Prof. Shafiq and Prof. Srinivasan have been awarded a 2015 Commercialization GAP grant by the University of Iowa Research Foundation (UIRF) and the Office of the Vice President for Research & Economic Development (OVPR&ED). Their project entitled "Social Media Powered Real-Time Digital News Recommendation Service" has received a one-year $75,000 grant.
More information on University of Iowa GAP Funding: https://uiventures.uiowa.edu/university-iowa-gap-funding.
"This commercialization funding competition is designed to expand the commercialization of UI technologies. Funds are available to support the development of innovations with commercial potential through a range of stages in technology development, from initial concept, through proof of concept, to licensing and commercialization."
More about UI GAP funding, including Prof. Shafiq and Prof. Srinivasan's project, is at IowaNow (11/18/15).