Innovation Pipeline

Innovation Pipeline
thumbnail imageImproving the lives of people with disabilities

RIT is seeking to spur research that assists people with disabilities and the agencies that serve them through a new seed-funding effort offered by the Office of the Vice President for Research.

The Effective Access Technology Program is offering a total of $100,000 in funding to faculty-led student teams to address access issues for disabled persons in the Rochester community. Individual seed grants will range from $5,000 to $10,000. The program is open to tenure and tenure-track faculty; proposals are due Nov. 12. To submit a proposal, go to To read more about the program, go to The winners will be announced at the RIT Celebration of Research event from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 16 in Louise M. Slaughter Hall, room 2240.

(A team led by Edward Brown, associate professor of electrical engineering, is developing orthotics and robotics that could improve mobility for persons with physical disabilities. Electrical engineering student Adey Begregioris, right, controls a robotic manipulator using sEMG signals obtained from her bicep muscles. Elizabeth Lamark, ETC Photo/The Wallace Center)

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