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Round 2 Grant Awards

On October 8, 2019, the Virginia Research Investment Committee approved the award of funding for the following project:

"Commonwealth Center of Innovation for Autonomous Systems"
Lead Institution: Virginia Tech
PI: Jon Greene, MA
Amount: Up to $1,499,991

Executive Summary

Press Release From the Governor
For Immediate Release: October 9, 2019
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Alena Yarmosky, Alena.Yarmosky@governor.virginia.gov | State Council of Higher Education for Virginia: Lynn Seuffert, lynnseuffert@schev.edu, (804) 786-2306

Governor Northam Announces Nearly $1.5 Million Awarded from Virginia Research Investment Fund

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that nearly $1.5 million in grant funding has been awarded from the Virginia Research Investment Fund in its second funding round. The three-year grant will support the launch of the Commonwealth Center of Innovation for Autonomous Systems (C2IAS), a collaborative research center led by Virginia Tech with Old Dominion University as its partner. Staff of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) administered the grant competition, and members of the Virginia Research Investment Committee (VRIC) approved the project proposal at its meeting in Richmond yesterday.

In the first year, private collaborators will include Atlas-NA; Burton-LeRoy; Cambrian Design and Development; Procomm Aviation; Sanchez Engineering Services; SimIS; Textron; and UAVPro. The project has lined up over $2.2 million in matching funds as a condition of the grant award.

“Virginia’s colleges and universities enjoy a strong record of cutting-edge research, and we are proud to support the development of new technologies with promising commercial prospects, especially in the area of unmanned autonomous systems,” said Governor Northam. “Innovative projects and public-private partnerships like these will help bolster the Commonwealth’s leading position in the unmanned autonomous systems industry, advance the application of these technologies, and reinforce our continued work to expand and diversify the Commonwealth’s economy.”

The Round 2 competition invited proposals for capacity-building projects at research centers in the strategic opportunity areas of small satellites, autonomous systems, big data, cybersecurity and life sciences. Each project was evaluated by a team of peer reviewers, entrepreneurs and investors to assess its potential for yielding commercial products in the long term. In August, Governor Northam announced an award of $1.5 million in grant funding from the Virginia Research Investment Fund (VRIF) in its second funding round.

“The Virginia Research Investment Committee is excited to support unmanned systems research in Virginia,” said Peter Blake, Director of the State Council of Higher Education and Chair of the Virginia Research Investment Committee. “The Center for Autonomous Systems will lead to new product development for first responders, infrastructure inspection, maritime systems, and more.”

In 2016, the General Assembly adopted legislation to support the Commonwealth’s academic research enterprise and to promote collaboration therein, creating the VRIF for research grants to public universities and the VRIC as the awarding body. Funds were appropriated for the research fund along with $29 million in bonding authority to support the purchase of research equipment or laboratory renovations associated with researcher incentive packages and the translation of research into commercial use.

For more information, visit the Virginia Research Investment Fund website.

On August 13, 2019, the Virginia Research Investment Committee approved the award of funding for the following project:

"Virginia SmallSat Data Consortium"
Lead Institution: Old Dominion University
PI: Saikou Diallo, Ph.D.
Amount: up to $1,500,000

Executive Summary

Press Release From the Governor

For Immediate Release: August 13, 2019
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Alena Yarmosky, Alena.Yarmosky@governor.virginia.gov | State Council of Higher Education for Virginia: Laura Osberger, lauraosberger@schev.edu, (804) 786-2323

Governor Northam Announces $1.5 Million Grant from Virginia Research Investment Fund

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that $1.5 million in grant funding has been awarded from the Virginia Research Investment Fund in its second funding round. The two-year grant will support the launch of the Virginia SmallSat Data Consortium, a collaborative research center co-led by Old Dominion University and Virginia Tech. Other partners will include the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority and NASA Langley Research Center. The project has lined up $1.8 million in additional funding as a condition of the grant award. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) administered the competition, and the Virginia Research Investment Committee (VRIC) members selected the final award recipient and announced the next grant recipient at its meeting in Richmond today.

“Virginia’s institutions of higher education are at the forefront of groundbreaking advances in areas like aerospace and the biosciences, and serve as hubs for innovative ideas and the commercialization of new technologies,” Governor Northam. “This project, and the consortium’s public-private partnerships, will help bolster the Commonwealth’s position as a leader in satellite and data collection and support our continued work to drive Virginia’s economy forward.”

The Round 2 competition invited proposals for capacity-building projects at research centers in the strategic opportunity areas of small satellites, autonomous systems, big data, cybersecurity and life sciences. Each project was evaluated by a team of peer reviewers, entrepreneurs and investors to assess its potential to yield commercial products in the long term. Because the Round 2 funding remains open, an additional award announcement is possible at VRIC’s October 2019 meeting.  

“This project represents a new and exciting direction for the investment fund, one that has tremendous potential to create a rapidly growing market for innovative data gathering,” said Peter Blake, Director of the State Council of Higher Education and Chair of the Virginia Research Investment Committee.

In 2016, the General Assembly passed legislation to support the Commonwealth’s academic research enterprise, creating the Virginia Research Investment Fund (VRIF) and an awarding body, the VRIC. Funds were appropriated for the research fund along with $29 million in bonding authority to support the purchase of research equipment or laboratory renovations associated with researcher incentive packages and the translation of research into commercial use.

 

 

For Immediate Release: August 13, 2019
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Alena Yarmosky, Alena.Yarmosky@governor.virginia.gov | State Council of Higher Education for Virginia: Laura Osberger, lauraosberger@schev.edu, (804) 786-2323

Governor Northam Announces $1.5 Million Grant from Virginia Research Investment Fund

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that $1.5 million in grant funding has been awarded from the Virginia Research Investment Fund in its second funding round. The two-year grant will support the launch of the Virginia SmallSat Data Consortium, a collaborative research center co-led by Old Dominion University and Virginia Tech. Other partners will include the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority and NASA Langley Research Center. The project has lined up $1.8 million in additional funding as a condition of the grant award. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) administered the competition, and the Virginia Research Investment Committee (VRIC) members selected the final award recipient and announced the next grant recipient at its meeting in Richmond today.

“Virginia’s institutions of higher education are at the forefront of groundbreaking advances in areas like aerospace and the biosciences, and serve as hubs for innovative ideas and the commercialization of new technologies,” Governor Northam. “This project, and the consortium’s public-private partnerships, will help bolster the Commonwealth’s position as a leader in satellite and data collection and support our continued work to drive Virginia’s economy forward.”

The Round 2 competition invited proposals for capacity-building projects at research centers in the strategic opportunity areas of small satellites, autonomous systems, big data, cybersecurity and life sciences. Each project was evaluated by a team of peer reviewers, entrepreneurs and investors to assess its potential to yield commercial products in the long term. Because the Round 2 funding remains open, an additional award announcement is possible at VRIC’s October 2019 meeting.  

“This project represents a new and exciting direction for the investment fund, one that has tremendous potential to create a rapidly growing market for innovative data gathering,” said Peter Blake, Director of the State Council of Higher Education and Chair of the Virginia Research Investment Committee.

In 2016, the General Assembly passed legislation to support the Commonwealth’s academic research enterprise, creating the Virginia Research Investment Fund (VRIF) and an awarding body, the VRIC. Funds were appropriated for the research fund along with $29 million in bonding authority to support the purchase of research equipment or laboratory renovations associated with researcher incentive packages and the translation of research into commercial use.

For Immediate Release: August 13, 2019
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Alena Yarmosky, Alena.Yarmosky@governor.virginia.gov | State Council of Higher Education for Virginia: Laura Osberger, lauraosberger@schev.edu, (804) 786-2323

Governor Northam Announces $1.5 Million Grant from Virginia Research Investment Fund

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that $1.5 million in grant funding has been awarded from the Virginia Research Investment Fund in its second funding round. The two-year grant will support the launch of the Virginia SmallSat Data Consortium, a collaborative research center co-led by Old Dominion University and Virginia Tech. Other partners will include the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority and NASA Langley Research Center. The project has lined up $1.8 million in additional funding as a condition of the grant award. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) administered the competition, and the Virginia Research Investment Committee (VRIC) members selected the final award recipient and announced the next grant recipient at its meeting in Richmond today.

“Virginia’s institutions of higher education are at the forefront of groundbreaking advances in areas like aerospace and the biosciences, and serve as hubs for innovative ideas and the commercialization of new technologies,” Governor Northam. “This project, and the consortium’s public-private partnerships, will help bolster the Commonwealth’s position as a leader in satellite and data collection and support our continued work to drive Virginia’s economy forward.”

The Round 2 competition invited proposals for capacity-building projects at research centers in the strategic opportunity areas of small satellites, autonomous systems, big data, cybersecurity and life sciences. Each project was evaluated by a team of peer reviewers, entrepreneurs and investors to assess its potential to yield commercial products in the long term. Because the Round 2 funding remains open, an additional award announcement is possible at VRIC’s October 2019 meeting.  

“This project represents a new and exciting direction for the investment fund, one that has tremendous potential to create a rapidly growing market for innovative data gathering,” said Peter Blake, Director of the State Council of Higher Education and Chair of the Virginia Research Investment Committee.

In 2016, the General Assembly passed legislation to support the Commonwealth’s academic research enterprise, creating the Virginia Research Investment Fund (VRIF) and an awarding body, the VRIC. Funds were appropriated for the research fund along with $29 million in bonding authority to support the purchase of research equipment or laboratory renovations associated with researcher incentive packages and the translation of research into commercial use.

For Immediate Release: August 13, 2019
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Alena Yarmosky, Alena.Yarmosky@governor.virginia.gov | State Council of Higher Education for Virginia: Laura Osberger, lauraosberger@schev.edu, (804) 786-2323

Governor Northam Announces $1.5 Million Grant from Virginia Research Investment Fund

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that $1.5 million in grant funding has been awarded from the Virginia Research Investment Fund in its second funding round. The two-year grant will support the launch of the Virginia SmallSat Data Consortium, a collaborative research center co-led by Old Dominion University and Virginia Tech. Other partners will include the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority and NASA Langley Research Center. The project has lined up $1.8 million in additional funding as a condition of the grant award. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) administered the competition, and the Virginia Research Investment Committee (VRIC) members selected the final award recipient and announced the next grant recipient at its meeting in Richmond today.

“Virginia’s institutions of higher education are at the forefront of groundbreaking advances in areas like aerospace and the biosciences, and serve as hubs for innovative ideas and the commercialization of new technologies,” Governor Northam. “This project, and the consortium’s public-private partnerships, will help bolster the Commonwealth’s position as a leader in satellite and data collection and support our continued work to drive Virginia’s economy forward.”

The Round 2 competition invited proposals for capacity-building projects at research centers in the strategic opportunity areas of small satellites, autonomous systems, big data, cybersecurity and life sciences. Each project was evaluated by a team of peer reviewers, entrepreneurs and investors to assess its potential to yield commercial products in the long term. Because the Round 2 funding remains open, an additional award announcement is possible at VRIC’s October 2019 meeting.  

“This project represents a new and exciting direction for the investment fund, one that has tremendous potential to create a rapidly growing market for innovative data gathering,” said Peter Blake, Director of the State Council of Higher Education and Chair of the Virginia Research Investment Committee.

In 2016, the General Assembly passed legislation to support the Commonwealth’s academic research enterprise, creating the Virginia Research Investment Fund (VRIF) and an awarding body, the VRIC. Funds were appropriated for the research fund along with $29 million in bonding authority to support the purchase of research equipment or laboratory renovations associated with researcher incentive packages and the translation of research into commercial use.

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