U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) announced the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has approved $100,000 to be granted to the University of North Dakota (UND) for the commercialization of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

The EDA investment will fund the second year of a five-year University Center Economic Development Program at the University for Autonomous Systems Innovation, which provides technical assistance and applied research to help increase productivity, spur innovation and entrepreneurship, and increase long-term regional competitiveness and economic diversification. Specifically, the funding helps the Center for Innovation launch UAS commercialization efforts at UND.