REM Surface Engineering Selected for $50K in Phase I Funding Through Air Force AFWERX & Small Business Innovation Research Program.

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Wednesday, November 17th, 2021 in

Southington, Connecticut  – REM Surface Engineering selected for a Phase I contract through U.S. Air Force via their AFWERX and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.  REM Surface Engineering’s proposal, “Internal Channel Polishing for GRCop-42 Additively Manufactured Regeneratively Cooled Liquid Rocket Engine Applications,” is being awarded $50,000 (SBIR) Phase I is work proposed during their Open Call for Innovative Clear Defense-Related Dual-Purpose Technologies/Solutions with a Clear Air Force Stakeholder Topic. SBIR awards are highly competitive research-based programs that provide U.S. small businesses the opportunity to engage in cutting edge research, development, and commercialization.  Phase II of the SBIR program emphasizes meeting technological challenges of government end-users; the R&D of the proposed technology to process/prototype development (Federal Technology Readiness Level 5-6); and allows small businesses to grow new, innovative solutions to address emerging federal and commercial needs.

“This contract award represents REM’s sixth SBIR award in just over three years, which is a huge accomplishment for a company of our size.   Countless hours of research, innovation, problem-solving, and the ingenuity of our Research team have led to these successes and we are excited to continue developing novel solutions for the Air Force to ensure the safety and readiness of their people and fleet.”- Nathan Michaud, Vice President of Strategy

REM Surface Engineering expresses their sincere appreciation to industry partners for their support: Quadrus Advanced Manufacturing, Elementum3D, Additive Manufacturing & Engineering, and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.

About REM Surface Engineering

REM Surface Engineering, the inventor of the ISF® Process, the Rapid ISF® Process, the Extreme ISF® Process, and the REM® Process, is a global leader in providing surface engineering solutions. The REM’s isotropic superfinishing technologies are value-adding and performance-enhancing improvements to conventional machining operations such as grinding and lapping. Founded in 1965 in Southington, CT by Robert Michaud, REM Surface Engineering is a family-owned company that has proudly been serving our partners and customers for over 50 years. REM Surface Engineering operates four locations in Brenham, TX, Southington, CT, Merrillville, IN, and St. Neots, UK that provide products and services globally. For more information, please visit

AFRL and AFWERX have partnered to streamline the Small Business Innovation Research process in an attempt to speed up the experience, broaden the pool of potential applicants, and decrease bureaucratic overhead. Beginning in SBIR 18.2, and now in 20.1, the Air Force has begun offering ‘Special’ SBIR topics that are faster, leaner, and open to a broader range of innovations.