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Research ND Awards Funding Requests Totaling $748,105
Post Date: Nov 29 2016

By ND Commerce
The North Dakota Centers of Excellence Commission awarded funding requests for a Research North Dakota Grant for $500,000 and Phase 1 and 2 Venture Grants for $248,105 for a grand total of $748,105 in research based grants at its meeting held Tuesday, November 22, 2016. 

Research ND promotes the development and commercialization of products and processes through industry/university research partnerships. Research ND provides matching funds to help companies pay for the university research. 

Through Research ND and Research ND BIO, firms have the opportunity to leverage their research, development and commercialization funds and gain access to the creative talents and extensive research base of North Dakota’s Research Universities. Research ND and Research ND BIO matching funds are awarded on a competitive basis for projects based on proposals submitted jointly by researchers from a North Dakota research university and a private sector partner. 

The Venture Grant Program is a designed to help move university-developed technology into the marketplace through startup or spinout companies. The Venture Grant Program provides seed grants and matching funds to facilitate startup and spinout companies’ use of university technology. 

The following requests were funded: 

Research ND 
  • UND Regional Weather Information Center in partnership with Harris Corporation was awarded $500,000 to research and develop safe, affordable, and scalable beyond visual line of sight unmanned aircraft system network solution for civil applications.
?Phase 1 Venture Grant
  • NDSU Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences was awarded $100,000 to develop a new drug entity that can effectively inhibit delta-5-desaturase, as a new type of cancer therapy. 
Phase 1 and 2 Venture Grant
  • UND College of Engineering & Mines - Institutes for Energy Studies in partnership with Clean Republic LLC was awarded $148,105 to develop a low cost, environmentally benign, reproducible and up-scalable synthetic procedure for lithium iron phosphate cathode material for the improved performance in its lithium battery packs. 
The next deadline Research ND and Research ND BIO and Phase 1 and 2 Venture Grant applications is February 17, 2017. 

The overall goal of Research ND and Research ND BIO grant programs is to have a long term positive economic impact on the State and Private Sector through various means including, but not limited to; economic diversification, improved production factors, and the development of new markets. For additional information, please visit www.ResearchND.com.  
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