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With climate change, our food supply could eventually be at risk. But  these tiny aquatic plants - duckweed  - have more proteins than soybeans and are easy to harvest.  Duckweed are flowering aquatic plants that float on the surface of slow-moving bodies of water. 

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Ingredient Exclusively Licensed by One11 Innovation and Used as Active Ingredient in New WORKOUTâ„¢coffee
A new plant-based ingredient developed by researchers at Rutgers shows promise for improved exercise performance and reduced recovery time. The ingredient, derived from a high-potency theaflavin-enriched black tea extract (BTE), has been exclusively licensed with the help of ORED's Research Commercialization team and is now being marketed and sold under the TheaFitTM brand by One11 Innovation LLC.
The active ingredient, theaflavin, is a bio-active chemical that is formed from the condensation of flavan-3-ols (or flavanols) in tea leaves during the enzymatic oxidation of black tea. Although theaflavin has been used medicinally in some parts of the world, the Rutgers study led by Shawn M. Arent, director of the Center for Health and Human Performance at Rutgers' Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health and professor of kinesiology and health at Rutgers University, was one of the first to investigate its effects in humans with exercise-induced inflammation and oxidative stress. 

Rutgers in India: Seven Days, Six Cities, Three MOUs

In an effort to help boost New Jersey's economy and strengthen  communities,  Pavita Howe, director of ORED's TechAdvance Fund, joined New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and other officials on an economic mission trip to India this month. The delegation, which included representatives from Choose New Jersey, New Jersey Economic Development Authority, Princeton University, NJIT, Rowan University, and New Jersey City University, visited six cities, including Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad, in seven days.

Rutgers University and the Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey (SNDT) Women's University in Mumbai signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) to collaborate, among other efforts, on food science and nutrition, food certification for businesses, and the creation of an incubator at SNDT. Another MOU was signed with  the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar to  promote student and faculty exchanges between the institutions.
Pavita meets Tara Gandhi - granddaughter and last living relative of Mahatma Gandhi.

"India is a major source of cutting edge research 
as well as entrepreneurial creativity,  so this mission is important for Rutgers  as the state university of New Jersey to develop new relationships that will result in valuable research collaborations going forward." 

- Pavita Howe,  Director of TechAdvance
Office of Research and Economic Development


Barr von Oehsen - associate vice president of OARC and lead researcher from Rutgers on the project
As part of its commitment to developing and providing advanced research computing and data cyberinfrastructure, Rutgers University's Office of Advanced Research Computing (OARC)  is joining the Renaissance Computing Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and other partners to create a platform for testing novel internet architectures that could enable a faster, more secure internet.

Funded by a $20 million National Science Foundation grant, the platform, called FABRIC, will help scientists reimagine and redesign the internet of the future based on today's knowledge and give computer scientists a place to test networking and cybersecurity solutions and continue to extend the internet's broad benefits for science and society.

Anticipated FABRIC Topology

The New Jersey Core Facility Showcase, to be held on October 11 at the Cook Campus Center, will highlight the research services that are provided by academic institutions from around the state. These services span all disciplines including structural biology, genomics, imaging and materials science.

Guidance on Pre-applications and Letters of Intent

As a reminder to Research Administrators, some sponsors and funding opportunities/solicitations require the submission of a pre-application or Letter of Intent (LOI) prior to submission of a full application. The LOI must be submitted as a RAPSS Funding Proposal (FP) and identified as a "pre-application," and the LOI due date should be used as the sponsor deadline date in RAPSS. Refer to the  quick reference guide called RAPSS Quick Reference Guide- Proposal: Pre-submission/Pre-application for more information. 

The RAPSS training schedule has also been updated. Register at least 24 hours in advance or the Friday before a session scheduled for a Monday.
Policies for Action (P4A), a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation issued a call for proposals to advance health equity by actively seeking new and diverse perspectives from the policy research field. This opportunity is designed to support researchers from multiple disciplines to better understand and find solutions that will promote health equity and foster action on policies and laws that ensure all people in America can attain and preserve good health and well-being. Deadline for Letter of Intent is  October 2                                                            

  Limited Submission Opportunities 

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced the fifth competition for  Moore Inventor Fellows . The foundation seeks to identify outstanding inventors and innovators who harness science and technology to enhance the conduct of scientific research, strengthen environmental conservation, or improve the experience and outcomes of patient care. Proposals are limited to two per Rutgers and pre-proposals must be submitted through the Rutgers  Limited Submission process . The internal application deadline is  October 18 .


The National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research Program looks to expand the breadth and interdisciplinary nature of the program by focusing on urban settings, integrating social, economic, and cultural processes to better understand how human populations interact with their environment. Successful proposals will collect data across five focus areas: primary production; population dynamics and trophic structure; organic matter accumulation; inorganic inputs and movements of nutrients through the ecosystem; and patterns and frequency of disturbance. Deadline for Preliminary Proposals is  December 4 .

to the following researchers for their recently-awarded grants: 

Barr von Oehsen  Office of Advanced Research Computing 
Yuri Bushkin Public Health Research Institute
Ilker Hacihaliloglu School of Engineering
Sergei V. Kotenko New Jersey Medical School
Ronke M. Olabasi - S chool of Engineering
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