VOLUME 12 | ISSUE 74
USTAR ACCEPTING LETTERS OF INTENT FOR SPRING ROUND OF TAP FUNDING
USTAR is now accepting letters of intent (LOI) for the spring round of its Technology Acceleration Program (TAP). LOIs are required to submit a full proposal and are being accepted at ustargrants.org until Feb. 20 at 5 p.m.

“We are encouraged with the caliber of proposals submitted in past TAP rounds and look forward to this round of TAP awardees who are poised to contribute to Utah’s technology landscape and provide benefit to Utah’s economy,” said Ivy Estabrooke, Ph.D., USTAR executive director...


Information Webinars Feb 6 & 8, 2018.
NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR GOVERNOR’S MEDAL FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AWARDS
USTAR, in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), is now accepting nominations for the 31st Annual Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology Awards. The awards honor those who have made an impact across their careers and highlight accomplishments in 2017. Following the final selection of the 2017 awardees, Gov. Gary R. Herbert will present the awards at a ceremony on June 6, 2018.

The Governor’s Medal award program was initiated to recognize those who have provided distinguished service or made significant career achievements that have benefited the state of Utah in the areas of science and technology... 


Nominations Due March 2, 2018. A one-page nomination form is available for download online at: GovernorsMedals.ustar.org
SET TO JET: USTAR GRANT UPGRADES USU ENGINE TEST CELL
(The Herald Journal, by Kevin Opsahl) – Step inside the jet engine test cell at Utah State University, and once you close two thick doors, you’ll notice much of the outside noise has dissipated.

This is for good reason: to muffle the deafening sound of a jet engine ideal for a T-39 Sabreliner.

“It does shake the building a little bit,” said Jordan Kington, a senior aviation major.

For a quarter century, the jet engine test cell has provided sufficient training experience — even with outdated technology — for USU’s aviation technology maintenance students. But only recently did it receive some technological upgrades that could help not only the students and faculty, but a major company that relocated to Logan to take advantage of unique business opportunities... 

Eli Lucero/Herald Journal
ECOSYSTEM FOR INNOVATION-
ACCELERATION THROUGH COOPERATION
Nestled in the heart of Silicon Slopes country is a unique incubator and business support center, Utah Valley University’s Vivint Business Resource Center (BRC). A host of state and federal resources and a number of startup businesses call the center home.

In addition to the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), SCORE and the Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah), the BRC also features a SMART Lab (a cutting-edge marketing research lab using technology to quantify customer response) and provides office space to 20 plus incubating businesses.

“Having agencies with complimentary resources where we can refer clients is very valuable. Being able to walk down the hall and introduce them to those agencies in person is priceless,” said Camille Pendleton, director of the Orem Small Business Development Center. ..

SAVE THE DATE
June 6, 2018
Marriott City Center

Join USTAR for a Technology Innovation Summit and Awards Luncheon.

Details coming soon.
UPCOMING EVENTS
2018 DNA Technology Innovation Contest
Feb 28, 2018
A contest is for new and innovative products or services that will improve the use of individual DNA data in the fields of ancestral history, personal history and family health history.
World Leaders Lecture Forum
March 14, 2018
A "no-holds-barred” discussion addresses cybersecurity, terrorism, biotechnology threats, and the importance of shared intelligence between allies.
Huntsman Venture Forum Showcase
March 23, 2018
Deadline Extended