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$5.1 million Army-Md. alliance speeds university research to market
Date:12/2/2010

lski (D-Md.), who championed the $5.1 million, two-year federal grant to fund the program. "It is so important that we invest in the technologies of the future - to keep our country safe, stay on the cutting edge and grow the innovation workforce of tomorrow."

FEDERAL-UNIVERSITY COLLABORATION

University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh stresses the importance of programs like this, calling the collaboration between federal labs and state universities in Maryland an example of "spending smarter."

"This alliance leverages the abundant federal research presence in our state," says University System of Maryland Chancellor William E. 'Brit' Kirwan. "The System's research institutions are producing significant advances, and we need to make the most of them. By energizing some of our most promising work, the state and the nation will be big winners in the globally competitive innovation economy."

AWARDING THE GRANTS

The ARL evaluates all research proposals to identify the most promising ideas of interest to the Department of Defense. Final awards are made jointly with the University System of Maryland team, relying heavily on Mtech expertise in technology evaluation.

"We help determine which technologies have the most promising commercial potential," explains Martha Connolly, who directs Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS), the Mtech program supporting emergent technologies under joint development by private firms and University System of Maryland researchers. "We work with some of the most promising technologies every day, so we have a good sense of what's out there, and what can succeed. Many of the best and freshest ideas are coming from small labs in and around our research universities."

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH SUPPORT

In addition to funding, the program makes key federal and University System of Maryland equipment available to researchers, as well as invaluable legal an
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Contact: Neil Tickner
ntickner@umd.edu
301-405-4622
University of Maryland
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