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Administered by Michigan State University (MSU) and funded by the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), the ADVANCE Grant Proof of Concept Fund provides an incentive for faculty with early stage technologies at Michigan public universities to engage with their university’s technology transfer office to advance their technologies toward commercialization.

Awarded, January 25, 2018 – 2 funded

Dr. Chinedum Okwudire, The University of Michigan – “Boosting Speed and precision of Desktop 3D Printers via Software-based Vibration Compensation” - $80,000 ($40,000 MEDC; $40,000 match)

“We have developed an entirely software-based vibration compensation technique that allows up to 2x faster printing without causing surface waviness or registration errors. The technology enables faster, more precise and more reliable 3D printing.”

Dr. Merritt DeLano-Taylor, Grand Valley State University – “PM-Nato3, A Novel Tool to Generate Dopamine Neurons in Human Stem Cells” - $51,050 ($25,535 MEDC; $25,535 match)

“PM-Nato3 is a novel polypeptide tool that promises to replace use of costly reagents and simplify the conversion of human stem cells (HSC) into dopamine (DA) neurons. DA neurons are lost in Parkinson’s disease (PD) and affected in schizophrenia and other disorders, and therapeutics in this realm represent a growing market of 6.7 Billion USD.”

Awarded, March 8, 2018 – 3 awarded

Dr. Zhiqiang Cao, Wayne State University – “Durable Super-Hydrophilic Fouling-Resistant Marine Coating” - $15,000 ($7,500 MEDC: $7,500 match)

“This technology and resulting product will be the first generation of the marine fouling-resistant coating. It is the combination of hydrophilic hydrogel and commercial glue and could be easily applied on both cargo shops and leisure vessels by either professional ship yards or DIY product. It overcomes the disadvantages of current fouling-release marine coatings and greatly improves the marine bio-fouling resistant capability.”

Dr. Daniel Kujawski, Western Michigan University – “Fatique Property of Materials & Components Using Multi-Scale Hardness Data” - $49,892 ($24,946 MEDC; $24,946 match)

“This project will improve prediction of the fatique properties of materials. The methodology will lower the expense of providing designers with material properties over the lifecycle of manufactured parts. The technique promises higher reliability from non-destructive testing and analysis.”

Dr. Emin Kutay, Michigan State University – “Developing Customer-Ready Software for Analysis and Design of Asphalt Pavements Constructed with Traditional and Advanced Materials” - $80,000 ($40,000 MEDC; $40,000 match)

“This project will develop a user-ready software program to be used by civil engineers designing asphalt pavements using traditional and advanced materials under regional conditions.”

Dr. Richard Chylla, Program Director, and Ann Spalding, Program Manager, are available to visit your Technology Transfer Office to present a short overview of the grant and to answer questions. Contact msugrant@msu.edu to set up an appointment. Both are also available for conference calls.

An initial review of draft proposals is available (budget review and suggestions, proposal review for eligibility, etc.) prior to a formal application.

Application information for ADVANCE GRANT Proof of Concept Fund may be found at https://technologies.msu.edu/researchers/translational-research/advance-...

Questions on the application/program – msugrant@msu.edu, (517-884-1605), attention Ann Spalding.