Rice-Methodist Innovative
Collaborative Grant Award (ICGA)

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Houston Methodist Department of Nanomedicine – Rice University Innovative Collaborative Grant Awards (ICGA), awarded on December 17, 2018:

Investigators Title of Project
Antonia Silvestri, Alexander Kutana; Co-PI:Luca Bursi "Implantable continuous-mode device for early-stage detection and treatment of inflammation state caused by any implanted foreign body"
Iyabo Lawal and Fernanda P. Pons-Faudoa "Pons-Faudoa Automatic detection of spasticity of major muscles with mechanosensors"
Sunny Niu, Corrine Ying Xuan Chua; Co-Investigator: Jeremy Ho "Paper-Based Detection of Biomarkers using Gold Nanoparticle Conjugates for Diagnosis and Treatment of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) in Low Resource Settings"
We also congratulate the following investigators for receiving a Houston Methodist- Rice University Innovative Collaborative Travel Award:
Sudip Mukherjee and Shreya Goel "Molecular engineering and in vivo screening of immunomodulatory nanoparticle library for targeting triple negative breast cancer"

The ICGA is intended to support innovative and collaborative research from trainees at both the Department of Nanomedicine and Rice University. Under this mechanism, 3 projects will be awarded the amount of $10,000 each. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at Rice University and Methodist, as well as research associates on an academic track, instructors on an academic track, and visiting students at Methodist are highly encouraged to apply as principal investigators. Each project will require 2 principal investigators (one from the Department of Nanomedicine at HMRI and one from Rice University). Projects must present biomedical and nanotechnology focus. The period of execution of each project must not exceed 12 months. Projects can utilize platform technologies developed in the lab of the applicant’s faculty advisor. However, projects cannot be a logical continuation of ongoing research in the laboratory of the applicant’s faculty advisor. The project must be conceived, designed, and written solely by the applicants, with the agreement of the respective faculty advisors

Collaborative ideas are a key requirement.

Call for proposals is closed. Please see the full application instructions - 2018 (PDF here) for more details on the application process.