Maine EPSCoR Programs
NSF EPSCoR Grants:
project is a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional effort
that will lead to the creation of the Center for
Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine.
Research will address the intersecting ecological, social,
and economic dimensions of sustainability science, with an
emphasis on making connections between knowledge and action.
A multi-faceted approach to problems related to drivers of
landscape change - urbanization, forest ecosystem
management, and climate variability - will enable innovative
science, education, and economic and workforce development
in an area of critical importance to Maine's future.
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NSF EPSCoR Grants:
New England Cyberinfrastructure
|This $1,350,000 three-year
project supports high-speed fiber networks that will allow
researchers greater access to regional and national compute,
analysis, and visualization resources.
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To advance understanding about the scientific underpinnings,
system behavior, and policy implications for the production
of forest-based bioproducts that meet societal needs for
materials, chemicals and fuels in an economically and
ecologically sustainable manner.
FBRI's Core Research:
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Promote Forest Health for a Stable Bio-Economy
Understand and Seperate Wood Components
Create and Commercialize New Bioproducts
Molecular Biophysics (IMB)
|The IMB was created in 2003 under an NSF
EPSCoR RII award to develop and deploy the biological
imaging technologies of the future. It is an
interdisciplinary program that brings together expertise in
biophysics and engineering, cell biology, genetics and
genomics, and created vibrant research programs in
biological applications of ultra-high resolution microscopy,
the development of novel probes for microscopy and in vivo
imaging, biocomputing, and bioengineering.
Technology & Intelligent Spatial Technology
|The Biosensor Technology project
at the University of Maine established new research
expertise and infrastructure that allowed for the ability to
design, fabricate, and test biosensor prototype devices that
can have a huge impact in safeguarding public health,
protecting the military, and saving the environment. The
Spatial Technology project at the University allowed for
faculty new hires, equipment, and new educational
opportunities to advance GPS, remote sensing, field
surveying, and data management technologies.
Engineering Wood Compsites (AEWC) & Marine Aquaculture
|This project supported the
creation of the Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center (AEWC)
at the University of Maine, including construction of a
30,000 sq. ft. facility, major equipment purchases, and new
faculty hires. Visit the
website for more information. This grant also allowed for the construction of a new
Marine Culture Laboratory at the University's Darling Marine
Center to support a broad spectrum of aquaculture research
Engineering, Global Climate Change, & Marine Molecular
|This project established an
Automated DNA-Sequencer facility and allowed for faculty new
hires in Marine Biology at the University of Maine;
supported the design and building of several pilot-tensioned
wood composite bridges in Maine for long-term performance
monitoring; and supported major equipment purchases, faculty
new hires, and a Stable Isotope Laboratory that led to the
creation of the Climate Change Institute at the University.
Past DOE EPSCoR Grant:
|Thermal Conversion of Woody Biomass to Fuels and Chemicals
UMaine’s DOE EPSCoR research
cluster is implementing new catalyst R&D infrastructure and
addressing fundamental science and engineering pathways for
thermochemical conversion of woody biomass to fuels and
chemicals, an area of increasing importance to Maine’s
forest products industry. Through hydrodeoxygenation,
pyrolysis oils are being characterized, and catalysts are
being developed to improve the chemical compositions of the
biomass pyrolysis products.
The DEPSCoR program assists EPSCoR researchers to become more
competitive for regular DoD research and training grants.
Recent Past DEPSCoR projects:
High Temperature Microwave Acoustic Sensors for Aerospace Vehicle
Principal investigators: Dr. Mauricio Pereira de Cunha & Dr. Robert Lad
The Air Force has an immediate need for powerful, multitask sensor arrays
capable of sensing physical properties, such as temperature, pressure, gaseous
corrosion, strain, and vibration on critical components of aerospace vehicles in
harsh environments. In this project, novel prototype LGX surface acoustic wave
(SAW) sensors and corrosion sensing ceramic thin film coatings will be
researched and integrated into a high temperature sensor package to reach
operational temperatures as high as 1200 C in harsh environments.
Fatigue Life Prediction of Sandwich Composite Joints for Navy Seaframes
PI: Dr. Roberto Lopez-Anido Co-PI: Dr. Habib Dagher
The goal of the proposed research activity is to predict the sandwich T-joint
component fatigue life under various axial, bending and combined loads using
coupon fracture quasi-static and fatigue data combined with Virtual Crack
Closure (VCC) finite element analysis method. This proposal will contribute to the
establishment a resource center for the US Navy and shipbuilders, enabling
optimized composite joint designs for the next generation of seaframes.
The goal of NASA EPSCoR is to enable eligible NASA EPSCoR
states, with seed funding, to develop an academic research
enterprise directed toward long-term, self-sustaining,
nationally-competitive capabilities in aerospace and
The Maine Space Grant Consortium is responsible for the
development and direction of the program, the activities of
groups and/or individuals, construction of a timeline and
achievement of program milestones, goals and objectives, and
dissemination of research results.
Recent Past NASA EPSCoR
Real-time Wireless Shape Monitoring of Space Structures
Principal Investigator: Dr. Ali Abedi
Toxicology of Metal and Lunar
Particles in Biological Systems
Principal Investigator: Dr. John Wise, University of
Current NASA EPSCoR
Research Infrastructure Development Awards:
Agent Based Modeling of Whale
Principal Investigator: Dr. Fei Chai
Battery-Free Wireless Communication System for Harsh
Principal Investigator: Dr. Ali Abedi