Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) Information Session
The Center for Innovative Technology (cit.org) is pleased to preview the CRCF FY2019 solicitation, identifying programs offered, eligibility criteria, and other high-level information. Approximately $2.4 million is available to award. The RFP will be issued in early October and will include complete criteria, including program guidelines and application materials. CRCF staff will be present at JMU’s Lakeview Hall on October 23rd for a regional briefing and will answer questions. Use the form below to register.
For those unable to attend the information session, a webinar is available. Individuals can join using the WebEx app (incl. video) or can call in. Webex and parking info will be emailed to registered attendees closer to the event date (registration form below).
The Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) advances science- and technology-based research, development, and commercialization to drive economic growth in Virginia, create and foster high-potential technology companies in the Commonwealth, and to encourage and strengthen collaboration and partnerships between the public and private sector.
Applications submitted under any FY2019 solicitation program must align with one or more of the following industry sectors and, where indicated, subsectors.
- Cyber Security, with particular interest in applications for autonomous systems, identity management, cloud infrastructure, and Internet of Things
- Energy, specifically clean energy
- Information Technology, specifically data analytics
- Life Sciences, with particular interest in precision medicine, neuroscience, and medtech
- Unmanned Systems
A single solicitation will be offered in FY2019, with five programs available for funding: Commercialization, SBIR Matching Funds, STTR Matching Funds, Matching Funds, and Eminent Researcher Recruitment.
The CRCF programs support commercialization goals through technology development in Virginia. CRCF monies additionally may be used for market validation, intellectual property protection, acquisition of materials and supplies, and/or other efforts that further technology commercialization and drive economic benefits to Virginia. Projects must be based upon sound scientific principles and present an opportunity for valid research.
Questions? For location and logistics, call the Shen. Valley Technology Council at 540.568.7882, email@example.com. For CRCF questions, please contact CIT at (703) 689-3000 or CRCF@cit.org
See form below to register.
(Parking and Webex info will be sent after registration, prior to the event date, by email)
This event is free and open to the public! Come see what it’s all about. Prepare for excitement, robotics, and LEGOS! Better yet — volunteer. Just a few hours of your time can have a huge impact! To sign up as a volunteer, please complete the following form: Harrisonburg Regional FLL Tournament Volunteers.
2018 Challenge: Into Orbit
Join FLL’s mission into the 30th season of FIRST®! Prepare for blast off, break out of your earthly constraints and go INTO ORBITSM. The 2018/2019 FIRST® LEGO® League season will transport your FLL team into space, where you’ll explore, challenge, and innovate in the vast expanse of space.
For more information, visit https://va-dcfll.org/about-us/
FLL Team Start-Up Grants Available
Each year, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council sponsors three new FIRST Lego League (FLL) teams from the Shenandoah Valley. Approximately half of the start-up cost of a new FLL team is reimbursed, up to $350.
Teams must be located in the footprint of the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council’s area of operation and intend to participate in the FLL competition within one year of receiving the grant. This grant can be used towards any equipment required for competition in FIRST LEGO League, including one or more LEGO robotics kits, a competition practice table, and an FLL field setup kit.
If you are interested in applying for the FLL Start-Up Grant, please complete the following form, and follow the steps as indicated on the form: FLL Reimbursement Grant Application (pdf)
Registration now open – see form below.
Using best practices and lessons learned from Capital One in conjunction with the long-standing TECHSTERS program, many technology and innovation business councils in Virginia are working together to host a statewide “Capture the Flag” event on Saturday, Nov. 3 that will expose girls to the cybersecurity industry in a fun and interactive game style. This program is meant to inspire a future generation to discover technology, get excited about STEM, and build code for real-world applications.
(Formed in 2013, TECHSTERS is an after-school program for middle school aged girls dedicated to inspiring young women to pursue their interests in STEM fields. Since the program’s first day event with robotic balls called Spheros, TECHSTERS has served over 1,100 students in the greater Richmond region. In 2017, Capital One used the TECHSTERS model to host ten regional coding programs for middle school girls all across the Commonwealth. The outcome was spectacular as they reached over 900 students in two days.)
Equipment and FYIs:
- Participants can bring their own Internet-ready, wifi-enabled laptops and will log into the wifi network
- Team size: up to three girls. Teams will form after arrival.
- We will supply 12 computers for up to 36 girls. Please indicate on the registration form whether you will bring your own laptop or will borrow one.
- After registration, we will email JMU parking instructions
Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Massanutten Technical Center!
And thank you to our supporters, Staunton Innovation Hub and SunRunr!