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DKS Awarded Competitive Grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation

DKS has been awarded a U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research ( The purpose is to modify and continue to diversify the offering of power generation solutions.

R&D funding accelerates the translation of results to impact

The company is looking to extend the usability and life expectancy of portable electronic devices by applying its power source technology. This will increase the transmission events and power the device while in idle states without punishing the equipment’s battery, which as a result extends the functional and shelf life of the devices. DKS’s ultimate goal is to make the technology mainstream, and enable your devices to go from a couple of days of use with a single charge to a couple of weeks.

“NSF accelerates the translation of emerging technologies into transformative new products and services,” said Erwin Gianchandani, NSF Assistant Director for Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships. “We take great pride in funding deep-technology startups and small businesses that will shape science and engineering results into meaningful solutions for today and tomorrow.”

"We are honored to obtain another opportunity to contribute with research to achieve an improvement to our already superior deposition method while advancing the development of our long-lasting power technology," said Ekhi Muniategui, CEO, of DKS.

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. Once a small business is awarded a Phase I grant, it becomes eligible to apply for Phase II funding and additional supplements totaling up to $1.7 million. To get started, startups or entrepreneurs submit a written Project Pitch to see if their technology idea could be a good fit for the program. To learn more about America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF, visit:

NSF has several programs that help accelerate the translation of research results to practice and provide pathways for researchers, startups, and aspiring entrepreneurs to move their ideas from the laboratory to the market and society. To learn more about how NSF helps unlock future technologies for national and societal impact, visit:


About the U.S. National Science Foundation's Small Business Programs

America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF awards more than $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 $2 million to support research and development, helping de-risk technology for commercial success. America’s Seed Fund is congressionally mandated through the Small Business Innovation Research program. The NSF is an independent federal agency with a budget of about $8.8 billion that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering.


About Direct Kinetic Solutions

Direct Kinetic Solutions envisions becoming the power solution for future generations. The company develops, manufactures, and sells Persistent Power Sources (PPS). These devices harness the high energy density of beta-emitting isotopes and utilize their continuous, and steady emission of energy to generate current that can be utilized to directly power devices, charge chemical batteries, or work as complements to other power sources, such as solar.

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