The Oregon Unmanned Aerial Systems Business Enterprise (OR-UAS), a nonprofit established for UAS development in the state, is soliciting grant proposals for projects that will create UAS-related jobs or generate other UAS-related long-term economic activity in Oregon. The nonprofit is based in Bend.
OR-UAS, spearheaded by Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO), is receiving funding from a two-year, $822,000 state grant. OR-UAS recently named its executive director.
According to EDCO, preference will be given to projects that help the state put into successful operation any or all of the three Oregon UAS test ranges. In its announcement of six national UAS test site operators, the Federal Aviation Administration noted that test ranges in Oregon will be used.
EDCO says that grants will range from $25,000 to $75,000 and may be as small as $10,000. Larger grants will be considered if they obtain proportionately greater results.
The areas of greatest interest to OR-UAS, EDCO notes, include precision agriculture; industry development and recruitment; development of new or improved UAS systems; fire and emergency response; and natural resources management.
Responses are due Friday, Feb. 28.
More information is available here.