Learn more about the support services and funding structures needed to go a step beyond traditional research

research-office-grantsAfter seeing an increase in arsenic contamination in developing countries, a researcher at the University of Texas at Arlington created a solution that he hopes will be used in the field someday soon.

Purnendu Dasgupta, who did a decade of research, has developed an environmentally friendly field analyzer for arsenic levels in water. Thanks to nearly $200,000 from the National Science Foundation, Dasgupta is a step closer to bringing his analyzer to market.

“Arsenic contamination is a problem in many parts of the world,” said Dasgupta, UTA’s Jenkins Garrett professor of chemistry. The World Health Organization lists arsenic as one of 10 chemicals of major public health concern, and chronic arsenic exposure can lead to serious health problems.

On college campuses around the country, professors like Dasgupta are working to take their research from the lab and classroom to the marketplace. They’re creating new products that can solve problems like arsenic contamination or help government agencies detect fraudulent documents.

The process of bringing research to market is important for research institutions such as UTA. When university researchers bring their products to market, they make a name for themselves and the school and contribute to economic growth in the region.

Universities like UTA rely heavily on federal grants to make that possible. Various government agencies, such as the Department of Justice and Department of Defense, provide university research funding.

The National Science Foundation is another large supporter. With a budget of $7.2 billion in fiscal 2014, the foundation funds about 24 percent of the federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities.

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