real-time high-resolution extended EUV solar spectral irradiance forecast

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of Michigan
Principal Investigator: John Fontenla, Senior Research Scientist – (303) 415-9701
Award Amount: $149,891.00
RI Contact: Enrico Landi
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The objective of this proposal is to achieve an operational capability to produce daily forecasts of the extended extreme ultraviolet solar spectral irradiance (XUV/EUV/FUV SSI, hereafter EUV SSI) by delivering quantitative expectations of the EUV SSI at high-spectral resolution for every… More

Mitigation of the Effects of the Ionosphere on UEWR

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Dennis Knepp, Sr. Research Scientist – (831) 582-4906
Award Amount: $986,139.00
Abstract:
UHF radars at high latitude observe significant perturbations in measurements of amplitude, phase, range, and Doppler, caused by ionospheric disturbances. Without mitigation of these effects, there is no doubt that the natural ionosphere is a major issue in the performance of the important radar… More

Delivering a Solar Flare Forecast Model that Improves Flare Forecast (Timing and Magnitude) Accuracy by 25%

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOC / NOAA
Principal Investigator: Kd Leka, Senior Research Scientist – (303) 415-9701
Award Amount: $94,994.00
Abstract:
Many activities and technological systems prevalent in today’s society – air traffic control and air travel, the power grids, communications, deep-water drilling operations, human spaceflight – are vulnerable to the effects of sudden flares from our Sun. Because the propagation speed for… More

Characterizing the Impact of Ionospheric Wave Structures on Coordinate Registration.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: L.j. Nickisch, Sr. Research Scientist – (831) 582-4905
Award Amount: $149,932.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Coordinate Registration (CR) of OTHR targets requires accurate real-time ionospheric modeling coupled with HF propagation calculations to convert radar-measured target signal delays and beam steers to geographical position. Our team is the developer of one of the most sophisticated… More