Tag Archives: research and development

NASA Taps Poland to Build Instrument for Interstellar Research Program

Interstellar Research

Poland's science ministry will build a new space mapping technology for NASA under an agreement between the two organizations and a larger effort to study the sun's heliosphere. GLOWS' function will support the U.S. space agency's Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) that aims to assess and map the sun's heliosphere.

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FAA Unveils Grant Awardees for UAS Safety Research Effort

ASSURE Initiative

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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DOE Invests in Phase I R&D Work Under 139 Small Businesses

Research and Development

The Department of Energy (DOE) has earmarked $37 million to fund Phase I research and development activities under 170 grants issued to 139 small businesses in support of the DOE Office of Science. DOE said Tuesday the Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer grants have a median value of $200,000 and cover a period of up to 12 months.

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AFRL Picks 17 Research Grantees for Quantum Computing Tech Accelerator; Shery Welsh Quoted

Shery Welsh

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has awarded 17 research grants to U.S. and international participants as part of the lab’s tech accelerator program with a focus on quantum-based communications, computing, sensing and timing. Shery Welsh, director of AFOSR, said the tech accelerator serves as entry point for identifying researchers seeking to address issues beyond traditional quantum information science.

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CSIS Report: Pentagon’s OTA Obligations Rose 75 Percent in FY 2019


A Center for Strategic and International Studies report stated that the Department of Defense’s (DoD) other transaction authority (OTA) obligations have climbed 712 percent since fiscal year 2015 and increased from $4.4 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2018 to $7.7 billion in FY 2019, reflecting a 75 percent rise.

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Naval Research Lab Brings Coastal Science Expertise to Gulf Coast Tech Bridge

Naval Research Laboratory

Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has partnered with Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command and Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division to foster multisector collaboration in the Gulf Coast region. The newly formed Gulf Coast Tech Bridge will work with private companies and academic institutions to study and develop technologies on coastal sciences, meteorology, oceanography and assured maritime access.

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GAO Issues Report on 5G Implementation Policy Options

5G Implementation

A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report has found that stakeholders must address 5G network infrastructure implementation risks in areas such as spectrum availability, privacy, cybersecurity and public health. “As with previous generations of mobile wireless technology, the full performance of 5G will be achieved gradually as networks evolve over the next decade,” the report states.

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DOE to Finance Chemistry Software Projects; Chris Fall Quoted

Chris Fall

The Department of Energy (DOE) intends to invest $32 million in software research and development supporting chemistry studies. DOE said Monday it will give companies, universities and national laboratories the opportunity to pursue multidisciplinary software projects under four-year awards. Interested parties may submit pre-applications through Dec. 2nd and final applications through Feb. 8, 2021.

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Air Force Looks to Release Strategy on Mobility Research Efforts


The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Air Mobility Command are developing a strategy for mobility research to support the service branch’s vision for an operational environment through the 2030s. The strategy will primarily focus on AMC mission areas such as aerial refueling, airlift, global air mobility and aeromedical evacuation.

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