Four WSU Projects Awarded USTAR Grants

OGDEN, Utah – Four innovative research projects at Weber State University have received $139,600 in grant money from the Utah Science Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) Technology Commercialization Grants (TCG) program.

The grant recipients represent a diverse cross-section of academic disciplines, faculty and staff at WSU — many working in partnership with local industry.

Funded projects range from a mobile phone application that automatically tracks media consumption to a novel rooftop storage system for vehicles to ways to extend the life of metal landing gear on aircraft. The projects are at various stages in the development process.

WSU assistant computer science professor Rob Hilton, who received one of the grants, has eight students working with a local firm to write the new phone application.

USTAR anticipates awarding six to 10 TCG grants on a quarterly basis. The first group of 10 recipients, including six WSU projects, was announced in November 2009.

USTAR announced the creation of the TCG program in 2009 as an effort to bring innovative new technologies to market from Utah’s public universities and colleges.

With a typical award size of $30,000, TCG grants assist faculty at regional institutions to prototype, test, assess markets, and commercialize new products and services in high-growth markets. In addition, Utah-based companies and other organizations willing to sponsor technology development work at regional public institutions of higher learning may jointly apply with a faculty member. Funds for the TCG program come from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Visit for a complete list of TCG grant recipients from the first two rounds of funding.

USTAR encourages and fosters research and development in Utah in an effort to create more high-paying jobs for the state. USTAR helps accelerate research and development funding so that new products and services can be licensed and commercialized sooner.

The next TCG deadline is March 31. For more information, visit

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