MARCY, N.Y. – State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor Jim Malatras visited SUNY Polytechnic Institute Monday to talk about launching the SUNY Prepare Innovation and Internship Program.
The program will offer grants up to $10,000 for SUNY students and faculty working on innovative technology that will improve personal protective equipment (PPE) designs and speed up production.
“Now that we are in the fall and seeing what is happening across the nation and in certain hot spots across New York with a higher number of COVID cases, PPE and other innovations to combat COVID-19 continue to be in high demand,” said Malatras. “These innovations will help not only with combating COVID, but other future infectious diseases.”
Teams made up of students and faculty will have until Nov. 15 to submit project proposals online.
Proposals can focus on the following areas, among others:
- Novel and alternative PPE.
- Creative devices, technologies, or designs to reduce the use of high-touch areas.
- Environmentally sustainable sanitization.
- Arts, messages, and technologies for effective implementation of social distancing, mask wearing, and hand sanitizing.
- Non-technological solutions for behavioral interventions and strategies for raising awareness of public health are also encouraged.
The first grants are due December 15th.