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UH Ranks Among Top 100 Global Universities for Patents

The University of Houston ranked among the top 100 global universities for the number of utility patents issued in 2018.

Amr Elnashai, vice president/vice chancellor for research and technology transfer at UH, said the rankings reflect the University’s emphasis converting its faculty’s inventions into impactful technologies and products.

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Campus News

UH Energy Executive Named to EPA Advisory Group

Charles McConnell, executive director of the Center for Carbon Management in Energy at UH, has been named to an advisory committee charged with helping to guide the Environmental Protection Agency on issues related to the chemical industry.

UH Geoscience Team Wins International Petroleum Exploration Competition

Geoscience graduate students from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics beat out more than 300 teams from around the world in a competition hosted by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Amanda Pascali Receives 2019 AAPG L. Austin Weeks Undergraduate Grant

In addition to her geology course work, Amanda has worked in Dr. Paul Mann’s lab and has recently joined Dr. Julia Wellner’s lab group. She will use the AAPG grant to fund travel and tuition to the International Bachelor Permafrost and Stratigraphy field work course at the University Centre in Svalbard, Norway.

Upcoming Events

June 10- July 16: 2019 CACDS Summer Training Courses
Durga D. and Sushila Agrawal Engineering Research Building

June 12: Center for Carbon Management in Energy (CCME) - Monetization of Carbon Symposium
4455 University Dr

June 20: Startup Pains: What I Wish I Knew
4 p.m.-5 p.m.
UH Technology Bridge, Innovation Center, Building 4, Floor 2


Submissions for Basic Biomedical Science Funding Due Soon

The HEALTH Research Institute was established at the University of Houston to address the health challenges faced by our communities by leveraging transdisciplinary team science to provide innovative, empirically-grounded, culturally-informed and community-embedded solutions. Our goal is to become a model for advancing transdisciplinary health science through strong partnerships with communities, organizations, and other key stakeholders.

The purpose of the pilot research program is to strategically seed feasibility and proof of concept studies that will lead to the development of novel findings that address one or more health challenges faced by our local, state, or national communities. This request for pilot project applications is intended to expand the HEALTH Research Institute in the area of basic biomedical science.

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Division News

Dow Chemical and UH Research Look To Collaborate

On Thursday, May 23rd, Dow Chemical representatives visited UH’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Among these visitors were engineers from Dow’s production facilities in Freeport, TX and Midland, MI.

The aim of this visit was to find areas of mutual interest between UH research and Dow Chemical for future collaboration. Representatives from both UH and Dow gave compelling presentations at Technology Bridge to accentuate the strengths of each entity.

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View past announcements on the Division of Research website.

Recent Patents

Scratch Resistant Flexible Transparent Electrodes and Methods for Fabricating Ultrathin Metal Files as Electrodes

Inventors: Zhifeng Ren; Chuanfei Guo; Yuan Liu
Department: Physics
Date Issued: June 11, 2019
Patent Number: 10,319,489

A Method for Molecular Extraction in Live Cells

Inventors: Zhifeng Ren, Dong Cai and Zhen Yang
Department: Physics
Date Issued: June 11, 2019
Patent Number: 10,316,058

A Method to Fabricate Chip-Scale Electronic Photonic (Plasmonic)-Integrated Circuits

Inventors: Jiming Bao, Zhuan Zhu, Zhiming Wang
Department: Engineering and Computer Engineering
Date Issued: May 14, 2019
Patent Number: 10,288,804

Methods and Systems for Recovering Rare Earth Elements

Inventors: Allan J. Jacobson and Pradeep Samarasekere
Department: Chemistry
Date Issued: February 5, 2019
Patent Number: 10,196,709

Recent Grant Awards


PI/Department: Susan Rogers, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design
Sponsor: Houston Land Bank
Amount: $7,000


PI/Department: Kirill Larin, Biomedical Engineering
Sponsor: Baylor College of Medicine flow thru from National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
Amount: $413,100


PI/Department: Alamgir Karim, Chemical Engineering
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Amount: $399,718


PI/Department: Ilya Timofeyev, Mathematics
CO-PI/Department: Mikhail Antolyevic Perepelitsa, Mathematics
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Amount: $274,998


PI/Department: Vemuri Balakotaiah, Chemical Engineering
Sponsor: SABIC Global Technologies B.V.
Amount: $190,000


PI/Department: Todd Romero, History
Sponsor: Texas Jewish Historical Society
Amount: $1,000


PI/Department: Shainy B. Varghese, College of Nursing
CO-PI/Department: Julia S. Benoit, Optometry
Sponsor: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing - Phi Chi Chapter
Amount: $500.00


PI/Department: Sonya D. Wade, College of Nursing
CO-PI/Department: Julia S. Benoit, Optometry
Sponsor: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing - Phi Chi Chapter
Amount: $500.00

Featured Funding Opportunities

Health Science, Engineering & Technology Social Sciences, Art & Humanities Education
Image Health

Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health
Title: Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (P30 Clinical Trial Optional)
Internal Deadline: 7/11/19
LOI Deadline: 9/2/19
Application Deadline: 10/2/19

This FOA supports applications for Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (OAICs), centers of excellence in geriatrics research and research education, to increase scientific knowledge leading to better ways to maintain or restore independence in older persons. The OAIC awards are designed to develop or strengthen awardee institutions’ programs that focus on and sustain progress on a key area in aging research related to the mission of the OAIC program. Limited Submission Applications are submitted through this Sharepoint site.

Image Science, Engineering, & Technology

Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Title: Advanced Computing Systems & Services: Adapting to the Rapid Evolution of Science and Engineering Research
Internal Deadline: 8/6/19
Proposal Deadline: 11/5/19

The intent of this solicitation is to request proposals from organizations willing to serve as service providers (SPs) within the NSF Innovative High-Performance Computing (HPC) program to provide advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) capabilities and/or services in production operations to support the full range of computational- and data-intensive research across all of science and engineering (S&E).

The current solicitation is intended to complement previous NSF investments in advanced computational infrastructure by provisioning resources, broadly defined in this solicitation to include systems and/or services, in two categories: Category I, Capacity Systems: production computational resources maximizing the capacity provided to support the broad range of computation and data analytics needs in S&E research; and Category II, Innovative Prototypes/Testbeds: innovative forward-looking capabilities deploying novel technologies, architectures, usage modes, etc., and exploring new target applications, methods, and paradigms for S&E discoveries. Limited Submission Applications are submitted through this Sharepoint site.

Funding Agency: NASA
Title: ROSES 2019: Studies with ICESat-2
NOI Deadline: 8/1/19
Proposal Deadline: 10/8/19

NASA solicits proposals for Earth science research using observations from the Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2), which was launched on September 15, 2018. The Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS) instrument on ICESat-2 is the most advanced, highest-resolution altimetry instrument ever placed in Earth orbit.

ATLAS is a photon-counting LIDAR with six beams and ICESat-2's near-polar orbit is optimized to enable it to characterize elevation changes in Earth’s polar ice. The mission collects measurements globally – away from the poles – particularly to enable independent determination of vegetation height, but also to support research in hydrology, oceanography, atmospheric sciences, and other Earth and applied sciences.

Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health
Title: Research to Understand and Inform Interventions that Promote the Research Careers of Individuals in the Biomedical Sciences (R01 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
LOI Deadline: 9/5/19
Proposal Deadline: 10/5/19

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages solicits applications that propose research designed to test training, mentoring, and networking interventions intended to enhance research-oriented individuals' interest, motivation, persistence and preparedness for careers in the biomedical research workforce. Funded projects are expected to produce research findings that will guide the design and implementation of potential interventions in a variety of academic settings and career levels to enhance the diversity of the biomedical research workforce.

Funding Agency: NASA
Title: Development of Microgravity Food Production: Plant Watering, Volume Management, and Novel Plant Research on the International Space Station
Step 1 Deadline: 7/5/19
Step 2 Deadline: 9/26/19

This Space Biology Appendix to ROSBio-2018 represents a collaboration between NASA’s Space Life and Physical Science Research and Applications Division (SLPSRAD) and NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems (AES). The goal of this collaboration is to solicit research and development (R&D) projects that will lead to the development of a more reliable water and nutrient delivery approach/concept for growing edible pick-and-eat plants for multiple generations in microgravity, that will eventually lead to new hardware.

Through this solicitation, NASA seeks proposals for the integrated research and development of: 1) Edible Plant Water and Nutrient Delivery Systems for Microgravity Spaceflight that will provide sufficiently uniform wetting of the roots, avoid the release of free water, and maintain sufficient aeration and oxygen; and 2) Edible Plant Spacing Systems that will optimize the use of plant-growing volume in space.

Funding Agency: Department of Defense
Title: FY19 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Navy ROTC Cybersecurity Training Program
Proposal Deadline: Continuous

The ONR seeks a broad range of applications for augmenting existing or developing innovative solutions that directly maintain, or cultivate a diverse, world-class STEM workforce in order to maintain the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps’ technological superiority. The goal of any proposed effort must provide solutions that will grow a capable and trained workforce with the skills to defend against emergent cyber and electronic warfare threats.

Funding efforts will be targeted primarily toward projects addressing the technical skills taught to university students enrolled in ROTC programs; these ROTC programs are not restricted to any particular Service. While this is effort is targeted primarily toward students enrolled in ROTC programs it can also include civilian students.


Funding Agency: Department of Education
Title: OSERS-OSEP: Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities: Stepping-up Technology Implementation
Application Deadline: 7/22/19

The purposes of the Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities Program are to (1) improve results for children with disabilities by promoting the development, demonstration, and use of technology; (2) support educational activities designed to be of educational value in the classroom for children with disabilities; (3) provide support for captioning and video description that is appropriate for use in the classroom; and (4) provide accessible educational materials to children with disabilities in a timely manner.

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