2015 Seed Funding Program

Thirty proposals were submitted by researchers and faculty from across the entire University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus to the 2015 iteration of the ARI Seed Funding Program.

The proposals selected for funding are:

  • “High Detectivity and Low Cost Room-Temperature Infrared Detectors.” PI: Songbin Gong, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Co-PI: Dan Wasserman, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
  • “Precision Cover Cropping.” PI: Jonathan Coppess, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics.
  • “Automatic Aerial Weed Scout with Robust Crop and Weed Segmentation Algorithm.” PI: Lei Tian, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.
  • “Design and Manufacturing of Multi-functional Composites from Architected Carbon Nanotubes.” PI: Sameh Tawfick, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering.
  • “Moving Towards Individualized Medicine: Understanding Dietary Predictors of the Human Gastrointestinal Microbiome." PI: Hannah Holscher, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

The ARI is excited to partner with these faculty members to propel their ideas forward.

These projects have the potential to evolve into deeper research collaborations between ARI and campus research teams. The ARI will also be working with faculty whose projects were not funded in this round to identify future opportunities with external funding agencies.

The ARI thanks all those who submitted proposals to the 2015 seed funding round.

Contact ARI Communication Specialist Zach Thomas at rzthomas@illinois.edu for more information about the program.