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Week of August 8, 2023

White House Releases Strategy to Expand the U.S. Cyber Workforce

The White House has introduced the National Cyber Workforce and Education Strategy, aiming to integrate cybersecurity into early childhood education and enhance accessibility to advanced cyber training. The plan, led by the National Cyber Director’s office, seeks to close the gap between vital cybersecurity roles and current education curricula. Aligned with broader cybersecurity goals, the strategy prioritizes equipping the workforce with essential technological skills for robust cyber defenses.

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PSF SBIR/STTR Report, Data, and Dashboard!

Excited to announce the release of our SBIR/STTR report, data, and dashboard – the first of Public Spend Forum‘s series on investments in critical tech.

The SBIR/STTR report and accompanying dashboard/data are focused on answering several critical questions:

• How are investments aligned by critical tech?

• What use cases and needs are tech investments focused on?

• Which agencies and programs are investing in which tech areas and use cases?

• Which companies are winning and what capabilities do they bring to the market?

• Which geographic regions/clusters are emerging across the country?

• What types of investments are being commercialized and lead to commercial capital?

Here is the link to download the brochure!

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Department of Transportation Unveils New Center to Accelerate Infrastructure Development Projects

The Department of Transportation has launched the Project Delivery Center of Excellence to simplify contracting in transportation and infrastructure projects. It aims to enhance consistency, quality, and cost containment, fostering knowledge exchange and best practices to improve the U.S. transportation system through webinars, training, and collaboration with engineering associations.

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces $34 Million For States and Tribal Nations to Strengthen the Electric Grid

U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $34 million from the Investing in America plan to two states and three tribal nations for grid resilience. Aiming to modernize grids, enhance reliability against climate impacts, and support clean energy goals. Over $407 million distributed since May 2023 for this purpose.

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory Study Yields Breakthrough in Solar Cell Development, Best Practice in Scientific Quantum Computing

Scientists are using sub-seasonal to seasonal prediction methods to understand the short-term impacts of climate change. These predictions fill the gap between daily weather forecasts and long-term climate projections, providing essential information for emergency response and preparing vulnerable communities for extreme weather events.

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IARPA Releases RFI on Characterizing Large Language Model Biases, Threats, and Vulnerabilities

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) is seeking insights into vulnerabilities and threats of large language models (LLMs) for intelligence analysis. LLMs’ potential to transform work is notable, but their erroneous behavior poses concerns. The request aims to categorize LLM-related risks, seeking clear responses by August 21, 2023, without formal solicitation. All qualified sources are encouraged to respond, addressing specific questions and technical issues.

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National Security Innovation Network | Defense Innovation Funding Opportunities

  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency | Awards Available for Novel Parachute Technologies | SBIR/STTR | August 17, 2023

Small businesses with the ability to design and develop a novel ram-air parachute capable of low-altitude, long-distance flight may submit their solutions to DARPA for the opportunity to receive funding. Submissions are due Aug. 17.  Read More

  • U.S. Navy | Grants Available to Innovators in Multiple Technology Areas | SBIR/STTR | August 18, 2023

Innovators with technologies that have the potential to improve Naval operations, logistics, or decision-making may receive SBIR/STTR grants from the Navy. Submissions are due Aug. 18. Read More

  • Naval Surface Warfare Center | $250,000 Available for Adaptable Interfaces | Prize Challenge | August 18, 2023

Adaptable interfaces capable of supporting the ever-changing system of systems environment onboard Navy ships have an opportunity to win a $250,000 cash prize from NSWCDD. Submissions are due Aug. 18. Read More


EVENT: H4XLabs Presents: The Promise and Challenges of the Critical Emerging Technology Space

Exciting news! H4XLabs and Public Spend Forum are working together to provide critical market insights across multiple emerging tech markets. Ellen M. Chang and Raj Sharma will be sharing their deep insights, including from the recently released PSF SBIR/STTR report. Topics we expect to cover include:

– Investment trends in emerging tech

– Which government programs are most active

– Which use cases are being funded

– Which companies/labs/orgs are winning and why

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EVENT: Semiconductor Summit NEO | September 21, 2023

What is the semiconductor supply chain opportunity in the Northeast Ohio Region?

When Intel announced in 2022 that it would build a multi-billion-dollar computer chip factory in New Albany, it created a great opportunity for the Northeast Ohio region. It will help generate jobs and boost the economy. Our region’s assets make it well-positioned to support the growth of the U.S. semiconductor industry.

There are big industry investments – including a $90B U.S. investment over the last year and a half – and big opportunities. With the passage of the $52B CHIPS Act, now is the time to get involved.

Who should attend:

  • Manufacturers, especially advanced materials, chemicals, and machinery/equipment
  • Businesses, such as bankers, engineering firms, and service providers, that can support projects
  • Members of the talent ecosystem
  • Members of the R&D ecosystem

We hope you’ll join us to learn more about how you can capitalize on this enormous opportunity.

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How Silicon Valley is Helping the Pentagon in the AI Arms Race

Saildrone, a startup initially focused on oceanic research with unmanned sailboats, shifted to aiding the US Department of Defense amidst US-China tensions. Backed by Silicon Valley investors, it helped the US Navy develop advanced AI surveillance systems for international waters, including the Arctic and the South China Sea, showcasing commercial tech’s superiority.

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Accounting for Ecosystem Services in Benefit-Cost Analysis

Ecosystem services like timber, pollinators, and healthy forests are often overlooked in benefit-cost analysis. The US government, through collaboration between OIRA and OSTP, is releasing draft guidance to incorporate these benefits, aiming to strengthen policy decisions, address climate change, and enhance infrastructure while seeking public input and peer review.

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IARPA Awards Contract for Tracking Lethal Space Debris

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA) has chosen A-Tech, Advanced Space, SRI International, and West Virginia University Research Corporation for its Space Debris Identification and Tracking (SINTRA) program. The initiative aims to detect and monitor non-trackable orbital debris, bridging gaps in existing systems, especially for smaller debris. The program seeks innovative tools utilizing ground-based radar, satellites, and optical sensors for collision-free detection at higher altitudes.

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