Purdue researchers receive $150K to develop ideas
Purdue University is awarding nearly $150,000 to researchers from its College of Agriculture and College of Engineering to help bring their ideas to life. The awards are available through Purdue’s Trask Innovation Fund, managed by the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization, and intend to make the recipients’ work more attractive for commercial use.
The fund offers awards up to $50,000 for short-term projects “that enhance the commercial value of intellectual property.”
“Often, companies want additional validation of the technology before they can license it. Trask Innovation Fund awards have been used to develop prototypes, conduct tests, support students and generate data,” said Abhijit Karve, Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization’s director of business development. “These steps add another round of validation for these researchers’ work and make it more attractive for the marketplace.”
The recipients, project and award amounts are listed below:
- Jian Jin, College of Agriculture and College of Engineering, $25,000 – “PhenoBee: A Drone-Based Robot System for Single Leaf Scan with LeafSpec in the Soybean Field”
- Mohsen Mohammadi, College of Agriculture, $47,773 – “Efficient Genotype-Independent In-Planta Transformation of Wheat”
- Xiulin Ruan, College of Engineering, $48,681 – “Durable and Water-Based Radiative Cooling Paints”
- Gyeong Mee Yoon, College of Agriculture, $25,000 – “Constitutive Nuclear Targeting of CTR1 (CNTC) as a Genetic Tool to Confer a Drought Tolerant Trait to Soybeans”
Purdue says the application deadline for the next round of funding is Feb. 17.