The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology is doling out more than $3.6 million to support 17 applied research projects.
Oklahoma teams will use the funds to conduct research and development for up to three years. Each one already secured matching funds to support their research into medical, energy or military issues.
OCAST's board chose the winning projects from a field of 42 applications, which were peer-reviewed. Twenty-three were deemed worthy of financial support, but there was not enough money in the Oklahoma Applied Research Program to fund them all.
The recipients include:
Keith Jamison, of Ardmore, who was awarded $300,000 to fabricate and test material that could be used in capacitor-based energy storage.
Chris Whittenburg, of Broken Arrow, who was awarded $168,706 to design and commercialize a system to identify the building blocks of improvised explosive devices.
Sean Bauman, of Norman, who was awarded $297,412 to develop a diagnostic to aid in early detection of invasive fungal disease in whole blood.
Zhisheng Shi, of Norman, who was awarded $300,000 to develop and commercialize semiconductor mid-infrared detectors.
Bijo Mathew, of Norman, who was awarded $90,000 to develop a process the U.S. Army could use to create more effective procedures to protect soldiers and weaponry from obscurants.
Weidong Wang, of Oklahoma City, who was awarded two grants totaling $381,122 to develop drugs to treat diabetes and to develop a new version of a gene-editing technology.