|DARPA Funding For Robotics Fast Track|
|Written by Sue Gee|
|Thursday, 10 December 2015|
DARPA's latest initiative to promote the development of robotic hardware and software, called Robotics Fast Track, is making awards up to $150,000. The proposals accepted so far favor universities and companies, but individuals and small teams are being encouraged to apply, with a preference for projects that are open source.
DARPA has partnered with Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF) and BIT Systems (BITS) to vet and approve projects According to its website the initiative has the following two goals:
Anyone can apply for RFT funding, both from within and outside the United States. Accepting the funding gives DARPA Government Purpose Rights, which means it can to use the resulting technology however it wants, the rights for commercial development are retained by the grant holder.
Applying for funding is a matter of submitting a proposal using templates (including one for costing) through the RFT Submission site. It will be evaluated using the following criteria:
Applicants whose proposals that are not selected will receive feedback from the RFT team, as time permits, and those that are selected will be further evaluated by DARPA.
With open source being a plus point, and funding available outside the US, this might be an opportunity for some existing embryonic projects to get a worthwhile injection of cash.
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|Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 December 2015 )|