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NOAA to Fund 11 Coastal Resiliency Projects; Eileen Sobeck Comments

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded $8 million in grants to 11 projects across the country in an effort to establish resilient coastal ecosystems, communities and economies. The proposals aim to revive wetlands, marshes and floodplains, remove dams and unnecessary or unsafe infrastructures and restore coral reefs across the country, the agency said …

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DOE to Fund Projects for Connected & Automated Vehicle Energy Efficiency Tech

The Energy Department will award $32 million in grants for 10 new projects under its Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy directorate’s Next-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Autonomous On-Road Vehicles program. The projects will utilize new CAV technologies designed to utilize on-board or cloud-based sensors, data and computation capabilities in an effort to …

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NIH Issues $20M in Peripheral Nervous System Research Funds

The National Institutes of Health will provide approximately $20 million in funds to support research of the peripheral nervous system as part of the agency’s Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions program. NIH said Thursday it aims to help find new treatments for asthma, diabetes and nausea with additional goals to grow knowledge and address technology challenges. Goals of the biological …

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Smart Cities Council to Back Tech Acquisitions in 5 US Locations

The Smart Cities Council will give five to-be-determined U.S. cities grants in support of their procurements and deployments of smart technologies in an effort to advance livability, workability and sustainability efforts in those locations. The council said Monday it will conduct a one-day, custom-designed readiness program workshop for the government leaders, commercial and academic experts …

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SBA Awards Grants to 7 Native American Small Businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration will award seven Native American small businesses with $100,000 grants each to support business development and long-term survivability  as part of the agency’s 7(j) Management and Technical Assistance Program. The Native American Micro Enterprise Business Services grants will work to address small business challenges and help the awardees …

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NASA Rewards 9 Informal Learning Institutions Grant to Inspire Next-Gen Scientists, Innovators

NASA has selected nine informal education organizations across seven states to receive grants with a total worth of $10 million in an effort to inspire the next generation of scientists, innovators and explorers. The nine organizations were chosen out of 73 applications for NASA’s Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA …

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CBO: Senate Bill on Licensing Framework for Updated Nuclear Reactors Would Cost $47M Over 5 Years

The Congressional Budget Office has said a Senate bill that would require the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to create a regulatory licensing structure for nuclear reactors that have undergone technology and design updates would cost approximately $47 million from fiscal years 2017 through 2021. CBO said in a report published Wednesday that the …

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Commerce Dept, NIST to Award Grants for Regional Cyber Education & Workforce Partnerships

A Commerce Department agency plans to award approximately $1 million in grants for up to eight nonprofit organizations to support cybersecurity education and workforce development in local communities. The department said Thursday the Regional Alliances and Multistakeholder Partnerships to Stimulate grant program is part of its Skills for Business initiative and will support the National Institute of Standards and Technology‘s National Initiative …

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