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Research ND Awards Funding Requests Totaling $1,729,103
Post Date: Apr 20 2015

By ND Commerce
The North Dakota Centers of Excellence Commission awarded funding requests for seven Research ND Grant totaling $1,729,103 at its meeting held April 16, 2015.
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 following awarded requests were funded:
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  • 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. 
  • NDSU Electrical and Computer Engineering in partnership with Laserlith Corporation was awarded $297,832 to develop a revolutionary power amplifier for mobile phones that eliminates today’s key challenges of cost, size and battery-power. 
  • 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). 
  • 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. 
  • NDSU Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering in partnership with Sentera was awarded $85,500 to identify weed infestations using sensors on unmanned aerial systems. 
  • 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. 
  • NDSU Agribusiness & Applied Economics in partnership with Sentera was awarded $300,000 to use GPS-enabled sensors mounted on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) to could conduct rapid mapping of sub-field variations of crop health and provide a prescriptive remedies for problem areas. 
The next deadline Research ND and Research ND BIO applications is May 22, 2015.
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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