UNM Rainforest Innovations

The UNM Rainforest Innovations’ Gap Fund @ UNM Committee has announced the four proposals chosen for FY2022 gap funding.

This year marks UNM Rainforest Innovations’ eleventh call for proposals to further develop an early-stage, unlicensed UNM technology previously disclosed to UNM Rainforest Innovations. Funds are used to support the development of a UNM technology to increase its chances of being successfully licensed by industry or to become the basis of a new start-up company. Each one-year proposal can be funded up to $25,000.

All proposals are reviewed by the Gap Fund @ UNM Committee comprised of UNM, UNM Rainforest Innovations, and business community members. They evaluate proposals for the merit and uniqueness of the technology as well as for their potential for commercialization.

The four proposals chosen for funding this year are listed below.

To learn more about the Gap Fund @ UNM program, visit: https://innovations.unm.edu/inventors/gap-funding/

Proposals Awarded 2022 Gap Funding:

PI Name(s) Proposal Title School(s)/Department(s) Funds Awarded
Sakineh Chabi, PhD
Assistant Professor
Two-Dimensional Silicon Carbide: Angstrom Level Semiconductor Technology School of Engineering: Department of Mechanical Engineering $25,000

Ivy Hurwitz, PhD
Research Associate Professor


Spray Drying of Essential Oil-based Larvicides


Center for Global Health: Department of Internal Medicine




Mansoor Sheik-Bahae, PhD,
Distinguished Professor


Multi-Pass Asymmetric Confocal Cavity (MPACC)


College of Arts & Sciences: Department of Physics & Astronomy



Karin Westlund High, PhD

Sascha Alles, PhD
Research Assistant Professor

hiPSC-based High-Throughput Screening of Novel CCKBR scFV for Treating Acute and Chronic Pain in Female Patients


School of Medicine: Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine $24,992
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