Grants & Contracts
Jefferson applied research focuses on industry facing projects with real world deliverables. The following are examples of projects currently underway.
Areas of Focus
Current Applied Research areas of focus and areas of aspirational growth include:
Product Design & Development
- Medical & Consumer Applications
- Fashion & Textiles
- Communications & User Experience
Textiles & Materials Technology
- Functional Fabrics
- Wearable Technologies
- New Materials Development
Bioengineering & Biotechnology
- Bioprocessing Engineering
- Biomedical Product Development
- Biomechanical Engineering
Sustainability & Building Systems
- Urban & Social Innovation
- Geospatial Technologies
- Building Systems Technology
Business Models & Supply Chain Economics
- Business of Fashion
- Business Analytics
- Healthcare Management
Computational & Systems Thinking
- Modeling & Simulation
- Data Analytics
- Decision Support Systems
Applied Research Activities
Activities in these areas of focus include larger, programmatic applied research efforts such as:
- Cross-campus participation in the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFoA) grant consortium has led to collaboration with MIT, Drexel and several industry partners (Under Armor, PVH, Blue Water Defense, etc.)
- Cross-campus participation in the Industrial Hemp materials research activities initiated from the Lambert Center has let to collaboration with Lehigh, Delaware State and several industry partners (EcoFibre, HempFlax, GenCanna, etc.).
- The Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing (JIB) strengthens our international partnership with the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) in Ireland and our partnerships with companies in the biological pharmaceuticals industry (J&J, GE, Merck, Amgen, etc.).
- Our participation in the Design Factory consortium has led to industry-sponsored product design and development activities in partnership with Alto University in Finland and with the 18 other international universities in the consortium (on 5 different continents).
- Our Fashion and Textiles Futures Center (FTFC) has close industry partnerships with textile and apparel design and manufacturing companies, especially in areas of functional fabrics and performance apparel (military, first responders, athletics, healthcare, etc.). Recent examples include commercial space suits with NASA and next generation chem/bio suits with the US Department of Defense.
- Our emerging partnership with Oak Ridge Associated Universities and Oak Ridge National Laboratory will enhance our applied research aspirations in computational and systems thinking, radiation science, building systems, and composite materials
Faculty Research, Scholarship and Practice-Based Project Grant Guidelines