Week of July 25, 2023
Biden-Harris Administration Invests $32 Million to Strengthen Nation’s Critical Minerals Supply Chain
The U.S. DOE allocated $32 million for projects producing rare earth elements from domestic coal-based resources, aiming to strengthen clean energy technology and reduce foreign dependency. The program funds research and development for facilities to produce rare earth elements and other critical minerals from coal-based resources, fostering a domestic supply chain for clean energy and national security. Interested parties can apply through FedConnect by September 11, 2023.
Federal Agencies Set Record-Breaking $163 Billion in Federal Procurement Opportunities to Small Businesses
Federal Agencies exceeded their small business contracting goal in FY 2022, awarding 26.5% of federal contract dollars to small businesses, a historic $162.9 billion investment. Several agencies earned high grades in small business contracting. Small Disadvantaged Business, Service-disabled Veteran-owned small business, and Historically Underutilized Business Zone spending achieved notable milestones. Women-owned Small Businesses received $28.1 billion, slightly below the 5% target, but with significant growth in set-aside awards. Small business subcontracting also reached its goal, awarding $79.1 billion.
Amazon Web Services Awards 18 State and Local Agencies for Tech Achievements
Amazon Web Services (AWS) recognized 18 state and local IT agencies at an event in Sacramento for their commitment to modernizing and innovating government processes. The awardees were selected for their positive impact on transparency, efficiency, and outcomes for citizens using cloud technology. The Los Angeles Public Defender’s office was among the winners, recognized for their use of automation and AI to improve the criminal justice system, including consolidating systems and implementing an AI platform to enhance their digital filing system.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Program Office Opens Applications for FY 2024 Grant Competitions
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Program Office invites applications for research funding to address climate variability and change. The program aims to tackle environmental issues like extreme heat, droughts, and coastal changes and seeks to enhance climate models and applications. Applications for the six competitions are due by November 17.
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National Science Foundation to Launch Grant Program for Research Security Studies
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has launched the Research on Research Security Program, funding projects to address research security risks. The program aims to improve transparency and collaboration in data disclosure. Proposals will be accepted until September 25, with grants awarded by December. The NSF will organize a workshop and webinars to raise awareness and identify study topics for the project.
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- General Services Administration | $100,000 Available for AI/LLM Solutions | Prize Challenge | July 26, 2023
Businesses and academics with artificial intelligence (AI) solutions and large language models (LLMs) that might address the climate crisis, promote equity, bolster our economy, or improve the experience of government customers, may submit their solutions to GSA for the opportunity to win part of a $100,000 prize purse. Submissions are due July 26. Read More
- Defense Innovation Unit | Large Diameter Unmanned Underwater Vehicles | Commercial Solutions Opening | July 28, 2023
Companies with large-diameter unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) capable of clandestinely navigating payloads over long distances may submit their solutions for the opportunity to receive a contract agreement from DIU. Submissions are due July 28. Read More
- U.S. Army | Contracts Available to Biomedical Innovators | BAA | July 31, 2023
Biomedical innovators with advancements in the care and performance of humans or canines through medical devices, drugs, and biologics are eligible for potential awards with the U.S. Army. Submissions are due July 31. Read More
Drones Reach Stratospheric Heights in Race to Fly Higher, Longer
New high-altitude drones are being developed to fly higher and longer than ever before, providing intelligence beyond radar reach for militaries and beaming internet services for commercial users. BAE Systems’ solar-powered drone can stay in the air for up to a year, while Airbus’ Zephyr drone has already flown at 70,000 feet for 64 days. These drones offer a more flexible and cost-effective alternative to satellites.
Transportation Security Administration to Host Industry Discussion Forum with Procurement Leaders
The TSA will host a discussion forum on August 1, 2023, to introduce the industry to its Contracting & Procurement (C&P) Senior Leadership and Operational Divisions. The purpose is to facilitate an understanding of how to do business with TSA. No pre-registration is needed, and the call will be limited to 200 callers for a maximum of two hours.
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Virtual Mini Industry Day to Cover Cybersecurity Division
The DHS CISA will hold regular Virtual Industry Day events in FY23 to facilitate discussions on cybersecurity capabilities, challenges, and innovative technologies. The upcoming event on July 26, 2023, will feature speakers from CISA’s Cybersecurity Division and include a Q&A session. CISA aims to enhance the security and resilience of the cyber ecosystem to protect critical services and the American way of life.
NCSA to Deploy AI-Enabled Supercomputer Under NSF Award
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) has received a $10 million award from the National Science Foundation to develop DeltaAI, an AI-based supercomputer. DeltaAI is expected to triple NCSA’s AI-enabled computing capacity, offering advanced web-based interfaces for research efforts. The project aims to enhance data science and simulation capabilities while democratizing high-performance computing.
New Bill Aims to Simplify Federal Grant Applications, Boost Funding for Underserved Communities
Lawmakers introduced a bipartisan bill to streamline federal grant applications, increasing access for under-resourced communities. The Streamlining Federal Grants Act aims to modernize and simplify the application process, implement common data standards, and appoint officials overseeing reforms. The bill builds upon a 2019 law and aligns with efforts to improve grant application processes in various sectors, such as infrastructure and disaster recovery.
PSF-In Depth Analysis: SBIR/STTR – Trends and Opportunities
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•What types of investments are being commercialized and lead to commercial capital (in progress)?
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