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Funding and Research Announcements
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Policy, Research & Resources
Funding & Research Announcements

New $100M NIH Faculty Recruitment Program
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced new funding available ($100 million of Recovery Act funds) to enable academic institutions to hire, provide appropriate start-up packages, and develop pilot research projects for newly independent investigators not already in tenure track positions.
The investigators can be recruited from any other institution, including those in the same state, region or country. 
Admittedly, many of these types of positions are not equally effective or productive anywhere. The intent of the new funding pool is to optimize the productivity, creativity and value of the individual researcher as well as speed overall biomedical research
advancement. Letters of intent are due April 29. 

NIST seeks proposals for civil infrastructure and manufacturing
The National Institute of Standards and Technology invites proposals for the Technology Innovation Program (TIP) in two critical areas: Civil Infrastructure and Manufacturing. Up to $25 million is available for up to 25 new awards ($10 million for civil infrastructure projects; $15 million for manufacturing projects).
Two subtopics for civil infrastructure include 1) Inspection and/or Monitoring Technologies; and 2) Repair/Retrofit Material and Application Technologies. More detailed descriptions of each topic area are provided in the announcement.
Eligibility is open to single companies and joint ventures.
Proposals are due June 23.

Funding opportunity offered in FY 2009. 
The Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD) Program will support basic research to build a foundation for generating sustainable, science-based solutions to problems of agriculture in developing countries, testing innovative hypotheses leading to novel and creative approaches and technologies.  
Projects that meet the BREAD program goals would include those that develop science-based concepts, derived from basic research, for improving current agricultural crops, developing new crops, increasing crop productivity, developing efficient production practices or novel technologies.
Further information on BREAD is available on the Plant Genome Research Program page


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Information on how companies and research institutions are moving Maine forward. 
iST featured on The Economic Report
The Portland-based Intelligent Spatial Technologies, Inc. (iST) that has patented pointing-based search technology will be featured in an upcoming episode of The Economic Report as part of the show's report on: Leading Developments in Geo-Spatial Solutions. Hosted by Greg Gumbel, The Economic Report series takes a look at the inner workings of industries, trends, and relevant issues that fuel today's society.
Micro Technologies Completes Several State Contracts
Micro Technologies, a USDA-approved, private laboratory and recognized leader in
aquatic animal health solutions located in Richmond, has completed several major aquatic animal health service contracts with state resources agencies throughout the US. The work was part of the US Department of Agriculture's response to the detection of Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia Virus (VHSV) in the waters of the Great Lakes basin.
Working with state officials, staff at Micro Technologies processed and tested a significant number of whole fish and tissue samples as part of federally supported surveillance programs in each of the states.

JAX Labs to investigate new stem cell tech
The Maine Technology Institute has awarded The Jackson Laboratory a $12,500 seed grant to investigate new stem cell technologies to convert adult cells of the body into embryonic-like stem cells by adding a combination of reprogramming factors. Under the MTI grant, the Jackson researchers will conduct a study of whether these so-called induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells do indeed function as ES cells would.

Notes from the
Director of Office of Innovation

Catherine Renault highlights networking opportunities and underscores

Office of Innovation activities.
If there is a theme for this session of the legislature, it is energy. Not only are there several bills (LD 886, 1181 and 1201, among others) which consolidate energy functions into a single entity and add new programs for energy efficiency and weatherization, but there are also quite a few bills which direct Maine Technology Institute to do research into renewable energy technologies.
It turns out that MTI has funded over $12.7 million in renewable energy research since 2006, including grants to develop technology and build the cluster. The most recent grant is to E2Tech, the energy and environment sector trade association, to provide a number of activities tied to the EnergyOcean Conference in Rockport in June.
The Office of Innovation is supporting the E2Tech effort and is staffing the economic development subcommittee of the Governor's Ocean Energy Task Force, so energy is also a central focus for us. 
Policy, Resources & Reports
Check for information on federal resources and research that will impact Maine and could impact your work in science and technology.
Your feedback needed for Technology Action Plan
The Maine Innovation Economy Advisory Board and the Office of Innovation are embarking on a process to construct the new Science and Technology Action Plan for the State of Maine. The new plan will drive the strategic direction when deciding how to use our limited R&D funds, or determining which essential public investments to advocate for that could impact our community.
This year we want to have a very open process. We are gathering input from as many parts of our community as possible. Your feedback will help determine the top five issues to focus on for the strategic planning process that will include focus groups, outreach events and sector meetings. The new plan is legislatively mandated to be completed by January 2010.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to click and let us know what you think!

Legislative Update
FY10-11 Biennium Budget: We're expecting the budget to be finished by mid-April. The BRED committee recommended restoring some cuts for MTI and also a small budget increase for the Technology Centers, but dire forecasts for revenues for the rest of this year and into the biennium may well actually prompt further cuts.
Bonds: The BRED committee recommended a R&D bond consistent with the MIEAB position and affirmed the importance of the competitive process. They also recommended funding the recapitalization of SEGF. The legislature is expected to take up bonds in late April.

LD 892, the bill to revise the Technology Center language was passed unanimously by BRED on April 3.
LD 1, the Fund of Funds bill, was tabled by BRED.
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Maine Office of Innovation

The Office of Innovation (click for more information) was established in 2004 by the Maine Legislature (5MRSA 13105) to "encourage and coordinate the State's research and development activities to foster collaboration among the State's higher education and nonprofit research institutes and the business community." The Maine Office of Innovation is a division within the Department of Economic and Community Development, Commissioner John G. Richardson.