July 2019


July 12, 2019
Bmore VR Summer 2019 Meetup  is returning with our usual open "Science Fair" layout with demos from DMV companies showcasing their awesome VR/AR experiences.  If you’d like to demo your Augmented and Virtual Reality project(s) please send an email to!

July 15,2019
How to Pitch: Telling Your Story will be hosted by business coach and former angel investor Glen Hellman. He will go over how to present your startup and business idea. This will be located in College Park, MD. For more information or to register, go here.

July 23rd - 24th
2019 xR Symposium - John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory is presenting this FREE event for APL sponsors, U.S. government employees, and health care industry professionals. This event will cover VR/AR/MR projects like military and intelligence, space, medical, and more! Our Director, Lucien Parsons, will be presenting. For more information go to: 

July 30th at 12:30 
NSF I-Corps is an excellent program providing $50,000 to conduct hands-on market research to see if there is a market need for your potential startup. This is a powerful tool to help make decision whether or not you should invest in building your startup. University of Maryland offers Mini-I-Corps program to help you qualify for the NSF program, and assistance with application to the national program. This workshop will explain in detail what happens during the program, benefits, and how to apply. The presenter will be Satish Tamboli from Mtech Ventures.  Register



2nd Annual MAVRIC Conference
September 17-18, 2019
Located in downtown D.C. 
Information and Call for Speakers available at


Sept 20,2019
SBIR Road Tour is coming to College Park,MD! SBIR connects entrepreneurs working on technologies, to the country's largest Seed Fund. At each stop the SBIR gives attendees an opportunity to talk with participating federal agency program mangers in charge of awards. This is an amazing opportunities for innovators,entrepreneurs, researchers, and small technology firms. For more info, go here.

Oct 4th - 5th, 2019 
SEED-SPOT runs 2-Day launch camps that are hyper-focused programs designed to help idea-stage entrepreneurs validate their customers and market, build a Minimum Viable Business (MVB), and develop a one-minute elevator pitch. The date above is for the D.C location, but there are other locations. 

Funding Opportunities


Lockheed Martin has set up a portal to make it much easier for small companies to connect with them to support SBIR/STTR proposals: They would love to partner with more companies in our entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Due: Aug 1, 2019
Simulation Academy Novice Research Grant - This seed grant is looking for novice (fewer than 5 years experience) in simulation-based research experience who are investigating emergency medicine. 

Due: Aug 8,2019
National Endowment for the Arts - Our Town grants are "support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into strategies that advance local economic, physical, or social outcomes and strengthen communities. Projects activities may include artist residencies, festivals, community co-creation of art, public art, cultural planning, creative asset mapping, design of public spaces or cultural facilities, and more. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization."

Due: Aug 15,2019
Office of Navel Research has a grant in the science of Artificial Intelligence. They are accepting white papers and proposals consisting of basic and/or applied research. 

Due: Aug 19, 2019
Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) - The NSF is seeking proposals that aim to serve the underrepresented STEM students in both formal and informal usage

Due: Sept 05,2019
National Institutes of General Medical Sciences has a grant for developing STEM resources geared toward student career choices and health and medicine topics. They are looking for creative ways to do such, even with the use of AR. 

Due: Sept 09,2019
COAL Prize has a contest showcasing the subject: "displacement related to disasters and climate change." What are they looking for? Well, COAL Prize has open calls internationally for projects dealing with visual arts relating to environmental issues. For more information, go here

Due: Sept 16, 2019
Fulbright ProgramsVTT Grant in Science, Technology and Innovation - Open to Academics and researchers with terminal degrees. For four to six months of onsite research in specific technologies including VR, AI, Autonomous Systems.  See grant page for more information. 

Due: Sept 26,2019
National Institute of Health has a grant for those interested in researching the performance of cancer imaging, in order to improve the accuracy of cancer screenings. Specific areas of interest include (but not limited to) augmented reality systems and advanced imaging displays (like the hololens). 

Rolling Applications:
The Sloan Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics program is a long-standing multifaceted program that aims to give people a keener appreciation for the increasingly scientific and technological world in which we live and to convey some of the challenges and rewards of the scientific and technological enterprise. This includes work of AR/VR/MR.

Extra-regional Opportunities

Due: Aug 29, 2019
EDIDP-SME-2019: Innovative defense products, solutions, materials and technologies, including those that can create a disruptive effect and improve readiness, deploy ability, reliability, safety and sustainability of EU forces in all spectrum of tasks and missions, for example in terms of operations, equipment, infrastructure, basing, energy solutions, new surveillance systems. Proposal examples include medical VR training and AR combat helmet.

Due: Sep 3, 2019
The Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage and Global Change (JPI CH) is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for transnational proposals. The Conservation, Protection and Use call will support research into strategies, methodologies and tools to safeguard and use the physical components of our cultural heritage. It invites research projects that take a global approach to preserving Europe’s heritage and which result in a better understanding of our history, traditions and culture, of our individual and collective identities, and ultimately of our well-being. Eligible teams must be based in Cyprus,  Czech Republic, France , Italy , Latvia , Norway , Poland, Portugal , Spain , The Netherlands, or The United Kingdom.

Due: Sept 18,2019
Research Award - Innovations in Education provides a one-year, in-house program with training and mentorship for those pursuing research in Education. They are seeking to award those conducting research under a few themes listed here. One theme is the area of "The impact of education innovations ( i.e Machine learning, AR tech, and more) in Global South contexts. To apply for this opportunity you do need to meet a few requires, like being Canadian. For more information, click here.

Due: Oct 16, 2019
Innovate UK Smart Grants is looking to invest in a UK-based business or a RTO. They want to fund the best game-changing, innovative or disruptive ideas geared toward commercialization. Applications of tech, science and/or engineering can apply! 

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