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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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NASA looking to award up to $1 Million through the Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) program


NASA has released the six new research topics open for proposals through the Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2013 Announcement. ROSES awards range from $100,000 to more than $1 million, depending on the topic. Eligibility is unrestricted. More information for ROSES and the following new appendices (as well as many current and future ones) is available at:{01BFD3EE-87EF-FC55-1F52-EB37A9F139F0}&path=open. New topics include:

North Dakota Ranks #1 in U.S. Chamber Enterprising States Report


The fourth annual Enterprising States study, commissioned by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and prepared by Praxis Strategy Group and Joel Kotkin, was unveiled recently at the U.S. Chamber’s Small Business Summit in Washington, DC.

North Dakota’s Research Ranking Levels Off


North Dakota’s research and development ranking among the states has leveled off in the high 40’s for the years 2009 through 2010 according to new data from the National Science Foundation. The latest NSF data is for the three primary performers of R&D in each state (federal, business and university). NSF also calculates a state’s R&D intensity, as an index for R&D spending that takes total R&D spending as a percentage of gross state product (GSP).

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WBT2013 Technology Scouting, May 3rd Early Bird Application Deadline


The WBT Innovation Marketplace is one of the year's most interesting showcases because it brings together academics and federal labs as well as entrepreneurs to talk about novel technologies off the standard beaten path of Silicon Valley.

Early Bird Application Deadline Friday, May 3rd

A friendly reminder, there are only two weeks left to submit an Early Bird application for the 2013 Innovation Marketplace.

How does applying early increase my chance of being selected?

NSF making 28 awards totaling $20 Million to Build or Expand STEM Research

The Directorate for Education & Human Resources (HER) invites proposals for the EHR Core Research Program to Help Synthesize, Build and/or Expand STEM Research including: STEM learning, STEM learning environments, workforce development and broadening participation in STEM. Approximately $20 million may be made available to support up to 28 awards. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Proposals are due Jul 12. More information regarding NSF-13-555 is available at:

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

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