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Stingray: Integrating Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) Communications Capability into UAS - UND UAS Center of Excellence in partnership with Rockwell Collins was awarded $500,000 to establish a Beyond-Visual Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) test capability for civilian unmanned aircraft systems. This flight test effort will utilize the capabilities of the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site.
 
Evaluation of the effectiveness of Sports Vision programs in improving performance and health in ND youth athletes - UND Psychology in partnership with Valley Sports Vision was awarded $231,399 to evaluate the effectiveness of visual ‘software’ and visual ‘hardware’ training for athletes.
 
Design and Development of Accelerated Degradation Test Methodology for Hydro-Static System - NDSU Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering in partnership with Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment to conduct research that will lead to an integrated and systematic process of designing accelerated degradation test methods for hydro-static and hydraulic systems, and a data analysis module to assess system reliability based on accelerated degradation data.
 
Unmanned Aerial Systems for Building Assessment - UND Mechanical Engineering in partnership with PCL Construction was awarded $145,771 to minimize the amount of labor required to collect important construction site data using small Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).
 
Aviation Enterprise Resource Planning, Communications and Control - NDSU Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering in partnership with SmartC2, Inc. was awarded $300,000 to research and develop improvements to light aviation management software that will integrate billing, scheduling, deployment, maintenance and other needs that are currently handled either by paper based work or different software solutions that are not integrated.
 
Using UAS Imagery to Identify Weed Infestations in Cropland - NDSU Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering in partnership with Sentera was awarded $85,500 to identify weed infestations using sensors on unmanned aerial systems.
 
Applied Research - Wind Turbine Blade Inspection Technology Application - UND Tech Accelerator (or) Division of Research & Economic Development in partnership with EdgeData, LLC was awarded $450,000 to use Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) with high resolution cameras to inspect wind towers and turbines.
 
Valuation of Optical Sensors for Detection and Remediation of Crop Stress in North Dakota Precision Agriculture - NDSU Agribusiness & Applied Economics in partnership with Sentera was awarded $300,000 to use GPS-enabled sensors mounted on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) to conduct rapid mapping of sub-field variations of crop health and provide a prescriptive remedies for problem areas.

Electrochemical Gas-to-Liquid Technology Development - UND Energy & Environmental Research Center in partnership with FuelCell Energy, Inc. was awarded $150,000 to work on the development of a new electrocatalyst for direct gas-to-liquid conversion of methane gas to methanol.

Conversion of Vegetable Oils to Waxes, Lubricants, Transformer Fluids, and Low-Toxicity Drilling Fluids  - UND Energy and Environmental Research Center in partnership with Accelergy Corporation was awarded $250,000 to develop methods to convert vegetable oils to waxes, lubricants, transformer fluids, and low-toxicity drilling fluids. These products will be both environmentally friendly and produced from North Dakota products. 

Cooperative Airspace Techniques and Visualization (CATV) Testing for Enabling UAS Operations - UND Regional Weather Information Center in partnership with Harris Corporation was awarded $300,000 to develop techniques, devices, and methods to aid in risk and safety assessment for performing beyond-visual-line-of-sight UAS operations. 

UAS Sensor Payload Development for Rescue Operations - NDSU Electrical and Computer Engineering in partnership with Cyclops Technologies, Inc. was awarded $291,784 to miniaturize a through the wall sensor payload that can be operated from a small UAS.
 
Developing Intuitive Parking Software with FedEx using High Performance Computing – UND Department of Computer Science in partnership with FedEx was awarded $314,368 to use its high performance computing capacity and aviation management expertise to develop software with FedEx that will increase efficiencies in its loading, unloading and flight operations.
 
Determining Crop Harvest Readiness Using UAV and Thermal Infrared Sensors - NDSU Research Extension Center in Carrington in partnership with IntelinAir, Inc. was awarded $62,291 to use thermal infrared sensors mounted to a hexarotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to collect high-resolution imagery to determine the harvest readiness of crops in the field.
 
Large-scale UAS Data Collection, Processing and Management for Field Crop Management - NDSU Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering in partnership with Elbit Systems of America, LLC was awarded $357,546 to collect crop data using infrared, thermal, color and multi-spectral sensors on both large and small UAS. This data will then be compared to available satellite imagery and ground data collected using similar sensors. The analysis will be done by NDSU’s Center for Computationally Assisted Science and Technology (CCAST). 
 
Development of Wireless Energy Transfer within the Human Body - 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.

Coherent Backscattering of Cloud Particles - 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.

Powerline Component Failure Identification – UAS - UND School of Aerospace Sciences - Department of Space Studies 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. 

Application of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) to Electric Distribution Infrastructure Damage Assessment and Restoration - UND Center for Innovation, and in partnership with Xcel Energy and Elbit Systems of America LLC, was awarded $499,891 to assess the feasibility of applying high-and low-altitude unmanned aerial system (UAS) technology coupled with advanced data modeling and analysis to improve electric distribution infrastructure damage assessment and restoration capabilities following a natural disaster. 

Evaluation of Commercially Produced Ice Nuclei - UND Atmospheric Sciences in partnership with Weather Modification, Inc. was awarded $111,770 to develop a cloud-nuclei injection system and use the system to deliver cloud seeding material from burning flares into a PI cloud chamber to determine ice nuclei activation temperatures.
 
Management and Monitoring of Psoriasis and Melanoma Patient Treatment using Smartphones - UND Electrical Engineering and in partnership with Spectral Molecular Imaging, Inc. (SMI) and eTreat Medical Diagnostics, Inc. was awarded $300,000 to develop a tool and computer algorithms that will allow melanoma and psoriasis patients to share images, captured with their mobile devices, with their physicians for the purpose of monitoring the progression of these diseases.
 
Enabling UAS Operations through support of a UAS Network Infrastructure - UND Regional Weather Information Center in partnership with Harris Corporation was awarded $500,000 to research and develop safe, affordable, and scalable beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) network solution for civil applications.
 

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Research and Development of lmmunotherapeutic and Vaccine Candidates for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus - UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences in partnership with Zyme Fast was awarded $396,622 to support the verification of target antigen proteins developed for a vaccine capable of producing PEDV neutralizing antibodies in immunized sows or egg yolk antibodies in hens. The express antigen will be isolated, purified and used for vaccine production.
 
Structural characterization of Candida vaccines - UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences in partnership with Novadigm Therapeutics in the development and implementation of mass spectrometry-based methodologies to monitor lot-to-lot consistency and identify Critical Quality Attributes (CQAs) of NovDigm vaccine antigens related to treating Candidemia.
 
Development of Therapeutic Ig for Influenza A: potential in poultry, canine, and human markets - UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences Department of Basic Sciences in partnership with Avianax, LLC was awarded $1,000,000 to develop anti-influenza A virus antibodies for the treatment of flu in poultry, dogs, and humans using therapeutic goose antibodies.

RD&C of Antibody Therapy for Metabolic Stimulation in Animals - UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences Department of Basic Sciences in partnership with ZymeFast Inc. was awarded $1,000,000 to utilize avian antibodies to induce more rapid weight gain, and therefore, shortened time to market for hogs.

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Venture Grant Phase I

Rational antigen design for porcine circovirus strain 2 (PCV2) vaccines and diagnostics
 - NDSU Veterinary and Microbiological Sciences was awarded $99,995 to further develop a vaccine and immunoassay for porcine circovirus strain 2, one of the viruses involved in the Porcine Respiratory Disease Complex (PRDC).

Homing in on “effective” antibody responses to enhance PRRSV prophylaxis - NDSU Veterinary and Microbiological Sciences was awarded $99,965 to further develop a vaccine and immunoassay for porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus, the single most important infectious cause of economic losses to the pork industry.

Removal and Recovery of Phosphate from Eutrophic Lakes and Wastewater and Use of Recovered Phosphate as a Fertilizer - NDSU Civil and Environmental Engineering was awarded $100,000 to address the feasibility and market of potential iron cross-linked alginate beads for phosphate removal from water bodies and the subsequent use of the phosphate containing beads as a slow release fertilizer.

Nanospheres to provide commercially important new properties to paints and coatings - NDSU Coatings and Polymeric Materials was awarded $100,000 to address the feasibility and market potential of the use of nanospheres in paints and coatings to increase the anti-corrosion properties of the paint when applied to metal.

Development of glioma prognosis kit - UND School of Medicine was awarded $100,000 to develop a kit for the stratification of patients diagnosed with glioma for personalization of medical treatment.
 
Push-Button Adhesion Control - NDSU Materials and Nanotechnology was awarded $98,985 to create a demonstration device for an adhesive technology that can be switched on and off.
 
Novel Anti-Inflammatory Drugs for Treating Alzheimer's Disease - UND School of Medicine was awarded $100,000 to develop a safe, effective drug to treat the inflammatory conditions of Alzheimer’s disease that contribute to disease progression.
 
Development of a Mobile Medical Application for the Analysis of Hand Arthritis - UND Electrical Engineering was awarded $100,000 to would further develop a method to use a mobile application to measure and monitor anatomical changes to a hand relating to arthritis. Information from the mobile app would be shared with the patient’s health care provider to assist with their treatment.
 
Development of Micro Cold Spray Print System - NDSU Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering was awarded $100,000 to further develop a cold spray tool for applications such as flexible printed electronics and solar cells.
 
Commercial Feasibility of Novel Renewable Based Polyamide Thermoplastics - NDSU Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering - NDSU Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering was awarded $100,000 to study the commercial feasibility of producing novel high temperature polymers based on furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) for use as engineering thermoplastics (ETPs).
 
Production of Modified Silicon quantum dots for Sensor Applications - NDSU Chemistry and Biochemistry was awarded $100,000 to develop modified forms of silicon which are free of contaminants such as heavy metals and toxic nonmetals that can be used as sensors and diagnostic tools in commercial applications.

Tunable Power Amplifier for Smart Phones - NDSU Electrical and Computer Engineering was awarded $100,000 to develop a power amplifier for mobile phones that eliminates today’s key challenges of cost, size and battery-power.

New Renewable Polymers from Plant/Vegetable Oils - NDSU Coatings and Polymeric Materials was awarded $100,000 to enable production of high value and high profit specialty polymers from vegetable oils. 

A New Design to Improve Life Expectancy of Total Ankle Replacement (TAR) - NDSU Mechanical Engineering was awarded $99,995 to develop an improved prosthesis design that addresses the major limitations of current total ankle replacement approaches.

Continued Development of Commercialization of Quality Characterization Technology for 3D Printing - UND Computer Science was awarded $99,954 to develop a technology that will characterize the performance of in-process 3D printing.

Development of Remote Patient Monitoring System-Vita WiPs - UND Electrical Engineering was awarded $100,000 to develop and commercialize a heart monitoring system using smartphones with no battery on the sensors side and no wire connection.

Radio Frequency Wireless Power for Industrial Sensors - UND Electrical Engineering was awarded $100,000 to demonstrate a proof-of-concept of wirelessly powering industrial sensors through radio frequency (RF) at a distance and prototyping a power reception module system for industrial sensors.

SmartSealz: Pilot/Operator Navigation Augmentation and Physiological Monitoring Headset - 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.

Technical and Economic Feasibility Analysis of Next Generation Valley City State University Heating Plant - 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.

Graphene-based Near-Infrared Fluorescent Quantum Dots for Biodetection and Bioimaging - UND Chemistry Department was awarded $100,000 to develop a new technique to make a series of novel graphene-based near-infrared fluorescent (NIRF) quantum dots (GQDs) for sensitive detection and imaging of a variety of biomedical samples.

Assessing the feasibility of a start up business centered on high performance spider silk production - 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.

ElectroMagnetic Inducible Digital Protein Expression Switch or EMID ProSwitch - 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.

Development of Intelligent Integrated Networks for Rapid Pipelines Damage Detection and Health Monitoring - 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.

Development of novel anti-microbial materials for clinical and food processing applications- 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.

Development of Next Generation Agricultural Soil Amendments- 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.

2,3-Butanediol Production via Fermentation, an Alternative Route to Chemical Synthesis, Using Synthesis Gas from Lignite Coal Gasification- 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.

Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Support to Environmental Assessments for Industry Applications - UND Biology was awarded $99,976 to develop automated aerial survey methods for use in environmental study applications.

Commercialization of Novel Lignin Reinforced Bioplastics by Using Game Changing Additive Manufacturing Practices - UND Mechanical Engineering was awarded $99,852 to develop specialized products by using sustainable and novel bioplastics.

Soy Based Road Dust Suppressant Scale Up and Field Testing - NDSU Office of Research and Creative Activity was awarded $100,000 to further develop an environmentally friendly dust suppression agent for gravel roads that is derived from waste glycerol and soybean oil.

An innovative approach to heal nonunion bone defects in humans - NDSU Civil & Environmental Engineering was awarded $100,000 to conduct research using novel biomaterials and scaffolds for bone tissue regeneration.

New Sustainable Concrete for North Dakota - NDSU Construction Management and Engineering was awarded $72,250 to develop methods for promoting partial replacement of Portland limestone cement with fly ash in concrete.

Low-Cost Self-Cooling for Microchips Using Advanced Composite Coating - NDSU Electrical and Computer Engineering was awarded $100,000 to develop a novel low-cost self-cooling technology using advanced phase change materials based graphite composite to passively control thermal transport in computer microchips.

Development of A Novel Carbon Adsorbent for Removal of Pharmaceuticals, Herbicides and Other Emerging Contaminants from Drinking Water - UND Civil Engineering and Chemistry was awarded $84,8890 to develop and experiment with a novel oxidized carbon adsorbent, produced from agricultural biomass that can remove contaminants from drinking water in a cost effective manner.

Discovery and development new cancer therapeutic drugs via inhibiting D5D and targeting over-expressed COX-2 – NDSU Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences was awarded $100,000 to develop a new drug entity (NDE) that can effectively inhibit delta-5-desaturase (D5D), as a new type of cancer therapy.

Venture Grant Phase I/II

Process and application research and development for Soy-based materials for industrial applications - NDSU Coatings and Polymeric Materials in partnership with Renuvix was awarded $200,000 to scale up production of novel resins and polymers derived from plant oils and sugars for commercial use.
 
A Low Cost and Reproducible Synthetic Procedure for Mass Production of Lithium ion batteries - UND College of Engineering & Mines - Institutes for Energy Studies in partnership with Clean Republic LLC was awarded $148,105 to develop a low cost, environmentally benign, reproducible and up-scalable synthetic procedure for lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cathode material for the improved performance in its lithium battery packs.

Venture Grant Phase II

Sensing Earth Environment Directly (SEED) Sensor - Phase II - 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.
 
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