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Future of the Bio-Industry Summit

The Future of the Bio-Industry Summit in Fargo, ND is scheduled for May 21, 2014.

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Action Summit 2014

The 8th UAS Action Summit will be June 25 & 26, 2014 in Grand Forks, ND.

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Air Force awarding up to $2 Million for Unmanned Systems technology


The Air Force Academy invites whitepapers to support the research and development of Cooperative Technologies for Unmanned Systems that:

• Develop sensing, control, and communication technologies for heterogeneous, unmanned, cooperative systems to demonstrate their advantages over individual systems;
• Geo-locate targets using RF, Optical, or other sensors using multiple unmanned aerial vehicles; and,
• Combine outputs of heterogeneous sensors to improve the accuracy of the overall estimates of object states.

Cleantech Open Start Up Accelerator Application Deadline May 1, 2013


Application Deadline - May 1, 2013
Don't Miss Your Chance To Participate in
Cleantech Open's 2013 Start-up Accelerator

• Are you searching for capital and potential clients regionally and nationally?
• Is your solution gaining traction but still in need of additional resources to scale?
• Want to get your startup exposed to a greater audience and into the headlines?

If you answered "yes!" to any of these questions, or know someone who would, now is the time to take action as the deadline for the short initial application is approaching!

$20 Million available through ARPA-E to fund Bioconversion Technologies


The Advanced Research Projects Agency — Energy (ARPA—E) invites concept papers to fund the Development of Bioconversion Technologies that will lead to conversion of methane into liquid fuels. Within this program, three technical categories are eligible for funding:

• High-efficiency biological methane activation;
• High-efficiency biological synthesis of liquid fuels; and,
• Process intensification approaches for biological methane conversion.

New process to make nanospheres developed at NDSU


A patent-pending technology to produce nanospheres developed by a research team at North Dakota State University, Fargo, could enable advances across multiple industries, including electronics, manufacturing, and biomedical sectors.

The environmentally-friendly process produces polymer-based nanospheres (tiny microscopic particles) that are uniform in size and shape, while being low-cost and easily reproducible. The process developed at NDSU allows scale-up of operation to high production levels, without requiring specialized manufacturing equipment.

A 3 a.m. Eureka! moment

University of North Dakota UAS Program a feature of New York Times Story

Domestic Drones Stir Imaginations, and Concerns is the title of a March 17 New York Times article about the growth and potential of the Unmanned Aircraft Industry. UND is featured as a pioneer in providing the nation's first UAS program. Read the entire article at

Fargo Software Developer Awarded $543 Million Veterans Affairs Contract


Intelligent InSites, Inc., the leading provider of real-time operational intelligence for healthcare in the government and commercial sectors, has been selected to provide the enterprise-wide software solution for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) $543 million Real Time Location System (RTLS) contract, as a subcontractor to the prime contractor, HP Enterprise Services.

Register for 7th Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Action Summit


Join U.S. Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and the Red River Valley Research Corridor in Grand Forks, North Dakota May 30th and 31st for the 7th annual UAS Action Summit as we explore where the UAS industry is now and the potential it has in the future.

HHS making $4.5 Million Available for Rural Health Information Technology Workforce Program


The Health Resources & Services Administration invites applications for the Rural Health Information Technology Workforce Program to support formal rural health networks that focus on activities relating to the recruitment, education, training and retention of HIT specialists. Approximately $4.5 million may be made available to support up to 15 awards. Eligibility is restricted to nonprofit organizations. Applications are due Apr 15.

DOE Awarding projects up to $3 Million for advanced Gasification Technologies


The National Energy Technology Laboratory invites proposals for Advanced Gasification Technologies Development and Gasification Scoping Studies to convert a solid feedstock (e.g., coal, petcoke or biomass) into a gaseous form, referred to as syngas, which will allow pollutants to captured easily and then disposed or converted to useful products. Up to five awards may be made from approximately $15 million in anticipated funding. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Proposals are due Apr 22.

Strategic Patent Management Workshop Scheduled for April 17


The Strategic Patent Management for Entrepreneurs Workshop reveals simple yet highly effective methods to gain control of your patent portfolio. This half-day workshop explores how to develop a strong patent strategy, work effectively with patent attorneys, understand and manage risks, and ultimately make solid patent investment decisions.

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