Small Business Innovation Research Program Provides Seed Funding for R&D
BALTIMORE, MD, SEPTEMBER 16, 2016 – DIPOLE MATERIALS, INC. has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $225K to develop piezoelectric fibers for use in smart garments.
Powering sensors and devices in the emerging smart garment industry is a big challenge. DiPole Materials’ piezoelectric yarns are made to be woven into fabrics where they then convert body movement into electricity, eliminating the need for batteries.
“It’s the type of solution that large athletic garment designers such as Nike and Under Armour are looking towards.” said Scott Gaboury, DiPole’s co-founder and Chief Science Officer.
“The National Science Foundation supports small businesses with the most innovative, cutting-edge ideas that have the potential to become great commercial successes and make huge societal impacts,” said Barry Johnson, Director of the NSF’s Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships. “We hope that this seed funding will spark solutions to some of the most important challenges of our time across all areas of science and technology.”
About the National Science Foundation's Small Business Programs: The National Science Foundation (NSF) awards nearly $190 million annually to startups and small businesses through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial and societal potential. The non-dilutive grants support research and development (R&D) across all areas of science and technology helping companies de-risk technology for commercial success. The NSF is an independent federal agency with a budget of about $7 billion that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering.
About DiPole Materials, Inc.: Headquartered in Baltimore, DiPole leverages the unique intellectual property and corporate partnerships available in the region to create value from specialty polymer production.