We can submit collaborative funding proposals to eleven US federal departments (including NSF, DOE, NOAA, and EPA) via the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs, where we have achieved past success.

STTR is an important small business program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development arena. Central to the program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small business and the nation's premier nonprofit research institutions. STTR's most important role is to foster the innovation necessary to meet the nation's scientific and technological challenges in the 21st century.

Our collaboration in academic proposals to the US National Science Foundation (NSF) is possible via the Industrial innovation and partnership (IIP) program, which oversees the Industry & University Cooperative Research Program (I/UCRC), and the Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) program.

We have recently launched two such initiatives. The first responds to a call for the preservation of marine heat flow in academia in Modern Perspectives on Measuring and Interpreting Seafloor Heat Flux (EOS, v89, n3, p23, 2008). Where the majority of marine heat flow measurements over the past several decades have been the result of industry rather than academic programs, there is concern for the loss of academic expertise.

The second initiative responds to a NASA Tech Brief (1SEP2008) calling for heat flow sensors for NASA‘s Lunar Science Instrument and Technology Development program, which is seeking to advance the state of the art for instrumentation in the specific areas of geophysical measurements and in-situ lunar surface measurements.

Please contact us for further information and updates.