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Keck Futures Initiative awards $1 million for 13 research projects
Date:5/6/2011

WASHINGTON The National Academies Keck Futures Initiative announced today the recipients of its latest round of Futures grants, each awarded to support interdisciplinary research on imaging science. The 13 projects chosen represent a variety of approaches to such research, which was the subject of the eighth annual Futures conference, held last November.

"We received far more high-quality proposals than funds available," said Farouk El-Baz, research professor and director of the Center for Remote Sensing, Boston University, and the 2010 conference chair. "We scored the grants based on their interdisciplinarity, relevance to imaging science, riskiness/boldness, and the importance and potential impact if the grant is funded. We believe that the group of collaborations selected will result in the most 'generative' findings."

These competitive seed grants aim to fill a critical gap in funding for research on new ideas. Major federal funding programs do not typically provide support in areas that are considered risky or unusual. The Futures grants allow researchers to start recruiting students and postdoctoral fellows, purchasing equipment, and acquiring preliminary data---all of which can position the researchers to compete for larger awards from other public and private sources.

The award recipients and their grant research topics are (Public Investigators (PI) listed first, then co-PIs):

JASON FLEISCHER, Princeton University
THOMAS BIFANO, Boston University
SHELLEY BATTS, Stanford University
Using adaptive optics to improve imaging of the inner ear - $75,000
Adaptive optics (AO) improves imaging by adjusting the wavefront of light to compensate for aberrations in the optical path. This project applies AO to functional, in vivo microendoscopy of the inner ear. The proposal generalizes AO to fluid environments and holds potential for better understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of hearing loss.<
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