June 2019


STARTS TOMORROW! - June 11th - 20th 
UMD I-Corps Program - 
A one week course that introduces you to the process of customer discovery and will give you the tools to determine whether your innovation, in its current stage, has product-market fit. The program is comprised as follows: short pre-work assignment, 3-hour in-person kickoff, 30-minute office virtual hour, 3-hour closing session. The total duration of the UMD program is 1 week and you are expected to complete 10 interviews.  Contact Jolene Gurevich at for more information.

June 17th - 19th
The 2019 Games for Change Festival - join a collection of game experts, developers, technologists, funders, and social innovators all waiting for you to collaborate with them. This year's theme is exploring how games and immersive media can be leveraged as a means for civic engagement. Also, come see our Director, Lucien Parsons, present! Purchase tickets here.

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 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: 

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. 


2nd Annual MAVRIC Conferance
September 17-18, 2019

Located in downtown D.C. 
Information and Call for Speakers available at



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: TODAY! June 10, 2019
Intuitive Technology Research Grants - these are a list of grants to support technology research in the field of surgical robotics and/or related fields. 

Due: June 11, 2019
Art Works II - During this deadline, the Media Arts discipline accepts proposals for projects that support creation, education, and artistic & professional development activities for all genres and forms of media art that uses electronic media, film, and/or technology. If interested, go to Website 1 and 2.

Due: June 12, 2019
Digital Projects for the Public  grants support projects that significantly contribute to the public’s engagement with the humanities. Digital platforms — such as websites, mobile applications and tours, interactive touch screens and kiosks, games, and virtual environments — can reach diverse audiences and bring the humanities to life for the American people. 

Due: June 16,2019
SURGE is looking for 50 Top Startups. They are a 7-month program to help you grow your business. 

Due: June 30 , 2019
E-Learning for HAZMAT and Emergency Response - this is an NIEHS and SBIR Funded grant for small businesses. They have the main objective to prevent work-related harm by assisting in the training of workers in how best to protect themselves and their communities from exposure to hazardous materials

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 19, 2019
Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) - The NSF is seeking proposals that aim to serves 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: Sep 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 other information. 

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: June 27, 2019
European Defense Agency - Service Framework Contract for the Provision of a Study for “Ground Combat Robotic Systems (C-UGV)" : This Framework Contract (FWC) has as a general objective to define and structure a generic ground-based combat robotic system, while analyzing the technological requirements, legal, ethical and safety aspects as well as the advantages and disadvantages derived by the operational use of this kind of systems. As a result a road map for future proposals and development of follow-on programs will be developed.

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.

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