Translational Grant Program

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Apply for funding to translate your basic science discovery into an innovative product or service to improve human health.

ODAT’s 2021 Translational Grant Program request for applications (RFA) is targeted to support the development of innovations that aim to advance health equity and accessibility. Innovations supported through this RFA will have the potential to translate beyond the UMN to impact the intended population(s). Projects that address unmet needs in pediatric-health, and projects that address rural health disparities, are particularly encouraged to apply. See full details in the RFA below.

Focus areas

Funding supports the development of novel solutions in a target priority area that varies with each annual request for applications (RFA).

  • 2021: Health equity and accessibility
  • 2020: COVID-19-related healthcare impacts
  • 2019: Early-stage therapeutic development
  • 2019: Innovations for informal care delivery
  • 2017: Rare disorders

How we can help

Previous awardees

2021

2021

Taymy Caso, PhD, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
G. Nic Rider, PhD, LP, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health 

*Jointly supported with ODAT Pediatric Health Innovation Program  
Project title: Gender Journey: exploring gender identity and healthy development using a web-based application

Kathleen, Miller, MD, Department of Pediatrics

*Jointly supported with ODAT Pediatric Health Innovation Program  
Project title: Move and Thrive: addressing teen health inequities through a physical activity online platform

Paul Orchard, MD, Department of Pediatrics
Damien Fair, PhD, Department of Pediatrics

*Jointly supported with ODAT Pediatric Health Innovation Program  
Project title: Development of a novel, computerized scoring system for cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy

Wendy St. Peter, PharmD, Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems

Project title: Reduce medication-related disparities in African American patients with chronic kidney disease

Lynda Welage, PharmD, College of Pharmacy
Randall Seifert, PharmD, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Project title: Rural medication access

2020

2020

Conrado Aparicio, PhD, School of Dentistry, Department of Restorative Sciences

Project title: Easy wearable devices based on cationic biopolymer membranes for point-of-care collecting/self-sampling high loads of viral particles

Alessandro Bartolomucci, PhD, Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology

Project title: A new class of C3aR1 agonists for the treatment of obesity

Jan Czyzyk, MD, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Project title: Development of a novel antibody to serpinB13 for therapy in diabetes

Arthur Erdman, PhD, College of Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Medical Devices Center
Andrew Grande, MD, Medical School, Department of Neurosurgery

Project title: A novel steerable microcatheter to Improve COVID19 stroke outcomes

Linsey Griffin, PhD, College of Design, Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel
William Durfee, PhD,  College of Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Project title: MNmask: University of Minnesota's novel method for N95 alternatives

Daniel Harki, PhD, Department of Medicinal Chemistry

Project title: Development of Selective Aurora Kinase A Degraders for the Treatment of N-Myc-driven Cancers

Chris Hogan MD, College of Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Kumar Belani, MD, Medical School, Department of Anesthesiology

Project title: A high flow hood to mitigate droplet and aerosol transmission

Robert Schumacher, PhD, Center for Translational Medicine
David Ingbar, MD, Medical School, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine 
Timothy Rich, MD, Medical School, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

Project title: Development of a T3 formulation for patients with COVID-19-induced ARDS

Man Liu, PhD, Department of Medicine

Project title: Treatment of cardiac diastolic dysfunction with a mitoTEMPO analog

Venkatram Mereddy, PhD, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Project title: Novel Drugs Targeting Metabolic Plasticity for Breast Cancer Treatment

William Pomerantz, PhD, Department of Chemistry

Project title: Development of a Selective BRD4 inhibitor as an Epigenetic Anti-Cancer Therapeutic

Subbaya Subramanian, PhD, Department of Surgery

Project title: Engineered Exosomes for the Treatment of Advanced Stage Colorectal Cancer

2019

2019

John Ferguson, PhD; Adriana Seelye, PhD; Tonya Rich, PhD, OT; Logan Cates, MA CCC-SLP; Don MacLennan, MA, CCC, UMN Medical School, Rehabilitation Medicine and Minneapolis VA Health Care System

Project title: Just One Thing: Custom Care Plans for Caregivers

Gary Goldish, MD. UMN Medical School, Rehabilitation Medicine and Minneapolis VA Health Care System

Project title: Caregiver Assistive Wheelchair Control

Anne McKechnie, RN, PhD, UMN School of Nursing, Nursing-Child and Family Cooperative

Project title: Extending an eHealth Enhanced Care Approach: Development of Nurse-Guided Patient Engagement Content to Support Human Milk Feeding for Infants with Complex Congenital Heart Disease

Jessica Simacek, PhD, Education and Human Development and Adele Dimian, PhD, Education Sciences, Institute on Community Integration

Project title: Bridging barriers to intervention access: Caregiver-delivered communication intervention

2017

2017

Maneesh Bhargava, MD, PhD, Department of Medicine

Project title: Molecular Phenotyping in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Juergen Konczak, PhD, School of Kinesiology

Project title: Wearable non-invasive neuromodulation technology for the symptomatic treatment of the voice disorder spasmodic dysphonia

2016

2016

Mikael Elias, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Biological Sciences 

Project title: A new technology to control microbes and increase the effectiveness of GI endoscope disinfection procedures

Gary Goldish, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Medical School, and Adjunct Professor at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System

Project title: Development of an arm cycle ergometer for supine use

2014

2014

Conrado Aparicio, PhD, School of Dentistry, Department of Restorative Sciences 

Project title: GL13K Antimicrobial Peptide Coatings with Strong Resistance to Degradation and Sustained Activity for Preventing Dental Peri-implant Infection

Shai Ashkenazi, PhD, College of Science and Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Project title: Depth-resolved Tissue Oxygen Needle Sensor

Arthur Erdman, PhD, College of Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Medical Devices Center

Project title: Acoustic Modulation of the Phrenic Nerve for Treatment of Ventilator Induced Diaphragmatic Dysfunction

Benjamin Hackel, PhD, College of Science and Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science

Project title: Molecular PET Imaging of MET with Small Protein Ligands

Alexander Khoruts, MD, Medical School, Department of Medicine

Project title: Development of Immunoregulatory Microbiota to Suppress Gut Inflammation

Jayanth Panyam, PhD, College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutics

Project title: A Novel Marker for Isolation and Characterization of Circulating Tumor Cells from Patients with Metastatic Cancer

Srinand Sreevatsan, BVSc, MVSc, MPH, PhD, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine 

Project title: Point-of-care Detection and Monitoring System for Tuberculosis

2013

2013

John Bischof, PhD, College of Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Project title: Improved Disease Diagnosis Using Lateral Flow Assays with Thermal Contrast

Deborah Ferrington, PhD, Medical School, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences

Project title: Enhancing Mitochondrial Function as a Treatment for Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Allison Hubel, PhD, College of Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Project title: Microfluidic Device for Removal of DMSO from Frozen and Thawed Cell Therapy Products

Hubert Lim, PhD, College of Science and Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Project title: A New Noninvasive Approach for Brain Activation to Treat Tinnitus

Paula Ludewig, PhD, PT, Medical School, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Project title: Shoulder Motion Guided Patient Diagnostic and Treatment Classification

Robert Tranquillo, PhD, College of Science and Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Project title: Preclinical Evaluation of a Novel Tissue-engineered Heart Valve

2012

2012

Cycle 1

Khalil Ahmed, PhD, Medical School, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Project title: Cancer Nanotherapeutic Targeting CK2

Deborah Ferrington, PhD, Medical School, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences

Project title: Enhancing Mitochondrial Function as a Treatment for Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Erik Finger, MD, PhD, Medical School, Department of Surgery

Project title: Isolation and Expansion of Regulatory T Cells from Patients with End Stage Liver Disease for the Induction of Tolerance in Transplantation

Jafar Golzarian, MD, Medical School, Department of Radiology

Project title: Pharmacokinetic and Safety of Doxorubicin-Elutable Bioresorbable Microspheres in a Rabbit Model of Hepatic Arterial Embolization

Marc Jenkins, PhD, Medical School, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Project title: Hepatitis B Conjugate Vaccine

Steven Patterson, PhD, and Louis Mansky, PhD, Center for Drug Design, Institute for Molecular Virology

Project title: Investigation of HIV-1 Lethal Mutagenesis in a Humanized HIV Mouse Model

Rita Perlingeiro, PhD, Medical School, Department of Medicine

Project title: Therapeutic Approaches for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy using iPS Cells

David Potter, MD, PhD, Medical School, Department of Medicine

Project title: Epoxygenase Mechanisms of Breast Cancer Prevention

Cycle 2

Peter Dosa, PhD, College of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development

Project title: Development of Novel Therapeutics for Glaucoma

Michael Linden, MD, PhD, Medical School, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Project title: Identifying Immunophenotypic Markers Suitable for Clinical Laboratory Testing for Early Identification of Bortezomib Resistance in Human Multiple Myeloma

Ann Parr, MD, PhD, Medical School, Neurosurgery Department

Project title: Autologous OPCs for Transplantation into Human Spinal Cord Injury

Valerie Pierre, PhD, College of Science and Engineering, Department of Chemistry

Project title: Siderophore Aptasensors for Immediate Point-of-care Diagnosis of Urinary Tract Infection

Contact

Jodi Fenlon Rebuffoni
Program Manager
Office of Discovery and Translation
[email protected]
612-626-6945