U.S. Army SBIR Program Equips Small Businesses To Be All They Can Be
Jan 09, 2023
Who Has Won an Army SBIR Award?
Success stories abound in the world of Army SBIR program awards. Coming from all corners of the country, dynamic small businesses received funding to power their research and development of various technology ecosystems under the Army. Here are some of their stories:
Bevilacqua Research Corporation
When an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) runs into communication system jams while on a mission, does it turn around and go home? No, that is never an option. That’s why it was crucial for the Army to develop artificial intelligence (AI) technology that can make instantaneous decisions based on surveillance, firing, and combat scenarios.
Enter Bevilacqua Research Corporation. The CORE (Cognitive Object Reasoning Engine)
toolset was born when the Army awarded Alabama-based Bevilacqua Research Corporation (BRC) an SBIR contract to add AI to a threat system being used in distributed simulation environments.
In addition to potentially saving DoD millions of dollars in development costs for its new intelligent systems, BRC’s CORE toolset is at the center of an emerging market that could be worth millions of dollars to the small company.
“The SBIR program gave us the seed funding necessary to establish ourselves as the leader in AI/machine learning technology in the United States,” said Andy Bevilacqua, CEO of BRC.