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USDA makes $47.3 million available for Specialty Crop Research Initiative


Approximately $47.3 million may be made available to support multiple awards in each project type. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Letters of intent are due Nov 25.

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture invites proposals for the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) to support five project types:

• Standard Research and Extension Projects;
• Coordinated Agricultural Projects;
• Regional Partnerships for Innovation;
• eXtension Projects; and,
• Research and Extension Planning Projects.

$4.2 Million Available for Department of Transportation SBIR program


Multiple entities within the Department of Transportation invite proposals for its annual solicitation for Phase I proposals under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. Research topics available for Phase I funding include:

• Coating Existing Concrete Barriers to Reduce Rollover Potential;
• Fast Real Time Positioning using GNSS;
• Communicating Towed unit (Trailer) Vehicle Identification Number(s) to the Powered Unit;
• Innovative Solutions to Effectively Enforce Anti-texting Rules on Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers;

Phoenix International Breaking Ground on $22 Million Fargo Expansion


Phoenix International, has broken ground on a 90,000 square foot expansion that will house space for product design, product testing, and an expanding engineering staff.

The $22 Million expansion continues to build on the exisiting presence of 5 facilities where Phoenix designs and manufactures electronic control, display and sensor systems for equipment manufacturers, which most notably include John Deere.

NIH and CDC seeking SBIR contract proposals


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invite small business concerns to submit research proposals under this Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Contract Solicitation. Firms with the capability to conduct research and development (R&D) in any of the health related topic areas described in Section 12, and to commercialize the results of that R&D, are encouraged to participate.

Don't Miss the BIOFIBE Biomaterials Conference Oct 24 - 26 in Winnipeg


Every year millions of tonnes of agricultural and forestry products are produced in Manitoba, creating a valuable supply of biomass for the production of biofuels, biomaterials and biochemicals. Research and development in Manitoba is already turning hemp, flax and wheat byproducts into paper, insulation, roofing tiles, biodegradable food packaging and ultra-lightweight components for the green building material and transportation sectors.

NIFA invites applications to support research in Sustainable Bioenergy

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture invites applications for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative to support research in Sustainable Bioenergy that will achieve the long-term outcome of reducing the National dependence on foreign oil through the production of sustainable bioenergy. Approximately $11 million may be made available to support multiple awards. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Letters of intent are due Oct 25; applications are due Dec 15.More information regarding USDA-NIFA-AFRI-003536 is available at:

Northland College awarded $4.7 million grant to further develop UAS program


Northland Community and Technical College has been awarded a $4.7 million United States of Labor grant. The grant is focused on developing an imagery analyst certificate program as part of Northland’s unmanned aerial systems (UAS) program in a Septmeber 29 story from the Grand Forks Herald.

NDSU Research Foundation Licenses Coatings Technology to Elinor Specialty Coatings


The NDSU Research Foundation (NDSU/RF) has concluded a license agreement with Elinor Specialty Coatings, Fargo, N.D., for removable protective coatings for outdoor bronze monuments and statues. The agreement gives Elinor exclusive rights to further develop and market the technology developed at North Dakota State University, Fargo.



The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) supports research related to the basic understanding of microbiology and immunology leading to the development of vaccines, therapeutics, and medical diagnostics for the prevention, treatment, and diagnosis of infectious and immune-mediated diseases.

Millions available from Defense Agencies through the Rapid Innovation Fund


The Office of Naval Research invites whitepapers for the Department of the Navy Rapid Innovation Fund to enhance and accelerate delivery of military capability, reduce the cost of weapons systems or improve the quality of life for service personnel by meeting urgent operational needs or other critical national security needs. Multiple awards of up to $3 million may be awarded. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Whitepaper are due Oct 17.

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