Week of July 5, 2023
China’s Export Curb on Chip-Making Metals Prompt Countries to Explore Supply-Chain Diversification
The US and Europe have imposed restrictions on China’s semiconductor industry, leading to retaliatory export controls on critical elements. Gallium and germanium are crucial for chip manufacturing, and China’s dominance in supply could disrupt the chip industry and increase costs. Diversifying the supply chain and exploring alternative sources is important. The US holds germanium mines but doesn’t extract the material. Supply chain resilience is being emphasized, and limited disruption is expected initially. Other countries may have the materials but lack extraction capabilities. Developing alternative sources is necessary for long-term diversification and supply chain resilience.
DARPA Develops Software to Enable Secure Info Exchange via Mobile Devices
DARPA has completed the development of software and networking technologies for secure information exchange on handheld devices in tactical operations. The software integrates with the Tactical Assault Kit and enables secure data transfer on various networks. The SHARE program was initiated in 2017 and recently transitioned to the Defense Department’s TAK Product Center, with Two Six Technologies, Eucleo Software Corporation, and MAPPS collaborating in the final phase.
Event: SBA Cyber Summit 2023
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will host a virtual National Cyber Summit in October 2023 to provide cybersecurity support and resources for small businesses adapting to digital technologies.
SBA will convene Experts from the Cybersecurity and Business Worlds to Share Best Practices and Practical Tools to Help Small Businesses.
White House Unveils Fiscal 2025 Cybersecurity Investment Priorities
The White House has outlined cybersecurity investment priorities for fiscal 2025, urging federal agencies to align their budgets with the National Cybersecurity Strategy. The priorities include modernizing IT systems, implementing the Federal Zero Trust Strategy, and addressing workforce gaps. The memorandum emphasizes the need for collaboration with industry stakeholders and congressional appropriators to allocate resources effectively. Additional guidance on cybersecurity research and development priorities will be released in the future.
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NSF Invests $162M in 9 Institutions Added to Materials Research Science & Engineering Center Program
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is granting $162 million to nine materials research science and engineering centers focused on technologies beneficial to U.S. manufacturing. Each facility will receive $18 million over six years for collaborative projects with minority-serving and emerging-research institutions. The centers specialize in areas like artificial intelligence, advanced manufacturing, biotechnology, quantum computing, sustainable energy, and semiconductors. The funding will support research, training for students in science and technology fields, and other programs. The awardees include universities such as the University of Tennessee, University of Michigan, University of Illinois, and University of Washington.
CHIPS for America Announces Selection Committee for the Board of Trustees of the National Semiconductor Technology Center
The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced the leaders who will serve on a selection committee responsible for choosing board members for a nonprofit entity that will operate the National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC). The NSTC is crucial to the CHIPS and Science Act’s research and development program. The committee members have industry expertise, executive experience, and an understanding of the importance of R&D for innovation. The committee’s role is to ensure the long-term success of the American semiconductor industry and support national and economic security goals.
PSF-In Depth Analysis: SBIR/STTR – Trends and Opportunities
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Funding Opportunities for Black and Women-Owned Businesses
- Hello Alice | 2023 Small Business Growth Fund – $5,000 – $25,000 in grant funding to businesses with less than 1M in annual revenue, Deadline for application submissions is July 21, 2023 Read More
- Publish Her | Publish Her Business Impact Grant – $5,000 in grant funding for WOC Entrepreneurs creating impact, Deadline for application submissions is August 31, 2023 Read More
- Bank of America | Breakthrough Lab Accelerator Program – (Non-Grant) is an impact accelerator program that provides economic opportunity and capital access to Black, Hispanic-Latino, Native American, and other marginalized entrepreneurs Read More
OPINION: From ‘Brain Death’ to Innovator, the Ukraine War has Transformed NATO
The international response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has focused on ending the land war, but Russia has also employed non-conventional warfare tactics such as disinformation, energy restrictions, and cyberattacks. NATO is working to address these challenges and invest in defense and cybersecurity. However, complacency and a lack of public support for increased spending remain obstacles. The war in Ukraine allows NATO to test non-conventional strategies and build capabilities. The unity of the alliance may be tested in future elections, including the 2024 U.S. presidential race.
Heat is Battering Texas’s Power Grid. Are Giant Batteries the answer?
Texas is facing a severe heatwave, straining its electricity system. Giant batteries are being used to prevent outages and are renewing the debate about clean energy’s role in stabilizing the grid. The extreme heat poses a danger to the state and the entire nation, highlighting the vulnerability of power systems. The batteries can store energy from wind and solar sources and release it during peak demand. Texas plans to double its battery storage capacity, driving renewable energy development. The batteries have also helped during emergencies by providing backup power and preventing blackouts.
Adoption Readiness Levels (ARL): A Complement to TRL
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has developed a framework called the Adoption Readiness Level (ARL) to assess the risks associated with technology commercialization. This framework considers factors beyond technical readiness and evaluates risks in four core areas: value proposition, market acceptance, resource maturity, and license to operate. The DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) provides tools, programs, and funding to support commercialization activities and help technologies move from research to full-scale deployment. The ARL assessment, along with the well-known Technology Readiness Levels (TRL), can be used to manage the progress of a technology portfolio across the RDD&D continuum.
Colorado opens $162M in Broadband Grants from American Rescue Plan
The Colorado Broadband Office is accepting applications for a $162 million grant program funded by the American Rescue Plan’s Capital Project Fund. The program aims to support broadband infrastructure projects in areas with limited high-speed internet access, prioritizing last-mile fiber and considering wireline and fixed wireless technologies.
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