Three WSU Projects Awarded USTAR Grants

OGDEN, Utah – Three innovative research projects at Weber State University have received $84,500 in grant money from the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) Technology Commercialization Grants (TCG) program.
Funded WSU projects include: 

     • A Helium-impermeable membrane for use in lighter-than-air craft and weather/high-altitude balloons.
        The technology may also have applications for industry in shipping/packaging sensitive materials. (Industry partner:

     • The Hovercraft Autonomous Target Vehicle (HATV), a disposable, low-cost hover vehicle that eliminates the need
        for using expensive vehicles in jet fighter-target training.

     • Respia, a low-sodium fluid and dispenser to reduce incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia and chronic lung
         disease among ventilated intensive care patients. (Industry partner: Preventis Medical)

The WSU projects were three of eight awards announced in the latest round of TCG funding. The winners were chosen from a pool of 31 applicants representing seven Utah public universities and colleges.

This marks the fourth round of TCG awards. USTAR has awarded six to 10 TCG grants on a quarterly basis since November 2009.

USTAR created 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 four 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 new products and services can be licensed and commercialized sooner.

The next TCG deadline is Jan. 3, 2011. For more information, visit

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Michael Vaughan, provost
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John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
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