Call for Innovation: Smart Cities Challenge

The Cities of Vancouver and Surrey have the opportunity to design the future of smart and safe urban mobility. Our joint Smart Cities Challenge first stage application was chosen out of 130 submissions to be among the 20 finalists vying for federal funding of smart city projects designed to improve the quality of life of city residents.
Applications are closed

Solving global business problems with data analytics

David Simchi-Levi leads the Accenture and MIT Alliance in Business Analytics to develop novel solutions to the most pressing challenges faced by global companies.
6 months ago

The first wireless flying robotic insect takes off

Insect-sized flying robots could help with time-consuming tasks like surveying crop growth on large farms or sniffing out gas leaks.
6 months ago

Osram Acquires Stake in Montreal-Based Horticulture Start-up Company Motorleaf

Osram’s venture capital arm, Fluxunit, has acquired a stake in Canadian startup Motorleaf, an artificial intelligence company focused on bringing actionable, data-driven insights to greenhouse and indoor farm operators.
6 months ago

DARPA selects research teams to explore paradigm-changing approaches to Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

DARPA’s Lifelong Learning Machines (L2M) program, drawing inspiration from biological systems, seeks to develop fundamentally new ML approaches that allow systems to adapt continually to new circumstances without forgetting previous learning.
6 months ago

University of Toronto researchers develop portable 3D skin printer to repair deep wounds

University of Toronto researchers have developed a handheld 3D skin printer that deposits even layers of skin tissue to cover and heal deep wounds.
6 months ago

New DARPA Challenge Seeks Flexible and Responsive Launch Solutions

DARPA announced the DARPA Launch Challenge, designed to promote rapid access to space within days, not years. With the launch challenge, DARPA plans to accelerate capabilities and further incentivize industry to deliver launch solutions that are both flexible and responsive.
7 months ago

Xcel Energy Announces a New Milestone for Drone Technology

Xcel Energy, a leader in using drone technology to inspect energy infrastructure, will be the first utility in the nation to routinely fly unmanned aircraft beyond the operator’s line of sight when it begins surveying transmission lines near Denver, Colorado.
7 months ago

U.S. NIFA Call for applications: Aquaculture Research Programs

This year, NIFA is soliciting applied aquaculture research applications that directly address major constraints to the U.S. aquaculture industry and focus on one or more program area priorities: Genetics of commercial aquaculture species, Critical disease issues impacting commercial aquaculture species, Design of environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture production systems, Economic research for increasing aquaculture profitability.
Applications are closed
7 months ago

Call for Applications: GovHack on Governance & Resilience for the cities of New Delhi and Washington DC

Startups applying for this challenge should be leveraging emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Block chain to aid governments in addressing issues of collecting, analyzing and utilizing large flows of data while preserving privacy and security.
Applications are closed
8 months ago

Smart Farming: Including Rights Holders for Responsible Agricultural Innovation

This article draws on the literature of responsible innovation to suggest concrete processes for including rights holders in the “smart” agricultural revolution. It first draws upon historical agricultural research in Canada to highlight how productivist values drove seed innovations with particular consequences for the distribution of power in the food system.
8 months ago

Major U.S. Food Companies Join to Address Climate Change and Healthy Soils by Creating a New Standard Focused on Regenerative Agriculture

The Carbon Underground and Green America, in partnership with Ben & Jerry's (Unilever), DanoneWave, Annie's (General Mills), and MegaFood have begun development of a global verification standard for food grown in a regenerative manner. The standard seeks to encourage farmers to restore the carbon cycle and build soil health, crop resilience, and nutrient density.
8 months ago

Nonsurgical Neural Interfaces Could Significantly Expand Use of Neurotechnology

The state of the art in brain-system communications has employed invasive techniques that allow precise, high-quality connections to specific neurons or groups of neurons. These techniques have helped patients with brain injury and other illnesses. However, these techniques are not appropriate for able-bodied people. DARPA now seeks to achieve high levels of brain-system communications without surgery, in its new program, Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology (N3).
8 months ago

USDA Call for Proposals: Local Food Promotion Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), is seeking applications for its Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) to increase domestic consumption of and access to locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets, by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of local and regional food businesses (including those that are not direct producer-to-consumer markets) that process, distribute, aggregate, or store locally or regionally produced food products.
Applications are closed
8 months ago

Breakthroughs Move U.S. Researchers One Step Closer to $35 Billion Fuel Savings

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and its partners recently revealed breakthroughs in identification of fuel blendstocks for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative. This national research effort is providing industry with the scientific underpinnings needed to accelerate introduction of high-performance fuels and engines that reduce energy consumption, improve air quality, and lower drivers' costs.
8 months ago

New wearable tech from Western University may hold big benefits for people with Parkinson’s

A new prototype for wearable tremor suppression gloves has a team of Western University researchers believing real change is on the way for the more than 6 million people in the world afflicted by Parkinson’s disease.
8 months ago

Canada call for proposals: Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities: BioHeat, Demonstration & Deployment Program Streams

This program is seeking proposals to reduce the reliance of rural and remote communities on diesel fuel for heat and power. The program, which plans to support a suite of diverse projects across Canada, will be evaluated against a range of criteria.
Applications are closed
9 months ago

U.S. Call for Proposals: Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors (PALS)

DARPA is soliciting innovative proposals for concepts that use naturally-occurring or engineered marine organisms as sensor elements in a system designed to provide persistent monitoring of manned and unmanned vehicle (M/UUV, e.g., submarines, semi-submersibles and/or unmanned underwater gliders or vessels) movement, particularly in shallow-coastal and littoral marine environments.
Applications are closed
9 months ago

Call for Applications: Microsoft AI Residency Program 2018 - Learn new Artificial Intelligence skills and improve people’s lives with intelligent technology

You will gain skills and hands-on experience working on practical AI and machine learning problems that help tackle some of society’s toughest challenges. The ideal candidate will have a passion for leveraging their expertise from computer science work and/or other technical fields to solve real-world challenges by applying AI and machine learning.
Applications are closed
9 months ago

Frost & Sullivan Explores Five Different Applications for Blockchain in the US Digital Grid Sector

This potential disruption is forecast to make the grid more reliable and efficient, reduce utilities' capital expenditure on renewable energy generation, and allow consumers to participate in peer-to-peer (P2P) trading.
9 months ago

U.S. Call for Proposals: AIM Onshore competition on new energy technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the opening of the American Inventions Made Onshore (AIM Onshore) prize competition and the availability of DOE’s Build4Scale manufacturing training,both part of a DOE initiative to close the gap between American innovators who develop new energy technologies and domestic manufacturers who produce them.
Applications are closed
9 months ago

Agroforestry systems may play vital role in mitigating climate change

The transition from agriculture to agroforestry significantly increased soil organic carbon an average of 34 percent, according to Michael Jacobson, professor of forest resources, whose research group in the College of Agricultural Sciences conducted the study. The conversion from pasture/grassland to agroforestry produced soil organic carbon increases of about 10 percent, on average.
9 months ago

Renewable electricity accounted for 67 percent of U.S. electricity capacity additions in 2016

The 2016 Renewable Energy Data Book shows that U.S. renewable electricity grew to 18.3 percent of total installed capacity and 15.6 percent of total electricity generation in 2016.
9 months ago