Sunday, April 19, 2009

Microgravity Research Competition Winner

Winner - LabFlight -

The winner of the Microgravity Research Competition is the Division of Nanomedicine of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, for a proposal on “Decoupling Diffusive Transport Phenomena in Microgravity.” The selection was announced by Art Dula, Trustee of the Heinlein Prize Trust on April 18. Receiving the award was Principal Investigator Dr. Mauro Ferrari and his team. Click here to read the winning proposal. The UT team plans to use microgravity on the SpaceX Dragon to understand the law of nano-scale particle diffusion and then apply it to drug delivery and other commercial applications. Their award consists of the flight of their experiment and its return to Earth, a trip to Cape Canaveral to see the launch, and a grant of $25,000 from the Heinlein Prize Trust.

I haven't yet seen news about the winners of the following 4 prizes from the 2009 Rice Business Plan Competition:

NASA Earth/Space Life Science Innovation Award - $20,000 - Best LS plan with earth/space applications
NASA Earth/Space Engineering Innovation Awards (3) - $20,000 - Best Eng. plan with earth/space applications (3)