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Center Innovation Fund - Director's Innovation Fund 2014 Awardees
January 27, 2014

We are very pleased to announce that we have selected 19 proposals to fund using the Center Innovation Fund (CIF) and the Director’s Innovation Fund (DIF). Please join us in congratulating:

Description CIF/DIF Contact Description
Satellite Integration of a PhoneSat-EDSN bus with a micro cathode arc thruster CIF Elwood Agasid
(Code RD)
Pending
Direct Imaging of Exoplanets around Alpha Centauri and Other Multiple Star Systems DIF Rus Belikov
(Code SSA)
Pending
Scalable Self-assembling Small Satellite Structure System (S6) CIF Kenny Cheung
(Code D)
Pending
Development of the NASA Ames Imaging Module (AIM) CIF Tony Colaprete
(Code SST)
Pending
Application of Carbon Nanotubes to Tensegrity Robots (a collaboration with Glenn Research Center) CIF Terry Fong
(Code TI)
Pending
mSTAR DIF Chad Frost
(Code RD)
Pending
A New Approach to Uncertainty Reduction in Launch Vehicle Compartment Venting CIF Lawrence Hand,
Blair McLachlan
(Code AOX)
Pending
High Tortuosity Carbon Dioxide Conversion Device for CO2 Reduction into useful products for Life Support Systems CIF Darrell Jan
(Code SCB)
Pending
Manufacturing of Tunable Printable Biosensors During Human Space Flight CIF, DIF Jessica Koehne
(Code TSS)
Pending
Unmanned Aerial System Traffic Management (UTM) for enabling low altitude civilian applications CIF Parimal Kopardekar
(Code A)
Pending
Biologically-Inspired Machine Intelligence for NASA's missions, systems and facilities CIF, DIF Rodney Martin
(Code TI)
Pending
Use of 3D Printing and Rapid Manufacturing to Optimize Dragon Eye UAS for Volcanic Sampling Mission CIF Kevin Reynolds
(Code TI)
Pending
OptoGeneSat: An Optogenetic Experimental Platform for Space CIF Tony Ricco
(Code RD)
Pending
Quantum Computational Biology: A Quantum Computing Approach to Hard Computational Problems Related to Origin of Life and Synthetic Biology CIF, DIF Vadim Smelyanski
(Code T)
Pending
Nano Entry System for CubeSat-Class Payloads CIF Brandon Smith
(Code TSS)
Pending
Ames Collaboration of Signs of Life Detector DIF Carol Stoker
(Code SST)
Pending
Neurotechnology for Spaceflight Visual Impairment Detection and Assessment CIF, DIF Lee Stone
(Code TH)
Pending
Guidance and Control Architecture Design and Demonstration for Low Ballistic Coefficient Atmospheric Entry CIF Sean Swei
(Code TI)
Pending
Modulating Retro-Reflectors: High-speed Asymmetric Laser Communications with Low-Fidelity Pointing Requirements CIF Jerry Yan
(Code TN)
Pending

In addition, Ames is providing support to a collaborative Ames Research Center (Code TI) / Kennedy Space Center CIF proposal entitled Autonomous Navigation, Dynamic Path and Work Flow Planning in Multi-Agent Robotic Swarms.


Past CIF Awards
To read descriptions of ARC projects funded by the CIF, please click below:

CIF FY 2011
CIF FY 2012
CIF FY 2013

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Page Last Updated: January 27th, 2014
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