Anfiro awarded SBIR grant from the National Science Foundation

Cambridge, MA – Anfiro has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant to conduct research and development work on membrane technology for water treatment.

Anfiro is developing novel membrane technology that can significantly decrease the cost and energy required for water treatment. Anfiro's membranes are based on a new type of polymer material that self-assembles at the nanoscale, enabling superior membrane performance. The NSF SBIR award will support Anfiro's R&D work in scaling the membrane technology towards commercialization.

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

Jaime Mateus, CEO of Anfiro, commented: "There is a big gap between lab-scale research and commercialization of a new technology, specially for technologies that are hardware-based or require significant investment in manufacturing capabilities. The NSF SBIR program directly addresses this gap by providing funding that accepts the inherently high-risk nature of the work, but is still willing to support technologies that have the potential for an outsized societal impact."

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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About the National Science Foundation's Small Business Programs: The National Science Foundation (NSF) awards roughly $200 million annually to startups and small businesses through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial and societal impact. The non-dilutive grants support research and development (R&D) across almost all areas of science and technology helping companies de-risk technology for commercial success. The NSF is an independent federal agency with a budget of about $7 billion that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering.