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Research ND Awards Funding Totaling $499,891
Post Date: Jun 16 2016

By ND Commerce
The North Dakota Centers of Excellence Commission recently awarded a funding request for one Research North Dakota Grant for $499,891. 

Research ND promotes the development and commercialization of products and processes through industry/university research partnerships. Research ND provides matching funds to help companies pay for the university research. 

Through Research ND and Research ND BIO, firms have the opportunity to leverage their research, development and commercialization funds and gain access to the creative talents and extensive research base of North Dakota’s Research Universities. Research ND and Research ND BIO matching funds are awarded on a competitive basis for projects based on proposals submitted jointly by researchers from a North Dakota research university and a private sector partner. 

The Venture Grant Program is a designed to help move university-developed technology into the marketplace through startup or spinout companies. The Venture Grant Program provides seed grants and matching funds to facilitate startup and spinout companies’ use of university technology. 

The following request was funded: 

Research ND 
  • UND Center for Innovation, and in partnership with Xcel Energy and Elbit Systems of America LLC, was awarded $499,891 to assess the feasibility of applying high-and low-altitude unmanned aerial system (UAS) technology coupled with advanced data modeling and analysis to improve electric distribution infrastructure damage assessment and restoration capabilities following a natural disaster. 
The next deadline Research ND and Research ND BIO and Phase 1 and 2 Venture Grant applications is August 19, 2016. 

The overall goal of Research ND and Research ND BIO grant programs is to have a long term positive economic impact on the State and Private Sector through various means including, but not limited to; economic diversification, improved production factors, and the development of new markets. 

For additional information, please visit www.ResearchND.com.  
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