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From Staff Reports Published: November 20, 2007
Nanotechnology program expands
The state's technology-based economic development agency has expanded its nanotechnology applications program to include research scientists, officials said Monday.

OCAST, the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, has issued a call to university and nonprofit researchers statewide as an expansion of the Nanotechnology Applications Program's first year effort to fund nanotechnology applications with Oklahoma companies and manufacturers.

A total of $1.5 million is available for the upcoming round of funding. Prospective applicants are advised to check the OCAST Web site for program information.

Program requirements still call for collaboration with an Oklahoma company.

Proof-of-concept awards may be up to $45,000 per year for up to two years and the accelerated program may be up to $500,000 for one to three years.

OCAST is partnering with the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, the Oklahoma Commerce Department, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, universities and colleges and CareerTech to market the nanotechnology program.

Letters of intent to apply for the program are due at OCAST offices Jan. 9. Applications are due Jan. 23.

Workshops are scheduled for Dec. 4 in Tulsa and Dec. 13 in Oklahoma City. Internet workshops will be available on the OCAST Web site effective Dec. 1. Target contract start dates are scheduled for May and June.