Archives for March 4, 2015

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary wants to talk to you!

S&T’s Under Secretary still wants to talk to you!  Brothers

The Under Secretary’s Twitter Chat is back on! Join @DHSSciTech on March 11 using #STTechTalk!

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Since assuming the role of Under Secretary for Science and Technology at the Department of Homeland Security in April 2014, Dr. Reginald Brothers has been shaking things up. In the past 10 months, he has launched a series of new initiatives, all with a single goal—to transform the way the federal government conducts research and development (R&D). These exciting changes not only strengthen the nation’s security, they’re opening up conversations on what technologies are needed three, five, 10, and even 20 years into the future.

Interested in learning more? Read the full S&T Twitter Chat Story.

 

Prize Competition for Tracking First Responders Indoors

The “Indoor Tracking of the Next Generation First Responder” prize competition seeks innovative ideas for solving the challenges of real-time, accurate indoor tracking of first responders during an incident. S&T is looking for innovate solutions that will help first responders with basic questions such as “where am I?” and “where is my team?”

“Indoor tracking is a critical need for first responders,” said DHS Deputy Under Secretary for Science and Technology, and former firefighter and emergency manager, Dr. Robert Griffin “When a firefighter runs into a burning building or when law enforcement raids a warehouse, incident commanders need to maintain situational awareness of the locations of team members.”

This challenge is further exacerbated if radio communications are poor or non-existent. S&T is leveraging the benefits of crowdsourcing through this prize competition to gather innovative ideas for solving this complex, mission-critical problem. Proposed solutions should be personalized, modular and scalable, as well as employ current and emerging technologies, sensors and techniques. Winning solutions will receive a first place award of $20,000 and a second place award of $5,000. The open period for submissions is from March 3, 2015 to April 2, 2015.

See news release here.

 Register to compete at this link.

Gates Foundation and its Grand Challenges partners are now accepting applications

The Grand Challenges family of initiatives fosters innovation to solve key health and development problems. See below for Grand Challenges grant opportunities.

Explore New Ways to Measure Delivery and Use of Digital Financial Services Data
Initiative: Grand Challenges Explorations Application Deadline: May 13, 2015

Explore New Ways to Measure Delivery and Use of Digital Financial Services Data

Addressing Newborn and Infant Gut Health Through Bacteriophage-Mediated Microbiome Engineering

Initiative: Grand Challenges Explorations Application Deadline: May 13, 2015

Addressing Newborn and Infant Gut Health Through Bacteriophage-Mediated Microbiome Engineering

 

Surveillance Tools, Diagnostics and an Artificial Diet to Support New Approaches to Vector Control

Initiative: Grand Challenges Explorations Application Deadline: May 13, 2015

Surveillance Tools, Diagnostics and an Artificial Diet to Support New Approaches to Vector Control

 

New Approaches for Addressing Outdoor/Residual Malaria Transmission

Initiative: Grand Challenges Explorations Application Deadline: May 13, 2015

New Approaches for Addressing Outdoor/Residual Malaria Transmission

 

New Ways to Reduce Pneumonia Fatalities Through Timely, Effective Treatment of Children

Initiative: Grand Challenges Explorations Application Deadline: May 13, 2015

New Ways to Reduce Pneumonia Fatalities Through Timely, Effective Treatment of Children

 

Enable Merchant Acceptance of Mobile Money Payments

Initiative: Grand Challenges Explorations Application Deadline: May 13, 2015

Enable Merchant Acceptance of Mobile Money Payments

 

Saving Lives at Birth

Initiative: Grand Challenges for Development Application Deadline: March 27, 2015 Description: This fifth application round seeks prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities around the world, encompassing innovation in science and technology, service delivery, and health care demand.

Saving Lives at Birth

 

All Children Reading: Technology to Support Education in Crisis and Conflict Settings

Initiative: Grand Challenges for Development Application Deadline: March 30, 2015 Description: This Technology to Support Education in Crisis and Conflict Settings Ideation Challenge seeks technology-supported approaches to provide basic education in one or more of the following situations: health crisis, natural disaster, and conflict zone.

All Children Reading

 

All Children Reading: Tracking and Tracing Books

Initiative: Grand Challenges for Development Application Deadline: April 1, 2015 Description: This Tracking and Tracing Books Prize Competition seeks innovations to track books destined for early-grade classrooms and learning centers in low-income countries and allow stakeholders, ranging from parents to Ministries of Education and donor agencies, to quickly and easily access tracking information.

All Children Reading

 

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstrations

DE-FOA-0001224 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstrations Hydrogen and Fuel Cells 4/2/2015 05:00 PM 6/4/2015 05:00 PM

The Energy Department today announced up to $35 million in available funding to advance fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, and enable early adoption of fuel cell applications, such as light duty fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).  This funding opportunity will accelerate American innovation in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies by supporting research and development advancements in demonstration and deployments of early fuel cell markets.

A number of automakers are showing interest in putting FCEVs on the road, some as early as 2017. As FCEVs become increasingly commercially available, the Energy Department is focused on reducing the costs and increasing technical advancements of critical hydrogen infrastructure including production, delivery, and storage.  The Department also aims to continue demonstrating the value of early market deployments such as plug-in fuel cell vehicles. The Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will include two general areas of interest each with several subtopics:

  • Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies Research and Development (R&D)
    • Hydrogen Production R&D
    • Fuel Cell Technologies R&D
    • Hydrogen Delivery R&D
    • Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Manufacturing R&D
  • Demonstration and Deployments to Enable Early Adoption of Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies.
    • Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Validation: Mobile Refueling
    • Market Transformation: Demonstration and Deployment of Plug-In Fuel Cell Hybrid Electric Light- Duty Vehicle
    • Crosscutting: America’s Climate Communities of Excellence

More information, application requirements, and instructions can be found on the EERE Funding Opportunity Exchange website.

The Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy accelerates development and deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality. Learn more about the Energy Department’s broader efforts to develop affordable, efficient fuel cell and hydrogen technologies on EERE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cells page.