Today, the Alpha Foundation announces two new solicitations for research and development projects vital to meeting its mission of improving mining safety and health. Building on a solid base of prior and ongoing work, these solicitations seek to engage the broader research community in meeting mining safety technology development needs as well as to address mining health-related problems. Solicitation AFC518, “Technology Development Projects”, offers funding for proof-of-concept of a proposed technology at the laboratory level. Solicitation AFC618, “Exploratory Research Projects Regarding Mining-Related Health Problems”, will provide funding for novel, exploratory and developmental research efforts that challenge accepted paradigms in an effort that can lead to innovative solutions to mining health problems. View the full announcement here.