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UAS Summit 2014 Presentations Available

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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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.

UND/LRSC sign agreement on UAS collaboration


In a move that will boost the region's global leadership in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), the University of North Dakota (UND) and Lake Region State College (LRSC) have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) that joins the two schools’ efforts in UAS education and training. LRSC is located in Devils Lake. This agreement underscores the broader cooperation across multiple disciplines at both institutions.

Army making $11.4 Million available for Military Infectious Diseases Research

The U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA) invites proposals for the Military Infectious Diseases Research Program: Clinical Trial Awards to support early phase clinical trials/testing with the potential to have a major impact on treatment of combat-related or trauma-induced wound infections. Approximately $11.4 million may be made available to support up to four awards. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Proposals are due Oct 4. More information regarding W81XWH-14-DMRDP-MID-CTA is available at:

ONR making 4 awards for up to $5 Million for High Power Solid State Circuit Protection

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) invites proposals for research on High Power Solid State Circuit Protection for Power Distribution and Energy Storage that will lead to development of circuit protection methods and components that allow fast switching and are compatible with the Navy's next generation power system. Up to $5 million may be made available to support four awards. Eligibility is unrestricted domestically. Proposals are due Jul 24. More information regarding ONR-BAA-13-016 is available at:

2013 UAS Action Summit Receives Media Coverage


The 7th Research Corridor UAS Action Summit wrapped up on May 31 and many media outlets, news sources, and trade publications have covered or featured stories from the Summit.

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.

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