FY15 TIER 1 Awardees

Please join us in congratulating the FY15 TIER 1 Awardees

Building a Prototype Hyperspectral Imaging Platform
Jeffrey Agar (Chemistry/Pharmaceutical Sciences), Max Diem (Chemistry)

The Massachusetts All Payer Claims Database: a vital resource to evaluate disparities in nursing home care
John Auerbach (Health Sciences), Gary Young (DMSB/ Health Sciences), Wendy Parmet (Law), Alice Bonner (Nursing), Jean McGuire (Health Sciences)

Effects of continental-scale variation in freshwater input on coastal ecosystem services
Edward Beighley (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Anne Randall Hughes (Marine and Environmental Sciences), David Kimbro (Marine and Environmental Sciences)

Identification of Biomarkers to Predict and Prevent Mental Illness
Heather Brenhouse (Psychology), Shashi Murthy (Chemical Engineering)

GameGaze: Eye tracking to assess cognitive processes during gameplay
Alessandro Canossa (Game Design), Adam Reeves (Psychology)

Amino-Pillared Nanosheet (APN) for High Performance CO2 Capture
Sunho Choi (Chemical Engineering), Sanjeev Mukerjee (Chemistry), Yung Joon Jung (Mechanical and Industrial Engineering)

Big Data and Text Curation: TEI and NLP Methods and Intersections
Elizabeth Maddock Dillon (English), Patrick Yott (Libraries), Julia Flanders (English/ Libraries), David Smith (Computer and Information Science)

Injectable, Multifunctional Polymeric Nanocomposites for Osteochondral Tissue Repair
Adam Ekenseair (Chemical Engineering), Srinivas Sridhar (Physics)

A New Paradigm for Robotic Gait Rehabilitation Based on Reinforcement Learning
Christopher Hasson (Physical Therapy), Sheng-Che Yen (Physical Therapy), Robert Platt (Computer and Information Science)

Systems Biology Approaches to Enable Proteomic Profiling of Single Neurons Isolated from the Brain of an Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Mouse Model
Alexander Ivanov (Barnett), Jeffrey Agar (Chemistry/Pharmaceutical Sciences)

Selenium, an essential anti-oxidant metal, and cognitive function in the elderly
Jonghan Kim (Pharmaceutical Sciences), Philip Larese-Casanova (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

A Novel Solid-State Solar Cell Concept: Experimental Research and Commercial Feasibility Analysis
Latika Menon (Physics), Marc Meyer (DSMB)

Autonomous Sensors and Smart Analytics for Wetlands in Urban Areas
Mark Patterson (Marine and Environmental Sciences / Civil and Environmental Engineering), Brian Helmuth (Marine and Environmental Sciences / Public Policy)

Mining Big Heterogeneous Networks: Scalable Parallel Algorithms and Effective Scheduling
Mirek Riedewald (Computer and Information Science), Yizhou Sun (Computer and Information Science), Ningfang Mi (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Brooke Foucault Welles (Communication Studies)

Extracting and Visualizing Multi-Dimensional Text Networks: Tools for Structural Reading and Text Exploration
Christoph Riedl (DMSB/ Computer and Information Science), Dietmar Offenhuber (Art + Design/ Sociology & Anthropology), Nicholas Beauchamp (Political Science), David Smith (Computer and Information Science)

Interactions between Socio-Economic Changes and Urban Warming: Modeling the Feedbacks and Identifying the Leverage Points
Matthias Ruth (Public Policy/Civil and Environmental Engineering), Casper Harteveld (Art + Design)

Measuring blood perfusion in paraplegics using near infrared spectroscopy
Sandra Shefelbine (Mechanical and Industrial Engineering), Mark Niedre (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Charles DiMarzio (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

GrACE: An AI-Driven Game for Broadening Participation in Computer Science
Gillian Smith (Computer and Information Science / Game Design), Casper Harteveld (Art + Design)

A Cyber-Physical Platform for Rapid Development of Nano-Delivery Systems
Ravi Sundaram (Computer and Information Science), Mansoor Amiji (Pharmaceutical Sciences)

Breath and Saliva Based Nano-Bio Sensing System for Disease Diagnosis and Monitoring
Ming Wang (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Steven Cranford (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Ralf Birken (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Edgar Goluch (Chemical Engineering), Veronica Godoy-Carter (Biology)

The Impact of Legal Access on Conditions of Housing Security in Urban India
Liza Weinstein (Sociology & Anthropology), Martha Davis (Law)

Cost-effective Thermal Envelope Retrofits in Wood-frame Residential Buildings
Peter Wiederspahn (Architecture), David Fannon (Architecture/Civil and Environmental Engineering), Sagar Kamarthi (Mechanical and Industrial Engineering), Gregory Kowalski (Mechanical and Industrial Engineering)

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 for one year is available, provided by College(s) and Senior Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education (SVPR). 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 address the University's global research themes of Health, Security, Sustainability, and now Big Data/Network Science. We anticipate that as many as half of the awards will be for projects that advance research in these strategic areas.

Applications must be submitted using the TIER 1 Application Form and be signed by Department Chairs before being uploaded to the FY15 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.

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:

November 15 - Announcement of FY15 TIER 1 competition
February 3 - Deadline for submission of proposals through the TIER 1 Portal for College review
February 28 - Deadline for Deans to submit endorsed proposals to SVPR. Colleges to notify faculty whose proposals were not endorsed for current funding round.
March 17 - Award Notifications
July 1 - Start of grant period

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.


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