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LIFT Awards Announced for 2013-2014

August 2, 2013

The Longhorn Innovation Fund for Technology (LIFT) award recipients for 2013-2014 have been selected by the Research and Educational Technology Committee (R&E). Each year, the committee is responsible for allocating close to $500,000 in LIFT funds towards innovative technology projects that benefit the campus community. This year the committee received 62 grant proposals, more than double in any previous year.

  • Peer-Instruction on the Fly: Developing an Innovative System that Encourages Conceptual Understanding, Persistence, and Connection in Online Environments
  • The Innovation Station: A 3D Printing Vending Machine for UT Austin Students
  • Mapping the UT BIOME
  • Robots for Everyone!
  • A Technology for Addressing the “Error Rate Problem” Associated with Next-Generation DNA Sequencing, with Application to Cancer and Immunology Research Being Conducted Across the UT Austin Campus
  • Appsoma – an innovative “cloud-based” approach to promote on-line coding, sharing and learning, jumpstart research activities, and to perform research computations with reproducible results

LIFT is intended primarily as one-time seed money for innovative academic technology projects that leverage information technology in order to improve quality of instruction, create a differentiator for attracting higher caliber students to the University, or result in a competitive advantage to the University in attracting sponsored research. Preference is given to proposals that address significant campus needs in innovative ways, that have a likelihood of success, and that have a breadth of impact of value to the University. R&E is part of the IT governance structure at The University of Texas at Austin.

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