Airgility Wins National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I Award, $225K
United States, Maryland, Rockville - 09-17-2019 (PRDistribution.com) — Gained Critical Knowledge from SBIR/STTR Proposal Lab Overseen by OST Global Solutions
Airgility, a leading designer & manufacturer of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), has won a National Science Foundation Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award for “intelligent cloud-based advanced manufacturing services.” Airgility, while seeking to leverage 3D printing “as thoroughly as possible for actual manufacturing and higher productivity” to produce its drone vehicles directly out of 3D printing machines as final goods, is developing algorithms to manage the end-to-end process of advanced manufacturing.
Airgility was a participant in the innovative SBIR/STTR Proposal Lab, overseen by OST Global Solutions and the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), and supported by Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC), under the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) FAST Grant.
The NSF SBIR program follows a highly competitive review process where applications are awarded based on both intellectual merit and broad impact. Airgility’s NSF SBIR award was made through the NSF’s Division of Industrial Innovation & Partnerships, which “invests in high-tech small businesses and collaborations between academia and industry to transform discoveries into innovative commercial technologies with societal benefits.”
The SBIR/STTR Proposal Lab is explicitly designed to help companies like Airgility win SBIR awards by advising on win strategy, teaming, and improving proposal quality. Through hands-on training, the Lab further enables companies’ long-term ability to win other government and commercial bids.
Airgility’s Valente thanked OST Global Solutions and TEDCO for their “incredible help” in guiding Airgility through the SBIR proposal process and stressed that “we probably could not have reached the success that we have without them, especially in our first time ever applying”. He also noted, “this program is well beyond a two-hour-long crash course; this is immersive and comprehensive, and exactly what we needed!”
The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce selected Airgility in May 2019 as one of “the top ten most innovative companies”in the greater Washington region, ranking them 6th in the DC/Maryland/Virginia region.
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