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NNSA Awards $1.7 Million in Nonproliferation R&D Grants to Small Businesses
May 9, 2008
NNSA Awards $1.7 Million in Nonproliferation R&D Grants to Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced it has awarded $1.7 million to fund nuclear nonproliferation research and development (R&D) at small businesses across the United States.  The research will support and strengthen the U.S. response to threats to U.S. national security posed by the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). 

"Investing in research and development for remote sensing, radiation detection, and seismic detection will help the NNSA complete its mission to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction," said NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation William Tobey.  "In partnership with these small businesses, NNSA will continue to bolster our nation's detection capabilities."

NNSA is the principal U.S. government agency investing in long-term strategic and technical solutions to detect the proliferation of WMD.  The awards announced today will go to 16 U.S. small businesses in 10 states, all dedicated to cutting-edge technology research.  A list of recipients is below.

The funding was provided by NNSA's Office of Nonproliferation Research and Development, which conducts basic and applied research and development, testing, and evaluation to produce technologies that lead to proliferation detection and nuclear detonation detection systems.  The office focuses on developing technologies, demonstrating and testing prototypes, and providing operational hardware and software. 

This year, projects selected under the nonproliferation R&D programs focused on technologies to develop imaging systems to identify WMDs and nuclear materials from the air and in space, and projects to develop new radiation detection materials for applications in national and homeland security inspection venues.  Awards also focused on research that will improve seismic detection systems for nuclear detonation detection.
 
The grants were awarded as part of the Department of Energy's overall Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Program.  SBIR helps ensure that the nation's small, high-tech, innovative businesses are a significant part of the federal government's research and development efforts. The Department of Energy is one of eleven federal departments participating in the SBIR program.

Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a separately organized agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science.  NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; works to reduce global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the United States and abroad.

 Grantee City State Award
 Nanosonic, Inc. Blacksburg VA $99,988
 New Span Opto-technology Inc. Miami FL $99,996
 Nova Photonics, Inc. Princeton NJ $99,970
 Optra, Inc. Topsfield MA $99,744
 Spectral Sciences, Inc. Burlington MA $100,000
 Boston Applied Technologies, Inc. Woburn MA $99,987
 Boston Applied Technologies, Inc. Woburn MA $99,957
 Physical Optics Corporation Torrance CA $99,995
 I Technology Applications Ann Arbor MI $99,999
 Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc. Huntsville AL $99,700
 Capesym, Inc. Natick MA $99,960
 Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. Watertown MA $99,999
 Michigan Aerospace Corporation Ann Arbor MI $99,628
 Eentec St. Louis MO $99,650
 Agiltron, Inc. Woburn MA $99,906
 Silicon Audio, Llc Atlanta GA $99,500
 Symphony Acoustics, Inc. Rio Rancho NM $100,000

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NNSA Public Affairs (202) 586-7371