Wanted: Commercial technologies for homeland defense

Wanted: Commercial technologies for homeland defense

The Center for Commercialization of Advanced Technology is soliciting proposals for new technologies with commercial and federal homeland defense applications.

CCAT is a public-private program funded by the Defense Department and administered by the San Diego State University Foundation. It provides business assistance and R&D funding to speed commercialization of security technology needed by DOD and the Homeland Security Department.

The goal is to put products on a fast track to the commercial marketplace, where they will be available to government users as well. Graduates of the program include image enhancement tools from Pixon LLC of Setauket, N.Y. Pixon's imaging technology was commercialized with the aid of several federal programs. A prototype of PixonVision, a real-time video hardware implementation, was developed with a pair of Small Business Innovation Research grants from NASA. CCAT provided $75,000 in development money and market research.

This is the 11th solicitation since the program was established in July 2001. Since its inception, the center has provided more than $13 million in services and grants for 123 technologies developed by companies, government laboratories and universities.

CCAT is looking for technologies that meet general DOD and DHS needs, such as defense against weapons of mass destruction and port and border security. It also is specifically interested in proposals for:

  • Handheld power sources for small electronic devices such as PCs, radios and cell phones

  • Small, low-power, thin and flexible display devices that can overlay maps

  • Noise suppression microphones and headphones for noisy mobile environments such as tanks.

A panel of scientists, engineers, business experts, venture capitalists and university faculty evaluates solicitations based on technical merit, marketability and business potential. Available awards include cash for R&D and product development, as well as assistance with market studies, business planning and mentoring.

Applications must be made by Nov. 15. Additional information about the solicitation and instructions for applying are posted at www.ccatsandiego.org.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.


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