Businesses get federal grants exceeding $6.6M

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Energy has presented grants totaling more than $6.6 million to six Maryland small businesses, including one in the Crossroads area, for research on innovative technologies.

The work will include research on nuclear energy, renewable energy and advanced manufacturing.

The businesses received the grants through the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. Those programs award competitive contracts to small businesses to develop innovative technologies that keep the American economy competitive and address national security and public health needs.

The companies and grants are:

• WSC of Frederick, $1 million;

• Accustrata Inc. of Rockville, $1 million;

• Machfu Inc. of Rockville, $993,937;

• Inventwood LLC of College Park, $1 million;

• Technology Assessment & Transfer Inc. of Annapolis, $1,499,734;

• X-wave Innovations Inc. of Gaithersburg, $1,148,500.

Maryland ranks as the No. 1 state in the nation in research and development spending because to the presence of federal and academic research institutions, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, the news release stated.