Federal labs take home 47 R&D100 awards and 10 special recognitions

Federal labs take home 47 R&D100 awards and 10 special recognitions

October 27, 2021

Federal laboratories accounted for 47 of this year's R&D100 awards, announced last week by R&D World magazine, and 18 of those wins were shared with a collaborative partner. In addition, 10 entries that included federal labs earned special recognition for contributions to the fight against COVID-19, corporate social responsibility, and products or services that shook up an existing industry.

This renowned worldwide competition, now in its 59th year, received entries from 17 countries/regions. This year, the judging panel included nearly 40 well-respected industry professionals from across the globe.

The federal lab wins included collaborations between laboratories, between agencies, and/or with industry, academic, or nonprofit partners.


MIT Lincoln Laboratory (MIT-LL) and Massachusetts General Hospital for GUIDE (Guided Ultrasound Intervention Device)


Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Electric Power Research Institute for GridDamper

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, and Defense Threat Reduction Agency for Multiplicity Counter for Thermal and Fast Neutrons (MC-TF)

LLNL and Opcondys for Optical Transconductance Varistor


Sandia National Laboratories, Westergaard Solutions, and Texas Tech University for AeroMINE

ORNL, ReactWell, and Holocene Climate Corp. for BIG NET

National Energy Technology Laboratory, Somerset International, and The Dow Chemical Company for Multi-functional Sorbent Technology (MUST)

Ames Laboratory and Electron Energy Corp. for Tough SmCo


Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and multiple partners for CICE Consortium

Idaho National Laboratory and All Hazards Consortium for Commercial Routing Assistance Tool

LLNL and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for Flux: Next-Generation Workload Management Software Framework

Argonne National Laboratory, LANL, Carnegie Mellon University, and the HDF Group for Mochi: Customizable Data Navigation Tool

ORNL, MSC Industrial Supply, and Manufacturing Laboratories for MSC MillMax

MIT-LL, the U.S. Special Operations Command, and the Rapid Reaction Technology Office for MURMUR (Motion Under Rubble Measured Using Radar)

ORNL and Clinch River Computing for Precision Deicer

LANL, ORNL and epb for QED: Quantum Ensured Defense of the Smart Electric Grid

MIT-LL and the Federal Aviation Administration for Traffic Flow Impact (TFI) Tool

National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories for WEC-Sim

Special recognition was earned by:

LANL for EpiCast: Simulating Disease Epidemics with Extreme Detail [Battling COVID-19 category], Earth's-field Resonance Detection and Evaluation (ERDE) Devices [Market Disruptor - Products category], Terra Spotlight [Market Disruptor - Services category] and SmartTensors AI Platform [Market Disruptor - Services category]

Sandia National Laboratories for RAPTR95 [Corporate Social Responsibility category] and Environmentally Benign Extraction (EBE) of Critical Metals using Supercritical CO2-Based Solvent [Green Tech category]

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for AirJoule Self-Regenerating Dehumidifier [Green Tech category] and Lab-on-a-Fish [Market Disruptor - Products category]

LANL, NCAR, NOAA, NRL and multiple partners for CICE Consortium [Corporate Social Responsibility category]

ORNL, Techmer PM, and DemeTECH for Domestic Supply Chain of Filter Media and Face Masks [Battling COVID-19 category]

Use these links to see the full list of winners in each category:

Analytical/test and IT/electrical categories: https://www.rdworldonline.com/2021-rd-100-award-winners-announced-in-ana...

Mechanical/Materials category: https://www.rdworldonline.com/2021-rd-100-award-winners-announced-in-mec...

Process Prototyping and Software Services categories: https://www.rdworldonline.com/2021-rd-100-award-winners-announced-in-pro...

Special Recognition: https://www.rdworldonline.com/2021-rd-100-special-recognition-winners-an...