ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Ten new technologies developed by University of New Mexico faculty and students are taking their first steps to market with $34,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps program.
The NSF awarded a $444,000 grant in August to UNM’s Innovation Academy and the Science and Technology Corp., the university’s tech-transfer office, to finance, train and mentor student-led efforts to seek markets and develop commercialization strategies for new technologies. That will allow UNM to pump small grants of $3,400 each into about 100 student teams over the next five years. UNM selected the first 10 teams this month.
That includes four created by students and six others developed by UNM faculty, said Innovation Academy Executive Director Rob DelCampo.
“Most universities with NSF iCorp funding focus solely on faculty inventions, but we chose a unique approach that includes student innovations as well,” DelCampo said.
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