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Current NSF EPSCoR Grants:  
Sustainability Solutions Initiative FY 2010-2014

This five-year project is a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional effort that will lead to the creation of the Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine. Research will address the intersecting ecological, social, and economic dimensions of sustainability science, with an emphasis on making connections between knowledge and action. A multi-faceted approach to problems related to drivers of landscape change - urbanization, forest ecosystem management, and climate variability - will enable innovative science, education, and economic and workforce development in an area of critical importance to Maine's future.


Click here to visit SSI's website for more information.

Click here to view project documents.

Past NSF EPSCoR Grants:
New England Cyberinfrastructure Consortium


This $1,350,000 three-year project supports high-speed fiber networks that will allow researchers greater access to regional and national compute, analysis, and visualization resources.

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Forest Bioproducts Research Initiative
FY 2006-2009

FBRI's Vision:

To advance understanding about the scientific underpinnings, system behavior, and policy implications for the production of forest-based bioproducts that meet societal needs for materials, chemicals and fuels in an economically and ecologically sustainable manner.

FBRI's Core Research:

  • Promote Forest Health for a Stable Bio-Economy

  • Understand and Seperate Wood Components

  • Create and Commercialize New Bioproducts

Click here to vist FBRI's website for more information.
Institute of Molecular Biophysics (IMB) FY 2003-2006
The IMB was created in 2003 under an NSF EPSCoR RII award to develop and deploy the biological imaging technologies of the future. It is an interdisciplinary program that brings together expertise in biophysics and engineering, cell biology, genetics and genomics, and created vibrant research programs in biological applications of ultra-high resolution microscopy, the development of novel probes for microscopy and in vivo imaging, biocomputing, and bioengineering.
Biosensor Technology & Intelligent Spatial Technology FY 2000-2003
The Biosensor Technology project at the University of Maine established new research expertise and infrastructure that allowed for the ability to design, fabricate, and test biosensor prototype devices that can have a huge impact in safeguarding public health, protecting the military, and saving the environment. The Spatial Technology project at the University allowed for faculty new hires, equipment, and new educational opportunities to advance GPS, remote sensing, field surveying, and data management technologies.
Advanced Engineering Wood Compsites (AEWC) & Marine Aquaculture FY 1996-1999
This project supported the creation of the Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center (AEWC) at the University of Maine, including construction of a 30,000 sq. ft. facility, major equipment purchases, and new faculty hires. Visit the Advanced Composites website for more information. This grant also allowed for the construction of a new Marine Culture Laboratory at the University's Darling Marine Center to support a broad spectrum of aquaculture research and education.
Wood Science Engineering, Global Climate Change, & Marine Molecular Biology FY 1990-1996
This project established an Automated DNA-Sequencer facility and allowed for faculty new hires in Marine Biology at the University of Maine; supported the design and building of several pilot-tensioned wood composite bridges in Maine for long-term performance monitoring; and supported major equipment purchases, faculty new hires, and a Stable Isotope Laboratory that led to the creation of the Climate Change Institute at the University.

Recent Past DOE EPSCoR Grant: FY 2008-2011
Thermal Conversion of Woody Biomass to Fuels and Chemicals
UMaine’s DOE EPSCoR research cluster is implementing new catalyst R&D infrastructure and addressing fundamental science and engineering pathways for thermochemical conversion of woody biomass to fuels and chemicals, an area of increasing importance to Maine’s forest products industry. Through hydrodeoxygenation, pyrolysis oils are being characterized, and catalysts are being developed to improve the chemical compositions of the biomass pyrolysis products.

The DEPSCoR program assists EPSCoR researchers to become more competitive for regular DoD research and training grants.

Recent Past DEPSCoR projects:
High Temperature Microwave Acoustic Sensors for Aerospace Vehicle Health Management
Principal investigators: Dr. Mauricio Pereira de Cunha & Dr. Robert Lad
The Air Force has an immediate need for powerful, multitask sensor arrays capable of sensing physical properties, such as temperature, pressure, gaseous corrosion, strain, and vibration on critical components of aerospace vehicles in harsh environments. In this project, novel prototype LGX surface acoustic wave (SAW) sensors and corrosion sensing ceramic thin film coatings will be researched and integrated into a high temperature sensor package to reach operational temperatures as high as 1200 C in harsh environments.

Fatigue Life Prediction of Sandwich Composite Joints for Navy Seaframes
PI: Dr. Roberto Lopez-Anido Co-PI: Dr. Habib Dagher
The goal of the proposed research activity is to predict the sandwich T-joint component fatigue life under various axial, bending and combined loads using coupon fracture quasi-static and fatigue data combined with Virtual Crack Closure (VCC) finite element analysis method. This proposal will contribute to the establishment a resource center for the US Navy and shipbuilders, enabling optimized composite joint designs for the next generation of seaframes.

The goal of NASA EPSCoR is to enable eligible NASA EPSCoR states, with seed funding, to develop an academic research enterprise directed toward long-term, self-sustaining, nationally-competitive capabilities in aerospace and aerospace-related research.

The Maine Space Grant Consortium is responsible for the overall development and direction of the program, the activities of the research groups and/or individuals, construction of a timeline and milestones, achievement of program milestones, goals and objectives, and national dissemination of research results.

Recent Past NASA EPSCoR Projects:
Real-time Wireless Shape Monitoring of Space Structures
Principal Investigator: Dr. Ali Abedi


Toxicology of Metal and Lunar Particles in Biological Systems
Principal Investigator: Dr. John Wise, University of Southern Maine

Current NASA EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Development Awards:
Agent Based Modeling of Whale Migration
Principal Investigator: Dr. Fei Chai

Battery-Free Wireless Communication System for Harsh Environments
Principal Investigator: Dr. Ali Abedi



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