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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.

DOT and FAA Propose New Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems


The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration today proposed a framework of regulations that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in today’s aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations.

AFRL awarding $24.9 million for Sensor Innovation

AFRL invites whitepapers for the Sensor Innovative Research Program to Support R&D Projects in Four Technical Areas. Approximately $24.9 million may be made available to support multiple awards. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Whitepapers will be accepted on a continuing basis until Apr 5, 2017. More information regarding BAA-12-02-PKS is available at:

FAA opens more airspace in North Dakota for UAS research


The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday authorized unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to fly in a wide area of North Dakota, a development intended to give industry greater access to research opportunities.

UAS research area expanded to nearly two-third of North Dakota


Even more of North Dakota is now a testing ground for unmanned aircraft following a decision Wednesday from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The FAA approved a request by the Northern Plains Unmanned Aerial Systems Test Site to conduct unmanned aircraft system flights in this designated area.

“It’s good for the FAA. It’s good for the industry. It’s good for us,” said the test site’s executive director, Bob Becklund.

The North Dakota test site, one of six in the nation, is headquartered in Grand Forks.

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