Five projects initiated by faculty at Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences have been selected to receive funding of between $70,000 and $100,000 each through Harvard’s Physical Sciences & Engineering Accelerator.

One project relates to sleep apnea. George M. Whitesides, Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor, has invented a paper-based respiration sensor that can characterize sleep apnea. Combined with wireless electronics, the sensor could transmit results to a healthcare professional, enabling diagnosis of sleep apnea at home and at low cost, with less need for conventional sleep studies in the initial characterization.

The funding is designed to support a burst of activity on a specific project to bring it to a development milestone at which an industrial partner or investor might engage—for example, by sponsoring further research, licensing the technology, or launching a new company.