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									Division of Engineering Research
THE E-FUNDING NEWS
Feb 5, 2010

Announcements:

- Engineering Noontime Session - Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010 – 12-1 in EB 3540 – Dr. Eann
Patterson – “Update on the Composite Vehicle Research Center – from Nano to Macroscale
Engineering”. Pizza and Pop provided.

 -Check out your listing in the Faculty Expertise Database. Changes can be made via the Update
button. http://www.egr.msu.edu/egr/research/resources/facultyexpertise.php

-If you’ve been away, archived E-Funding News are easily accessed at
http://www.egr.msu.edu/research/administration/funding

CONTENTS:
1. Chemistry and Materials Research at the Interface between Science and Art (SCIART) - NSF
2. Wisconsin Highway Department – various RFPs
3. 2010 Unsolicited Research Program Request for Preproposals in Water Reuse and
Desalination – Water Reuse
4. TACTICAL RELAY INFORMATION NETWORK (TRITON) PROGRAM - DARPA
5. NSF/FDA SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE AT FDA
6. Industrial Base Innovation Fund III (IBIF III) - DOD
7. ALREST DRAFT BAA – Air Force
8. Call for Chemistry Highlights (2010) – NSF
9. Alternative Power Source for UGVs - Army
10.Non-Radio Frequency Communications – Army
11.Request for Information (RFI) Novel Biometric Signatures - IARPA
12. DARPA-BAA-10-28: Autonomous Robotic Manipulation Software Track (ARM-S)
13. DARPA-BAA-10-29: Autonomous Robotic Manipulation Hardware Track (ARM-H)
14. RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF NEXT GENERATION NAVAL INTEGRATED POWER
SYSTEMS - Navy
15. Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) in Engineering – NSF
16.CubeSat-based Science Missions for Space Weather and Atmospheric Research- NSF
17. caLIMS2 Laboratory Information Management System - NIH
18. 2010 Transportation Planning Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)
19. Advanced Demining Technology Improvements - Advanced Robotics for Detection of Low
Metallic Antitank Landmines and Unexploded Ordinance and for Mechanical Assistance in the
Management and Mitigation of Suspect Hazardous Areas - Army
20. Scientific Meetings for Creating Interdisciplinary Research Teams (R13) - NIH

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1. Chemistry and Materials Research at the Interface between Science and Art (SCIART) - NSF
Solicitation 10-534
Letter of Intent Deadline Date: March 12, 2010
Full Proposal Deadline Date: May 4, 2010
The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to enhance opportunities for collaborative activities
between conservation scientists and chemists and materials scientists to address grand challenges in
the field of science of cultural heritage. Largely in line with the workshop report, which can be found



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at http://mac.mellon.org/NSF-MellonWorkshop the program solicits collaborative proposals between
researchers in US museums and academic institutions that aim to: a) develop new and improved
analytical techniques and instruments with high sensitivity and spatial resolution (large and small
scale) for restricted volume and/or standoff detection of component materials, degradation products
and deterioration markers and which are suitable for non-destructive analysis of cultural heritage
objects; b) study dynamic changes leading to degradation of cultural heritage objects; c) design new
multi-functional treatment materials for cultural heritage objects; d) develop new theoretical models to
predict dynamic processes in cultural heritage objects that lead to their degradation while taking into
account their molecular and materials properties and their surface and bulk interactions with
environmental perimeters. While the current solicitation is limited to chemistry and materials research
topics, it is envisioned that the program will be expanded in future years to include additional areas of
interest to the field of cultural heritage science. The program seeks highly innovative 3-year
collaborative projects that break new ground and demonstrate a high level of synergy between the
collaborating investigators. The program also encourages the development and use of cyber
infrastructure to increase the level of synergy of the proposed projects.
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503478&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund

2. Wisconsin Highway Department – various RFPs
Due: Mar 3, 2010
Repair and Strengthening of Bridge Substructures
Base Compaction Specification Feasibility Analysis
And more
http://www.whrp.org/index.html

3. 2010 Unsolicited Research Program Request for Preproposals in Water Reuse and
Desalination – Water Reuse
Due:     Preproposals Due: March 8, 2010
The WateReuse Foundation is seeking preproposals for funding consideration under its 2010
Unsolicited Research Program. The total amount of funds approved for the Foundation's 2010
Unsolicited Research Program projects is $301,531. The Foundation anticipates funding between two
and four projects with a maximum funding level for any single project of $175,000.
http://www.watereuse.org/node/848

4. TACTICAL RELAY INFORMATION NETWORK (TRITON) PROGRAM - DARPA
SOL: DARPA-BAA-10-25
DUE: 07-28-10
The overall objective of TRITON is to provide a field quality, Technology Readiness Level 6 (TRL-6)
submarine laser communication system that operates in the blue spectrum for evaluation during the
Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) naval exercise in fiscal year 2012. The intent is to validate the significant
improvement blue laser technology brings to submarine laser communications (SLC) at speed and
depth; specifically, in meeting, or exceeding, the Navy's specified downlink communication
requirements for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) operations. This effort will leverage a number of the
previously demonstrated SLC technologies, including Cesium Atomic Line Filters, solid-state lasers
(SSLs) and forward error correction coding. Synopsis

5. NSF/FDA SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE AT FDA
Program Solicitation: NSF 10-533
Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time): April 27, 2010
The National Science Foundation (NSF), through the Directorate for Engineering's Division of
Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET), and the U.S. Food and



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Drug Administration (FDA), through its Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) have
established the NSF/FDA Scholar-in-Residence Program at FDA. This program comprises an
interagency partnership for the investigation of scientific and engineering issues concerning emerging
trends in medical device technology. This partnership is designed to enable investigators in science,
engineering, and mathematics to develop research collaborations within the intramural research
environment at the FDA. This solicitation features four flexible mechanisms for support of research at
the FDA: 1) Faculty at FDA; 2) Graduate Student Fellowships; 3) Postdoctoral Fellowships; and, 4)
Undergraduate Student Research Experiences. Undergraduate student participants supported with
NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10533/nsf10533.htm

6. Industrial Base Innovation Fund III (IBIF III) - DOD
SOL: BAA0001-10
DUE: 04-05-10
The vision for the IBIF Program is to continue to make investments in manufacturing research that
address defense industrial base shortfalls, especially related to surge production requirements and
diminishing sources of defense material. The IBIF program is focusing on the transition of technology
to the industrial base after the development cycle. The emphasis is on improving surge capability for
near-term military operations and in areas that address defense industrial base shortfalls especially
related to surge production requirements and diminishing sources of defense material The areas of
interest align with the DOD supply chains: Aviation, Land, Maritime, and Troop Support. Supply
chains are not directly correlated to a Military Service (Army, Navy and Air Force). For example, all
missiles are included in the Aviation supply chain. The technology thrusts of interest are Metals,
Composites, and Electronics. The highest priority will be placed on investments made in areas that
address defense industrial base shortfalls especially related to surge production requirements and
diminishing sources of defense material. All manufacturing processes and systems are eligible for
consideration, including but not limited to, new/alternative materials; faster, higher quality unit
processes; reduction in process variation through advanced process control systems; tighter coupling
of the supply chain through advanced information technology; implementing dual use (capable for civil
and military applications) manufacturing capability to be available to DOD during time when a surge in
production is needed; and manufacturing research that addresses defense industrial base shortfalls
especially related to surge production requirements and diminishing sources of defense material.
Combine Synopsis/Solicitation

7. ALREST DRAFT BAA – Air Force
SOL: BAA-09-01-PKTA
DUE: 02-17-10
DRAFT BAA is posted for response from Industry. Draft will be posted for two weeks. All responses to
this DRAFT will be due on 17 February 2010. Synopsis

8. Call for Chemistry Highlights (2010) – NSF
Due: Feb 15, 2010
Each year NSF Program Directors are asked to write descriptions of program accomplishments, or
“Highlights”, on the results of NSF awards. Reporting these outcomes of the NSF Chemistry
investment advance the Division’s mission by:
     Communicating the value of chemistry research advances and innovations to the public and to
        Congress
     Illustrating the NSF Chemistry portfolio to the public, industry, and government audiences
     Justifying our future budget requests




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       Documenting outcomes of program investment, as required by the Government Performance
        and Results Act (GPRA).
We ask all current and recent awardees to consider submitting a Highlight by February 15, 2010. We
are trying a new template and process this year, so please read below. Your institution’s Public
Information Office can help you generate text and graphics that are compelling for the audiences we
describe above.
     The Highlight should feature an accomplishment or project outcome, not merely describe your
        award. The accomplishment can be a technical advance, but it could also focus on the
        technical, economic or societal broader impacts.
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10020/nsf10020.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_179

9. Alternative Power Source for UGVs - Army
SOL: W15QKN-10-X-0501
DUE: 02-26-10
Director, Joint Ground Robotics Enterprise (JGRE) is seeking sources interested in providing a low
cost, alternative power source for unmanned ground vehicles for the Joint Services. In today’s
military, unmanned systems are highly desired by combatant commanders for the versatility and
persistence. By performing tasks such as surveillance; signal intelligence; precision target
designation; improvised explosive device detection and defeat; tunnel exploration and mapping; mine
detection and clearing; and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear reconnaissance, unmanned
systems have made key contributions to the Global War on Terror. With this continued employment of
increasingly sophisticated forces of unmanned systems, an ever-increasing demand for power and
energy densities continues to hinder development. New and innovative alternative and regenerative
power sources are sought to deliver a large energy density capability to small ground mobile
platforms. Improvements in cost, size, weight and capacity are desired. Development technologies will
advance power and energy source units and integrate advanced batteries into robotics ground
vehicles and unmanned systems. A working knowledge of ground robotics and unmanned systems is
required. Responses should include suggestions on design approaches with regards to:1) Reducing
total unit cost; 2) Vehicle integration strategy, to reduce cost in all program areas including ideas for
vehicle-related integration solutions utilizing current/approved onboard power systems; 3) Reducing
size (less than 6x12X30) and weight (less than 25 lbs.); 4) Increasing capacity/peak performance
(greater than 75 amp/hours, 20amp/500 watt peak, 100 watt nominal); 5) Technology solutions with
readiness levels that can support production and fielding within the next 3-5 years Synopsis

10.Non-Radio Frequency Communications - Army
SOL: W15QKN-10-X-0502
DUE: 02-26-10
Joint Ground Robotics Enterprise (JGRE) is seeking sources interested in providing a low cost, non-
radio frequency communications capability for unmanned ground vehicles for the Joint Services. In
todays military, unmanned systems are highly desired by combatant commanders for the versatility
and persistence. By performing tasks such as surveillance; signal intelligence; precision target
designation; improvised explosive device detection and defeat; tunnel exploration and mapping; mine
detection and clearing; and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear reconnaissance, unmanned
systems have made key contributions to the Global War on Terror. Current unmanned systems
predominantly utilize radio frequency (RF) bandwidth communications systems. With this continued
employment of increasingly sophisticated forces of unmanned systems, an ever-increasing demand
for range, power and degraded environmental conditions continues to hinder development and
performance. Director, JGRE seeks robust wireless communication systems for unmanned ground
vehicles that utilize infrared and ultraviolet free space optical technologies which are much less
susceptible to electromagnetic interference (EMI) and frequency de-confliction issues. Synopsis



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11.Request for Information (RFI) Novel Biometric Signatures - IARPA
SOL: IARPA-RFI-10-02
DUE: 03-04-10
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) often selects its research efforts
through the Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) process. This request for information (RFI) is
intended to provide information relevant to a possible future IARPA program, so that feedback from
potential participants can be considered prior to the issuance of a BAA. Respondents are invited to
provide comments on the content of this announcement to include suggestions for improving the
scope of a possible solicitation to ensure that every effort is made to adequately address the scientific
and technical challenges described below. The IARPA Smart Collection Office is seeking innovative
ideas and concepts for the advancement of standoff biometrics technologies. IARPA's objective is to
maintain a high degree of recognition accuracy (i.e. level of confidence associated with the
match/non-match of biometric signatures derived from two distinct observations), while pushing the
range of acquisition as far as possible and requiring minimal cooperation from the subject. The
emphasis is on classifying and recognizing unique human phenomenology (i.e. anatomical,
physiological, and/or behavioral), or novel biometric signatures, that may by acquired from
significantly greater ranges than from today's commercially available biometrics technology. This
could include new or unproven signatures, whose efficacy and potential are little understood, and
which are not considered top tier biometric modalities. More specifically, IARPA is interested in novel
biometric signatures that can be captured by non-contact methods; i.e., not involving immediate
proximity to a sensor. Synopsis

12. DARPA-BAA-10-28: Autonomous Robotic Manipulation Software Track (ARM-S)
SOL: DARPA-BAA-10-28
Initial Closing – 12:00 noon (ET), 19 March 2010
Final Closing – 12:00 noon (ET), 02 August 2010
DARPA seeks innovation to advance the capability of autonomous robotic mobile manipulation. Many
systems utilize manipulators to perform tasks with direct manipulator control by human operators who
are in a remote location. Often, a manipulator is located on a mobile platform such as a ground robotic
vehicle, underwater vehicle, or space vehicle. The envisioned DARPA Autonomous Robotic
Manipulation (ARM) program will develop autonomous capabilities for mobile manipulators that
improve task performance while, at the same time, removing direct human control. The envisioned
Software Track will develop software for grasping, manipulation, and mobile manipulation. It is also
envisioned the Software Track will run in parallel with a Hardware Track, and described under a
separate BAA contemplated for release at a later date.
Industry Day will be held on 18 February 2010.
https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=47e123ab02f3cd7dd0945bf8ee8
bd691&_cview=0

13. DARPA-BAA-10-29: Autonomous Robotic Manipulation Hardware Track (ARM-H)
SOL: DARPA-BAA-10-29
Initial Closing – 12:00 noon (ET), 23 March 2010
Final Closing – 12:00 noon (ET), 02 August 2010
Industry Day will be held on 18 February 2010. See
DARPA seeks innovation to advance the capability of autonomous robotic mobile manipulation. Many
systems utilize manipulators to perform tasks with direct manipulator control by human operators who
are in a remote location. Often, a manipulator is located on a mobile platform such as a ground robotic
vehicle, underwater vehicle, or space vehicle. The envisioned DARPA Autonomous Robotic
Manipulation (ARM) program will develop autonomous capabilities for mobile manipulators that



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improve task performance while, at the same time, removing direct human control. The envisioned
Hardware Track will develop robot hands that accelerate the transition of ARM technology to military
application by virtue of their dexterity, affordability, and suitability for real-world use. It is also
envisioned the Hardware Track will run in parallel with a Software Track, and described under a
separate BAA (see DARPA-BAA-10-28).
Combine Synopsis/Solicitation

14. RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF NEXT GENERATION NAVAL INTEGRATED POWER
SYSTEMS - Navy
SOL: N0002410R4215
DUE:
The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) is interested in White Papers for long and short term
Research and Development (R&D) projects that offer potential for advancement and improvements in
the implementation of shipboard Integrated Power Systems (IPS) at the major component, subsystem
and system level. IPS provides total ship electric power including electric propulsion, power
conversion and distribution, combat system support and ship mission load interfaces to the electric
power system. The flexibility of electric power transmission allows power generating modules with
various power ratings to be connected to propulsion loads and ship service in any arrangement that
supports the ship's mission at the lowest total ownership cost (TOC). Systems engineering in IPS is
focused on increasing the commonality of components used across ship types and in developing
modules that will be integral to standardization, zonal system architectures, and generic shipbuilding
strategies with standard interfaces that are Navy controlled. Synopsis

15. Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) in Engineering - NSF
Solicitation 10-536
Due: May 7,2010
his solicitation aims at introducing nanoscale science, engineering, and technology through a variety
of interdisciplinary approaches into undergraduate engineering education. The focus of this year's
competition is on nanoscale engineering education with relevance to devices and systems and/or on
the societal, ethical, economic and/or environmental issues relevant to nanotechnology.
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13656&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund

16.CubeSat-based Science Missions for Space Weather and Atmospheric Research- NSF
Solicitation 10-537
Full Proposal Deadline Date: May 18, 2010
Lack of essential observations from space is currently a major limiting factor in space weather
research. Recent advances in sensor and spacecraft technolo-gies make it feasible to obtain key
measurements from low-cost, small satellite missions. A particularly promising aspect of this
development is the prospect for obtaining multi-point observations in space that are critical for
addressing many outstanding problems in space science. Space-based measurements from small
satellites also have great potential to advance discovery and understanding in other areas of
atmospheric sciences. To take full advantage of these developments, NSF is soliciting research
proposals centered on small satellite missions.
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503172&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund

17. caLIMS2 Laboratory Information Management System - NIH
SOL: S10-119
DUE: 030110
The objective is the ongoing development of caLIMS2. The initial focus of the contract will be on the
development of the web-based application and user interface, with the revision of caLIMS2



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components as needed. As the scientific community begins to better understand cancer at the
molecular level, and personalized medicine is implemented in cancer patient care, researchers and
clinicians will require more rapid access to - and easier methods to analyze - the multiple types of
information involved. To this end, the vision of caBIG® is a full cycle of integrated cancer research,
extending from bench to bedside, and back again. The need to capture relevant information includes
tracking what happens to patient samples and data at the laboratory level. caBIG® tools currently
exist for Clinical Trials implementation and monitoring, biospecimen storage and tracking, data
repository management, and data analysis. However caBIG® lacks an application to track what
happens to patient samples and data at the laboratory level. caLIMS2 will fill that gap to help complete
the bench to bed modelSynopsis

18. 2010 Transportation Planning Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)
SOL: DTFH61-10-R-00013
DUE: 02-16-10
This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) describes a two-phase process for proposal submission
and evaluation. In the first phase, short pre-proposals will be submitted for review. The Federal
Highway Administration (FHWA) will then ask for full proposals of those pre-proposals that are of
interest to FHWA. Further detail on proposal dates are as follows: The FHWA anticipates that the
proposal, evaluation and award process for this BAA will proceed generally in accordance with the
following schedule: BAA opens (FBO publication) January 5, 2009 Pre-Proposals Due 4:30 EST
February 16, 2010 Invitation for Full Proposal March 5, 2010 Full Proposals Due 4:30 EST April 5,
2010 Anticipated Contract Award Date May 30, 2010 Section 5207 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible,
Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) established the Surface
Transportation Environment and Planning Cooperative Research Program (STEP) authorizing funding
to support this new program. The general objective of the STEP is to improve understanding of the
complex relationship between surface transportation, planning and the environment. Section 5207 of
SAFETEA-LU identifies certain characteristics of STEP regarding program contents and
administration including: •· Develop more accurate models for evaluating transportation control
measures and system designs for use by State and local governments to meet environmental
requirements; •· Improve understanding of transportation demand factors; •· Develop indicators of
economic, social, and environmental performance of transportation systems to facilitate alternatives
analysis; Amendment to Combined Synopsis/Solicitation

19. Advanced Demining Technology Improvements - Advanced Robotics for Detection of Low
Metallic Antitank Landmines and Unexploded Ordinance and for Mechanical Assistance in the
Management and Mitigation of Suspect Hazardous Areas - Army
SOLICITATION NUMBER: W909MY-10-Q-1004
Response Date: Feb 24, 2010
The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering (RDECOM), Night Vision and Electronic
Sensors Directorate (NVESD), Countermine Division, Humanitarian Demining Research and
Development (HD R&D) Office is conducting research to identify companies having technology,
qualifications and capabilities to demonstrate a suite of robotic equipment to accomplish an array of
minefield mitigation tasks to include the teleoperated detection and marking of low-metallic anti-tank
(AT) landmines using fusion of electromagnetic (EMI) and ground penetrating radar (GPR) sensors ,
teleoperated detection, discrimination and marking of unexploded ordinance (UXO) using advanced
EMI sensors, advanced data processing and data fusion techniques to aid in automatic target
recognition of AT landmines and UXO utilizing these sensors, teleoperated machines to remove
vegetation and other obstacles from a minefield, specialized mechanical attachments for existing
robotic equipment for ground preparation and area reduction, smaller teleoperated all-terrain
platforms equipped with dual-sensor EMI and GPR sensors for detecting low metallic AT landmines



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in rough terrain and in hard to reach areas such as on narrow pathways, remote surveillance
equipment for monitoring minefield operations of such equipment, and software and computing
hardware for data collection, data management and minefield mapping to assist in the management of
minefield clearance tasks.
https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=6d91c976612fde500abc108ef99
759f2

20. Scientific Meetings for Creating Interdisciplinary Research Teams (R13) - NIH
Program Announcement (PA) Number: PA-10-106
Due: April12, 2010
This FOA encourages Research Conference Grant (R13) applications from institutions and
organizations that propose to develop interdisciplinary research teams. Teams must include
investigators from the social and/or behavioral sciences, and may include the life and/or physical
sciences. The goal is to broaden the scope of investigation into scientific problems, yield fresh and
possibly unexpected insights, and increase the sophistication of theoretical, methodological, and
analytical approaches by integrating the analytical strengths of two or more disparate scientific
disciplines while addressing gaps in terminology, approach, and methodology. This program will
allow investigators from multiple disciplines to hold meetings in order to provide the foundation for
developing interdisciplinary research projects.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-106.html

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Other Funding Opportunities:
This and earlier notices are archived at
http://www.egr.msu.edu/egr/research/resources/fundingopps/enews-archive-list.php
Environmental RFPS posted by MSU (Tom Dietz):
http://www.environment.msu.edu/news/funding.html

-SBIR/STTR - info for many agencies: http://www.zyn.com/sbir/scomp.htm
-Grants.Gov – search individually by key word, agency, etc.
http://www.grants.gov/applicants/find_grant_opportunities.jsp
-Army Research Office: http://www.aro.army.mil/research/index.htm
-Institutionally limited proposals for MSU –
http://resfacil.msu.edu/groups/ILP/wiki/087cd/Institutionally_Limited_Application_Procedure.html
-NIH - Bioimaging/Bioengineering opportunities –
http://www.nibib.nih.gov/publicPage.cfm?pageID=1879
-Office of Naval Research: http://www.onr.navy.mil/02/business_opp.asp
-Michigan Biotechnology - www.michbio.org
-For more Funding Opportunity information, Search Engines, etc. see the DER Funding web site:
http://www.egr.msu.edu/egr/research/resources/fundingopps/index.php




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