October 6, 2011

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
Principal Investigator: Pelagia Gouma ([email protected]); SUNY at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, N.Y.

1157409 I-Corps: IDecideFast - A web-based application for effective decision making for the layperson
Principal Investigator: Ali Abbas ([email protected]); University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,  Champaign, Ill.

1157515 I-Corps: Silicon Terahertz Electronics
Principal Investigator: Michael Shur ([email protected]); Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.

1157650 I-Corps: Naked eyes-based standoff detection of explosives using novel signal-amplifying nanocomposite and hand-held UV light
Principal Investigator: Yu Lei ([email protected]); University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn.

1157852 I-Corps: Establishing an innovation ecosystem for technology transition of MEMS-based drug infusion pumps
Principal Investigator: Ellis Meng ([email protected]); University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif.

1157881 I-Corps: Replication of Laser-Generated Surface Textures for Anti-Icing and Sun-Light-Trapping Applications
Principal Investigator: Mool Gupta ([email protected]); University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

1157882 I-Corps: Concentric Technology
Principal Investigator: Walter Besio ([email protected]); University of Rhode Island, Kingston, R.I.

1157898 I-Corps: Hand-Held Tonometer for Transpalpebral Intraocular Pressure Measurement
Principal Investigator:  Eniko Enikov ([email protected]); University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.

1157904 I-Corps: Flexible, Low Cost Cooling Technology for LED Lighting
Principal Investigator: Satish Kandlikar ([email protected]); Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y.

1157916 I-Corps:  Radiotracer Synthesis Commercialization
Principal Investigator: Stephen DiMagno ([email protected]); University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Neb.

1157919 I-Corps: Accelerated Innovation and Technology Transition in Semiconductor-Based Hydrogen and Hydrocarbon Sensors
Principal Investigator: Lisa Porter ([email protected]); Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa.

1158625 I-Corps: Mobile Life Guard Principal Investigator: Ram Dantu ([email protected]); University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

1158721 I-Corps: Pilot Production Of Large Area Uniform Single-Crystal Graphene Films
Principal Investigator: Alan Johnson ([email protected]); University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.

1158726 I-Corps: Technological Assessment of Artificial Membrane-based Ion Channel Screening
Principal Investigator: Jacob Schmidt ([email protected]); University of California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif.

1158737 I-Corps: Commercialization Feasibility Research and Demonstration Preparation for Privacy-Preserving Location Based Services
Principal Investigator: Nan Zhang ([email protected]); George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

1158744 I-Corps: MySkinTone: A breakthrough technology and product for skin melanin evaluation
Principal Investigator: Michael Silevitch (msilevi[email protected]); Northeastern University, Boston, Mass.

1158759 I-Corps: Mobidemics: Using Mobile Gaming for Healthcare
Principal Investigator: Nilanjan Banerjee ([email protected]); University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark.

1158766 I-Corps: SmartMenu
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Mynatt ([email protected]); Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Atlanta, Ga.

1158781 I-Corps: Portable sensors using the widely available personal glucose monitor
Principal Investigator: Yi Lu ([email protected]); University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Ill.

1158807 I-Corps: SwiftVax - A Green Manufacturing Platform for Faster, Cheaper, and Scalable Vaccine Manufacturing
Principal Investigator: Karen McDonald ([email protected]); University of California-Davis, Davis, Calif.

1158809 I-Corps: Commercialization of an Engineered Pyrolysis Blanket for the Economic Conversion of Forestry Residues to Soil Amendments and Energy Products
Principal Investigator: Daniel Schwartz ([email protected]); University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.


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