PORTSMOUTH, R.I.—Rhode Island's future looks bright in the aerospace, undersea, textile and composite industries, but connections need to be made for innovations to occur.
As such, a non-profit economic development organization that launched late last year is offering funding toward advanced materials development through an all-inclusive challenge, one that involves academia, trade organizations, states and defense agencies, businesses and research and development firms.
401 Tech Bridge, with a 17,000-sq.-ft. facility in Portsmouth and a 10,000-sq.-ft. building in Kingston at the University of Rhode Island, said applications for the Materials Innovation Challenge will be accepted through Oct. 19.
A webinar on the challenge will be offered Sept. 24 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at 401techbridge.org.
"There are incredible resources and talent available in the state of Rhode Island," Mary Johnson, manager at 401 Tech Bridge, said in a statement. "401 Tech Bridge helps fill a critical gap to enable academia to collaborate with commercial entities and government partners. This includes bringing people together that not only understand the technology, but how to successfully bring a product to market."
Advanced materials are altering the landscape of aerospace, automotive, energy and oceanographic technology, according to the non-profit. The funding provided by the 401 Tech Bridge Materials Innovation Challenge is intended to help bring technology, products and processes to the market.
Businesses of all sizes are encouraged to enter the contest, which includes the ability to work with University of Rhode Island professors Arun Shukla, Sumanta Das and Helio Matos—considered some of the top advanced materials researchers—to explore new opportunities or solve existing problems.