Phytl Signs is being backed for the future by a number of prestigious grant awarding agencies.
Current research grants helping Phytl Signs and Vivent gain insights to human and plant physiology include:
Innosuisse – Swiss Innovation Agency
Innosuisse is supporting Vivent and its partners with a life sciences research project using data mining techniques to analyse signals collected by the innovative plant electrophysiology biosensor, Phytl Signs Researcher. Research will be conducted in Agroscope’s greenhouses, enabling scientists and professional growers to gain insights to plant development and plants’ environmental responses.
Vivent SARL is working in conjunction with Agroscope, the Swiss center of excellence for agriculture research, HEIG-VD, a leading Swiss engineering and business management university and HES-SO Fribourg, a university focused on applied research in engineering, architecture, healthcare and management.
This project follows on from a successful CTI Innocheque grant in which Vivent and Agroscope collaborated.
DARPA RadioBio Project
Vivent is collaborating with York University in Toronto Canada on a 4 year long research project in support of DARPA’s RadioBio Project. Researchers are investigating and modelling the energetic and evolutionary demand for information sharing in biological systems. We also aim to determine expected types of components and their characteristics, for electromagnetic information networks, in multi-cellular entities. Consideration is given to environmental noise and the modulation of transmitted information. Predictive models will be validated and refined in later stages of the project and applications for the developed models will be proposed.
Project ToBaSCo, aimed at establishing a Theory of Biological Systems Communications, is led by Vivent who has been carrying out research in this field as well as developing EM signal monitors for plants, Phytl Signs. The sub-awardee, Dr Andrew Eckford of York University, provides world-leading research skills at the intersection of information theory, electrical engineering and communication within biological systems.
FUNDED BY THE EU
Vivent has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No SMEInst-07-2016-2017. In this Phase 1 project Vivent will produce a report that includes in-depth competitive threats analysis, additional market requirements & integration scenarios, sales/distribution strategy & detailed go-to-market strategy. This work may provide the basis for a Phase 2 H2020 SME grant application.