In This Issue
Funding and Research Announcements
Legislative Update
Events
Award Announcements
Policy, Research & Resources
Funding & Research Announcements
   

ARRA Stimulus Funding Opportunities
 
 
Department of Energy. DE-FOA-0000096. Demonstration of Integrated Biorefinery Operations. The intent of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will be to select integratedbiorefinery projects that have the necessary technical and economic performance data thatvalidates their readiness for the next level of scale-up.
 
 
Department of Energy. DE-FOA-0000090. Recovery Act: Wind Energy Consortia between Institutions of Higher Learning and Industry. $24 million initiative which will fund consortia between institutions of higher learning and industry that will perform focused research on critical wind energy challenges.
 
National Institutes of Health. RFA-RR-09-007.  Recovery Act Limited Competition: Core Facility Renovation, Repair, and Improvement (G20). This Funding Opportunity Announcement issued by the National Center for Research Resources, National Institutes of Health, solicits applications from institutions that propose to renovate, repair, or improve core facilities. For the purpose of this FOA, a core facility is defined as a centralized shared resource that provides access to instruments or technologies or services, as well as expert consultation to investigators supported by the core. The major objective of this FOA is to upgrade core facilities to support the conduct of PHS supported biomedical and/or behavioral research.
 
For more information on all of these, see www.grants.gov.


Legislative Update
 
At this writing, several items of interest to the science and technology community are still unresolved, including the status of the Governor's Bond package, and specifically support for additional R&D funds for the Maine Technology Asset Fund, recapitalization of the Small Enterprise Growth Fund, and new funds for the offshore wind test facility proposed by the University of Maine.
 
LD 1, the Fund of Funds bill and an initiative to change the seed capital tax credit made headway, but didn't get out of committee.
 
LD 892, the bill DECD sponsored to amend the language for the Technology Centers was signed by the Governor last month.

Events 
We'll see you at this event:
 
 
EnergyOcean 2009, June 16-18, 2009. Samoset Resort, Rockport. The world's leading event focusing on renewable and sustainable energy from the oceans and the primary education platform and networking event for key players in the industry. See http://www.energyocea
n.com/2009/.
 
Each newsletter will present information relevant to Company News, Funding & Research Announcements, Policy, Research & Resources along with Legislative Updates. Please feel free to contribute news and information relevant to your work. Forward your  information to catherine.s.renault@maine.gov.
 

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June 2009 Newsletter
 
Welcome to the June 2009 issue of Mainely Innovations. We encourage you to contribute your news and highlights by submitting information to catherine.s.renault@maine.gov.
Notes from the
Director of Office of Innovation

Catherine Renault highlights networking opportunities and underscores

Office of Innovation activities.
  
Over the next six weeks, members of the Maine Innovation Economy Advisory Board will be hosting a series of Focus Group meetings to solicit your input into the 2010 Science and Technology Action Plan. We're looking forward to hearing about your thoughts on six key questions:
 
1. Should the State of Maine keep the goal of $1 billion in R&D, amend it to 3 percent of GSP (which would be around $1.4 billion), a target that is consistent with President Obama's national goal, or have another goal altogether?


2. Which, if any, of the requirements for a successful innovation-driven economy, remains that the State of Maine must address for this plan to be successful?
 
3. Should the State of Maine continue to use the seven targeted technology sectors in setting our investment priorities, focus in on the narrower areas identified by the Cluster report, or let the market decide (by using open competitions)?
 
4. What products and services does the State of Maine need to meet the R&D goals outlined in Question 1? What is the appropriate role of the state (versus federal government or industry) in the funding of: basic research, applied research, development, commercialization, research infrastructure?
 
5. Is the R&D community in the state of Maine (private and public sector) organized properly to meet the goals outlined in Question 1 and to deliver the products and services in Question 4?


6. Does the State of Maine have the right amount, the right kind and the right sources of funding (bonds, GF, other such as federal, non-governmental) to meet our goals? If not, what should be changed?
 
Please plan to attend one of the sessions, or feel free to send me a note with your thoughts.
 
Cathy

Award Announcements 
 
MTI Awards $25 Million to 16 Projects in Second MTAF Competition
 
Maine Technology Institute announced the sixteen projects that have been chosen to receive the remaining $25 million from the 2007 R&D bond. The projects were announced at a press conference with Governor Baldacci and Commissioner Richardson and members of the legislature who have supported these investments. Award winners included projects at several campuses of the University of Maine, University of New England, the Jackson Laboratory, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, Maine Institute for Human Genetics and Health, and several private companies: Hodgdon Defense Composites, Ocean Renewable Power Corporation, Dielectric, Seldon Technologies and Ascendent Energy.
 
The projects were selected through a rigorous process that included evaluation on scientific and team criteria by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and economic impact, relationship to Maine's innovation economy and collaboration as assessed by reviewers from Maine.

 
In total, 50 proposals were received for well over $100 million, illustrating that the need for investment in R&D in Maine is far greater than the funding available.

INBRE Wins $18 million Follow-on Grant from NIH
 
The National Center for Research Resources, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), recently announced an $18 million grant to the Maine IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE). INBRE is a network of 12 scientific and educational institutions working together to increase scientific collaboration and capacity statewide. Led by the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, INBRE enhances the ability of scientists and students in Maine to conduct cutting edge research and improve their ability to compete successfully for federal research dollars. For more information, contact Dr. Patricia Hand at MDIBL.

Policy, Resources & Reports
Check for information on federal resources and research that will impact Maine and could impact your work in science and technology.
 
 Generating Local Wealth, Opportunity, and Sustainability through Rural Clusters, written by Regional Technology Strategies, Inc., under a grant from the Ford Foundation (www.rtsinc.org), summarizes some new thinking on the role of clusters in rural economic development. Since the mid-1980s, clusters have been part of the lexicon for economic development, but have favored metropolitan regions and industries. Indeed, Michael Porter, the guru of clusters, would say there are no clusters in Maine!
 
This report provides a framework for designing and evaluating cluster strategies to achieve "triple bottom line" outcomes: economic, social and environmental. This has important implications for Maine since the evidence in this report is congruent with our experience: "Rural clusters almost always build upon existing competencies and connections. . . Almost every rural cluster [studied] emerged from a local innovation or single company. It expanded as skilled and entrepreneurial people took advantage of the innovation or left the company to start up new firms."


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.