WISRAN Awarded Competitive Grant from the National Science Foundation


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

West Sacramento, CA, July 2, 2019 – WISRAN has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $225,000 to conduct research and development (R&D) work on cost allocation technology for shared resources. WISRAN is developing a hands-free technology to allocate the cost to serve for shared equipment, labor, and fuel.

  • The initial target market is ag retailers who currently can’t track and analyze the cost to serve by field. The system helps ag retail managers to recover unrealized profits by adjusting processes, pricing or field portfolio.

“NSF is proud to support the technology of the future by thinking beyond incremental developments and funding the most creative, impactful ideas across all markets and areas of science and engineering,” said Andrea Belz, Division Director of the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships at NSF. “With the support of our research funds, any deep technology startup or small business can guide basic science into meaningful solutions that address tremendous needs.”

Andrea Belz

“We are showing new profit improvement opportunities to ag retailers by autonomously allocating the cost to serve for shared resources. The hands-free software technology analyzes opportunities for ag retail managers to optimize processes, pricing, and field portfolio for savings,” said Arsalan Lodhi, founder, and CEO of WISRAN.

Arsalan Lodhi

Once a small business is awarded a Phase I SBIR 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, also known as America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF, undergo a rigorous merit-based review process.

To read the project abstract, click here

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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