Grants awarded for technology-based innovation in UAE

Four grants awarded to Masdar Institute and MIT for technology-based innovation

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Grants awarded for technology-based innovation in UAE Moavenzadeh: "With the support of the UAE leadership, we have ensured the development of an innovation ecosystem in Abu Dhabi, now linked to the robust ecosystem at MIT, to assist local entrepreneurs with early-stage technologies."
By  Helen Gaskell Published  October 21, 2014

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, today announced that it is collaborating with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to fund four research projects run jointly by faculty members at both institutions.

The grants are the first under a new program, the Masdar Institute and MIT Innovation Program (MMIP), that is focused on developing commercial applications of technology research.

Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh, president, Masdar Institute, said: "The MMIP grants testify to the collaborative partnership we have with MIT that is focused on guiding and inspiring innovation in the UAE. With the support of the UAE leadership, we have ensured the development of an innovation ecosystem in Abu Dhabi, now linked to the robust ecosystem at MIT, to assist local entrepreneurs with early-stage technologies. We believe awarding such grants will help researchers intensify their efforts to obtain solutions that benefit the wider community."

According to Masdar, successful projects may result in the formation of start-up companies or license agreements.

The four selected early-stage MMIP projects include a project to develop novel low-cost on-chip sensing devices for continuous water monitoring that could provide early warning of algal blooms; a novel wastewater treatment system for the removal of heavy metals, organic contents, and microbes from water; a scalable and renewable energy-driven technology for handling different quantities of feed waters and high salinity levels; and a digital transmitter platform to reduce the foot print and power consumption in wireless radios.

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