Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Government Grant Program For Inventors!

*Please note that while this particular grant program is open to all to apply, this grant program should be of particular interest to inventors and those who deal with computer technologies

The deadline to apply for this grant is May 12, 2007!

There is no funding minimum or ceiling which I am assuming to mean that applicants can request a funding amount!

There is no cost sharing or matching requirement required!

This government grant program seeks white papers for efforts that shall develop and demonstrate technologies for the next generation components and systems in Electronic Warfare. Although white papers addressing any truly innovative idea will be considered, the primary emphasis is on technologies to Detect and Defeat Imaging Infrared and Multi-Mode Threats.

Proposed efforts should focus on development of technology and techniques to detect and/or counter advanced threat tracking systems, missiles, and other Precision Guided Munitions that:

  • Employ imaging sensors operating in the infrared spectral bands (with emphasis on the atmospheric transmission bands at roughly 1-2, 3-5, and 8-12 micrometers) designed to passively track targets, guide weapons, and negate the effectiveness of infrared countermeasures that have limited spectral or spatial fidelity to the target signature

  • Employ multiple passive and/or active modes of tracking and guidance (electro-optical imaging, infrared seeking, laser spot/beam tracking, radar homing, active radar emitting, radio frequency command guidance, etc.) that can operate sequentially or simultaneously during weapon engagement to negate the effectiveness of single-mode countermeasures.

For more information about this grant program you can contact them via phone.

Are You A Minority

Student Interested In Computers?

Our government has started a grant program that aims to significantly increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents receiving post secondary degrees in the computing disciplines, with an emphasis on students from communities with longstanding under-representation in computing. Those underrepresented groups are women, persons with disabilities, African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.

This program seeks to engage the computing community to develop and implement innovative methods, frameworks, and strategies to improve recruitment and retention of these students through undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Projects that target stages of the academic pipeline from middle school through the early faculty ranks are welcome and there is a special emphasis on providing a national impact as far as application requests are concerned. (This means that your proposal / application must provide for having a national impact on society and increasing the number of those who have chosen a computer/computing-based career) That is, they should either develop an effective practice that could be widely deployed or they should deploy existing effective practices so as to reach larger audiences.

The program will support three categories of awards:

  • Alliance and Alliance Extension Projects are broad coalitions of academic institutions of higher learning, secondary (and possibly middle) schools, government, industry, professional societies, and other not-for-profit organizations that design and carry out comprehensive programs addressing underrepresentation in the computing disciplines. They have a large regional or national scope. Typically, Alliances operate across multiple stages of the academic pipeline and address multiple targeted groups. Together, Alliance participants

    • develop and implement interventions that support students and early career faculty

    • create sustainable changes in culture and practices at the institutional, departmental, and organizational levels

    • serve as models and contribute to repositories for effective practices to broaden participation

    • and leverage the work of existing efforts and other Alliances.

    Competitive projects will have significant impact both in the quality of opportunities afforded to participants and in the number of participants potentially served. Successful Alliances are eligible to compete for additional funding!

  • Demonstration Projects are more focused than Alliance projects. Typical Demonstration Projects pilot innovative programs that, once fully developed, could be incorporated into the activities of an Alliance or otherwise scaled for widespread impact. Projects might, for example, be proposed by a single institution or might focus on a single underrepresented community, a single point in the academic pipeline, or a single impediment to full participation in computing.

  • Leveraging, Scaling or Adapting Projects are intended to extend the impact of our most effective practices through leveraging, scaling and/or adaptation. Typical projects will use existing organizational structures and demonstrated best practices. For example, copy and adapt a successful regional Alliance infrastructure for a new region, combine and leverage the work of two or more Alliances, adapt an effective intervention for a different audience, or take an effective intervention and implement it across an Alliance or other organization with a broad reach.

This grant program is open to ALL to apply and that includes individuals as well as for-profit businesses!

16 of these grants are estimated to be awarded!

Maximum individual grant award is $2 Million Dollars!

Deadline to apply is May 13, 2009!

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