Robotics(UAVs)

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  • TECHNOLOGY AREAS: Materials/Processes, Electronics The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals, their country of origin, and what tasks each would accomplish in the statement of work in...
  • OBJECTIVE: To develop an ultra-high power dense solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stack (>500 W/kg) capable of supporting high efficiency, logistic-fueled propulsion and power systems for small autonomous vehicles and mobile power generation. DESCRIPTION: Small unmanned aerial systems (S-UAS), unmanned ground systems (UGS), vehicle auxiliary power units (APU), and mobile power generation units...
  • OBJECTIVE: Develop interface(s) to allow users to"teach"or program robotic manipulation and mobility through virtual simulation and through real-world demonstration which the robot can apply autonomously in various situations. DESCRIPTION: It is not likely that an autonomous system can be programmed with all the information it requires to perform every mission or every variation of every...
  • OBJECTIVE: Develop algorithmic approaches to enabling robust control of autonomous unmanned ground vehicles operating in complex, unstructured environments, over low-bandwidth, high latency communication links. DESCRIPTION: This topic addresses the problem of robustly commanding and controlling unmanned ground vehicles operating in complex, unstructured environments. Current approaches to...
  • OBJECTIVE: Develop an API and User Interface for testing and evaluating the performance of perception systems for autonomous vehicles. DESCRIPTION: Perception systems for autonomous vehicles are often tuned to a specific platform and thus will degrade in performance if transferred to a different platform. For example, terrain costs are computed according to a fixed mapping from perceived...
  • OBJECTIVE: Develop innovative frameworks, tools, and human-machine interfaces that provide improved trust, transparency in the autonomous system or provide more flexible, cognitively matched human-machine interaction and cooperation. DESCRIPTION: Human-autonomous system interaction is frequently limited by lack of confidence and trust among the (combined) team. In order to have humans...
  • Objective: To examine, develop and demonstrate an advanced high pressure heavy fuel (JP-8) injection system for UAS/UGS applications, capable of performing multiple injections per cycle. Description: This effort is to develop a fast responding, light weight, direct injection system to operate within the fuel"s ignition delay time for UAS/UGS application. These systems must be applicable to...
  • Objective: To examine, develop, and demonstrate improvements in cooling capability of propulsion systems currently in use on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). Description: Two of the most popular UAVs used in the US are the US Air Force"s Predator, and the US Army"s Shadow 200. The US Air Force Predator is classified as a medium altitude, long endurance UAV and is powered by a 100 HP 4-cylinder...
  • OBJECTIVE: Develop a mid-wave infrared (MWIR) focal plan array (FPA) using quantum dots for next-generation night vision. DESCRIPTION: Historically, night vision has provided the United States Armed Forces with an asymmetric tactical advantage in combat operations. However, the tradeoffs of low sensitivity (microbolometers), high power consumption (active cooling), or specialized consumables...
  • Objective: Design a procedure to enable robust decision making with respect to lethal target designation under stressing, highly uncertain conditions. Description: This topic solicits innovative approaches to understanding target measurement uncertainties and design of optimal sensor architectures that aid uncertainty mitigation. In light of recent advances in decision making under...
  • OBJECTIVE: Develop and demonstrate photovoltaic arrays that are flexible and can achieve greater than 20% solar photon to electrical conversion efficiency in a lightweight configuration. DESCRIPTION: Photovoltaics (solar cells) are an attractive technology to provide renewable energy sources for forward operating bases, man-portable power sources, and tactical applications. Solar arrays can...
  • OBJECTIVE: Develop and demonstrate an electric power management system that will couple low power photovoltaic (PV) energy generating devices with a Li-ion battery with at least 96% module efficiency. DESCRIPTION: Renewable energy, specifically photovoltaic, is an attractive technology for man-portable power sources and tactical applications. However, to be effective as a system, it is...
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  • The NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) is interested in applying innovative approaches to develop novel strategies to characterize, monitor, and remediate hazardous substances at contaminated sites. SRP encourages applicants to develop green / sustainable detection technologies and remediation approaches that improve energy efficiency and reduce waste generation. Examples include but are not...
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  • 1. Research Objectives Nanotechnology is the understanding and control of matter at dimensions between approximately 1 and 100 nanometers, where unique phenomena enable novel applications. Encompassing nanoscale science, engineering, and technology, nanotechnology involves imaging, measuring, modeling, and manipulating matter at this length scale. The purpose of this trans-NIH Funding...
  • Purpose The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support the development and clinical validation of systems for image-guided interventions (IGIs) for cancer. Specifically, the goals of this program are to provide support for: The development and optimization of fully integrated cancer imaging, monitoring, and therapy systems; Validation of integrated image-guided intervention (IGI)...
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  • Purpose This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), issued by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), encourages Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications from small business concerns (SBCs) that propose the development and clinical validation of systems for image-guided interventions (IGIs) for cancer. Specifically, the goals of this program are to provide support for: The...