Join us in congratulating the FY16 TIER 1 grantees:

Cushy Armchair – Interactive Multimedia Business Case, a Prototype
David Wesley (DMSB - International Business and Strategy Group), Anthony De Ritis (Music)

Solid Supported Lipase Inhibitors for the Treatment of Acute Pancreatitis
George O’Doherty (Chemistry/Chemical Biology), Adam Ekenseair (Chemical Engineering)

Institutional Data and Energy Flows: Revealing drivers of urban energy consumption through remote sensing, real-time systems data analysis, dynamic modeling, and data visualization
Kristian Kloeckl (Art + Design/Architecture), Matthias Ruth (Public Policy & Urban Affairs/Civil and Environmental Engineering), Guevara Noubir (Computer and Information Science)

Highly Sensitive, Field Based, Lab on a Chip (LOC) for Serological Studies of Ebola Virus
Tali Konry (Pharmaceutical Sciences), Meni Wanunu (Physics)

A Multidisciplinary Collaboration to Test an Innovative Framework for Youth Violence Prediction: A Cognitive, Emotional and Neurobiological Examination of Violent Behavior
Changiz Mohiyedd (Counseling and Applied Psychology), Christie Rizzo (Counseling and Applied Psychology), Beth Molnar (Health Sciences), Gia Barboza (African-American Studies/Criminology and Criminal Justice), Carlos Cuevas (Criminology and Criminal Justice), Margo Lindauer (Law)

Two-Dimensional Materials for Ultrafast Optoelectronic Sensing, Detection and Communication Technologies
Swastik Kar (Physics), Yongmin Liu (Mechanical and Industrial Engineering/Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Human in the Loop Design and Optimization for Resilient Infrastructure Networks
Casper Harteveld (Game Design), Ozlem Ergun (Mechanical and Industrial Engineering)

The Status of Economically and Socially Disadvantaged Groups in the US in an Era of Declining Opportunity
Glenn Pierce (Center for Applied Social Research), David Kaeli (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Kevin Drakulich (Criminology and Criminal Justice), Gregory Zimmerman (Criminology and Criminal Justice), Leo Beletsky (Law/Health Sciences)

The Multi-Site Ultrasonic Wireless Pacemaker-Defibrillator
Tommaso Melodia (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Matteo Rinaldi (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Does Narrative Feedback Enhance Motor Learning of a Virtual Balance Task in Children with Cerebral Palsy?
Danielle Levac (Physical Therapy), Amy Lu (Communication Studies/Health Sciences)

Development of a Platform for Remote Monitoring of Chronic Wounds
Edgar Goluch (Chemical Engineering), Veronica Godoy-Carter (Biology), Holly Jimison (Computer and Information Science/Nursing)

Using Novel Big Data Approaches to Improve Public Health
Helen Suh (Health Sciences), Javed Aslam (Computer and Information Science), Virgil Pavlu (Computer and Information Science)

Flow and Glycocalyx-mediated Cancer Metastasis Mechanisms: A Pilot Study
Eno Ebong (Chemical Engineering), Mark Niedre (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Vladimir Torchilin (Pharmaceutical Sciences)

Mapping Glioblastoma Architecture in Response to Serotonin receptor ligands
Raymond Booth (Pharmaceutical Sciences/Chemistry and Chemical Biology), Richard Gilbert (Chemistry and Chemical Biology)

Automatic Levelling of Citizen Science Game Tasks for Engagement
Sebastian Deterding (Game Design), Seth Cooper (Computer and Information Science), Gillian Smith (Computer and Information Science/Game Design)

Development, Democratization, and Women’s Empowerment: What are the Connections?
Valentine Moghadam (International Affairs/Sociology), Bilge Erten (International Affairs/Economics), Catalina Herrera Almanza (Economics/International Affairs)

Building Resilience: A Tool for Adaptability Planning and Decision-Making
David Fannon (Architecture/Civil and Environmental Engineering), Matt Eckelman (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Michelle Laboy (Architecture)

Odor in Real Time, or Microbial Interactions via Air
Slava Epstein (Biology), Adam Hall (Barnett Institute)

A Prototype for Crowdsourced Restorative Justice
Margaret Burnham (Law), Laurel Leff (Journalism)



TIER 1: Seed Grant/Proof of Concept Program

This competitive program provides funds to support and encourage individual faculty members to form multidisciplinary teams to secure proof of concept, with a goal of successfully competing for future sponsored research opportunities. Funds are also available as seed grants for faculty teams to develop new and innovative research directions. An explicit strategy for securing external funding must be outlined. Total support of up to $50,000 is available, provided by the College(s) and Senior Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education (SVPR). Please note that beginning with the FY16 awards, the grant period has been extended to 15 months (July 1, 2015 - September 30, 2016). It is expected that all projects will conclude by the end of the grant period. Current TIER 1 grantees may apply for limited second year funding, however these requests will be subject to a high level of scrutiny and must have a very strong justification for additional funding.

This year we will be particularly interested in proposals that position the university to compete in emerging areas of significant research funding, e.g. climate change, resilience, cyber security, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing, affordable health care, etc.

Applications must be submitted using the TIER 1 Application Form and be signed by Department Chairs before being uploaded to the TIER 1 Portal by the team's designated Contact Co-PI. Note that every Co-PI must register on the portal before they can be added to a submission. The portal will be open for registrations and submissions between December 1 and January 15, and can be accessed via this website.

Proposals will be reviewed in a two-stage process beginning with the relevant Deans. Proposals that are endorsed by the Deans will go forward to the SVPR for further consideration.

Important Deadlines:
October 16 – FY16 TIER 1 competition is announced
December 1 – TIER 1 Portal opens for submissions
January 15 – Deadline for submission of proposals through the TIER 1 Portal
February 27 – Deadline for Deans to submit endorsed proposals to the SVPR
March 18 – Award notifications
July 1, 2015 – Start of grant period
September 30, 2016

Support Constraints:
Funding may not be requested for faculty salary support. Salary support for research scientists is allowed.

Graduate students who are included on the grant must be named, and their CVs included with the proposal (exceptions may be requested for students enrolled in non-PhD professional degree programs). Funding should not be requested to support first-year graduate students. Tuition is not an allowable charge.

It is recommended that investigators apply as Co-PIs on no more than two applications.

TIER 2: Federally Designated Centers; Major Programs Initiative

The SVPR and the Dean(s) will provide incentive support to faculty groups pursuing large, multidisciplinary Federal funding opportunities. Funding consists of support to facilitate the preparation of highly competitive proposals, up to $75,000, or post-award annual operating support up to 10% of the IDC. Rolling deadline

TIER 2: Application Form

TIER 3: Campus-wide Research Initiatives Program (CRIP)

This competitive program provides support for development of broad, multidisciplinary research initiatives and centers that will position the university to become a national leader in an emerging or sustained area of research that responds to a national or societal need. Successful applicants will receive planning grants of up to $150,000 and post-CRIP designation support of up to $150,000 from the SVPR and Dean(s) for a designated time period. Rolling deadline

TIER 3: Application Form