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Research ND Awards Funding Requests Totaling $1,143,489
Post Date: Jun 01 2016

By ND Commerce
The North Dakota Centers of Excellence Commission awarded funding for a total of $1,143,489 in research based grants at its meeting held Friday, May 27, 2016. Grants included a Research North Dakota Grant for $300,000, Phase 1 Venture Grants totaling $693,489.00 and a Phase 2 Venture Grant for $150,000.

 Research ND promotes the development and commercialization of products and processes through industry/university research partnerships. Research ND provides matching funds to help companies pay for the university research.

 Through Research ND and Research ND BIO, firms have the opportunity to leverage their research, development and commercialization funds and gain access to the creative talents and extensive research base of North Dakota’s Research Universities. Research ND and Research ND BIO matching funds are awarded on a competitive basis for projects based on proposals submitted jointly by researchers from a North Dakota research university and a private sector partner.

 The Venture Grant Program is a designed to help move university-developed technology into the marketplace through startup or spinout companies. The Venture Grant Program provides seed grants and matching funds to facilitate startup and spinout companies’ use of university technology.

The following requests were funded:

Research ND
  • UND Atmospheric Sciences in partnership with Rosemount Aerospace, Inc. was awarded $300,000 to refine newly developed instruments that detect high ice concentrations in the air on commercial aircraft
Venture Grant Phase I - (This grant phase is used to determine the feasibility of building a business around university technology.)
  • NDSU Electrical and Computer Engineering was awarded $100,000 to refine the use of radio frequency (RF) to induce gene expression which has the potential to generate profound changes in the biotech and drug delivery fields, and revolutionize medical treatment.
  • NDSU Civil and Environmental Engineering was awarded $100,000 to develop a network of sensors for the effective and rapid pipeline damage detection and health monitoring.
  • NDSU Veterinary and Microbiological Sciences was awarded $100,000 to develop materials with biofilm inhibiting properties that can be used in multiple applications, including medical devices and food processing.
  • UND Civil and Chemical Engineering was awarded $93,661 to develop and experiment with a novel carbonaceous bio-soil amendment (CSA) from biomass (renewable) resources to retain nutrients and act as a controlled-release form of nitrogen and phosphorus.
  • UND Chemical Engineering was awarded $100,000 to refine a process to convert syngas, from lignite coal gasification, into 1,3-Butadiene (1,3-BD) which is used in the production of rubber and nylon.
  • UND Biology was awarded $99,976 to develop automated aerial survey methods for use in environmental study applications.
  • UND Mechanical Engineering was awarded $99,852 to develop specialized products by using sustainable and novel bioplastics. 
Venture Grant Phase II - (This grant phase is used to launch a start-up or spin out company with technology that was proven in Phase I)
  • NDSU Mechanical Engineering in partnership with c2sensor corporation was awarded $150,000 continue developing the SEED Sensor to directly monitor the soil environment. In its final form, the SEED Sensor will be the size of an acorn and developed from both bio-based and bio-inert materials. 
The next deadline Research ND and Research ND BIO and Phase 1 and 2 Venture Grant applications is August 19, 2016.

The overall goal of Research ND and Research ND BIO grant programs is to have a long term positive economic impact on the State and Private Sector through various means including, but not limited to; economic diversification, improved production factors, and the development of new markets. For additional information, please visit www.ResearchND.com.  
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