VBrick Systems, Inc., a provider of video over IP network solutions, has announced that it has received a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a device that supports Internet Protocol (IP) video. The grant includes funds for research with the intent of commercializing a cost-effective network video product for the emerging H.264 digital video standard. The H.264 standard, also known as MPEG-4 Part 10, provides high-fidelity video using low bandwidth. The NSF's Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Program awarded VBrick the grant in two phases. Phase one encompassed a proof of concept for mitigating H.264-compliant encoder performance bottlenecks. The grant's second phase supports VBrick research to develop an H.264-compliant prototype that provides high performance economically. Phase one of the NSF grant is complete; phase two concludes in Q1 2007.