E-Team Program The E-Team Program is for college and university-based innovators and entrepreneurs. An expansion of our previously awarded E-Team grants, the E-Team Program provides early-stage funding of up to $75,000, along with training, coaching, and investment opportunity for teams working on market-based technology inventions.
Upcoming application deadlines: February 7, 2014
Course and Program grants help faculty strengthen existing programs or build new courses in invention, innovation, and technology entrepreneurship. Award amounts are up to $50,000.
Upcoming application deadlines: November 8, 2013
Sustainable Vision supports transformational educational programs and/or courses where breakthrough technologies are created and commercialized for the benefit of people living in poverty in the US and abroad. Award amounts are up to $50,000.
Stage 1 E-Team Program grantees (receiving $5k each):
Stage 2 E-Team Program grantees (receiving $20k each):
Acomni, LLC (University of Arizona) A thermostat monitor able to learn the characteristics of each house and, based on the weather forecast and a user-defined schedule, provide up-to-date energy usage and cost predictions and make recommendations.
BetaVersity (North Carolina State University) A provider of student invention spaces--places where students can develop ideas and form ventures--at universities and colleges across the country.
Byrd on a Twigge - Sense™ (Texas A & M University) An Android smartphone add-on equipped with sensors that allows the user to measure various things—temperature, humidity, air quality, etc.—and view readouts on the phone.
CheckMate: Disposable Timers For Healthcare Events (University of Wisconsin-Madison) A color-changing, disposable sticker that lets medical personnel know when a commonly used device—IVs, wound dressings, catheters—needs to be replaced.
ChitO2-Clot (New Jersey Institute of Technology) A wound dressing that rapidly absorbs the blood from an injury and forms a clot to fill the empty area.
Effuelent (University of Cincinnati) A new technology able to separate fats, oils and greases, useful as biodiesel feedstocks, from trap grease sourced directly from the traps and from skimmers in wastewater treatment plants.
Fostail BioSystems LLC (University of Idaho) A new technology that significantly improves the production of ethanol by reducing fermentation time from days to hours and increasing ethanol yield by 5%.
Grow Energy (San Diego State University) A 100% carbon-neutral power generation system for residential and commercial buildings that grows algal biomass using solar power and then burns it to create electricity and heat.
HMSolution (Brown University) A water filtration system that reduces arsenic and heavy metals concentrations to safe levels and requires little to no maintenance for 10+ years.
iCRAFT (Northeastern University) A robotic arm for quadriplegics or other people unable to feed themselves that allows the user to select items using his or her eyes and return them to the table in real time.
JustMilk (University of California, Berkeley) A means of administering drugs and nutrients to breastfeeding infants in developing countries via disintegrating tablets.
NutrAssess Technologies (Johns Hopkins University) A mobile-phone-driven device that rapidly assesses childhood malnutrition in the developing world.
OttoClave (Case Western Reserve University) A new autoclave, designed for rural health clinics in South Asia, which simplifies the sterilization process by giving users instructions in their native language and telling them when instruments are completely cleaned.
ProVazo (University of Virginia) A minimalistic device that allows for pain-free blood sampling.
SmarTummy: A Dynamic Abdominal Examination Simulator (University of Hawaii at Manoa) A training device, designed for medical students learning how to conduct an abdominal palpation exam, which consists of a manikin torso embedded with a series of inflatables that replicate the tactile feel of a variety of abdominal ailments.
SympSolutions (Johns Hopkins University) A device, designed to treat hypertension, which uses ultrasound to eliminate the function of the carotid body, a small organ known to play a role in patients with severe hypertension.
The MadiDrop: A novel means to provide simple, safe & affordable drinking water (University of Virginia) A new point-of-use water filtering technology for the developing world that consists of a porous ceramic disk that releases silver at a controlled rate, eliminating microbial pathogens.
Trash 2 Cash-Energy (University of South Florida) A catalytic process that turns an environmentally harmful byproduct of decaying garbage into fuel that could powers the fleet of garbage trucks.
Awair: Breathe Better Technology (Stanford University) A device that reduces the pain and discomfort of an endotracheal tube by applying local anesthetic...
Disease Diagnostic Group (Case Western Reserve University) A handheld malaria diagnosis device that provides a diagnosis in one minute with one drop of blood...
Hole Patch (Case Western Reserve University) A non-toxic solution for cold-weather pothole repair that is faster, simpler, and cheaper than...
Nutrient Recovery & Upcycling (NRU), LLC (University of Wisconsin-Madison) A technology to recover high-grade phosphorous from wastewater for use in agriculture and industry...
PoraDerm (Vanderbilt University) An implantable, synthetic, biodegradable scaffold designed to help diabetic ulcer patients heal...
Innoblative Designs (Northwestern University) A radiofrequency ablation probe designed for the unique challenges of breast cancer. The team:...
Rural Trade Communications (University of Colorado at Boulder) An off the grid communication platform, supported by subscription fees, that will allow direct...
OncoFilter (The Ohio State University) An easy-to-use screening kit which identifies certain forms of cancer during a (high risk) patient'...
PharmaCheck (Boston University) A device to quickly and accurately screen medicines in the developing world to find out whether or...
NCIIA funds college and university entrepreneurs and innovators who are creating new technologies and new campus programs to foster a nationwide culture of innovation. NCIIA provides $1.5 million in grants annually, with significant support from The Lemelson Foundation, accounting for the largest total grant funding of its kind for collegiate innovation in the U.S.
NCIIA’s E-Team (Entrepreneurial Team) program supports the next generation of innovators striving to meet critical societal and environmental needs in the U.S. or underserved populations in developing countries worldwide.
NCIIA provides grants to faculty at colleges and universities nationwide to support their efforts to ignite a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship among science and engineering students.
Impact of NCIIA funding
Since NCIIA’s founding 17 years ago, more than 180 companies have launched as a result of early stage support from NCIIA grants and training.
This grant supports a new course in entrepreneurship at Michigan State University (MSU). Currently, the College of Engineering at MSU generates a number of invention disclosures every year from student-faculty teams, but the question of whether a business opportunity exists or not isn’t typically addressed.
The new course will introduce select students and faculty working on IP-generating projects to the entrepreneurial process (opportunity identification, IP strategy, market research, operations, financial analysis, etc.); provide students with a multidisciplinary team experience by including business students on each of the projects; and provide teams with experience in developing formal product feasibility and business plans, submitting them to Michigan’s Great Lakes Entrepreneurship Quest Competition and gaining “real-world” feedback. The program is integrated with university engagement in local economic development programs and has support from those programs for mentoring and support of successful student teams.
Laparoscopic surgery is a growing surgical technique in which operations in the abdomen are performed through very small incisions (0.5-1.5 cm) compared to the larger incisions needed in traditional, open surgical procedures. Patients that undergo laparoscopic surgery enjoy shorter hospital stays and reduced instances of surgery-inflicted morbidity.
This E-Team is taking laparoscopy a step further, developing a set of laparoscopic tools that enable surgery with extremely small incisions leaving no visible scars by enabling assembly of complex tools inside the patient. Existing scar-free techniques are burdened by steep learning curves and high costs, but the E-Team’s device, called ENGAGE™, requires minimal surgeon re-training and aligns with current insurance reimbursement plans.
Approximately two million babies die each year from acute respiratory infections (ARI), almost all in developing countries. Many neonatal ARI patients in the developing world do not receive proper treatment because hospitals can’t afford ventilators, which cost $6,000 on average.
To combat the problem, this E-Team, calling itself infantAIR, is developing BabyBubbles, a low cost ventilation system for use in developing countries. The device uses a continuous positive airway pressure system, which works by maintaining positive airway pressure during spontaneous breathing, increasing lung volume at the end of exhalation, preventing the collapse of the airway structure, and improving oxygenation. The device helps to keep a baby’s lungs fully inflated so he or she can breathe naturally.
The team is aiming to implement the device in Rwandan hospitals first, followed by worldwide dissemination.
Update: In the summer of 2012, the infantAir team won $2m in funding through the Gates Foundation.