NC State Game Changing Research Initiative Program (GRIP)

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GRIP is a new, interdisciplinary research initiative launched by the Office of the NC State Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Economic Development (ORIED), with complementary support provided by Research Triangle International (RTI) and the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science. It is intended to seed, incentivize and amplify visionary research that will result in a high return on investment in terms of extramural funding, award-winning research impacts, and first-class interdisciplinary graduate education and training.

Successful initiatives will focus on game-changing research ideas that are well aligned with NC State’s strategic research areas but clearly break new ground. Through the initiative, ORIED seeks to encourage researchers from across NC State to collaborate in exploring new ideas and to open up new avenues for research employing the full range of capabilities at NC State and beyond. Projects selected for funding will boast world-class interdisciplinary research teams and faculty with a proven track record and strong potential for success.

The GRIP program awards beginning in fiscal year 2016-17 are as follows:

  • Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology: Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the Solid-Water Interface; Collaborators: Jacob Jones, David Berube, Douglas Call, Jan Genzer, Detlef Knappe, Yaroslava Yingling, Mohammed Zikry (NCSU); Young Chul Choi, Khara Grieger (RTI); Susan White (WRRI); and many other participants at NC State, RTI, UNC, and Duke
  • Computer Science for All K-12 Students; Collaborators: Glenn Kleiman, Eric Wiebe, James Lester, Tiffany Barnes (NCSU); Kimberly O’Mally (RTI)
  • 3D Printing of Fibrous Tissue Engineered Medical Products: A New Paradigm for Tissue Biofabrication and Therapeutics; Collaborators: Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Frances S. Ligler, Benoit Maze, Matthew B. Fisher, Rohan A. Shirwaiker, Kyle G. Mathews (NCSU); Shawn D. Hintgen, Jeffrey T. Spang, Bruce Cairnes (UNC-Chapel Hill)
  • The NCSU/RTI Program In Genetic Discovery and Prediction (PGDP); Collaborators: Fred Wright, Alison Motsinger, Jung-Ying Tzeng, Zhao-Bang Zeng, Yi-Hui Zhou, Marie Davidian, Spencer Muse, Siddhartha Thakur (NCSU); Carol Hamilton, Wayne Huggins, Rebecca Boyles, James Balhoff, Stephen Hwang, Michelle Krzyzanowski
  • Electroluminesence Upconversion; Collaborators: Felix N. Castellano, Fanky So (NCSU); Lynn Davis (RTI)

GRIP is a new, interdisciplinary research initiative launched by the Office of the NC State Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Economic Development (ORIED), with complementary support provided by Research Triangle International (RTI) and the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science. It is intended to seed, incentivize and amplify visionary research that will result in a high return on investment in terms of extramural funding, award-winning research impacts, and first-class interdisciplinary graduate education and training. Successful initiatives will focus on game-changing research ideas that are well aligned with NC State’s strategic research areas but clearly break new ground. Through the initiative, ORIED seeks to encourage researchers from across NC State to collaborate in exploring new ideas and to open up new avenues for research employing the full range of capabilities at NC State and beyond. Projects selected for funding will boast world-class interdisciplinary research teams and faculty with a proven track record and strong potential for success.

KIETS Director Ruben Carbonell served on the GRIP review committee. The GRIP program awards beginning in fiscal year 2016-17 are as follows:

  • Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology: Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the Solid-Water Interface; Collaborators: Jacob Jones, David Berube, Douglas Call, Jan Genzer, Detlef Knappe, Yaroslava Yingling, Mohammed Zikry (NCSU); Young Chul Choi, Khara Grieger (RTI); Susan White (WRRI); and many other participants at NC State, RTI, UNC, and Duke
  • Computer Science for All K-12 Students; Collaborators: Glenn Kleiman, Eric Wiebe, James Lester, Tiffany Barnes (NCSU); Kimberly O’Mally (RTI)
  • 3D Printing of Fibrous Tissue Engineered Medical Products: A New Paradigm for Tissue Biofabrication and Therapeutics; Collaborators: Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Frances S. Ligler, Benoit Maze, Matthew B. Fisher, Rohan A. Shirwaiker, Kyle G. Mathews (NCSU); Shawn D. Hintgen, Jeffrey T. Spang, Bruce Cairnes (UNC-Chapel Hill)
  • The NCSU/RTI Program In Genetic Discovery and Prediction (PGDP); Collaborators: Fred Wright, Alison Motsinger, Jung-Ying Tzeng, Zhao-Bang Zeng, Yi-Hui Zhou, Marie Davidian, Spencer Muse, Siddhartha Thakur (NCSU); Carol Hamilton, Wayne Huggins, Rebecca Boyles, James Balhoff, Stephen Hwang, Michelle Krzyzanowski
  • Electroluminesence Upconversion; Collaborators: Felix N. Castellano, Fanky So (NCSU); Lynn Davis (RTI)