Targeted Technology Sectors
USTAR is focused on the following targeted technology industry sectors for FY17 (July 1-June 30):
Advanced Materials – Advanced materials are all fibers, coatings, composites, etc. that are engineered to enhance the efficiency of a product and include new materials or improvements to existing materials. Advanced materials can be applied to the creation of carbon composites, 3D printing advances, climate control, solar technology, water purification, sports, military equipment and textiles.
Aerospace – Aerospace is concerned with aeronautics and astronautics. Areas for research include, but are not limited to, innovative approaches in aerodynamics, engineering of aircraft and spacecraft and the autonomous control of aircraft. This includes both manned and unmanned systems.
Automation and Robotics – Automation technology is the use of cutting-edge machinery in industrial applications to minimize human exertion. Robotics is the branch of automation that deals with the design, construction, operation and application of robots, as well as computer systems for their control, sensory feedback and information processing, and Internet of Things (IoT).
Big Data – Big data is a term for data sets that are so large or complex that traditional data processing applications are inadequate. Challenges include analysis, capture, data curation, search, sharing, storage, transfer, visualization, querying and information privacy. Analysis of data sets can find new correlations to gather information on topics such as business trends, crime patterns, genome sequences, complex physical environments and more. USTAR does not fund app development or software solutions that do not have significant technical development requirements.
Energy and Clean Technology – Energy and clean technology encompasses products and processes that harness renewable and nonrenewable materials to dramatically reduce the use of natural resources, cut emissions and waste, and provide options for efficient energy storage and usage.
Life Sciences – Life science is defined as the study of living organisms from a cellular, molecular, or macroscopic perspective. Research in this area includes, but is not limited to, medical device development, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, agriculture, genetics and healthcare IT.