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Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Summit & Expo 2016

The 10th UAS Summit & Expo will be August 22-24, 2016 in Grand Forks, ND.

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Precision Ag Summit 2016 Presentations

The 5th Annual Action Summit welcomed 250 participants to North Dakota Farmers Union in Jamestown on January 18 & 19, 2016.

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Phase I Proposals open for DoD Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program

Small high-technology firms are encouraged to submit proposals to DoD for R&D projects with both military and commercial applications in response to the 2014.3 SBIR

Four Components within DOD announced the third round of solicitations for Phase I Proposals for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. Multiple awards may be made. Eligibility is restricted to U.S. small businesses. Applications are due Oct 22, 2014. More information regarding DOD-SBIR-14-3 is available at:

$5 Million available to support Research Projects on Targeted Algal Biofuels and Bioproducts

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy released a notice of intent for a new research program to support Research Projects on Targeted Algal Biofuels and Bioproducts that will reduce consumer costs including projects to develop valuable co-products, crop protection, and CO2 utilization strategies. Multiple awards of up to $5 million may be made. Program eligibility requirements are to be determined. Proposals due dates are to be determined. More information regarding DE-FOA-0001177 is available at:

NDSU engineering center to support North Dakota industry


A new engineering center at North Dakota State University is aimed at helping support the state’s growing oil, wind, power and manufacturing industries.

The NDSU College of Engineering announced the creation of the Center of Quality, Reliability and Maintainability Engineering. The new center will allow NDSU students and faculty to work with industry partners to improve product quality and reliability and to optimize maintenance plans.

Grand Forks Air Force Base conducts airspace integration test


The Grand Forks (N.D.) Air Force Base was the site for the first Unmanned Aircraft Systems Airspace Integration Test in the country earlier this month.

The FAA authorized two UAVs to operate simultaneously in a traffic pattern of unrestricted airspace. Two MQ-9 Predators of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) flew in the same airspace while monitored by Air Force air traffic controllers.

UAS Open Innovation Forum set for October 29 & 30


The WBT Open innovation Forum – Unmanned Aerial Systems set for October 29-30, 2014 in Stillwater, OK will bring together innovators, researchers and experts in UAS technology.

AFRL makes $70 Million available for Fuels and Combustion Technologies for Aerospace Propulsion

The Air Force Research Laboratory invites proposals for cooperative agreements to support Research and Development Efforts in the Area of Fuels and Combustion Technologies for Aerospace Propulsion. Approximately $70 million may be made available to support one or more awards. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Proposals are due Sep 8. More information regarding BAA-RQKPA-2014-0001 is available at:

2014 Robotics Alley Conference - September 16 - 17


Now in its fourth year, the 2014 Robotics Alley Conference & Expo is the biggest show in the history of the event

NDSU, UND share $20 million to create research centers


North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota will share $20 million in National Science Foundation funding, much of which will be used to create research centers at the state’s two biggest schools.

The funds will be used to hire staff and buy equipment to create a Center for Sustainable Materials Science at NDSU, and a Center for Regional Climate Studies at UND.

The grant was awarded to the North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research or ND EPSCoR.

The money will be distributed over five years.

Army accepting proposals for Rapid Prototyping and Technology

On or about Aug 14, the Army Contracting Command will invite proposals for the Rapid Prototyping & Technology Initiative to Develop Technologies for Use in Military Operations. One or more awards may be made. Eligibility is restricted to U.S. small businesses. Proposals due dates are to be determined. More information regarding W15QKN14R0130 is available at:

NDSCS proposes $65M expansion of Fargo center


The North Dakota State College of Science is outgrowing its Fargo campus and administrators are proposing an expanded center at a new location.

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