• The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced federal funding to enable entities to participate in a program aimed at the harmonization and advancement of the interoperability and security of smart grid systems. The funded entities will work with NIST in its standards coordination activities. The funding will be approximately $750,000 for the first partial year of 2013 and can continue in two subsequent fiscal years at up to $1,000,000 per year, subject to availability of funds, for a total of up to $2,750,000. All applications must be received no later than 5:00 PM Eastern Time on January 3, 2013, and awards are expected to be made in the January to March 2013 time frame. More information is available here.
  • The IEEE Power & Energy Society has announced its fourth Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) to be held February 24-27, 2013, in Washington, DC. The ISGT Conference will provide a forum for participants to discuss state-of-the-art innovations in smart grid technologies. According to the announcement, it will feature “plenary sessions, panels, technical papers, and tutorials by international experts on smart grid applications.” Researchers and practitioners from around the world are also invited to submit papers for review and possible presentation at the ISGT Conference. More information about the ISGT Conference is available here.
  • Following through on a few of the recommendations made by the mHealth Task Force in September, the FCC has posted the official announcement for a Director of Health Care Initiatives. According to the FCC’s website, the Director will “lead the agency’s efforts in facilitating and promoting communications technologies and services that improve the quality of health care for all citizens and help reduce health care costs; facilitating the availability of medical devices that use spectrum; and ensuring hospitals and other health care facilities have required connectivity.” The full position description is available here.

In addition, the FCC has launched a new website, fcc.gov/health, to serve as a central repository for all the FCC’s health care-related work.