Virginia Small Business Receives Support From NSF to Predict Where Underground Contamination Is Lurking

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McLean, Virginia startup Azimuth1 gains support from America's Seed Fund, a program of the National Science Foundation. The new contract win will expand development of the EnviMetric program that predicts the location of underground contamination using machine learning and advanced computer modeling.

Today, Azimuth1, LLC, announced that the National Science Foundation has selected the company as part of the America's Seed Fund program and a $750,000 investment, to support the expansion of Azimuth1's EnviMetric program, which predicts where underground contamination exists so it can be cleaned up before it enters water supplies or becomes a more serious public health problem. The expansion will support nationwide availability, and double the types of contamination that the program can model. The data science and analytics company creates scientific computing applications that help make better decisions for their environmental and public safety customers.

Jason Dalton, President & CEO of Azimuth1 stated, "We are thrilled to have the support of the NSF on this second phase of research and development for EnviMetric. NSF kickstarted this program after hearing our idea and challenged us to craft it into a product that brings tremendous value to the environmental remediation industry, impacting public health and safety. EnviMetric is a wholly new type of analysis tool in the environmental industry, and being a small business, this program will help us roll it out to more of the 300,000 contaminated sites nationwide than we have been able to previously. In particular, we are expanding our data holdings and models to find fluorinated chemicals and heavy metals, given the rising public health concerns." Highly sought-after NSF awards are judged on technical merit, a sound commercialization plan, and the quality of the team applying for the award.

America’s Seed Fund powered by the National Science Foundation (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 $7.8 billion that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. For more information, visit

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