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Beyond 5G: NSF awards $6.1 million to accelerate advanced wireless research

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a $6.1 million, five-year award to accelerate fundamental research on wireless communication and networking technologies through the foundation's Platfo...

Final days to register for $1m UAE competition

The first UAE Artificial Intelligence and Robotic Awards for Good aim to encourage research and development to meet challenges in the health, education and social services sectors. But less than two w...
19 October 2015, by

Robotics Fast Track now accepting applications

We’re excited to announce that OSRF and BIT Systems are seeking innovative and revolutionary robotics projects for the Robotics Fast Track (RFT) effort, sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Pr...

Shadow Robot’s Dexterous Hand can do more than cook up a storm

The Shadow Robot Company has been perfecting its robot hands for almost two decades, but it took just a short demo by the world’s first robot chef last month to propel this small, London-based start...
07 May 2015, by

2014 fundings, IPOs, acquisitions, and failures (Updated)

From the 2014 archives of The Robot Report: 30 fundings, acquisitions, IPOs and failures with some staggering figures. UPDATED Jan 20, 2015 to include additions from Travis Deyle's Hizook blog, and o...
20 January 2015, by

Microsoft pays 5M CHF to ETHZ and EPFL for research on flying robots and new memory architectures

ETH Zurich and EPFL are jointly entering into a new research partnership with Microsoft Research. Over five years, Microsoft Research will provide five million Swiss francs of funding to support IT re...
07 February 2014, by



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Startup Funding, with Jan Westerhues

Link to audio file (25:51) In today’s episode Per Sjöborg speaks with Jan Westerhues, Investment Partner with Robert Bosch Venture Capital, about how they fund robotics companies. As a stepping st...
24 January 2014, by

Venture Capital in Robotics, with Diana Saraceni

Link to audio file (31:13) Diana Saraceni is a Venture Capitalist at 360 Capital Partners. In this interview, she tells us about her first investment in robotics 3 years ago with Invendo Medical, and...
23 August 2013, by

Funding news

... Neato Robotics - the NJ-based competitor with iRobot’s Roomba vacuum cleaner - raised $14 million in new funding from two VC firms. In 2012, Neato raised $12.2 from two different VC companies....
18 August 2013, by

China takes long view in funding robotics, innovation

  With the rapid economic development of the last twenty years resulting in the accumulation of great wealth, China urgently feels the need to move from a manufacturing-driven economy to an innovati...
17 July 2013, by

A dilemma of high-risk / high-reward

Often funding sources - the groups taking the risk - are not the beneficiaries of the rewards of the venture. Intuitive Surgical is an example. NSF, DARPA and NASA funded a project to solve a very ...
09 July 2013, by

Visions of transformative research: Risk-reward, variation-selection, hot trends, exploration of the wild

Over the last 20 years or so, a sense that science has become conservative or incrementalist has developed, and calls for change in the approaches to public funding of research have been heard from va...
08 July 2013, by

Funding high risk proposals at the National Science Foundation: A brief history

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 ye...
03 July 2013, by

Boston is actually living up to the hype this year!

The definitive list of private funding in robotics--or at least the most widely cited is the Hizook VC Funding for Robotics list.  The list for 2012 is out.   Please help make it complete by adding...
11 June 2013, by

A crisis of expectations

At the first UK Robot Ethics workshop on 25th March 2013, I offered — for discussion — the proposition that robotics is facing a Crisis of Expectations. And not for the first time. I argue that on...
29 April 2013, by

Major funding boost announced for French robotics sector | Wired UK

At the European Robotics Forum in Lyon, France's minister for industrial renewal Arnaud Montebourg announced new fund for the French robotics sector that will help make up for "lost competitiveness...
20 March 2013, by

What funding scheme is the most conducive to creating a robotics industry?

Welcome to Robotics by Invitation! This month we've asked our experts to weigh in on the best way to create tomorrow's robotics industry. Here's what they have to say: Raffaello D'Andrea on “Wh...
15 February 2013, by

UK funding of novel robotics concepts

The Technology Strategy Board (UK) is to invest up to £1m in feasibility studies to accelerate the development of novel Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) concepts towards demonstration and explo...
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