Montalvo receives NSF grant for composites R&D

The company will receive $225,000 to conduct research and development work on designing a solution for individual tow tension control for composites manufacturing.

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Web tension control specialists Montalvo Corp. (Gorham, Maine) has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $225,000 to conduct research and development work on designing a cost-effective solution for individual tow tension control for composites manufacturing.

“Our expertise in tension control technology gives us unique insights into composites manufacturing processes and the problems that a lack of consistent, uniform, and cost effective individual tow tension control created. We’ve come up with an innovative concept, that although highly challenging to execute, will present a major advancement in tow tension control. This could revolutionize the composite manufacturing process to deliver a new level of consistency, uniformity, and quality. Thanks to the National Science Foundation, the SBIR grant will give us the opportunity to conduct the comprehensive research and design needed to test feasibility and bring this innovation to the market. We couldn’t be more grateful for this program and are extremely excited to be selected from the group of highly competitive candidates,” says Montalvo’s Director of Engineering Chris Osgood.

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. 

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