Case Western Reserve University and its research partners have been awarded $20.6 million by the state's Third Frontier Commission through its Ohio Biomedical Research Commercialization Program (BRCP).
Two additional projects are recommended to receive a combined $7.3 million. The Third Frontier will make its decision on whether to approve the funding on August 4. One of the projects is recommended to receive $4.3 million through the Ohio Engineering and Physical Science Research Commercialization Program and the other is up for a $3 million grant from the Wright Projects Program.
"We are grateful to the Third Frontier Commission for recognizing the value of our research projects to both industry and society at large, " President Barbara R. Snyder said. "Our university is built on a history of collaboration among government, business and other institutions of higher learning. These grants testify to the power of individuals and organizations working together for a common goal."
Out of the total of six projects awarded grants through the BRCP, five are collaborations with Case Western Reserve. These projects and their various partners include:
A $4.3 grant recommendation through the Ohio Engineering and Physical Science Research Commercialization Program is for Case Western Reserve, reXorce Thermionics, Inc. (lead collaborator), Parker Hannifin Corp., University of Akron, Carbide Derivative Technologies, Inc. and Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc. Funding would be to develop technology that can capture waste heat and convert it into usable electricity.
A $30 million grant recommendation through the Ohio Third Frontier Wright Projects Program is for Case Western Reserve University to create the new Case Center for Surface Engineering which will promote commercialization of a variety of industrial products through surface engineering enabled by state-of-the-art instruments for surface imaging and materials analysis.
The Ohio Biomedical Research Commercialization Program provides grants which support biomedical and biotechnology research leading to Ohio commercialization and long-term improvements to the health of Ohioans. Projects are to be collaborations among Ohio higher education institutions, non-profit research organizations, and Ohio companies in the areas of human genetics and genomics, structural biology, biomedical engineering, computational biology, plant biology and environmental biology.
The Engineering and Physical Science Research Commercialization Program provides grants to support technology-based economic development through research, development, and commercialization activities in Ohio. Projects are to be collaborations among Ohio for-profit firms, Ohio higher education institutions, and Ohio non-profit research organizations. Proposals must focus on technologies in the fields of advanced materials, power and propulsion, information technology, and instruments-controls-electronics.
The Ohio Third Frontier Wright Projects Program provides grants to support specifically defined near-term commercialization projects requiring major capital acquisitions and improvements at Ohio colleges and universities and non-profit research institutions. Projects must involve one or more Ohio companies and be in the areas of advanced materials, power and propulsion, information technology and instruments, controls and electronics.
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