OCAST awards $1.35 million to seven projects.

The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology on Thursday awarded $1.35 million to seven applied research projects.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: December 7, 2012
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The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology will provide $1.35 million to seven applied research projects.

Each of the successful applicants will conduct research under this round of funding for one to three years.

OCAST received 39 proposals, and external reviewers recommended 12 for funding. But available funds allowed support only of the highest ranked seven projects.

Funded projects include research into wheat genetics, thermophotovoltaics, thermoelectric energy harvesting, hydrogen production through hydrolysis, treatment for Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia, Crohn's disease and silicon substrates.

The funds are administered by OCAST through the Oklahoma Applied Research Support (OARS) program and represent a long-term effort by the state to encourage technology-based economic development.

The recipients are:

Khosrow Namjou, of Lightwave Photonics in Ardmore, who received $300,000 to help develop a process to lower the cost and speed the adoption of light-emitting diodes as a replacement for incandescent bulbs.