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by   -   July 3, 2013

National Science Foundation (NSF) efforts to develop a mechanism to fund research proposals that had a high risk of failure, but which also had the potential for high return, began in 1980. In that year a task force was created by the NSF Advisory Council to look at the issue of “highly creative or innovative” proposals for which there was “a high risk of failure.”

The task force’s report identified two significant hurdles the NSF needed to overcome to support high risk/high return proposals:

by   -   January 9, 2013

Robot surgeons promise to save lives in remote communities, war zones, and disaster-stricken areas. A grant from the National Science Foundation will allow researchers to design the optimum workplace of the future.

by   -   January 9, 2013

Robot surgeons promise to save lives in remote communities, war zones, and disaster-stricken areas. A grant from the National Science Foundation will allow researchers to design the optimum workplace of the future.

by   -   October 31, 2010

A consortium of U.S. government agencies, lead by DARPA, has jointly issued a solicitation for small business proposals: Joint-Agency SBIR Funding Opportunity Announcement.

 

The participating agencies are:

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), (http://www.defenselink.mil/)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) (http://www.nsf.gov/)
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Each agency’s interest in the initiative is described within the document.

 

I noted the presence of USDA on the list with extreme interest, as you might expect, and am pleased to report that an effort to develop the sort of system I’ve previously described (replacing traction with dextrous manipulation) should be fundable within their guidelines.

 

Found on Danger Room.

 

Reposted from Cultibotics.