BadVR Awarded Competitive National Science Foundation Grant to Bring New Dimensions to Data

BadVR, a Los Angeles startup, receives a grant from the National Science Foundation to bring new levels of dimensionality to geospatial data

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#5G–Today, BadVR announced that they have received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Science Foundation to apply virtual reality technology towards the challenge of visualizing and analyzing large geospatial datasets.

This goal has broad commercial impact, including the acceleration of 5G network planning and the ability to perform real-time monitoring of large infrastructures like utility grids; all with minimal additional cost.

“As a society, we have become aware of the power of data and the impact it has on our lives. It’s important that we create tools that make it easy to work with this data,” said Suzanne Borders, CEO & Founder of BadVR. “We are honored to receive this grant and are excited to craft the future of data together with the National Science Foundation.”

Fusing VR technology with advanced visualization techniques, BadVR will develop a new method of analysis, shaping the way future generations will analyze their data.

“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. “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.”

About BadVR

BadVR is the world’s first immersive data visualization platform. By making big data more accessible, people and companies can discover and identify hidden problems and opportunities, as well as make better decisions, faster. Based in Marina Del Rey, BadVR allows people to – quite literally – ‘step inside their data.’

About the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Programs

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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