NSF Innovation Corps Announces First Round of Awardees
Public-private innovation awards granted to 21 teams from around the country
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected 21 teams for the inaugural class of NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) awards.
Spanning a broad range of target products, geographic locales and research fields, the teams will receive guidance from private- and public-sector experts, participate in a specially designed training curriculum, and receive $50,000 to begin assessing the commercial readiness of their technology concepts.
"I-Corps has generated tremendous excitement," says I-Corps program officer Errol Arkilic. "Our first round of awards emerged from a wide array of fields and strong fundamental research efforts. All show promise as potential innovations that could yield additional direct benefits to society."
The award process was intense, yet swift, with less than 30 days passing between the acceptance of the proposals and the issuing of each award by NSF's Division of Grants and Agreements.
In total, the awards were representative of six NSF directorates: Engineering; Computer and Information Science and Engineering; Biology; Mathematics and Physical Sciences; Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences; and Education and Human Resources.
For awardees, the first in-depth phase of the Innovation Corps experience begins on Oct. 10, 2011, when the participants arrive at Stanford University for the NSF I-Corps curriculum kickoff.
The I-Corps program selects up to 25 teams on a quarterly basis to assess the commercial viability of their previously-supported basic research.
For more on the Innovation Corps, see the NSF Special Report outlining the program. The program began accepting inquiries for the next round of proposals and awards on October 1.
Teams receiving I-Corps awards:
1156513 I-Corps: Photocatalysts for water remediation
1157409 I-Corps: IDecideFast - A web-based application for effective decision making for the layperson
1157515 I-Corps: Silicon Terahertz Electronics
1157650 I-Corps: Naked eyes-based standoff detection of explosives using novel signal-amplifying nanocomposite and hand-held UV light
1157852 I-Corps: Establishing an innovation ecosystem for technology transition of MEMS-based drug infusion pumps
1157881 I-Corps: Replication of Laser-Generated Surface Textures for Anti-Icing and Sun-Light-Trapping Applications
1157882 I-Corps: Concentric Technology
1157898 I-Corps: Hand-Held Tonometer for Transpalpebral Intraocular Pressure Measurement
1157904 I-Corps: Flexible, Low Cost Cooling Technology for LED Lighting
1157916 I-Corps: Radiotracer Synthesis Commercialization
1157919 I-Corps: Accelerated Innovation and Technology Transition in Semiconductor-Based Hydrogen and Hydrocarbon Sensors
1158625 I-Corps: Mobile Life Guard Principal Investigator: Ram Dantu (email@example.com); University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
1158721 I-Corps: Pilot Production Of Large Area Uniform Single-Crystal Graphene Films
1158726 I-Corps: Technological Assessment of Artificial Membrane-based Ion Channel Screening
1158737 I-Corps: Commercialization Feasibility Research and Demonstration Preparation for Privacy-Preserving Location Based Services
1158744 I-Corps: MySkinTone: A breakthrough technology and product for skin melanin evaluation
1158759 I-Corps: Mobidemics: Using Mobile Gaming for Healthcare
1158766 I-Corps: SmartMenu
1158781 I-Corps: Portable sensors using the widely available personal glucose monitor
1158807 I-Corps: SwiftVax - A Green Manufacturing Platform for Faster, Cheaper, and Scalable Vaccine Manufacturing
1158809 I-Corps: Commercialization of an Engineered Pyrolysis Blanket for the Economic Conversion of Forestry Residues to Soil Amendments and Energy Products
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