September 2011

Grants Funded by NCIIA: Advanced E-Team

Below are Advanced E-Team grants funded by NCIIA in recent years. Click any link for more information about the grantees, their project and their institution.
View all grants funded in most recent cycle.

December 2010

A Cell Encapsulation System
for Treating Diabetes
Antenatal Screening Kit:
Improving Maternal Health Worldwide
Green Technology for Sustainable
Poultry Vaccine Manufacturing
RxCap High Specific Strength Materials
for Ballistic Applications
Marlee Tech, Inc. Minimally Invasive Creation of Autologous Venous
Valves for the Treatment of Deep Venous Insufficiency
Minimally Invasive Device for
Harvesting Iliac Crest Bone Graft
Novel Antibacterial Coatings for
Combating Healthcare-Associated Infections
PuraCath Medical PuzzleCast Runner Pro: A Posture-monitoring Device WolfTracks mSurvey

May 2010

ABSAL Desalination Systems Aqua Port Water Transporter BioTrace BiodesignX-XI CalSolAgua Gen2 Agro IntelliWheels: The Continuously Variable
Transmission for Manually-propelled Wheelchairs
Laparo-Lineater Leveraged Freedom Chair Indian
Trial and Dissemination
Miret Surgical Mobile Information Aggregator (MIA) Relay Technology Management, Inc. infantAir


A Medical Device to Treat
Gallstone Disease
Automating Long-Range Vibrometry
Through Vision and Web Technologies
BioX-Design9 Cortical Concepts UrbanE Dairy Pasteurization for Rural Peru DayOne Response: Polytech Waterbag,
Water Treatment for Disaster Relief
DiverRx -- Preventing
Recurrent Diverticulitis
Developing and Testing a Novel Therapeutic
Game for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Fuel from the Fields GlobalResolve: Development
of the Twig Light
InSpiro Lochlorine Chlorine Producer and Doser:
Saving Lives Through Safe Water
Magnetic Ventures Medici Medical Technology Operation Simple Optimization of a Novel Device to Measure
the Intrinsic Muscles of the Hand
Orpheus Medical OsmoPure Sheba Water Filter (AYZH) Solar Ease Development of a Dynamic EUS Needle: Improving the efficacy
of endoscopic needle and noninvasive surgical procedures
Reverse Engineering Bicycles to Develop New Businesses, Products
and Increased Income for the Metalworking and Agriculture Industries in Lebialem (Cameroon)


A Dynamic-Response Sling System for the
Treatment of Stress Urinary Incontinence
A Novel, Robust Device to Prevent Fetal
Death During Labor & Delivery
Buzby Networks uBox Community Assessment of
Renewable Energy and Sustainability
Development of a Prosthetic Vein Valve Digital Maze Games Sproxil E-Team for Carbon
Nanotube Development
Enhanced Bio-morphic Helmet Expandable Fusion Cage Extremely-Low Frequency
Seismic Detector - ELF-SD
Greensulate (Ecovative Design) Intelligent Ground and
Structural Monitoring System
Intelligent Mobility:
Re-Cycling to Build Wheelchairs
Method to Close Laparoscopic
Fascial Trocar Sites
Plastic Microneedles
for Drug Delivery
Porous Concrete Water Filtration:
New Technology for Developing Countries
Real-Time, High-Accuracy
3D Imaging System
Removing Arsenic from Contaminated
Drinking Water in Rural Bangladesh
Solar Turbine Group SolarShade (SmarterShade) Solar Water Purification Bottles With
Dye Indicator for Developing Countries
Solar-Charged, Battery-Powered LED Lanterns to
Replace Kerosene Lamps in the Developing World
Therapeutic Systems Ultrasound-Guided Noninvasive
Measurement of Central Venous Pressure


Grants Funded by NCIIA: Course and Program

Below are Course and Program grants funded by NCIIA in recent years. Click any link for more information about the grantees, their project and their institution.
View all grants funded in most recent cycle.

December 2010

Building a Productive Ecosystem
for Tech-based Social Entrepreneurship at MIT
Certificate Program in
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Commercializing Student Designed
Technologies for the Disabled
Developing a Marketing High-Technology
Products and Innovations Course
Development of Social Entrepreneurship
Capstone Project Course at Lehigh University
Energy Innovation for
Campus Carbon Neutrality
Development of a Center for Student Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the
CTech Incubator @ University of Bridgeport (Planning Grant)
Identifying Needs and Exploring
Solutions in Developing Regions
Environmental Entrepreneurship
The InVenture Prize: An Undergraduate
Invention Competition at Georgia Tech
Wake Forest Innovation Fellows Program Wearable Multimodal Wayfinding Techniques
for Blind and Visually Impaired People
mystartupXX: Empowering the Next Generation
of Female Technology Entrepreneurs

May 2010

Accelerating Student E-Team New Venture Creation
through the Application of Industrial Design and Structured Seed Funding
Technology Innovation for
People with Disabilities
Drexel Smart House
Student Seed Fund
Bridge Mentorship Program for
Advanced Student Companies at UMass Amherst
Creative Design for Affordability Cross-disciplinary development teams
to make students' ideas real
Developing a Cross-Disciplinary E-Team to Enhance
Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Louisiana State University (Planning Grant)
Entrepreneurship Initiative for Rural
Southeastern North Carolina (Planning Grant)
Master's Level Education
in Bioengineering Innovation
Sustainable Medical Device Innovation
for Developing Countries
Practicing Entrepreneurship: Creating
value for a technology-based invention or idea
Spark: A University-Level Initiative for Innovation and
Entrepreneurship Florida Atlantic University (Planning Grant)


Bio-architectural Design E-Teams
for Biomedical Challenges
Building a Design and Innovation Professional
Masters Degree Program at the University of Cincinnati
UW Environmental
Innovation Challenge
Creating Social Value and
Pattern-Breaking Change Through Design
Developing a Cross Discipline
E-Team Service Learning Course
Integrating Innovation and Invention
into Computer Science Project Courses
Developing a Professional Certificate Program in Innovation
and Sustainability at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Development of an Undergraduate Minor
Specialization in Sustainable Global Health Design
E-ship Engineering Entrepreneurship Innovation Development
Directive at the University of Colorado at Boulder
Enhancing Entrepreneurship Education and
Training via the Rutgers Entrepreneurship Lab
Entrepreneurial Ventures
for Journalists
Facilitating Entrepreneurship
in Lighting
Funding a "Dormcubator" at the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
In Pursuit of Innovation Information, Innovation and
International Development (I3D)
Internationalizing Entrepreneurship
Education Program (IEEP)
Renewable Energy Entrepreneurship
Partnerships (REEP)
Social Entrepreneurship
Course Development
Social Entrepreneurship Program
for Technology Innovation
Technology Commercialization
in Developing Countries
Technology Entrepreneurship Initiative The Global Innovation for Village
Entrepreneurship (GIVE) Capstone
The KINDLE Student Mentoring Program The University of Minnesota Acara
Summer Institute for High Impact Businesses


A Multi-disciplinary, Multi-level
Innovation-team Course
A Proposal to Develop a Curriculum-Based Module Integrating Innovation and
Commercialization Disciplines into a New Robotics Technology Product Design Platform
Biomedical Engineering
E-Teams Without Borders
Bringing Healthcare Home The Four Directions Program Developing Design Thinking
in Multi-Disciplinary Teams
Development of a Multi-Disciplinary
New Product Development Course
Development of a Personal Water
Purification Solution in the Philippines
E-Team Workshop Series and
Phase 0 Seed Fund Program
Enabling Student Innovation in Biomedical Engineering:
Development of a Graduate Level Innovative Design Class
Enhancing Entrepreneurship Engineering
Education Program Activities at Mercer University
Global Healthcare Technologies Program Lion Launch Pad - Center for
Penn State Student Entrepreneurship
Villlage Empowerment Mercer University School of Engineering
Entrepreneurship Engineering Education Program
SVSU Social Entrepreneurship Social and
Sustainable Entrepreneurship
Technical Entrepreneurship Program:
Continued Support
Technological and Agricultural Entrepreneurship
for a Globally Sustainable Future
UR-PUCP: Collaborations for
Healthcare in Developing Countries
University of California, Davis Program
for International Energy Technologies (PIET)
Moving Clean Energy Innovations to the Market and Creating Entrepreneurial
Learning Opportunities Through Cross-Disciplinary Student Teams at Montana State University


An Entrepreneurial Approach
to Green Engineering
Beyond Design for the Environment:
Improving Products, Processes, and Actions
Capstone Course in Innovation and
Entrepreneurship at UMass Amherst
Center for Bioengineering
Innovation and Design
Creation of a Product
Development and Innovation Course
Design for Sustainability:
Technology Innovation for Competitive Advantage
Designing and Sustaining Technology
Innovation for Global Health Practice
Development of a Capstone Course
for an Emerging Entrepreneurship Program
Eco-Innovating a Better World Engineering - Liberal Arts
Entrepreneurship Seminar
Engineering Entrepreneurship
Minor with Course Clustering
Entrepreneurship: Where
Art Meets Engineering
Green Coast Labs Development Innovating from Life: Exploring Biomimicry-based
Solutions to Human Healthcare Problem
Interdisciplinary Service
Learning Entrepreneurship
Visualization in Design
and Entrepreneurial Endeavors
Invention & Innovation Via Interdisciplinary
Undergraduate Content Application
Product & Market Development
for Subsistence Marketplaces
Project Innovation Software Innovation and
Social Entrepreneurship
Sustainable Innovations for
Tomorrow's Social Entrepreneurs
Team MEDS Multidisciplinary Engineering Design Students,
Projects for Persons with Disabilities
The Four Directions:
Native American Sustainable Entrepreneurship
UCF Inventing Entrepreneurs Program Wheelchair Design
in Developing Countries
Infusing a Culture of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the
CSUN College of Engineering and Computer Science to Address Community Needs


Grants Funded by NCIIA: Sustainable Vision

Grants Funded by NCIIA: Sustainable Vision
Below are Sustainable Vision grants funded by NCIIA in recent years. Click any link for more information about the grantees, their project and their institution.
View all grants funded in most recent cycle.


Affordable Universal Socket
for Amputees in Third World Countries
Building on Tradition:
Indigenous Green Housing
Cycle Ventures:
The Rickshaw Bank Partnership
Enabling Effective Management
of Neonatal Jaundice in Rural India
Flexible Ad hoc Networks
for Scarce Environments
Pico-hydro Electric Power
for Isolated Villages
Improved Rural Health Care Through
Low-Cost Telecommunication in Waslala, Nicaragua
SocialLite Sustainable Venture Accelerator The Human-Powered Nebulizer
in Central America


Advanced Field and Laboratory Testing
for a Sustainable Solar Sanitation System
Affordable Solar Thermal Microgenerator Technology
for Rural Cogeneration in Southern Africa
Building A Global Network to Support Sustainable
Information and Communication Technologies Entrepreneurship in Senegal
Building a Global Sustainable
Supply Chain for Appropriate Technology
Clean Water and Energy Technology
Enterprises for Ifugao, Philippines
Engineering a Sustainable Business Model Framework for
Scalable Mobile Entrepreneurship in the Developing World
GlobalResolve: Development of a Sustainable
Gelfuel Business in Rural Ghana
High Efficiency Stove Microenterprise Low-Cost Solar/Wind Drip Irrigation
for Small Farmers in Developing Countries
Mashavu: Networked Health Solutions
for the Developing World
Sustainable Community-based Arsenic Removal Systems in Remote
Villages of Cambodia in South East Asia


Battery Certification Program for
Lead Battery Manufacturing in Vietnam
Developing Sustainable
Off-Grid Energy Systems in Rural Mali
Low-Cost Solar
Water Heater
Sustainable Technology-Based
Entrepreneurship for the Senegalese Market
GlobalResolve: Starting a GelFuel
Business in Rural Ghana
Hydraulic Hybrid Retrofits
for Developing Nations
International Partnership on Safe Water
Technology for Rural Communities in Developing Countries
Pico-Hydropower Franchising:
A Test Bed in Rural Honduras
Strengthening Manufacturing Capacity of Burmese
Metalworking Firms to Promote Sustained Development
Development of a Business Model for the Implementation
of a Sustainable Point of Use Water Filter Program in the Dominican Republic


Good news: NCIIA student teams featured in New York Times special on low-cost innovation!

Five NCIIA-funded teams are featured in the New York Times' special on affordable global health innovations. Read about the teams and their innovations, and the challenges faced by student inventors and entrepreneurs:

Ducha Halo portable showerSolar sanitation systemInfantAIR ventilator for newbornsBrilliance jaundice treatment incubator (pictured) • Sproxil anti-counterfeit drug texting system.





Open 2012: NCIIA's 16th Annual Conference

Thursday, March 22-Saturday, March 24

More than 300 faculty and students attended Open 2012, the NCIIA's 16th Annual Conference, at the Hilton Financial District from March 22-24. We would like to thank everyone who participated in our three days of knowledge sharing and network building.

NCIIA's 17th Annual Conference will be held March 22-23, 2013 in Washington, D.C. The conference will have a compact, two-day format and a number of new sessions designed to maximize impact.

We've published a number of papers. View PowerPoint archives here. If you're looking for a particular PowerPoint presentation and can't find it, email Tim Binkert at
View Steve Blank’s keynote presentation slide deck.

Congratulations to our Open Minds 2012 video competition winners! Earth2Block's video was recognized for Greatest Social Impact Innovation. Strong Arm Ergonomic Lifting Safety System's video was recognized for Best Pitch Delivery. Both teams won $1,000 each to help further their ventures.

All the Open Minds team videos can be viewed here.

Thanks to our sponsors: The Lemelson Foundation, NSF, and Silicon Valley Bank.

Major support from
the Lemelson Foundation.


NCIIA grantee named Tech Awards laureate

Dr. Pradip Kumar Sarmah, the founder of 2009 NCIIA grantee Rickshaw Bank, has been named as a laureate of The Tech Awards 2011, one of 15 global innovators recognized each year for applying technology to benefit humanity and spark global change. The awards are presented by The Tech Museum in San Jose, CA, and recognize accomplishment in five categories: education, equality, environment, economic development and health.  

Rickshaw Bank was awarded a $46,200 Sustainable Vision grant in 2009 and was selected to attend NCIIA's Open Minds showcase in Washington, D.C. (see picture).  

NCIIA publishes Neonatal Technologies Forum Report

NCIIA's Neonatal Technologies Forum, which was hosted by Northwestern University from June 3-4 and sponsored by The Lemelson Foundation, gathered together 37 people from multiple sectors to discuss innovation in neonatal technologies as contributors to newborn survival and health.

This report discusses some of the key challenges and opportunities faced by innovators that were identified during the forum.

Visit the Neonatal Techologies Forum event page for more information.

Keep up with innovation on campus - through the eyes of NCIIA's student ambassadors

Our 13 new student ambassadors report on activities on their campuses. Tons of information about innovation and entrepreneurship... Read their blog!

NCIIA to help Oregon State commercialize green technologies

NCIIA's commercialization program will be used by Oregon State University to commercialize new green technologies, under a phase 2 National Science Foundation $20 million grant.

The new NSF funding, awarded through its Centers of Chemical Innovation (CCI) Program, will allow the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry to expand research and development and boost efforts to translate basic-level discoveries into the commercialization of new technologies.

NCIIA delivered a 'Research to Innovation' workshop at OSU's CCI program last year, training researchers to view their research through a market-oriented lens.

ONAMI (Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute), a state-designated signature research center, is a major supporter of OSU's Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry. ONAMI partners with the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance on the center’s commercialization program.

EPI.Center launched at Stanford School of Engineering

Today (Sept 14) the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (EPI.Center) launches operation to create change in how undergraduate engineers are educated in the United States. The EPI.Center, based at Stanford University's School of Engineering, will serve as an education, research and outreach hub for the creation and sharing of entrepreneurship and innovation education resources among the nation’s engineering schools.

NCIIA is the EPI.Center's key partner and will provide many of the Center's training workshops and resources.

Tina Seelig, head of the Stanford Technology Venture Program, has been named the Center's director. For more informtion about the EPI.Center and to enter its logo design contest, click here.