Grant to fund research at Trine

AWS grant

Trine University and Innovation One, the university’s business and idea incubator, have received a $36,000 grant from AWS Foundation to research options for prescription drug disbursement in group home and assisted living environments.

Headquartered in Fort Wayne, the foundation works to help children and adults with enduring intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities live as independently as possible, be included in the community and function at their highest potential.

The research will seek to identify any existing devices that can assist residents with receiving the proper prescription medication and dosage when not being closely monitored by a medical professional. If none exist, the findings will be used to produce a scope for a prototype device to fulfill this function.

If needed, future phases of the research would involve Trine faculty and students developing a prototype device and investigating the commercialization of that device.

About the AWS Foundation

Founded in 2007, the AWS Foundation supports a wide range of organizations in northeast Indiana working to develop a community in which people with enduring intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities are engaged fully and meaningfully in all aspects of community life. For more information, visit

Photo: From left, Jason Blume, executive director of Innovation One; Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., Trine University president; Don Steininger, AWS Foundation board member; and Patti Hays, AWS Foundation CEO.