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Agricultural UAS research expanding across state


GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Unmanned aircraft will soon be buzzing overhead at several agricultural research centers around North Dakota.

North Dakota State University received approval Friday to expand its unmanned aircraft systems research program from the University of North Dakota UAS Research and Compliance Committee, a group that vets research proposals.

North Dakota Dominates North American UAS Industry with Largest Test Site and Key Commercialization Opportunities


Last week, nearly two-dozen North Dakota aerospace and aviation leaders were in Atlanta for the AUVSI Unmanned Systems North America 2015 conference to showcase the state's dominance in America's hottest new industry.

As one of the largest blocks of airspace available in the country for flying unmanned aerial systems (UAS) with the goal of integrating UAS into the national airspace, the delegation will be at the show to discuss how the nation's first operational UAS test site is advancing research and has become increasingly open for businesses in this high profile industry.

Sensurion Aerospace and University of North Dakota collaborate to create new UAS Pipeline Program


A new jobs pipeline program is the result of an innovative collaboration between Sensurion Aerospace (Sensurion) and the University of North Dakota (UND). The Sensurion UAS Pipeline Program is designed to provide career-building opportunities for graduates of UND's John D. Odegard School of Aerospace.

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Grand Sky UAS Park Opens for Development in Grand Forks, N.D.


Nation's First UAS Business and Aviation Park Expected to Create Local and National Economic Advantages

DARPA awarding $4 Million for Future Artic Sensing Technologies


DARPA invites applications for the Future Arctic Sensing Technologies (FAST) Program to support the development of concepts for low-cost, rapidly-deployable, environmentally friendly, unmanned sensor systems, including deployment and data reach-back from above the Arctic Circle that can detect, track and identify air, surface and subsurface targets. Approximately $4 million may be made available to support multiple awards. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Applications are due Apr 14.

AFRL accepting proposals for advanced materials research

The AFRL invites proposals for the Composites, Hybrids, and Metals, Materials and Processes (CHAMMP) Research Program to develop materials and processing methodologies that are vital to create advanced materials and devices for future Air Force assets and weapon systems. Multiple awards may be made. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Applications are due Apr 8. More information regarding BAA-RQKM-2015-0010 is available at:

NSF Awarded $6.8B for Research, STEM Education in FY14


The National Science Foundation (NSF) was appropriated $7.2 billion in FY14 (not including mandatory accounts) of which over $6.8 billion (nearly 95 percent of NSF’s total appropriations) was used to support research and education awards. Over 1,800 institutions of higher education and other organizations received funding from NSF including 11,000 competitively reviewed awards according to a report released by the NSF. Other highlights include:

Eighty-one percent of NSF awards were made to institutions of higher education;

$11 Million being awarded for Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI) Program


The Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering invites proposals for the Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI) Program to support the development and deployment of hardware and software technologies and techniques to protect research cyberinfrastructure across every stage of the scientific workflow. Approximately $11 million may be made available to support up to 13 awards. Eligibility is restricted to institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations. Proposals are due Jun 2.

Dept. of Labor awarding $100 Million to Expand High-Tech, High-Demand Industry Apprenticeships


A new $100 million grant competition through DOL will seek to expand apprenticeship opportunities in high-growth industries. The program will specifically target industries that are using H-1B visas to hire foreign workers. By investing in collaborative efforts around the country, officials hope the program will help develop clear career pathways through apprenticeship, particularly for underrepresented populations.

Lease agreement with Air Force creates North Dakota UAS R&D park


Amid a backdrop of American flags and unmanned aerial systems, some of North Dakota’s top officials gathered at the Grand Forks Air Force Base Wednesday to participate in the signing of an enhanced use lease intended to spur further development of UAS technology in the region.

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