More than 20 U.P. companies attend DARPA workshop to learn how to compete and win government contracts

HOUGHTON, Michigan (June 20, 2014) – More than 20 representatives from Michigan Technological University and Upper Peninsula businesses participated in a free training workshop, May 28, to learn how to compete for and win Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) contracts. “Understanding and Navigating DARPA Research and Development, a Michigan-Sponsored Workshop,” was hosted by MTEC SmartZone. The purpose of the workshop is to assist early-stage technologies along a path of commercialization while increasing the amount of federally sponsored DARPA research and development funding that comes into Michigan.

DARPA is the research arm of the U.S. Department of Defense and is responsible for the development of technologies including Global Positioning Systems, unmanned aerial vehicles and the internet. The agency promotes research in many fields including medicine, engineering, and computer, engineering and social sciences, among others. Companies apply to DARPA to propose innovative solutions to address technical needs. Successful proposals address end-user requirements and specify a definite approach to move research to real-world application.

The State of Michigan is providing up to $50,000 in matching funds to companies with successful DARPA proposals. This is intended to increase Michigan’s overall participation in the program. MTEC SmartZone is able to assist local companies interested in learning more about the program.

The Michigan Strategic Fund, via Michigan Economic Development Corporation, selected the Macomb-OU Incubator in Sterling Heights, Mich., to administer the DARPA federal matching program for the entire state of Michigan. MTEC SmartZone is one of four locations to host the training.

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