Nanotechnology Now







Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


DHgate

Home > Press > Science Foundation Arizona boosts ASU research

Abstract:
Capping its inaugural year of funding several research initiatives, Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) has been a major catalyst in enhancing ASU's research portfolio. This statewide public-private partnership, made possible by an appropriation from the governor and Arizona Legislature, awarded more than $8 million to ASU research awards in 2007.

Science Foundation Arizona boosts ASU research

Tempe, AZ | Posted on December 20th, 2007

"The state Legislature has demonstrated economic vision by providing the resources to jump-start several high-merit, high-impact research programs that will benefit our region," says Rick Shangraw, ASU's vice president of research and economic affairs.

The investments by SFAz include:

• Nearly $1.1 million in small-business catalytic awards to help Arizona-based research programs further develop existing research to the point of technology commercialization.

• $1.75 million in competitive advantage awards to seed fund research with the greatest potential to secure significant federal grants.

• $525,000 for a K-12 discovery program to create a world-class teacher work force for Arizona schools.

• $1.85 million to support 37 ASU graduate student research fellowships.

In addition, SFAz's Strategic Research Group program (SRG) granted nearly $3 million to four outstanding ASU research collaborations. The SRG program is designed to help build a world-class science, engineering and medical research infrastructure in Arizona by investing in highly innovative research programs.

"In its first SRG effort, SFAz will foster, grow and cement research partnerships with significant industry leaders in the state, such as Honeywell, BP, Motorola and Intel," says William Harris, SFAz's president and chief executive officer. "These collaborations further anchor these industries to the state."

ASU scientists from the Biodesign Institute, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering will initiate several of the projects, which include matching funds from industry partners.

The research projects touch upon three areas of strategic importance to Arizona: sustainability, information and communications technologies, and biosciences. A requirement of the program was that the industrial partners endorse the projects with a one-to-one match.

"These are true partnerships, sharing talent and resources in a way that will ultimately benefit Arizonans economically, and also through the outcomes achieved in these collaborative programs," Harris says.

Adds Shangraw: "The significant investment that SFAz and several industry partners have made will bring together world-class scientific talent to tackle some of the major sustainability challenges that face our society."

The research collaborations are wide-ranging and have the potential to have enormous implications for the people of Arizona in the areas of biomedicine, communications technologies and renewable energy. The ASU projects are:

• A two-year, $2.2 million grant to establish a research collaboration with British Petroleum (BP). The team will grow and harvest photosynthetic bacteria to create a renewable energy source. The project is led by Bruce Rittmann, director of the Center for Environmental Biotechnology at ASU's Biodesign Institute, and a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering; and Wim Vermaas, a professor in ASU's School of Life Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

• A one-year "Discovery Award" grant of $500,000. This funding solidifies collaborations between ASU, the University of Arizona and several other highly experienced industry partners to establish a center for research and development to develop innovative semiconductor nanostructures for photovoltaic devices used in the generation of electricity. The project is led by Yong Hang Zhang, a professor in the Fulton School of Engineering's Department of Electrical Engineering.

• A planning grant of $50,000 for research to demonstrate controlled-environment production of biopharmaceuticals. The project is led by Chieri Kubota of the University of Arizona, and Guy Cardineau of ASU's Biodesign Institute and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

• A planning grant of $50,000 to strengthen existing partnerships with ASU and Motorola, with a goal of establishing a federally funded Photonics Research Center. The project is led by Cun-Zheng Ning of the Fulton School of Engineering's Department of Electrical Engineering.

"At ASU, we have made a conscious effort to integrate the various SFAz award programs," says Neal Woodbury, director of the Biodesign Institute's Center for BioOptical Nanotechnology, who is coordinator of the BP biofuel collaboration and the lead scientist on an additional SFAz competitive advantage award. "You need three things to have a real impact on the Arizona economy: a good scientific program aimed at solving a real world problem; early stage industry involvement in the research project; and training the work force, particularly at the Ph.D. level, to take technologies into the commercial sector."

The rigorous review process for proposals to the SRG program, as in the other SFAz grant programs, was patterned after reviews conducted by federal agencies. Experts in the areas of each proposal conducted mail reviews, followed by the research partners presenting before a full panel of experts in the three strategic areas. The four ASU exceptional proposals were selected from 28 submissions.

####

About Arizona State University
A comprehensive public metropolitan research university enrolling more than 60,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students on four campuses, ASU is a federation of unique colleges, schools, departments, and research institutes that comprise close-knit but diverse academic communities that are international in scope. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all 50 states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
ASU News
Gary Campbell, Web Editor/Publisher (480) 965-7209
Administration Building, room B353
Campus mail: 1803 ­ASU Insight
Phone: (480) 965-3502
FAX: (480) 965-2159

Copyright © Arizona State University

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

Govt.-Legislation/Regulation/Funding/Policy

Nanoscale worms provide new route to nano-necklace structures March 29th, 2015

UT Dallas engineers twist nanofibers to create structures tougher than bulletproof vests March 27th, 2015

Novel nanoparticle therapy promotes wound healing March 27th, 2015

Designer's toolkit for dynamic DNA nanomachines: Arm-waving nanorobot signals new flexibility in DNA origami March 27th, 2015

Academic/Education

LAMDAMAP 2015 hosted by the University March 26th, 2015

SUNY Poly & M+W Make Major Announcement: Major Expansion To Include M+W Owned Gehrlicher Solar America Corporation That Will Create up to 400 Jobs to Develop Solar Power Plants at SUNY Poly Sites Across New York State March 26th, 2015

SUNY POLY CNSE to Host First Ever Northeast Semi Supply Conference (NESCO) Conference Will Connect New and Emerging Innovators in the Northeastern US and Canada with Industry Leaders and Strategic Investors to Discuss Future Growth Opportunities in NYS March 25th, 2015

FEI Joins University of Ulm and CEOS on SALVE Project Research Collaboration: The Sub-Ångström Low Voltage Electron (SALVE) microscope should improve contrast and reduce damage on bio-molecules and two-dimensional nanomaterials, such as graphene March 18th, 2015

Announcements

Nanoscale worms provide new route to nano-necklace structures March 29th, 2015

Solving molybdenum disulfide's 'thin' problem: Research team increases material's light emission by twelve times March 29th, 2015

A first glimpse inside a macroscopic quantum state March 28th, 2015

DFG to Establish One Clinical Research Unit and Five Research Units: New Projects to Investigate Complications in Pregnancy, Particle Physics, Nanoparticles, Implants and Transport Planning / Approximately 13 Million Euros in Funding for an Initial Three-Year Period March 28th, 2015

Energy

Solving molybdenum disulfide's 'thin' problem: Research team increases material's light emission by twelve times March 29th, 2015

LAMDAMAP 2015 hosted by the University March 26th, 2015

SUNY Poly & M+W Make Major Announcement: Major Expansion To Include M+W Owned Gehrlicher Solar America Corporation That Will Create up to 400 Jobs to Develop Solar Power Plants at SUNY Poly Sites Across New York State March 26th, 2015

Hong Kong Investors Bullish on Dais Analytic Invest $5.75M, Provide $60M Contract, and Create New Joint Venture Company March 26th, 2015

Grants/Awards/Scholarships/Gifts/Contests/Honors/Records

FEI Technology Award of the German Neuroscience Society Goes to Benjamin Judkewitz of the University of Berlin: Bi-annual award honors excellence in brain research during the German Neuroscience Society’s Annual Meeting, held 18-21 March 2015 March 26th, 2015

FEI Announces Image Contest Grand Prize Winner: Francisco Rangel of the National Institute of Technology, INT/MCTI, Brazil, wins the contest with his “Expanded Vermiculite” image March 23rd, 2015

Halas, Nordlander awarded Optical Society's R.W. Wood Prize: Rice University researchers recognized for pioneering nanophotonics March 21st, 2015

Hiden Instruments identified in London Stock Exchange’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain' March 21st, 2015

Alliances/Partnerships/Distributorships

NXP and GLOBALFOUNDRIES Announce Production of 40nm Embedded Non-Volatile Memory Technology: Co-developed technology to leverage GLOBALFOUNDRIES 40nm process technology platform March 24th, 2015

Young NTU Singapore spin-off clinches S$4.3 million joint venture with Chinese commercial giant March 23rd, 2015

Halas, Nordlander awarded Optical Society's R.W. Wood Prize: Rice University researchers recognized for pioneering nanophotonics March 21st, 2015

EU Funded PCATDES Project has completed its half-period with success March 19th, 2015

Solar/Photovoltaic

Solving molybdenum disulfide's 'thin' problem: Research team increases material's light emission by twelve times March 29th, 2015

LAMDAMAP 2015 hosted by the University March 26th, 2015

SUNY Poly & M+W Make Major Announcement: Major Expansion To Include M+W Owned Gehrlicher Solar America Corporation That Will Create up to 400 Jobs to Develop Solar Power Plants at SUNY Poly Sites Across New York State March 26th, 2015

New kind of 'tandem' solar cell developed: Researchers combine 2 types of photovoltaic material to make a cell that harnesses more sunlight March 24th, 2015

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE




  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More










ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







© Copyright 1999-2015 7th Wave, Inc. All Rights Reserved PRIVACY POLICY :: CONTACT US :: STATS :: SITE MAP :: ADVERTISE