Abstract:Commercial wild harvest of rainbow smelt populations is the principal source for supplying both the live bait and human consumption markets for this species. Unfortunately, populations of smelt have been in decline in the Northeast for decades and in 2004, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service… more
Abstract:This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I grant will demonstrate the feasibility of using a Lateral Field Excited (LFE) acoustic wave sensor platform coated with a selective chemical film for the rapid in situ detection of saxitoxin (STX). Shellfish containing STX, a product of a Harmful Algal… more
Abstract:This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will demonstrate the feasibility of developing a novel lateral field excited (LFE) sensor for use as an organophosphate pesticide sensor. The technical objectives of the proposed project are: 1) to determine the selectivity to phosmet of the… more
Abstract:Open-ocean finfish aquaculture presents many challenges including net handling, scuba diving in adverse conditions, maintenance, and feeding. In Phase I, Ocean Farm Technologies, Inc. successfully demonstrated the feasibility of pen rotation, which is essential to maintaining a fish pen offshore. … more
Abstract:Ocean Farm Technologies (OFT) proposes to examine using ocean wave energy to power offshore aquaculture. While developing offshore fish farming systems, OFT has recognized a pressing need for non-polluting, low-cost sources of power for system operations and diver support. The greatest need for… more
Abstract:SRD will develop a miniaturized atmospheric gas sensor array and design a gas analyzer (sensor analyzer module, SAM) capable of accurately detecting and autonomously monitoring critical atmospheric gases in enclosed spaces. In this Phase I effort, SRD will use its current, existing technology… more
Abstract:American forests have the potential to provide environmentally sustainable, carbon-neutral raw material for much of the nationÂ¿s energy and chemical synthesis needs. However, wood has not been used to produce chemicals and biofuels because current technology cannot efficiently separate cellulose… more
Abstract:New fire barrier methods are necessary to protect furniture and mattresses from fire. Current California (and soon National) regulations require mattresses to be able to pass the mattress fire burn test. Typical barrier fabrics use self extinguishing fibers with high limiting oxygen index (LOI) to… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Zeomatrix, a small business, is proposing to research and develop a remediation technology for chlorinated volatile organic carbons (CVOCs). CVOCs are ubiquitous groundwater pollutants. Left on their own they persist in
nature for over 100 years. Most are toxic… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): AIKO Biotechnology, Inc. is a start-up biotechnology company focused on developing safe and effective therapeutics for the management of pain and addiction. Opioid drugs are the standard of care in the treatment of pain
. However, opioids produce a spectrum of… more
Abstract:Fiber Materials Inc. (FMI) teamed with Aerojet Sacramento proposes to advance low cost, non-eroding material systems based on carbon fiber reinforced carbon silicon carbide (C-SiC) to high performance divert and attitude control system (DACS) components for the SM-3 TDACS application. In addition… more
Abstract:Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) Systems, in near-term deployment, offer a single kill opportunity per vehicle. The growing sophistication of threat countermeasures and target discernment are addressed by the Miniature Kill Vehicle (MKV) interceptor system. Enabling technologies including… more
Abstract:By 2020, fully one quarter of Americans will be over 60. Some 77 million Baby Boomers ages 42 to 60 are just beginning to face this critical juncture in their lives. In Maine, the oldest state in the nation, some people, due to lack of planning, may leave their homes and enter assisted living… more
Abstract:This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project of develops a recombinant vaccine for the prevention of nodavirus disease of cultured Atlantic cod, fisheries of growing importanct to New England and Atlantic Canada. The recombinant technology used to build the vaccine is economical,… more
Abstract:This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I research project aims to develop a monolithic spiral coil acoustic transduction (MSCAT) immunosensor for the detection of E. coli, in drinking water. The MSCAT sensor is more sensitive than standard ones because it can detect both electrical… more
Abstract:DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) represents a serious problem in newborns, occurring in 3-9 of every 1,000 term infants, with about half of these HIE babies dying or suffering life-long severe handicaps, such as me
ntal retardation or cerebral palsy. Current… more
Abstract:The high cost of producing microalgae as food for bivalves constrains the size to which large
quantities of bivalve seed can be grown in controlled hatchery conditions prior to transfer into a
nursery. Larger hatchery seed translates to larger juveniles planted in the fall, and dramatically
Abstract:Ocean Farm Technologies, Inc. of Searsmont, Maine is proposing a NOAA Phase I SBIR feasibility study of an automated system for net pen manipulation to facilitate operations of proprietary AquaPodTM fish containment system. Automated manipulation of the AquaPodTM net pen will allow remote operation… more
Abstract:The goal of this Phase II project is to develop an automated detector system for real-time detection of aerosolized biowarfare agents. Our proposed detection system utilizes Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy as the agent identifier, where the main advantages of this approach are that… more
Abstract:Biofouling is a costly and serious problem for all types of aquaculture and with certain
types of shellfish, culture is highly vulnerable. Fouling organisms not only clog gear,
stopping water flow and food delivery, they can also settle and grow on the cultured
organisms themselves, causing reduced… more
Abstract:Unmanned underwater and surface vehicles are increasingly being used to provide persistent littoral surveillance and a wide array of autonomous operations. Autonomous maritime navigation with obstacle avoidance requires adherence to the U.S. Coast Guard and International Maritime Organization (IMO)… more
Abstract:Stabilized plant propagation media are used throughout the agricultural industry for mechanized
planting, to ease transplant and shipping of young plants and to increase efficiencies in
greenhouses and nurseries. Rynels Grow-Tech division manufactures a growing medium used by
foresters and… more
Abstract:On a worldwide basis, Maine is famous for its lobster and enjoys an inherent brand equity that is
unparalleled. Yet, no company has taken advantage of leveraging this perceived quality from a
mass marketing perspective. In its Phase II effort, Saltwater Marketing proposes to continue
developing a… more
Abstract:Forest biomass has the potential to provide environmentally-sustainable, carbon-neutral raw material for much of the nationÂ¿s energy and chemical synthesis needs. However, the drawback to the use of wood for chemical production and biofuels continues to be the complexity of producing separate… more
Abstract:This SBIR Phase II project addresses both the welding of butt joints in plate panels for ships and the manufacture of highly weight-efficient structural sandwich panels for shipbuilding applications. The Phase I project established the technical and financial viability of the Laser/Gas Metal Arc… more
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