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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is now accepting proposals for its 2018 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards. The competitive program encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federally funded research and development opportunities that have the potential for commercialization. Applications for Phase I will be accepted through April 4, 2018.

If your company is currently pursuing export initiatives, the 2018 Ohio Export Internship Program (OEIP) is your opportunity to hire a college student who has received specialized coursework in exporting. Companies participating in the program are reimbursed for half of the full-time summer wages, up to $3,600, of the college student.

There is a great opportunity coming up in March that will introduce you to an Ohio-based program that helps get restored citizens and military veterans back into the workforce.

Provisional counts compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that as of June 2017, Ohio was ranked 3rd in the United States at a count of 5,256 for most opiod overdose deaths. Only Florida at 5,604 deaths, and Pennsylvania at 5,392, had more. It is obvious by the numbers that Ohio is in an opiod crisis.

A new microcontroller has been developed by Air Force Research Laboratory (ARL) and American Semiconductor that can bend and flex. The chip can be used on wearable sensors and can monitor such things as hydration levels and strain from an arm flexing.

It’s common knowledge that eventually the batteries in our cellphones, cameras and laptops weaken and the time between charging them shortens. An assistant professor of polymer science at the University of Akron is overseeing a project that will change that.

While Congress considers the new tax reform plan, you may want a jump start on what the plan could mean for the R&D Tax Credit. You can be certain that tax professionals such as those with our partner Tax Credits Group are keeping a close eye on the progress of the tax reform. Their expertise allows them to shed some light on what you should know now, even though the reform has yet to be finalized.

A. Schulman and its partner Prodways Technologies have partnered in the development of PA6-12T, a new engineered 3D printing material that incorporates glass into plastic.

Research currently being performed at The Ohio State University (OSU) is aimed at the development of advanced heart valve replacements that should reduce both the medications and operations that are needed for recipients.

One of Youngstown Business Incubator’s 30 Portfolio Companies has developed a new patent-pending material called AMClad that rivals the compression strength of ABS Polymers.

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