- Traditional and Undergraduate Enhancement Subprogram
- Endowed Chairs Programs
- BoRSF Endowed: Two-Year Student Workforce Scholarships (Replaces Enhancement Subprogram for Two-Year Institutions)
- Endowed Superior Graduate Student Scholarships
- Research and Development
- ATLAS Subprogram
- Traditional Graduate Fellows Subprogram
- BoR/SREB Graduate Fellowships to Promote Diversity Subprogram
August 3, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dr. Katara A. Williams, Asst. Commissioner for Public Affairs
Dwayne A. Grant
BATON ROUGE, LA. — A consortium of researchers has put Louisiana’s growing advanced manufacturing and materials industries into the national spotlight after being awarded a highly competitive $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant will establish the Consortium for Innovation in Manufacturing and Materials (CIMM), a research collaboration among five of Louisiana’s state universities: Louisiana State University (LSU), Louisiana Tech University, Grambling State University, Southern University in Baton Rouge, and the University of New Orleans.
“This significant NSF award contributes directly to the higher education goals we have set for the state,” said Dr. Joseph C. Rallo, Commissioner of Higher Education. “It is particularly noteworthy that our institutions and the business community are partnering in initiatives critical to the future economic well-being of Louisiana.”
The 5-year Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-1 award from the NSF’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) will have a tremendous impact on the State, launching the next level of research and development for the materials and advanced manufacturing industries. Researchers will address the fundamental building blocks of metal and alloy materials on a scale ranging from millimeters down to nanometers. The overarching goal of CIMM is to accelerate manufacturing technology development by combining supercomputer modeling and simulation with physical experimentation in a shared specialized research lab hosted at LSU. The computational research will be conducted through the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI) network and has tremendous advantages because many of the preliminary experiments can be conducted virtually on each campus, greatly speeding up discovery time and testing of novel materials.
Strategic investments over the past 20 years in experimental and computational materials research and infrastructure have yielded significant opportunities for long-term growth in Louisiana. CIMM directly capitalizes on the successes of Louisiana’s 2010 NSF RII award, which established the successful Louisiana Alliance for Simulation-Guided Materials Applications (LA-SiGMA) and wraps up this fall.
“LA-SiGMA was a huge success and paved the way for the launch into advanced manufacturing. The long-term state investments and intercampus collaborations leading up to this timely NSF award have been invaluable,” said Dr. Michael Khonsari, project director of Louisiana EPSCoR and Associate Commissioner for Sponsored Programs at the Louisiana Board of Regents. “CIMM will be critical to boosting Louisiana into an internationally competitive position in the advanced manufacturing and materials industries.”
Partnerships will be forged with Louisiana businesses to further leverage the State’s assets to educate and train the specialized workforce needed for this growing industry that heavily relies on computer technology to produce high precision products. CIMM researchers will engage with Louisiana students in all grade levels to encourage them to explore disciplines in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Outreach activities will range from hands-on public demonstrations to summer research experiences with university mentors. In particular, CIMM researchers will focus on broadening the participation of underrepresented minorities in STEM disciplines by directly involving students from community colleges, the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired, and the two minority-serving collaborators, Southern University and Grambling State University.
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Research-Based Technology Transfer and Commercialization
Board Actions: December 2014/June 2015
During 2012-13, the Regents’ Master Plan Research Advisory Committee (MPRAC), in collaboration with the Louisiana Department of Economic Development (LED) and the consultants LED engaged from Battelle, conducted analyses of Louisiana’s priority research areas to identify a limited number with potential for more accelerated State development and investment. The 2013 Battelle report recommended the following five priority research areas for more intensive review:
- Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
- Clean Technology and Energy
- Coastal and Water Management
- Digital Media and Enterprise Software
- Life Sciences and Bioengineering
MPRAC promptly established five corresponding Task Forces to pinpoint opportunities for innovation within each designated area. Task Forces completed reports in October 2014, each recommending no more than three priority areas for research investment.
Following an external review, at its meeting of December 10, 2014, Board actions recommended “to current and future Governors, the Legislature, the Louisiana Department of Economic Development, and the Louisiana Innovation Council, along with academic and business leaders, …specific short- and long-term State and private investments in the priority university research areas which the MPRAC Task Forces and review panel identified, especially the three ranked at the top: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Life Sciences and Bioengineering, and Digital Media and Enterprise Software.”
At its meeting of June 17, 2015, the Board of Regents considered the Master Plan Research Advisory Committee’s report recommending technology transfer approaches in regard to: (1) proof-of-concept/prototype funding; (2) Regents-level communication and coordination; (3) flexible standards for campuses as appropriate to their roles, scopes, and missions; and (4) statewide assessment of the state of university-based technology transfer. The Board unanimously acted as follows:
- Charged the staff and MPRAC to closely monitor the level of success of awardees in the Support Fund’s new Proof-of-Concept/Prototype (PoCP) initiative and make timely recommendations regarding future directions;
- Endorsed MPRAC’s recommendation that the Commissioner of Higher Education, on behalf of the Board of Regents, proceed with hiring, as expeditiously as possible, the Board of Regents Technology Transfer Liaison;
- Urged each campus member of the Master Plan Research Advisory Committee (MPRAC), consistent with the campus’ respective role, scope, and mission, to adapt as appropriate from best practices identified by the National Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). Each affected campus will transmit its report to all members of MPRAC by June 1, 2016;
- Based on National Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) data and other relevant information available in campus reports, charged MPRAC, in collaboration with the Louisiana Department of Economic Development (LED), to assess and make recommendations regarding: (a) the state of university-based technology transfer across Louisiana; and (b) statewide/regional policy and/or funding arrangements which could enhance university-based technology transfer. The Chair of MPRAC will report MPRAC’s assessment regarding a-b to the Commissioner of Higher Education by September 1, 2016.
Under the strong leadership of Dr. Tom Klei, Boyd Professor of Parasitology and Veterinary Science, LSU and A&M College spearheads the Louisiana Biomedical Research Network (LBRN), a collaborative statewide project funded by the National Institutes of Health. In place since 2001 and involving 27 participating campuses, the LBRN generates statewide impact in biomedical research and education. In the previous award (2009-14), NIH provided in excess of $15 million, with a Board of Regents Support Fund match of $1.148 million, for a rate of return of $13.39 for every Support Fund dollar invested; the new award, more than $18 million during 2015-20, will return an impressive $16.16 for each Support Fund dollar matched. The grant will continue to facilitate growth of biomedical research activities throughout the State by enhancing inter-institutional communication, collaboration, and the development of biomedical manpower and infrastructure resources.
At its May 27, 2015 meeting, the Board of Regents gave final approval for the subprogram and policy for the new BoRSF Endowed: Two-Year Student Workforce Scholarships subprogram. This competitive subprogram, available for new funding in FY 2015-16, provides Support Fund match for non-State contributions to establish permanent endowments for scholarships at two-year campuses in workforce areas related to four-and five-star Louisiana jobs. The Workforce Scholarships subprogram replaces the BoRSF’s Enhancement Subprogram for Two-Year Institutions.