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UH preps for second increment of Accelerated Research Commercialization Grants

University of Hawaiʻi
Posted: Dec 16, 2003

Another round of UH Accelerated Research Commercialization (ARC) Grants is available in 2004 to support collaborative research projects with Hawaiʻi‘s technology companies. The ARC program was launched in 2003 and funded projects involving UH faculty and three companies: Hawaii Biotechnology, Inc; Novasol; and Pacific Carbon and Graphite, Inc.

The ARC program‘s goals are to strengthen relationships between the local technology industry and UH researchers, leverage joint research capabilities of companies and UH, increase and improve technology transfer in Hawaiʻi, and enhance the competitiveness of local technology companies. ARC provides matching funds for industry-university research that has strong commercial potential. Proposals will be accepted for research in Biotechnology, Advanced Communications, Software Development, Ocean Sciences, Sensors and Optics, Alternative Energy, and Materials Sciences. Proposals are peer-reviewed by expert scientists from UH and other universities.

"The places with the most success in building strong technology industries have extensive interaction between companies and research institutes," said University Connections Director Keith Mattson, who manages the ARC program. "Cooperative research grants are a great way to get that kind of interaction going."

A total of $150,000 in ARC funding will be available in 2004 — up to a maximum of $75,000 per project. Companies must match the ARC funding requested, and up to half of their match can be through in-kind contributions. The deadline for proposals is February 13, 2004; an ARC proposal workshop will be held on January 8. More details on the ARC program, application instructions, and proposal workshop are online at

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