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Alert COVID-19 Grants

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) 

NIBIB is urgently soliciting proposals and can provide up to $500M across multiple projects to rapidly produce innovative SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic tests that will assist the public’s safe return to normal activities.

Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)

The BARDA BAA is prioritizing COVID-19 diagnostics, vaccine, therapeutics, prophylaxis, respiratory devices, and advanced manufacturing tech.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

DHS is seeks to accelerate testing and fielding of new capabilities, employing innovative commercial products to the detection of exposure, prevention, containment and treatment of COVID-19 and similar microbial threats.

Department of Defense, Department of Air Force

The CSO from the DOD Air force Acquisition CoVID Task Force  mission areas include: combating the spread, welfare of citizens, readiness, and industrial impact.
AFWERX COVID 19 Joint Acquisition Task Force 

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Featured Project

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In Vitro Cellular Barrier Models

Using ultrathin membranes to enable the development of novel co-culture and barrier models as well as improved measurement and analysis of real-time barrier functions. The ultrathin nature of the membranes not only enables improved physiological processes but also optical, electrical and biochemical analysis of barrier properties. Furthermore, we can control and manipulate physical and biochemical cell-cell interactions by tuning membrane pore sizes and membrane thickness at the nanometer and micrometer scales. 

Tom Gaborski, Principle Investigator

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  • January 15, 2021

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    Researcher opens behavioral health clinic

    RIT’s behavioral health program is expanding in new directions with a clinic on campus and federal funding to deliver addiction treatment in rural communities in upstate New York and New Hampshire.

  • December 8, 2020

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    Ke Du awarded 15K from Biological Mimetics Inc.

    Ke Du, assistant professor in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, awarded 15K to develop a CRISPR assay for the rapid detection of SARS-CoV-2. The detection scheme based on a recent paper from Du’s lab appeared in the journal of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces titled Magnetic Bead-Quantum Dot (MB-Qdot) Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeat Assay for Simple Viral DNA Detection. 

  • November 13, 2020

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    RIT celebrates graduate student research with weeklong virtual symposium Nov. 16-20

    RIT will celebrate graduate research during the 13th annual Graduate Education Week and Showcase: A Vision into the Future. The virtual event—Nov. 16 to 20—creates a platform for sharing and exchanging ideas during the COVID-19 pandemic, with pre-recorded and live presentations, demonstrations, visual exhibitions, and an alumni panel discussion.

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