Seven researchers at Indiana University have received more than $160,000 in grants from the Johnson Center for Innovation and Translational Research. The center’s Translational Research Pilot Grant program aims to fund the completion of proof-of-concept projects.

The grant program was launched last year. The university says the projects that receive funding will “support the development of translational research projects with industry partners and the establishment of new companies or strengthen patent applications based on IU Bloomington discoveries.”

Five IU Bloomington faculty members received more than $100,000 last year. Keith Davis, director of the Johnson Center, said the program has grown since it was launched.

“The number of projects that received funding increased significantly this year, and we are encouraged by the growth of the program and the fact that we have identified and addressed an unmet need at IU Bloomington,” said Davis. “These exceptional researchers are devising solutions that address important challenges that face our country and world.”

The recipients, projects and grant amounts include:

  • Cheng Kao, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, and Dean Rowe-Magnus, Department of Biology: “Formulation and Efficacy of Antimicrobial Peptides for Use to Reduce Infections at Surgical Sites” – $25,000
  • Thomas Sterling, School of Informatics and Computing: “3-D Face Recognition Using the Fast Multipole Method” – $25,000
  • Michael Wade, Department of Biology: “Sustained Controlled Population Collapse” – $25,000
  • Kylie Peppler, School of Education: “Indoor Positioning System” – $24,882
  • Richard Hardy, Department of Biology: “Rational Attenuation of Chikungunya Virus for Vaccine Development” – $24,401
  • David Landy, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences: “Graspable Math: A Dynamic Algebra Notation for Classrooms” – $23,461
  • Jorge V. José, Department of Physics, Stark Neuroscience Institute and Cellular & Integrative Physiology: “App Development for Extending the Patent Application for Treatments of Neurological and Learning Disorders” – $14,726

Source: IU Researchers Score $160K in Grants