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NSF Announces $10M to Support Commercialization of NSF-Funded Research


The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced approximately $10 million in new funding through its Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) program. The PFI program offers NSF-funded researchers at institutions of higher education opportunities to connect new knowledge to societal benefit through translational research efforts and/or partnerships that encourage, enhance, and accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship.

North Dakota drone effort lauded at White House workshop


Accomplishments made with unmanned aircraft systems in North Dakota were recognized recently during a workshop hosted on the White House campus.

The “Workshop on Drones and the Future of Aviation” assembled leaders from areas of industry, academia and government to outline the future of integrating unmanned aircraft, also known as drones, into the national airspace and discuss necessary policies to ensure that happens, according to a news release.

DOD Announces Intent to Fund New $80M Robotics-Focused MII


The Department of Defense’s Army Contracting Command released a new federal funding opportunity (FFO) to establish and sustain a Robots in Manufacturing Environments Manufacturing Innovation Institute (RIME-MII) to increase U.S. competitiveness in robotics applied primarily in manufacturing environments. The intent of the new $80 million RIME-MII is to:

NIST to Fund National Cybersecurity Network


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released a federal funding opportunity (FFO) to establish and sustain up to eight Regional Alliances and Multistakeholder Partnerships to Stimulate (RAMPS) Cybersecurit

FAA Releases Small UAS Rule


More than a year in the making, the Federal Aviation Administration has finally released its new small UAS rule.

“With this new rule, we are taking a careful and deliberate approach that balances the need to deploy this new technology with the FAA’s mission to protect public safety,” says FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “But this is just our first step. We’re already working on additional rules that will expand the range of operations.”

DOE awards UND’s EERC $15 million to continue carbon storage research


The Energy & Environmental Research Center at the University of North Dakota is one of only two organizations nationally selected to run a second phase of a project to study the benefits of active reservoir management (ARM) in carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects. And the center will get more than $15 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to conduct that research.

National genotyping lab in Fargo, N.D. now functional


The new National Agricultural Genotyping Laboratory is up and running in Fargo, N.D., and officials who made it happen want all to see it.

An open house will be from 12:30 to 4 p.m. June 21, at the laboratory located in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Biosciences Research Laboratory.

Grand Forks drone companies announce partnerships, expansion


Two Grand Forks companies are forging partnerships beyond the state border in hopes of capturing a larger share of the fast-growing unmanned aircraft systems market.

Aerial inspection and photography company SkySkopes announced Wednesday it had formed an alliance with Interactive Aerial, based in Traverse City, Mich. As part of the move, SkySkopes will be opening an office in Michigan, likely sharing space with its new partner.

More research projects featuring drones get OK from UND committee


University of North Dakota faculty members are planning to use a rural piece of university property to conduct research utilizing unmanned aircraft to train law enforcement officers and map vegetation.

Oakville Prairie, an area with more than 900 acres of land about 12 miles west of Grand Forks, will be home to the projects set to begin in June. Both projects received approval last week from the university's UAS Research Ethics and Privacy Committee, which grants permission for any research activities associated with UND.

N.D. UAS test believed to be world’s first


What’s believed to be the world’s first test of its type using large unmanned aerial systems for agricultural data gathering in a public-private partnership took place at the Hillsboro (N.D.) Municipal Airport.

John Nowatzki, the North Dakota State University agricultural machine systems specialist for the Extension Service, says a May 20 test was the first test of UAS vehicles for agricultural data gathering he’s heard of in the U.S. It is the first in the world, he says.

“We’re flying over large areas,” Nowatzki says, noting the footprint of the study corridor is 40 miles by 4 miles.

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