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Research ND Awards Funding Requests Totaling $739,987
Post Date: Feb 04 2016

The North Dakota Centers of Excellence Commission awarded funding requests for two Research North Dakota Grants totaling $340,000 and four Phase 1 Venture Grants totaling $399,987 for a grand total of $739,987 in research based grants at its meeting held February 2. 

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 EERC in partnership with Minnkota Power Cooperative Inc. and Border States Industries Inc. was awarded $300,000 to work on a project that uses unmanned aircraft systems as a tool to conduct aerial inspections of high voltage power lines. 
  • NDSU Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in partnership with Boston Scientific Corporation was awarded $40,000 to work on the development of a rechargeable, wireless pacemaker. 
Venture Grant Phase I

(This grant phase is used to determine the feasibility of building a business around university technology.) 
  • UND Electrical Engineering was awarded $100,000 to develop a modified aviation headset which will measure physiological data from the operator, and deviations in the planned route and provide warnings to the operator based that data via tactile feedback.
  • UND College of Engineering and Mines - Institute for Energy Studies was awarded $99,987 to develop to develop the technical and economic feasibility of their patented process of integrating activated carbon production within the steam generation heating plants operating at the North Dakota University System campuses. 
  • UND Chemistry Department was awarded $100,000 to develop a new technique to make a series of novel graphene-based near-infrared fluorescent quantum dots for sensitive detection and imaging of a variety of biomedical samples. 
  • NDSU Department of Pharmaceutics was awarded $100,000 to develop an artificial spinning device that mimics the spider's natural spinning system for the commercial production of tunable silk fibers. The next deadline Research ND and Research ND BIO and Phase 1 and 2 Venture Grant applications is February 19. 
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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