Tag Archives: R&D

DOE Allots $115M for New Wave of Small Business-Led Clean Energy Research; Jennifer Granholm Quoted

Jennifer Granholm

The Department of Energy (DOE) will award $115 million to small businesses for research and development projects on clean energy. Interested parties may apply for these awards under DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. The funds will support research on a range of clean energy topics, including renewable energy, grid modernization and carbon removal. 

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Bipartisan Senators Call for Interagency Group to Drive Allied Efforts on Emerging Technologies

Emerging Technology

A bipartisan group of senators have introduced new legislation to establish an alliance between democratic nations against authoritarian regimes like the Chinese Communist Party. The interagency office will allocate $5 billion for an International Technology Partnership Fund for joint research efforts between U.S. and allied agencies, technology companies, universities and other stakeholders in addition to providing funding for third-country industries.

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DOE Earmarks Funding for Energy Infrastructure Threat Mitigation Pilot

Energy Infrastructure

The Department of Energy (DOE) has invested $4 million for a research and development effort focused on information sharing concepts to help mitigate risks to U.S. energy infrastructure. The R&D initiative has three increments focused on modeling, testing and mitigation to help the DOE pilot technologies while identifying potential security risks to energy companies.

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Gen. John Hyten: MDA Must Realign R&D Priorities With Core Mission

Gen. John Hyten

Gen. John Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) must focus on next-generation concepts and align their capabilities with the core mission. He added that the MDA must revitalize collaboration with the Joint Requirements Oversight Council to inform requirements for air and missile defense. 

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Federal Commission Eyes $32B Annual Spending for AI Research by FY 2026

Artificial Intelligence

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) has submitted its draft report to Congress stating that annual AI research and development spending must reach $32 billion by fiscal year 2026. Eric Schmidt, chairman of NSCAI, said at the group's plenary session that it is vital to take an incremental approach to addressing recommendations detailed in the report.

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GAO: DOE Must Align Goals, Implement Performance Metrics for Tech Transfer Initiatives

Small Business

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has identified three barriers to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) transition of project funding to the private sector and recommends the department to establish performance goals and metrics for technology transfers. The department collates DOE-wide technology transfer data such as the number of patents and licenses every year, GAO noted.

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DHS S&T Invests in Counterterrorism Research Under New Center of Excellence

DHS

The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology (DHS S&T) Directorate has earmarked $36.5 million to fund a 10-year research effort on counterterrorism technology and the security of crowded places. DHS plans to hold a webinar for the funding opportunity on Feb. 4th. Proposals for the initiative are due on March 10th.

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Report Proposes Strategy to Strengthen U.S. Defense Industrial Base

Defense Industrial Base

The Department of Defense (DoD) released on Thursday a report recommending a strategy to achieve a secure, innovative and resilient defense industrial base. The report cited the Pentagon’s move to issue an interim rule to implement the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) framework as a key development in the previous fiscal year.

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FAA Unveils Grant Awardees for UAS Safety Research Effort

Drone Traffic Management

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has earmarked $5.8 million to fund the unmanned aircraft system research and training efforts of universities under the agency’s Air Transportation Center of Excellence for UAS program. FAA said Wednesday that the grants will support its Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) initiative. 

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