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RIT selected for $300,000 national grant

Rochester Institute of Technology has received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps for a universitywide project designed to help convert research into marketable products and services.

The three-year grant focuses on the STEM disciplines—science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The grant will be used for advancing student-oriented projects with commercial applications and for training faculty members to expand the I-Corp process throughout the university, noted Richard DeMartino, endowed chair and director of the Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship at RIT and associate professor in Saunders College of Business.

“RIT is thrilled to be selected by the National Science Foundation as one of 15 universities to become an I-Corps Site,” said DeMartino, the project’s principal investigator.

The project will be under the control of the Simone Center and the Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity, officials said.

“The MAGIC Center is thrilled that this grant will allow us to strengthen our relationship with the Simone Center and other units on campus to continue to engage with students on multi-disciplinary projects with entrepreneurial goals,” said Andrew Phelps, director of the MAGIC Center and professor in B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. “This in turn will have sustained impact both within Rochester and throughout the country.”

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