LuxNour Technologies, Inc. has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant for $255,944 to conduct research and development (R&D) work towards building a high-volume manufacturing (HVM) equipment for the massive parallel transfer of micrometer-size objects.
This LuxNour technology enables the commercialization of displays, made using micrometer size inorganic light emitting diodes (mLEDs), by removing a major ecosystem roadblock; the selective parallel transfer of mLEDs from native substrate to a display matrix. Displays based on mLEDs offer consumers strong performance benefits such as long battery life, high level of brightness and contrast, and vivid ultra-high definition video content.
“NSF is proud to support the technology of the future by thinking beyond incremental developments and funding the most creative, impactful ideas acrossall 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.”
“With LuxNour’s technology, display manufacturers shall embark on the production-worthy parallel massive transfer equipment, critically need for fabricating mLED-based displays across a wide spectrum of consumer electronics.” said Dr. Khaled Elamrawi, LuxNour’s Co-founder and President. On LuxNour’s advantage, Dr. Elamrawi emphasized “its HVM compatibility, as represented by high tolerance to variations in mLED height and misalignment. Our technology is selective and cost-effective due to its ability to scale with the size of the display substrate.”
Once a small business is awarded a Phase I SBIR/STTR grant (up to $256,000), it becomes eligible to apply for a Phase II grant (up to $1,000,000). 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.
Startups or entrepreneurs who submit a three-page Project Pitch will know within three weeks if they meet the program’s objectives to support innovative technologies that show promise of commercial and/or societal impact and involve a level of technical risk. 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 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 $1.75 million 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.