FEB. 1, 2019

Phase I NSF SBIR grant.

HeXalayer Awarded Competitive Grant from the National Science Foundation


Small Business Innovation Research Program Provides Seed Funding for R&D

[Louisville, KY], Feb. 1. 2019 – HeXalayer, LLC has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) to conduct research and development (R&D) work on next generation Lithium-ion rechargeable battery material.

HeXalayer has developed a new material for use in Li-ion rechargeable battery cells, that increase their capacity by a factor of 4. A successful commercialization of this material would affect the operating time of Electric Vehicles, Drones and Consumer Electronics.

“The National Science Foundation supports startups and small businesses with the most innovative, cutting-edge ideas that have the potential to become great commercial successes and make huge societal impacts,” said Graciela Narcho, Acting Director of Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships at NSF. “We hope that seed funding will spark solutions to some of the most important challenges of our time across all areas of science and technology.”

Once a small business is awarded a Phase I SBIR/STTR grant (up to $225,000), it becomes eligible to apply for a Phase II grant (up to $750,000). Small businesses with Phase II grants are eligible to receive up to $500,000 in additional matching funds with qualifying third-party investment or sales.

NSF accepts Phase I proposals from small businesses twice annually in June and December. Small businesses with innovative science and technology solutions, and commercial potential are encouraged to apply. All proposals submitted to the NSF SBIR/STTR program undergo a rigorous merit-based review process.

To learn more about America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF, visit: https://seedfund.nsf.gov/

About the National Science Foundation's Small Business Programs: America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF awards $200 million annually to startups and small businesses, transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial and societal impact. Startups working across almost all areas of science and technology can receive up to $1.5 million in non-dilutive funds to support research and development (R&D), helping de-risk technology for commercial success. America’s Seed Fund is congressionally mandated through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The NSF is an independent federal agency with a budget of about $8.1 billion that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering.

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