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Resources

Seed Grants

The Penn State Biodevices Seed Grant Program supports collaborations among engineers, scientists, and clinicians. Supported projects focus on biodevices to improve human and animal health, such as implantable, surgical, and wearable devices, as well as environmental sampling and monitoring devices. Seed grants provide teams with funds to generate preliminary data for co-author publications and external grant submissions or to demonstrate feasibility/develop a prototype of a new biodevice.

Applications are considered every spring. Please view the 2021 call for applications for more information.

2021 Biodevices Seed Grant Awardees:

  • Novel single incision, free motion laparoscopic surgical system
    Jason Moore, associate professor of mechanical engineering; Joshua Winder, staff physician; Randy Haluck, staff physician; and Paris Von Lockette, associate professor of mechanical engineering.
  • High-throughput bioprinting of islets for fabrication of pancreatic devices for Type 1 diabetes
    Ibrahim Ozbolat, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics and biomedical engineering; Thomas Samson, associate professor of plastic surgery; Francesco Costanzo, professor of engineering science and mechanics, mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering; Douglas Cavener, professor of biology; and Srinivas Koduru, assistant professor of surgery.

2020 Biodevices Seed Grant Awardees:

  • Rapid measurement of concussion-related saliva microRNA with a novel biodevice
    Co-Principal Investigator: Steve Hicks, Pediatrics
    Co-Principal Investigator: Weihua Guan, Electrical Engineering
    Co-Investigator: Eric Schaefer, Public Health Sciences
  • Biodegradable artificial urinary sphincter
    Co-Principal Investigator: Huanyu Cheng, Engineering Science and Mechanics
    Co-Principal Investigator: Qing Wang, Material Science and Engineering
    Co-Investigator: Jian Yang, Biomedical Engineering
    Co-Investigator: Joe Littlejohn, Surgery

Grace Woodward Collaborative Research in Engineering and Medicine Grants

The Grace Woodward Collaborative Research in Engineering and Medicine grants are intended to support projects that create or capitalize upon opportunities for new applications of engineering to problems in the life sciences and medicine. The program is designed to encourage genuine collaborations between engineers and clinicians or biomedical scientists that involve either new avenues of research or the feasibility testing of new medical devices, instrumentation, or other diagnostic or therapeutic modalities.

The Grace Woodward Grants for Collaborative Research in Engineering and Medicine are supported by generous endowments to the College of Engineering and the College of Medicine from the estate of Grace Woodward. Applications are considered every spring. Please view the 2021 call for applications for more information.

2021 Grace Woodward Collaborative Research in Engineering and Medicine Grant Awardees:

  • New radiofrequency ablation procedure for facet joint pain
    Daniel Cortes, assistant professor of mechanical engineering; Vitaly Gordin, staff physician of pain medicine; Jason Moore, associate professor of mechanical engineering; and Thomas Neuberger, associate research professor and director of the High Field Magnetic Resonance Imaging Facility.
  • Gastric vagal stimulation to reduce adverse behavioral outcomes of gastric bypass
    Mehdi Kiani, associate professor of electrical engineering, and Andras Hajnal, professor of neural and behavioral sciences.

2020 Grace Woodward Collaborative Research in Engineering and Medicine Grant Awardees:

  • Biomechanics study toward patient-specific implants for osteoarthritic shoulders
    Co-Principal Investigator: Jing Du, Mechanical Engineering
    Co-Principal Investigator: April Armstrong, Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
    Co-Investigator: Greg Lewis, Orthopaedics
  • Development and validation of a multimodal endoscopy system for early diagnosis of image-guided surgery of pancreatic cancer
    Co-Principal Investigator: Raj Kothapalli, Biomedical Engineering
    Co-Principal Investigator: Gail Matters, Pharmacology
    Co-Investigator: Susan Trolier-McKinstry, Materials Science and Engineering

Center for Biodevices Innovation Grants

The Center for Biodevices (CfB) Innovation Grant program supports design and prototyping through mentorship of undergraduate capstone design teams. Applications should focus on proof-of-concept prototyping for advancing biodevice technologies and/or translating research to existing and start-up companies. Please see the September 2021 request for applications for more information.


Contact Us

Faculty or industry members who are interested learning how to join the Center for Biodevices may contact Mary Frecker, Center for Biodevices Director, at mxf36@psu.edu.

 
 

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Established in 2020, the Center for Biodevices aims to bridge foundational science and clinical applications of biodevices, while enabling success of faculty, clinicians, and students across multiple disciplines.

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