2013 Venture Grant Program

Venture Grants Program

Through a partnership with the NIU Technology Transfer Office (TTO), the NIU Foundation is introducing exciting changes to its Venture Grants Program. The changes will result in extended collaboration between NIU’s students and faculty, the development of NIU’s best “ideas” into viable, market-ready products or technologies, and the advancement of NIU by bringing different minds and skill sets together.

Under the new program, faculty will submit invention disclosures to the TTO for review. Five semi-finalists will be selected to advance and meet with students from the Colleges of Business and Law to form teams. These teams will be aligned with mentors and coaches as they train and work on a business plan. Final presentations will be made to the NIU Foundation Grants Committee and two proposals will be selected to receive Venture Grant funding.


Meet the Semi-Finalists


Behrooz Fallahi
Mechanical Engineering

Self-Tuning Vibration Absorber


Elizabeth Gaillard
Chemistry & Biochemistry

Timed Release of Substances to Treat Ocular Disorders


Lichuan Liu
Electrical Engineering

Wireless Communication Integrated Active Noise Control Systems for Infant Incubators


Federico Sciammarella
Mechanical Engineering

Laser Assisted Machining (LAM) System for Ceramics and Hard Materials


Mansour Tahernezhadi
Electrical Engineering