2018 Seed Grant

Local Transportation Decisions for a Resilient Future

PI: Martha Sheils (New England Environmental Finance Center, USM) Sector: Climate Science, Policy Partners: MaineDOT, GEI Consultants Inc. Abstract: It is a challenge for Maine’s municipalities to respond to long-term impacts of sea level rise and increased precipitation that threaten their economic viability. This pilot project develops a technical assistance process to help municipalities make […]

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Predicting bad eggs: developing a high throughput respirometry system to portend growth, hatching, and survival rates of fish embryos for the aquaculture industry.

PI: Nishad Jayasundara (Marine Sciences, UMaine) Sector: Aquaculture Partners: Cooke Aquaculture, Center for Corporate Aquaculture Research Abstract: Aquaculture is a multibillion-dollar global industry that is valued at ~$130 million dollars in Maine. Atlantic salmon farming is the highest valued (over $50 million) finfish aquaculture in the State. Maine salmon is a major contributor to the […]

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Gaming Application for Multimodal Skill Acquisition (GAMSA): Improving Navigation and Independence for Blind and Visually Impaired People

PI: Nicholas Giudice (Vemi Laboratory, UMaine) Sector: Healthcare Technology, It, Computer Science Partners: Iris Network Abstract: One of the biggest challenges to educational, vocational, and social success for blind and visually impaired individuals is the inadequacy of current tools for teaching travel skills and technologies supporting independent navigation. This problem impacts the 30,000 people in […]

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Development Toward Commercialization of a Rapid Test for Beverage Spoilage Yeasts

PI: Laurie Connell (Marine Sciences, UMaine) Sector: Food Science Partners: Beacon Analytical Systems, Constellation Consortium Abstract: Our handheld, point-of-use instrument will provide the only near-instantaneous solution to detect certain environmental microbes from complex matrices with minimal sample preparation. The system is based on prior-art developed at UMaine funded through Federal, State, and Private sources. We […]

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Lobster Shell Golf Ball Production and Initial Beta Market Launch

PI: James Beaupre (Foster Center for Student Innovation, UMaine) Sector: Aquaculture, Manufacturing Partners: Cape Seafood Abstract: In an effort to accelerate the commercialization of the lobster golf ball technology developed at the University of Maine, a start-up enterprise will be nurtured and built at UMaine. This technology takes advantage of waste lobster shell from the […]

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Sensor Development/Adaptation to Improve Healthcare: A Partnership Between the University of Maine System and Saint Joseph's Hospital

PI: John Vetelino (Electrical and Computer Engineering, UMaine) Sector: Biotechnology Partners: Saint Joseph’s Hospital, James Moreira (UMM), Steven Quackenbush (UMF) Abstract: The goal of this proposal is to develop a partnership between University of Maine System researchers and Saint Joseph’s Hospital to develop/adapt and commercialize sensors to detect/monitor diseases and/or medical conditions to improve public […]

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Optimization and Automation of a Shellfish Nursery Upweller

PI: Andrew Goupee (Mechanical Engineering, UMaine) Sector: Aquaculture, Engineering Partners: Aquaculture Innovation Center, Pemaquid Oyster Company, Darling Marine Center Abstract: Shellfish aquaculture is rapidly growing in the State of Maine. Oyster aquaculture alone in Maine has increased nearly five-fold from 2011 to 2016, with harvest values of approximately $6 million as of 2016. However, shellfish […]

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Supporting the development of Maine’s sea scallop aquaculture industry

PI: Dana Morse (Marine Sciences, UMaine) Sector: Aquaculture Partners: Maine Aquaculture Cooperative, Rachel Lasley-Rasher (USM), Hugh Cowperthwaite (CEI) Abstract: Maine’s opportunity in the ear-hanging technique of scallop aquaculture is clear: a large domestic market for scallops, a need to diversify our working waterfronts along with strong brand recognition of Maine seafood. Results from field trials […]

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Augmented reality respiratory simulators for combined visual and haptic medical training in low-resource settings

PI: Caitlin Howell (Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, UMaine) Sector: Biomedical, Biotechnology Partners: Zephyrus Technology, Denham Ward (Maine Medical Center Research Institute) Abstract: Simulation-based learning is becoming a newly adopted standard for training medical professionals, immersing students in complex ‘real-life’ scenarios to facilitate clinical knowledge application and hands-on skill development. However, current training simulators are expensive, […]

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Maine-Based Construction and Assembly of Aqua Ventus Floating Hull

PI: Habib Dagher (Advanced Structures and Composites Center, UMaine) Sector: Engineering, Composite Technology Partners: U.S. Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Cianbro, Stantec Abstract: The RRF funding will be used to develop construction procedures which allow for the 8,000 tons VolturnUS floating concrete offshore wind turbine hulls to be produced in Maine. Offshore wind […]

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