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Re: [ontolog-forum] Goverment funding for private research?

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From: Ed Barkmeyer <edbark@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2009 16:52:12 -0400
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Len Yabloko wrote:
> I believe this topic may be of interest to some on this forum,
> especially those pursuing independent development of ontology
> applications. I am very interested to learn from experience others
> may have had trying to get non-academic funding for ontology-related
> research and development. What are the chances for independent early
> stage high risk project to get funded by something like SBIR or
> other government grants?    (01)

Having just reviewed a couple of SBIR proposals in the area, I can say 
that the chances are fair.  But you need to watch for the announcements.    (02)

The NIST solicitation goes out in October/November and closes in March, 
and the 2008 one had one or two ontology topics.  The National 
Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, and the Department of 
Defense frequently post SBIR solicitations that are about knowledge 
engineering, and they have a lot more money to grant, but I don't know 
their schedules.  Many of the topics are very much domain-specific; some 
are about converting existing formalizations in other modeling languages 
into OWL or some other form that can be used by a reasoner; others are 
about integrating reasoning technologies with other applications.  That 
is, SBIRs tend to be application-oriented, where the challenge is to 
mate knowledge engineering with the ugly realities of the existing 
industrial solutions.    (03)

-Ed    (04)

Edward J. Barkmeyer                        Email: edbark@xxxxxxxx
National Institute of Standards & Technology
Manufacturing Systems Integration Division
100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8263                Tel: +1 301-975-3528
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8263                FAX: +1 301-975-4694    (05)

"The opinions expressed above do not reflect consensus of NIST,
  and have not been reviewed by any Government authority."    (06)

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