Building on the success of past events, the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), along with the Doolittle Institute, hosted a Biotechnology University Day on October 14, 2021. The virtual event addressed current AFRL research needs and matched them with University researchers working in the specific fields of nature and bio-inspired technology.
A collaborative team of AFRL RW, RX, 711th, and The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFSOR) came together to listen to selected presentations in 4 topic areas that included:
Topic 1 “Biological Source of Heat and Insulation for Arctic Environments”
Topic 2 “Multifunctional Materials”
Topic 3 “Distributed Visual Systems”
Topic 4 “Biological Visual Sensors Correlated to Optical Signatures of Desired Objects/Biological Surfaces”
Thirteen submissions were received from ten universities from ten different states. After following specific rubrics and criteria, eight institutions were selected to receive seedling funding. The eight universities include Washington University St. Louis, University of Texas, Austin, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of South Carolina, Louisiana State, and the University of California at Irvine.
The 2021 University Day was a considerable success and allowed these deserving institutions to be awarded over $500,000 in funding to enhance and continue their research in biotechnology.