OCAST Approves 10 Projects Totaling $1.7 million

A total of 10 peer-reviewed applied research projects, including two from Tulsa, are in various stages of start-up after receiving approval for funding by the governing board of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.
A one-to-one match is required for the Oklahoma Applied Research Support awards which total $1.734 million for the next three years.
Tulsa-based Sensor Technology was awarded $136,750 for two years. John Hassell of ZigBeef LLC leads the project to develop and commercialize motion-monitoring cattle ear tags. ZigBeef is providing matching funds.
OCAST awarded $80,616 for research into the Bio-Sep bead technology. The process transports organisms where they are needed for remediation. Kerry Sublette of the University of Tulsa is the principal of Sublette Consulting Inc. Sublette and Microbial Insights Inc. of Tennessee are providing match for the project.
Peer reviewers from around the nation evaluated the applied research applications and collectively placed them in order of the project’s expected ability to achieve commercialization through sound scientific investigation.
Michael Carolina, executive director of OCAST, described approval of the 10 projects as an Oklahoma version of providing internal stimulus through research and development. “Oklahoma benefits from the investment of capital in scientific research. We gain even more from the match requirement which at the very least doubles the economic impact. Both represent a direct infusion of R&D money into the economy.
“If successful, the proven research provides a second positive impact with the creation of new small businesses and procedures that benefit all of us far into the future.”
Projects range from stain-resistant nanocoatings to developing techniques for pipe repair in earthquake zones.
OCAST applied research funds target accelerated and proof of concept technology that has significant potential for producing a commercially successful product, process or service with high potential to benefit the state’s economy.

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