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Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) Discoveries

NSF's public investment in science, engineering, education and technology helps to create knowledge and sustain prosperity. Read here about the Internet, microbursts, Web browsers, extrasolar planets, and more... a panoply of discoveries and innovations that began with NSF support.

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A black beetle with water droplets on its back Quenching the world's water and energy crises, one tiny droplet at a time
In pursuit of beetle biomimicry, NSF-funded engineers develop new, textured materials to trap and channel small amounts of liquid
Released  July 24, 2014
robot Tele-robotics puts robot power at your fingertips
University of Washington research enables robot-assisted surgery and underwater spill prevention
Released  July 23, 2014
discarded coconut husks Transforming waste in order to transform people's lives
Essentium Materials converts coconut husk fibers into materials for cars and homes
Released  July 22, 2014
John Patten and Deepak Ravindra New tool, savings for manufacturing hard materials
Laser device could have major impact for manufacturing electronics, computer chips, lenses, windows and mirrors
Released  July 16, 2014
researcher and students experiment with a mannequin A new tool for the early detection of heart failure
Researchers believe it will save lives and result in big savings to health care costs
Released  June 20, 2014
micrograph showing methane-eating bacteria A biodegradable plastic made from waste methane
Scientists are making PHA (a biodegradable polymer similar to the polypropylene used in yogurt containers) from waste methane
Released  May 27, 2014
a 3-D printer The engineering behind additive manufacturing and the 3-D printing revolution
Get to know some of the foundational innovations that are creating new options for manufacturing
Released  December 3, 2013
implantable infusion micropump next to a dime for size comparison Safer, more convenient pump to treat pediatric brain cancer
NSF's Innovation Corps program helping bring drug delivery technology to patients
Released  November 22, 2013
Generic Discovery Image Nanogrid, activated by sunlight, breaks down pollutants in water, leaving biodegradable compounds
Innovation Corps project explores how to bring technology to the field
Released  November 8, 2013
Mool Gupta Inspired by nature: textured materials to aid industry and military
Innovation Corps team developed metals and plastic that repel water, capture sunlight and prevent ice buildup
Released  August 19, 2013
Stephen DiMagno in his lab From fundamental science to Innovation Corps: Technology to develop new therapeutic medicines
Researcher founded company that manufactures molecules that become imaging agents for managing cancer, cardiac disease and neurological disorders
Released  August 15, 2013
photograph of Ali Abbas Helping People Through the Decision-Making Process Using a Web-Based Application
Researcher was part of inaugural group of NSF Innovation Corps awards in 2011
Released  May 7, 2013
3-D visualization of the TV genome Small Business Innovation Research Award Leads to Multimillion Dollar Investment
NSF-funded Bluefin Labs, recently acquired by Twitter, will shape the future of social television
Released  March 5, 2013
Rolls of printed graphene electronics. Graphene Technology Gaining a Foothold in the Marketplace
NSF grantee Vorbeck Materials, one of the first companies to produce graphene-based products, is expanding its operations
Released  February 13, 2013
Brenda Philips, University of Massachusetts Amherst New Radar System Provides Earlier Severe Weather Alerts
Research conducted through NSF’s U.S. Ignite program connects radar systems to ultra high-speed networks
Released  February 12, 2013
image of tripolar ring electrode and conventional electrode, side by side Simple Innovation to Electrodes Makes a Big Difference
Researcher expects improvements in epilepsy diagnosis and prevention of life-threatening seizures
Released  December 20, 2012
Graphic image showing a new ear bud and a human ear. Perfecting Sound Quality In-ear
An audio pioneer who has worked with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Bon Jovi and Pink Floyd continues to provide innovative devices to perfect sound quality and alleviate in-ear pressure and listener fatigue
Released  December 18, 2012
A tent-like kiln over woody waste material Helping Landowners With Waste Wood While Improving Agribusiness and Energy
NSF Innovation Corps allowed researcher to explore business model for offering biochar products
Released  December 14, 2012
Photo of biodegradable packaging material, made from mushroom and agricultural waste. Eco-friendly Company Introduces Nature’s Packing Peanuts
Mushroom mycelium is an alternative to plastics and foams
Released  December 11, 2012
Illustration showing how liquid crystal molecules become images in the Boogie Board eWriter. How Liquid Crystal Displays Work in an eWriter
The Boogie Board eWriter developed by Kent Displays Inc. as an alternative to paper products
Released  December 3, 2012
Photo of Ankit Kalani, Satish Kandlikar and Kirthana Kripash holding a LED light cooling device. Learning to Pivot in the Commercial World
Researchers attempt to take their discoveries to customers
Released  November 16, 2012
Photo of researcher Ram Dantu holding smart phone in his car. An App to Improve Driving
NSF-funded inventor is an expert in wireless networks and security
Released  November 1, 2012
Image of a dining room of a Denny's restaurant illuminated with Cree LR6 LED downlights. Alternative LED Lighting Combats Energy Crisis
Using breakthroughs developed with support from NSF and the Department of Energy, Cree develops LED lighting for the marketplace as a replacement for more wasteful lighting technologies
Released  November 16, 2011
Image of APEI, Inc.'s SiC power module technology Next-Generation Charging Technology for Environmentally Friendly Vehicles
Arkansas Power Electronics International is working to create a power module that can support the demands of plug-in electric vehicles
Released  October 27, 2011
A 3-D rendering of the Air Barrier System area of protection. Air Shield Keeps Bacteria Out of Open Wounds
The Nimbic Systems' Air Barrier System uses proprietary technology to create a "cocoon" of highly pure air that surrounds surgical incisions
Released  October 7, 2011
Photo of Encore Path founder Kristen Appel. Rewiring the Brain to Regain Control After Stroke
Kris Appel's company, Encore Path, Inc., markets a new device that stimulates and encourages rewiring of the brain, helping stroke victims recover from partial paralysis
Released  September 22, 2011
Photo of Julie Lenzer Kirk, top, and Renee Lewis, bottom, Path Forward Center co-founders. Bridging New Technology's "Valley Of Death"
Julie Lenzer Kirk's nonprofit Path Forward Center brings women entrepreneurs together with scientists and engineers, helping to bridge the gap between basic research, innovation and the marketplace
Released  September 15, 2011
Photo of Shark Defense researcher Patrick Rice with a bonnethead shark. New Fishing Hook Reduces Shark Catch
SMART Hook™ combines two shark repellent technologies into standard fishing hooks in order to reduce the number of sharks caught from commercial fishing
Released  June 7, 2011
Photo of Robert Cheetham, founder and president of Azavea. Mapping Patterns in Crime With Geography and Math
With support from NSF's SBIR program, Robert Cheetham, founder and president of Azavea, is developing software to sort through crime data and create maps that are useful for police departments
Released  April 21, 2011
Illustration depicting cybersecurity in the United States. Scientists Take Aim at Website Hackers
With NSF support, a team of computer scientists is using a novel, two-pronged approach to protect websites from hackers
Released  July 23, 2010

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