On August 17, 2021 The California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA announced via a press release the first set of awards established from the philanthropic commitment of the Noble Family Innovation Fund. The awards, totaling up to $250,000 each over two years and $2.15 million overall, fund 10 unique and highly promising projects that include researchers in materials science, engineering, information technology, environmental sustainability, and life and biomedical sciences. Five of the funded projects are led or co‐led by women and four relate to sustainability and clean energy technologies — a topic aligned with UCLA’s Sustainable LA Grand Challenge.
CNSI is a hub of interdisciplinary research, translation, and education where scientists from diverse fields find common purpose in addressing grand challenges of the 21st century. The goal is to create a model for academic research and entrepreneurship that enables strategic investment to seed discoveries with the potential to be translated for the public good.
CNSI is organizing a series of webinars in fall 2021 to highlight the first set of Noble Family Innovation Fund research projects. There will be additional calls for proposals in early 2022 and 2023. Those interested in learning more are encouraged to contact [email protected].
Please refer to the CNSI press release for details about the 10 projects that received grants this year.