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    The Technology Development Fund of WMURF

    Without the proper funding and facilities many researchers at WMU are unable to advance their research to a stage, where it is more viable and attractive for commercialization.  WMURF provides funding, through the Technology Development (TD) Fund, for researchers to expand on their research-stage technologies, moving them toward a product. These funds help bridge the gap that often exists between research-stage technologies and technologies that are ready to be licensed by a corporation, or which may be ready for private investment as part of a new enterprise/start-up. Commercial-ready technologies often require a working prototype, or a more developed prototype that has been validated for a greater number of conditions or different endpoints than earlier versions. These studies can be difficult to do in a university setting because of a lack of adequate funding for these later stages of research and development. The TD Fund facilitates advancement of technologies to benefit the university, community, and the general public.

    Some examples of the types of projects that are likely to be funded through the TD Fund:
    1. Enable a working prototype based on previously disclosed technology.
    2. Enable further testing, refinement, and development of an existing prototype or proof-of-concept.
    3. Scale-up "lab-sized" mass or dimension (chemicals, designs, test-beds, reactors, etc.).
    4. Enable toxicity studies, lead optimization, or similar studies that may be relevant for therapeutics, diagnostics, etc.
    5. Demonstrate proof-of-concept for a commercially relevant application of an existing "platform" technology
    Proposals will be judged on the following criteria:
    1. The relevance of the proposed project for the TD Fund, given this fund's specific mandate for "technology development" and commercialization (for example, if the proposal is based on an idea, and no work has been done to validate whether the idea is feasible, it is likely that this may not be the most appropriate funding source).
    2. How well the author(s) has described the specific development problem and how well has he/she demonstrated or explained how this money will specifically address the problem.
    3. Are the proposed milestones and project scope appropriate for the level of funding and timeframe?
    4. Is there a clear market or commercial need for the technology, or is there clear evidence of "market pull"? (Cost share or direct financial support from industry or other sources, or other evidence of collaborations can be an excellent indicator of "market pull").
    5. How likely is it that funding the proposed project will lead to successful commercialization?
    Guidelines:
    • Only one application is allowed per applicant.
    • All applications shall be written for comprehension by a general audience.
    • Faculty salary is limited to 10% or less of the budget.
    • If the application is related to a previously awarded Technology Development Fund, the current application must justify additional/new funding.
    • TD funding may not be used for customer discovery.
    Funding (up to $20,000 per project) is available for the current fiscal year. Proposed projects must be based on technology/intellectual property (IP) disclosed to the Office of the Vice President of Research (OVPR) at WMU. Proposals must reference the OVPR IP case number. Funding is not available for IP that is currently optioned or licensed by WMURF. The deadline for submitting proposals for this fiscal year is prior to 5:00 p.m. on November 3, 2017.  The IP Management & Commercialization Advisory Committee will begin making award decisions soon after and funding notifications will be released on or before December 8, 2017.  Submit a Technology Development Fund application.
     
     
    Technology Development Award Recipients

    2017
    Neil Deochand
    Psychology
    An Interactive Performance Feedback System for Exercise Equipment

    Robert Eversole
    Biological Sciences
    WiggleTron Development for Rapid Determination of Bloodborne Microfilaria Populations in Clinical Blood Collection Tubes

    Pavel Ikonomov
    Engineering Design, Manufacturing and Management Systems
    3D Metal Printing Device and Process

    Jiansong Zhang
    Civil and Construction Engineering
    Automated Quantity Takeoff from Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Objects Leveraging Fundamental Cartesian Points Geometric Representation


    2016
    Ann Chapleau
    Occupational Therapy
    Goal Attainment Scaling:  A Mobile App

    Robert Eversole
    Biological Sciences
    The WiggleTron for Rapids Measurement of Bloodborne Microfilaria Populations in Standard Blood Collection Microcapillary Tubes
     
    Peter Gustafson
    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    The NeoVent:  Development of Low Cost, Alternative Respiratory Care Devices

    John Patten
    Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
    Laser Augmented Diamond Drilling (LADD)


    2015
    Massood Atashbar
    Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Development of a Smartphone-Based, Fully Printed and Flexible/ Conformable, Impact Sensing System

    Karim Essani
    Biological Sciences
    Use of Tanapoxvirus Recombinant Variants for the Treatment of Breast Cancer

    Paul D. Fleming III
    Chemical and Paper Engineering
    Preparation of Conductive, Doped, Nano-Zinc Oxide Ink as a Replacement for Iridium Tin Oxide (ITO)


    2014
    Lori Brown 
    Aviation Flight Science
    New Gen Information Systems for Pilots:  Low Cost Mobile Training Solutions

    Daniel Kujawski
    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    An Interactive Online Fatigue Expert Design Tool

    Scott Puckett and Michael Sisk
    Enrollment Management
    Mobile Counselor

    Brian Young
    Chemical and Paper Engineering
    Composite Matrix Material Development for Low Cost, Disposable, Reagent Free, Resistance-Based Multiplex, Point-of-Use immunodiagnostic Biosensor Platform Technology


    2013
    Tianshu Liu
    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    Design and Testing of a Scaled Prototype Wind Oscillator for Power Generation

    Gellert Mezei
    Chemistry
    Selective, High Efficiency Anion Extracting Agents for Solvent Extraction

    Sam Ramrattan
    Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
    3D Rapid Prototyping System Utilizing Focused Light Energy


    2012
    Cindy Linn
    Biological Sciences
    Glaucoma Prevention 

    John Patten
    Manufacturing Engineering
    Micro Laser Assisted Machining Technologies

    James Yang
    Computer Science
    Efficiently Detecting Concurrency Errors for Software Development


    2011
    Massood Atashbar
    Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Novel microfluidic flow cell for integrated sensor 

    Roman Rabiej
    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    Eve Coffee Table 


    2010
    Bob Bensley
    Human Performance and Health Education
    iManageHealth

    Karen VanDeusen
    School of Social Work
    Online Suicide Prevention Course


    2009
    Ala Al-Fuqaha
    Computer Science
    Rule Based Network Simulation and Service Planning

    Adam Milewski
    Geosciences
    Hydroinformatics:  Bridging the Gap Between Hydrology and Technology

    Richard Spates
    Psychology
    Testing the Efficacy of a Computer-Based Treatment for Depression and PTSD


    2008
    Massood Atashbar and Bruce Bejcek
    Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biological Sciences
    Development of Hybrid Guided Shear Horizontal S.A.W. Sensor Instrumentation System for the Detection of Serum Protein Biomarkers

    David Meade
    Manufacturing Engineering
    Multi-Period Financial Simulator of a Manufacturing Operation

    Wuwei Shen
    Computer Science
    An Eclipse-based Tool Supporting Class Model Development