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Speaker presentations are now available from the 8th UAS Action Summit held in Grand Forks, North Dakota on June 25 & 26, 2014.

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Bio-Industry Summit Presentations

The Inaugural Future of the Bio-Industry Action Summit welcomed over 100 participants to North Dakota State University on May 21, 2014.

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$65 Million available for Navy's Rapid Innovation Fund

The Office of Naval Research invites proposals for the Department of Navy’s Rapid Innovation Fund to provide financial support for the transition innovative technologies that resolve operational challenges or save costs into its Acquisition programs. Multiple awards may be made from up to $65 million in anticipated funding. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Whitepapers are due Sep 30. More information regarding ONR-BAA-13-020 is available at:

ND & SD Univerisities receive $6 Million to establish Dakota Bioprocessing Consortium


Four universities in North Dakota and South Dakota have been awarded a $6 million grant to establish the Dakota Bioprocessing Consortium and conduct collaborative research.

NSF awarding $3.5 Million in STEM funding to support Tribal Colleges


The Directorate for Education & Human Resources invites proposals for the Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUP) Program in Four Tracks:

• Instructional Capacity Excellence in TCUP Institutions (ICE-TI) — provides support to design, implement and assess comprehensive institutional efforts at eligible two-year or four-year colleges to increase the numbers of students in STEM and the quality of their preparation by strengthening STEM education and research. Approximately $2.5 million may be made available to support up to four awards. Proposals are due Sep 25.

NASA accepting proposals to support Human Research program

NASA invites proposals to support Research in Support of NASA's Human Research Program in Six Technical Areas:

• Space Radiation;
• Human Health and Countermeasures;
• Exploration Medical Capability;
• Behavioral Health and Performance;
• Space Human Factors and Habitability; and,
• International Space Station Medical Project.

Multiple awards are anticipated. Proposals are due Sep 4. More information regarding NNJ13ZSA002N is available at:

NIH awarding $2 Million for Instrument Development for Biomedical Applications

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences invites R21 applications for research projects on Instrument Development for Biomedical Applications. Projects should propose tools that can be used by a wide range of biomedical or clinical researchers, and not limited to a specific organ or disease. Approximately $2 million may be made available to support up to 10 awards. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Applications are due Oct 10. More information regarding RFA-GM-14-014 is available at:

NIH awarding funds for Clinical Trials by Small Businesses in Topics Related to Allergic and Infectious Diseases

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases invites U44 applications to support hypothesis-driven, milestone-driven Clinical Trials by Small Businesses in Topics Related to Allergic and Infectious Diseases. Multiple awards are anticipated. Eligibility is restricted to U.S. small businesses. Applications are due Sep 11. More information regarding PAR-13-250 is available at:

NIH seeking applications for Biomedical Technology Service Centers Program

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering invites P30 applications for the Biomedical Technology Service Centers Program to support biomedical technology research infrastructure and resources to support a diverse group of funded NIH researchers. Multiple awards may be made. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Standard due dates apply for the P30 grant mechanism. More information regarding PAR-13-249 is available at:

DoD to release Solicitation for Rapid Innovation Fund


On or about Jul 12, the Department of Defense will release its annual solicitation for its Rapid Innovation Fund to facilitate the rapid insertion of innovative small business technologies into military systems or programs that meet critical national security needs. Research areas of interest will be submitted from entities within three branches of the military. Multiple awards are anticipated. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Proposals are due Sep 13.

Northrop Grumman, Grand Forks Partners Sign Agreement Promoting UAS in Region


Financially, the one-of-a-kind business park at the Grand Forks Air Force Base, recently named Grand Sky, has a target investment of $300 million in facilities if the Northern Plains test site is approved. The North Dakota legislature approved $5 Million.

Representatives of government, academic and private organizations signed a "strategic alliance agreement" on May 30 to further promote unmanned aircraft systems in the Grand Forks region.

Lake Region State in Devils Lake adds wind turbine


Lake Region State College has added a wind turbine for its technician training program.

Officials planned a Wednesday dedication for the 1.6-megawatt turbine about 4 miles northwest of the Devils Lake school.

College President Doug Darling tells the Grand Forks Herald ( that the turbine has been the missing piece from the school's wind energy program that started five years ago.

The project cost about $7.2 million. The turbine will be used for training and also to provide electricity for the campus.

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