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Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Action Summit 2015

The 9th UAS Action Summit will be September 21-23, 2015 in Grand Forks, ND.

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The 4th Annual Action Summit welcomed over 250 participants to North Dakota Farmers Union in Jamestown on January 19 & 20, 2015.

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Huerta visits ND: Announces ND will be first UAS test site to start operations in May


The announcement Federal Aviation Administrator Michael Huerta stopped in Grand Forks to make Monday was one stakeholders in North Dakota’s growing unmanned aircraft systems industry have been waiting months to hear.

“Today, the FAA is granting the first authorization in the United States to allow a test site to start flying unmanned aircraft,” Huerta told a group gathered in the University of North Dakota’s Odegard Hall. “And that test site is right here in North Dakota.”

UAS taking flight in Minn.


Though North Dakota and five other states edged Minnesota out of the running for an unmanned aerial systems (UAS)test site last year, there doesn’t seem to be any hard feelings.

North Dakota’s test site is an hour to the southwest of Thief River Falls in Grand Forks County, but Northland Community & Technical College students here soon could be flying unmanned aircraft within in their own state borders.

AFRL awarding $121.1 Million for Materials Research and Survivability Studies


The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) invites proposals for Materials Research and Survivability Studies in Five Technical Areas. Proposals should address the transition and advance the state-of-the-art in materials technologies, concepts, applications associated with the control or manipulation of and the protection from various effects associated with photonic light and electromagnetic energy sources. Approximately $121.1 million may be made available to support multiple awards. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Proposals due dates are to be determined.

NSF awarding $23 Million for Technologies for Advancing Big Data Science & Engineering


Multiple entities within NSF invite proposals for the Critical Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Big Data Science & Engineering (BIGDATA) program via two types of awards:
• Foundations — the development or study of fundamental techniques, theories, methodologies, and technologies of broad applicability to Big Data problems; and,
• Innovative Applications — the development of techniques, methodologies and technologies of key importance to a Big Data problem directly impacting at least one specific application.

NIH seeking applications for Technologies in Biomedical Computing, Informatics and Big Data Science


Multiple entities within NIH invite R01 applications for the Early Stage Development of Technologies in Biomedical Computing, Informatics, and Big Data Science. Multiple awards are anticipated. Eligibility is unrestricted. Standard due dates apply for the R01 applications. More information regarding PA-14-155 is available at:

ND UAS test site projects in the works


After the pomp and circumstance of last year’s event announcing North Dakota had been designated one of national six test sites for unmanned aerial systems (UAS), the real work is set to begin.

Officials have submitted applications for certificate of authorization (COA) waivers to the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct research projects near Carrington and near Devils Lake, N.D. Those projects would be the first two projects conducted here under the FAA test site designation.

Forbes - It Couldn't Get Much Better In Fargo


Starting Tuesday, the coastal crowd will get another opportunity to laugh at the zany practices of those living in the frozen reaches of the Great Plains. The new television series “Fargo,” based on the 1996 Coen brothers movie, will no doubt be filled with fearsome violence mixed with the proper amount of Scandinavian reserve and wry humor — the very formula that made the original such as hit.

North Dakota Sheriff's Agency Wins UAV Night Approval


The Grand Forks, N.D., Sheriff’s Department announced in late March that it has received FAA authorization to fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) throughout its jurisdiction at night, making it the first law enforcement agency in the U.S. to gain such authorization.

April 3 - 5 Event to showcase STEM in North Dakota


The North Dakota STEM Network will showcase interactive science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum at its first Engaging STEM Strategies Summit.

$3.1 Million available for Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM Research Program


Multiple entities within NSF invite proposals for the Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM Research Program (CCE STEM) funds research projects that identify factors that are efficacious in the formation of ethical STEM researchers in all the fields of science and engineering. CCE STEM research projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes responsible or irresponsible, just or unjust scientific practices and sociotechnical systems, and how to best instill students with this knowledge.

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