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Precision Agriculture Summit 2016

The 5th Precision Agriculture Action Summit will be January 18 & 19, 2016 in Jamestown, ND.

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DARPA Seeking Proposals for Advanced Collaborative Autonomy for UAS

DARPA invites proposals for the Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE) program to develop and demonstrate Advanced Collaborative Autonomy Algorithms and Software to Enable Existing Unmanned Aerial Platforms to Effectively Operate in a Denied Environment. Multiple awards are anticipated. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Proposals are due Jun 10. More information regarding DARPA-BAA-14-33 is available at:

FAA Opens First Operational UAS Test Site in North Dakota


The FAA has granted North Dakota Department of Commerce a certificate of authorization to begin conducting unmanned aircraft research as a part of the agency’s UAS test site program.

Air Force awarding $7.4 million to support Corrosion Prevention and Control


The Air Force Academy invites applications to support Research on Technologies Advancing Corrosion Prevention and Control that will lead to specific capabilities to prevent and control corrosion and degradation of materials and structures of systems and facilities, with the ultimate goal of reducing costs, improving availability of systems, and increasing the safety of military, government, and industry assets. Approximately $7.4 million may be made available to support one or more awards. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Applications are due May 9.

AFRL awarding $19 million for Sensor Technology Analysis

The Air Force Research Laboratory invites proposals for the Sensor Analysis, Integration and Test (SAIT) Research Program that will provide operational and technical analysis to aid in determining which sensor technology concepts offer the optimal performance in realistic Air Force missions. One award of up to $19 million may be made available. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Proposals are due May 12. More information regarding BAA-RQKS-2014-0005 is available at:

Bio-Industry Summit to explore value added business opportunities


Business, technology and agriculture interest will converge on May 21 at NDSU where attendees will learn about business opportunities and economics of regional bio based products and materials at the Future of the Bio-Industry Summit.

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:

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