Every year, WiSys collaborates with UW System Administration to offer three faculty grant programs: the Applied Research Grant (ARG), Applied Research-WiSys Technology Grant (AR-WiTAG) and Prototype Development Fund (PDF). This year, 12 projects were funded, totaling just less than $500,000.
WiSys saw an increase in number of grant proposals this year, as well as diversity. Funded projects range from research focused on disease prevention, food preservation and sustainable disinfectants to refugee resettlement.
2017 Grant Recipients & Their Projects:
- Muthu Venkateshwaran, UW-Platteville (ARG): Development of Materials Capable of Controlled Delivery of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) to Plans for Defense Against Pathogens
- Daehee Kim, UW-Stevens Point (AR-WiTAG): Efficient Big Data Transfer Service (BigDTS) through Networks
- Seth King, UW-La Crosse (AR-WiTAG): Low-Cost Zinc Oxide/Graphene Nanocomposite Thin Films for use as Transparent Conductors
- Jae-Hyuk Yu, UW-Madison (ARG): Development and Application of Natural Food Preservatives
- Daryl Sauer, UW-Parkside (AR-WiTAG): Identification and Isolation of Novel and Safe Disinfectants from Sustainable Wisconsin Based Sources
- Wei Li, UW-Platteville (AR-WiTAG): Computer Aided Engineering of Semiconductor Quantum Dots: Design and Non-Destructive Characterization
- Ionel Popa, UW-Milwaukee (ARG): Development of Protein Hydrogels-based Antibody Purification Columns
- Harold Evensen, UW-Platteville (AR-WiTAG): Nanoscale Vacuum-channel Field Effect Transistors from Aligned Carbon Nanotubes
- Dmitry Kadnikov, UW-Stout (AR-WiTAG): Modular Chemical Probes for Detection of Citrulline Amino Acid
- Paul Van Auken, UW Oshkosh (ARG): Finding Their Place: A Comparative Study of Refugee Resettlement in Local Communities and Economies
- Paul Block, UW-Madison (ARG): Building Precipitation & Groundwater Forecast Tools for Wisconsin's Central Sands
- Samantha Foley, UW-La Crosse (ARG): OnRamp: A Parallel and Distributed Computing Learning Environment
Funding differs for each project to allow faculty and staff to utilize their expertise and apply their scholarship to support economic development in Wisconsin. On top of that, this year's funded projects also had impact on job creation, industry collaborations and scientific publications.
To learn more about WiSys' grant programs, click here.