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UAS Summit 2014 Presentations Available

Speaker presentations are now available from the 8th UAS Action Summit held in Grand Forks, North Dakota on June 25 & 26, 2014.

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Rise of the Drones in Grand Forks

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Explosive growth in drone research and development is beginning to take off in the northern valley. It will soon mean the construction of major facilities and the potential for thousands of new jobs.

Another bright spot is coming to UND's Aerospace Complex. The new, 25-million dollar Unmanned Aircraft Systems research, training and education center is being built here. It's scheduled for completion in the spring of 2016.

The Dean of Aerospace says he expects the 150 students already in their UAS program to grow to 800 students in the coming years.

AFRL makes $121 Million for Materials Research and Survivability Studies

The Air Force Research Laboratory invites proposals for the Materials Research and Survivability Studies (MaRSS) Research Program to support projects that conduct exploratory and advanced research and development of materials technologies to control, manipulate, and protect against photonic energy. Approximately $121.1 million may be made available to support multiple awards. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Proposals are due Nov 12. More information regarding BAA-RQKM-2014-0013 is available at: https://www.fbo.gov/spg/USAF/AFMC/AFRLWRS/BAA-RQKM-2014-0013/listing.html.

FARGO SELECTED AS SITE FOR NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL GENOTYPING CENTER

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The National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board announced that Fargo, N.D., will be the site of the National Agricultural Genotyping Center.

ARPA-E makes $10 million available for IDEAS Program

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The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) invites proposals to support Research Studies for the Innovative Development in Energy-Related Applied Science (IDEAS) Program to support research on disruptive concepts in energy-related technologies that challenge the status quo and represent a leap beyond today’s technology. Approximately $10 million may be made available to support up to 20 awards. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Proposals are due Sep 28, 2015.

Phase I Proposals open for DoD Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program

Small high-technology firms are encouraged to submit proposals to DoD for R&D projects with both military and commercial applications in response to the 2014.3 SBIR

Four Components within DOD announced the third round of solicitations for Phase I Proposals for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. Multiple awards may be made. Eligibility is restricted to U.S. small businesses. Applications are due Oct 22, 2014. More information regarding DOD-SBIR-14-3 is available at: https://www.fbo.gov/spg/ODA/WHS/REF/DoDSBIR14_3/listing.html.

$5 Million available to support Research Projects on Targeted Algal Biofuels and Bioproducts

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy released a notice of intent for a new research program to support Research Projects on Targeted Algal Biofuels and Bioproducts that will reduce consumer costs including projects to develop valuable co-products, crop protection, and CO2 utilization strategies. Multiple awards of up to $5 million may be made. Program eligibility requirements are to be determined. Proposals due dates are to be determined. More information regarding DE-FOA-0001177 is available at: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/#FoaId71d6c458-dc5c-4ed3-891b-b9d56f0e75cc.

NDSU engineering center to support North Dakota industry

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A new engineering center at North Dakota State University is aimed at helping support the state’s growing oil, wind, power and manufacturing industries.

The NDSU College of Engineering announced the creation of the Center of Quality, Reliability and Maintainability Engineering. The new center will allow NDSU students and faculty to work with industry partners to improve product quality and reliability and to optimize maintenance plans.

Grand Forks Air Force Base conducts airspace integration test

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The Grand Forks (N.D.) Air Force Base was the site for the first Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Integration Test in the country earlier this month.

The FAA authorized two UAVs to operate simultaneously in a traffic pattern of unrestricted airspace. Two MQ-9 Predators of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) flew in the same airspace while monitored by Air Force air traffic controllers.

UAS Open Innovation Forum set for October 29 & 30

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The WBT Open innovation Forum – Unmanned Aerial Systems set for October 29-30, 2014 in Stillwater, OK will bring together innovators, researchers and experts in UAS technology.

AFRL makes $70 Million available for Fuels and Combustion Technologies for Aerospace Propulsion

The Air Force Research Laboratory invites proposals for cooperative agreements to support Research and Development Efforts in the Area of Fuels and Combustion Technologies for Aerospace Propulsion. Approximately $70 million may be made available to support one or more awards. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Proposals are due Sep 8. More information regarding BAA-RQKPA-2014-0001 is available at: https://www.fbo.gov/spg/USAF/AFMC/AFRLWRS/BAA-RQKPA-2014-0001/listing.html.

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