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The GRIP Kick-off was held March 1, 2017 in The James B. Hunt Library, with presentations from each of the four funded projects. Former Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation Alan Rebar and RTI International President Wayne Holden started the program with their visions of the GRIP program and the impact collaborations such as these have to the research community.

GRIP Water Sustainability Group

Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology: Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the Solid-Water Interface team

GRIP Computers for All group

Computer Science for All K-12 Students team

GRIP 3D Tissue Printing Group

3-D Printing of Fibrous Tissue Engineered Medical Products team

GRIP Genetic Discovery group

Program in Genetic Discovery and Prediction team

GRIP Winners Announced!

On December 8, 2016, the Office of Research and Innovation announced the teams who were selected as winners of GRIP awards. The GRIP initiative was conceived to incentivize NC State faculty to think “outside-the-box”, and to stimulate collaborations across college and institutional boundaries. The response was overwhelming: Research and Innovation received 59 pre-proposals that spanned all 10 NC State colleges, included more than 300 NC State faculty, and involved talented collaborators at RTI, Duke, and UNC-Chapel Hill. Following the oral presentations by the six team finalists, the GRIP scientific and administrative review panel deliberated and debated the merits of each proposal team. It was a difficult decision, but in the end, these four project teams were chosen:

Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology: Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the Solid-Water Interface
Primary Investigator: Jacob Jones, David Berube, Douglas Call, Jan Genzer, Detlef Knappe, Yaroslava Yingling, Mohammed Zikry (NCSU); Young Chul Choi, Khara Grieger (RTI); Susan White (WRRI); and many other participants at NC State, RTI, UNC, and Duke
Synopsis: An interdisciplinary team assembled by the Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network (RTNN), the Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) of the UNC system, and the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) propose a fundamental and comprehensive research development effort in nanotechnology-enabled systems for water sustainability, e.g. biofouling on desalination membranes, energy extraction from wastewater, and nanotechnology-based water monitoring sensors (e.g., nano-sensors for precision agricultural engineering and space applications).

Computer Science for All K-12 Students
Primary Investigators: Glenn Kleiman, Eric Wiebe, James Lester, Tiffany Barnes (NCSU); Kimberly O’Mally (RTI)
Synopsis: The proposed project will establish NC State as a national center addressing this critical need to provide pre-college students with foundational knowledge and skills in Computational Thinking. The partnership of NC State’s Friday Institute (FI), College of Education, Center for Educational Informatics (CEI) and Department of Computer Science, along with the RTI Center for Evaluation and the Study of Educational Equity, is uniquely positioned to take a broad-based, systemic approach to addressing this challenge by fostering state-of-the-art educational innovations, conducting design research in partnership with K-12 schools, developing and implementing scalable and effective approaches to preparing teachers, and working with state government and business leaders to make NC a model in bringing computational thinking and digital-age workplace skills into K-12 education.

3D Printing of Fibrous Tissue Engineered Medical Products: A New Paradigm for Tissue Biofabrication and Therapeutics
Primary Investigators: Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Frances S. Ligler, Benoit Maze, Matthew B. Fisher, Rohan A. Shirwaiker, Kyle G. Mathews (NCSU); Shawn D. Hintgen, Jeffrey T. Spang, Bruce Cairnes (UNC-Chapel Hill)
Synopsis: 3D printing is driving major innovations in many areas, such as engineering, manufacturing, and medicine. While currently used primarily to manufacture prototypes and small products, recent innovations have enabled 3D printing of biocompatible materials, cells, and supporting components on fibrous structures to form complex functional living tissues. However, there is need for mass customization. This proposal seeks to extend the recent innovations in 3D printing and bioprinting by developing a fiber-based printing system that underpins the essential need for mass customization technologies, and open up new interdisciplinary areas of research for healthcare, engineering, and other applications.

The NCSU/RTI Program In Genetic Discovery and Prediction (PGDP)
Primary Investigator: Fred Wright, Alison Motsinger, Jung-Ying Tzeng, Zhao-Bang Zeng, Yi-Hui Zhou, Marie Davidian, Spencer Muse, Siddhartha Thakur (NCSU); Carol Hamilton, Wayne Huggins, Rebecca Boyles, James Balhoff, Stephen Hwang, Michelle Krzyzanowski
Synopsis: This proposal seeks to create a multi-faceted three-year Program in Genetic Discovery and Prediction (PGDP), initially organized around a demonstration and feasibility pilot for a highly ambitious effort the team calls the “1000 GWAS Project.” The Project will compile an unprecedented number of publicly available genome-wide association studies (GWAS, representing hundreds of thousands of patients). These studies have been used to identify genetic variants that predispose humans to disease and can be used to predict patient outcomes. The Project will re-analyze the combined data using the latest methods for genetic analysis and quality control, combined with new linkages to standard measures for phenotypes, as well as data on clinical covariates and exposures. Finally, the Project will feed back into public repositories, providing an open-source analysis pipeline and community resource for ongoing research. The unprecedented data compilation and comprehensive analysis will reveal subtle and more complex interactions between genes, environmental exposures and resulting disease and treatment outcomes.

2017 Review Committee

Office of Research and Innovation would like to offer special thanks to the scientific and administrative review panels for their participation in this program. Without their time and expertise, this effort would not have been possible:

NC State

Alan Rebar, Vice Chancellor for Research, Office of Research and Innovation
Ruben Carbonell, Director; Kenan Institute
Denis Gray, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Psychology
Pierre Gremaud, College of Sciences, Mathematics
Jon Horowitz, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Infrastructure, Office of Research and Innovation
Albena Ivanisevic, College of Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering
Frank Louws, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Plant Pathology
Denis Marcellin-Little, College of Veterinary Medicine, Clinical Sciences
Pradip Pramanik, Director; Proposal Development Unit
Coby Schal, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Entomology
Ron Sederoff, College of Natural Resources, Forestry and Environmental Resources
Mladen Vouk, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Development, Office of Research and Innovation
Alyson Wilson, College of Sciences; Statistics

RTI International

James Gibson, Chief Operating Officer
Terri Lomax, Executive Vice President; Discovery, Science, & Technology
Jaqueline Olich, Director of University Collaborations

About GRIP

The Office of Research and Innovation is pleased to announce a new, large-scale seed-funding program to stimulate the growth of interdisciplinary research at NC State.  This initiative, the Game-Changing Research Incentive Program (GRIP), will allocate more than $1,500,000 over three years to fund exceptional research teams and projects that span NC State colleges.  GRIP is intended to incentivize and support visionary research ideas that will result in large-scale extramural funding, award-winning research impacts, and first-class interdisciplinary graduate education and training.

GRIP awards will follow a three-phase application process including a two-page pre-proposal, selection of up to 10 pre-proposals to submit eight-page final proposals, and an oral presentation round.  Please see the links below to the full RFP and other information.

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RTI Press Webinar

In August 2019, NC State hosted an informational Webinar that focused on publication opportunities offered by RTI PressAdditional information about RTI Press can be gleaned from the resources below as well as visiting the RTI Press website.