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- Berkeley Bangladesh ArsenicIn Bangladesh, naturally occurring arsenic poisons shallow drinking wells. UC-Berkeley E-Team members Will Babbitt and Shefah Qazi perform a test for arsenic concentration in tubewell water in Matlab, Bangladesh as villagers look on.
- BriquettesUniversity of Colorado - Boulder is helping an Afghan NGO set up a business to have kids collect waste paper to create fuel briquettes.
- BriquettesWaste paper collected by children is pressed to create fuel briquettes by disabled individuals in Kabul, Afghanistan. Sanu Kaji Shrestha demonstrates the process and the product.
- Ecovative DesignThis former RPI E-Team has launched a company, Ecovative Design, to create environmentally friendly home insulation material made primarily from mushroom cells. The board is biodegradable, low cost, produces no pollution in the manufacturing process and insulates well.
- Intelligent MobilityIntelligent Mobility, a non-profit from California Institute of Technology, produces wheelchairs made from old mountain bikes. Its products are less expensive and more durable than traditional wheelchairs.
- MashavuThe Mashavu team from Penn State is using mobile phone and Internet technologies to enable doctors to connect with patients in the developing world.
- MashavuThe Mashavu team from Pennsylvania State is using mobile phone and Internet technologies to enable doctors to connect with patients in the developing world.
- mPedigreemPedigree, from Dartmouth College, has developed a mobile system to combat the counterfeit drug market.
- PeruA Sustainable Vision project at RPI is helping locals build the Ecological Home for the Andes and include a drill and pumping system, a solar water heater, an improved bosta (dung) stove, a Trombe wall, and a retrofit cuyera (guinea pig housing).
- Village Energy Pico HydroThis Sustainable Vision project at Baylor University called Village Energy creates village-level pico-hydro systems that produce enough and uses a franchise model.
- PneumoCheckPneumoCheck, created by a Georgia Institute of Technology team, will help the 1.4 million Americans who suffer from pneumonia yearly by identifying it earlier than current diagnostic technologies.
- Solar IvyGROW, created by a former E-Team from the Pratt Institute, consists of flexible photovoltaic foil molded to look like ivy and piezoelectric generators acting as leaves.
- Solar Lighting SystemsThis Cooper Union team has designed and tested a solar powered LED lighting system that offers people living off the grid in the developing world a brighter, healthier, and affordable source of light.
- Solar Thermal MicrogeneratorThis novel solar thermal technology, designed by an MIT team, is intended to bring sustainable, renewable, and affordable energy options to schools and clinics in Lesotho, Southern Africa.
- SurgyPackThe SurgyPack, developed by a Johns Hopkins team, is a transparent, semi-rigid piece surgeons can use to contain a patient's intestines during surgery. It saves an estimated $4,000 in operation costs and also decreases the chances of post-operative problems.
- Uterine AtonyMore than three million women who undergo C-sections every year then suffer from a potentially lethal condition in which the uterus doesn't contract, as it naturally would after a regular birth. This University of Virginia team has created a mechanical device to compress the uterus and solve the problem.
With support from The Lemelson Foundation, NCIIA awards approximately $2,000,000 in grants annually to US-based faculty and student innovators. NCIIA grants fund projects and programs that:
- Support technology innovation
- Have commercial potential
- Have a positive social impact
Some recent NCIIA grantees are pictured to the right; hover any image to pause the slide show and view a description of the grantees' work. Move the mouse away from the image to resume the slide show.
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