Faculty, staff applications for Trask Innovation Fund awards due April 12

March 27, 2013  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University researchers in all disciplines seeking funds to develop discoveries can submit proposals through Friday, April 12 to receive up to $50,000 for a six-month period from a fund managed by the Purdue Research Foundation.

The Trask Innovation Fund is a development program to assist faculty and staff at all Purdue campuses who have disclosed a discovery to the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization and are close to commercializing it.

Faculty and staff must submit a proposal outline to their departmental business office. They will complete an online proposal submission form through Sponsored Program Services, where it will be recorded and forwarded to the Office of Technology Commercialization.

Information about making proposals to the 10-member Trask Innovation Fund Advisory Council can be found at http://www.otc-prf.org/technology-transfer/funding/trask-innovation-proposal-guidelines

Researchers of selected proposals will make presentations to the council on Friday, May 17.

In January 2013, the council awarded more than $260,000 to six proposals from Purdue researchers:

* Paul Collodi, professor, and Ten-Tsao Wong, research associate, Department of Animal Sciences, "Large-scale Production of Infertile Fish for Aquaculture and the Pet Industry," $44,233.

* Edward J. Delp, professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Carol Boushey, University of Hawaii Cancer Center, "TADA Commercialization," $32,944.

* Alyssa Panitch, associate head and professor, Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, "Development of Proteoglycans for Treatment of Osteoarthritis," $45,203.

* Y. Charlie Hu, professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, "Critical Prototype Development of Eprof: Fine-Grained Smartphone Energy Profiler," $50,000.

* Jenna L. Rickus, associate professor, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, "In Vivo Assessment of Biosilica Coated Cells," $50,000.

* Kevin P. Trumble, professor, School of Materials Engineering; Srinivasan Chandrasekar, professor, School of Industrial Engineering; and Mert Efe, post-doctoral fellow, School of Materials Engineering. "Scale-up of LSEM: A Low-cost and Energy-efficient Manufacturing Process for Metal Sheets and Strips," $37,950.

The council is composed of representatives from Purdue Research Foundation, Purdue University Office of the Vice President for Research, Purdue faculty and executives from the local business community. The council oversees two rounds of funding each year.

About Purdue Research Foundation

The Purdue Research Foundation is a private, nonprofit foundation created to advance the mission of Purdue University. Established in 1930, the foundation accepts gifts, administers trusts; funds scholarships and grants, and acquires property on behalf of Purdue. The foundation oversees the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization, which operates one of the most comprehensive technology transfer programs among leading research universities in the United States. In the 1990s, the foundation was charged with helping the university in the realm of economic development. The foundation oversees the Purdue Research Park, which is the largest university-affiliated business incubation complex in the country.

About Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization

The Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization operates one of the most comprehensive technology transfer programs among leading research universities in the United States. Services provided by this office support the economic development initiatives of Purdue University and benefit the university's academic activities.

Purdue Research Foundation contact:
Steve Martin, Purdue Research Foundation 765-588-3342, sgmartin@prf.org

Vicky Montenegro, 765-588-3491, mvmontenegro@prf.org

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