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JUNE 2017
  1. In the Spotlight
  2. News Briefs
  3. Coming Events
  4. Recent Award Recipients
  5. Funding Opportunities
  6. For Research Administrators
2016-2017 Academic Year: UD Awarded 306 Doctoral Degrees Representing 31 Countries
In the Spotlight

Vince Kane, director of the Wilmington Veterans Affairs Medical Center (left), and UD President Dennis Assanis celebrate the signing of the affiliation agreement.

UD, Wilmington VA join forces to boost health care, research

Two Delaware institutions joined hands Friday, June 9, on the grounds of a former tank factory to announce a partnership meant to improve care for America's military veterans and open new avenues for research and education. 
With more than 100 people including veterans in attendance, top officials of the University of Delaware and the Wilmington Veterans Affairs Medical Center signed on to an Associated Health Education Affiliation Agreement—a pact that connects UD's growing research enterprise with the nation's veterans and the employees who serve them. The event was held at UD's STAR Health Sciences Complex, a site where Chrysler built tanks years ago. 

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Where water and minerals meet  

Methods to improve water purification or build better batteries are problems that have challenged scientists for decades. Advances have inched forward, but rising demand moves the finish line further and further away.

Neil Sturchio, a geochemist, has studied mineral/water interactions for 25 years with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. He and his collaborators recently demonstrated a new way of studying the microscopic structure and processes that occur where minerals and water meet, using X-ray beams to trigger the reactions while capturing images of their effects on the mineral surface. Now, using a method called Resonant Anomalous X-Ray Reflectivity (RAXR), the researchers are able to go one step further and distinguish the identity of the element being studied.

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Did you know: Since 2012, UD has awarded 1,370 doctoral and 4,380 master's degrees to students from 98 countries.
News Briefs & Coming Events



Naval Future Force Science & Technology Expo: Washington, DC


UDRF Overview for Faculty: 10-11:30 a.m.,
130 Hullihen Hall


UD Training
"UD as a Sponsor"
10-11:30 a.m.,
130 Hullihen Hall


Annual Water Symposium
3-7 p.m.
Townsend Hall, Commons

Recent Award Recipients

Jason Gleghorn wins $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes
of Health

Mariana Di Giacomo pursues doctoral research on Smithsonian Conservation Fellowship

UD’s JPMorgan Chase fellows program receives $2.1 million

Gregory Hicks elected to chair national board on medical rehabilitation research

Recently Funded Projects

Integrating Parenting and Financial Counseling Adina Seidenfeld Annie E. Casey Foundation $ 156,431
Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs Tammy Anderson Delaware Dept. of Health & Social Services $ 36,750
Ford Smart Charging of Electric Vehicles with Very Fast Response to Utility Requests Fouad Kiamilev Ford Motor Company $ 160,854
JPMC PHD Faculty Fellows Bintong Chen JPMorgan Chase $2,100,000
The Relationship of Cascade, Reconnection, and Heating in Heliospheric Plasma Turbulence Michael Shay NASA $ 915,481
Significance of Streambank Legacy Sediments as Nutrient Sources and Their Implications for Aquatic Nutrient Cycling Shreeram Inamdar National Institute of Food & Agriculture $ 499,500
A Vascularized, In Vitro, Organotropic Metastasis Model to Generate Dormant Micrometastases John Slater NIH $ 593,226
Compact Passive Millimeter Wave Sensor for GPS-Denied Navigation Dennis Prather Phase Sensitive Innovations, Inc. $ 231,606
Understanding Sources, Chemical Forms, and Stability of Recalcitrant and Residual Phosphorus Pools in Agricultural Soils Deb Jaisi USDA $ 518,060
Listing of 2017 Funded Projects
Funding Opportunities

Searle Scholars Program

$300,000 | Internal Deadline: July 17, 2017
Full Proposal Deadline: September 29, 2017

Coupling, Energetics, and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions (CEDAR)

$750,000 | Deadline: July 18, 2017

Innovative Research Grant

$150,000 | Anticipated Deadline: July 26, 2017

Science, Technology, and Society

$400,000 | Deadline: August 3, 2017

2017 Bridge to Independence Award

$450,000 | Deadline: August 7, 2017

Physical Oceanography Program

Awards Vary | Deadline: August 15, 2017

Research Training Programs in Special Education

$225,000 | Deadline: August 17, 2017

Cutting-Edge Basic Research Awards (CEBRA) (R21)

$250,000 | Deadline: August 18, 2017

Computational Social Science

$150,000 | Letter of Inquiry Deadline: August 21, 2017
Full Proposal Deadline: November 15, 2017

For Research Administrators

NIH abandons grant cap, offers new help to younger scientists

As reported in SCIENCE, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is dropping a recent plan to spread funds to more investigators by capping the amount of support any individual scientist could receive.

Instead, NIH is creating a new fund that will eventually devote $1 billion a year—about 3 percent of the agency's current $34 billion budget—specifically to funding proposals from early- and midcareer scientists. Visit the Next Generation Researchers Initiative on the NIH website for more information.
NIH's Plans

OMB Circular A-110 and Uniform Guidance Procurement Updates

The effective date for the Uniform Guidance procurement standards has been extended until July 1, 2018. Until such time, the procurement requirements in OMB Circular A-110 remain in effect. For details on the current University policy regarding purchases on federal awards, please click below.


Annual Research Administration Conference

The Research Office hosted its annual Research Administration Conference on Tuesday, June 13, at Deerfield Club in Newark. The day-long event featured sessions on clinical trials, prior approval, service centers and more. Charlie Riordan, vice president for research, scholarship and innovation, delivered the keynote address. 
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