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National Science Foundation SBIR Grant Awarded

On May 15, 2020, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Artimus Robotics $225,000 through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 1 program. The Phase I project seeks to foster the development and innovation of Hydraulically Amplified Self-Healing Electrostatic (HASEL) actuators for use in robotic systems.

HASEL actuators are a new class of smart, soft, and high-speed robotic hardware. Artimus Robotics is leveraging the HASEL technology to address challenges with incumbent technologies such as pneumatic actuators, which are inefficient and have limited controllability.

The objectives of this grant include increasing the reliability and robustness of HASEL actuators. Achieving these goals will enable further adoption in highly demanding applications such as industrial automation or underwater marine robotics.

If you are interested in learning how the technological advances achieved through this grant will enable the adoption of HASEL actuators in your industry, please connect with us at as our engineers are ready to discuss projects and collaborations with you.

Additionally HASEL development kits are in stock and ready to ship if you are interested in prototyping yourself. Learn more here:

Artimus Robotics is extremely thankful to be awarded this grant and for the support of the NSF. Along with NSF we believe that fundamental breakthroughs in robotic systems require us to capitalize on new concepts and discoveries in science and engineering.

About America’s Seed Fund

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 $1.75 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. For more information, visit

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