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University of Delaware Research
MAY 2017
  1. In the Spotlight
  2. Heading out into the field?
  3. News Briefs
  4. Coming Events
  5. Recent Award Recipients
  6. Funding Opportunities
  7. For Research Administrators
NIH IDeA Program since 2000 has over $400M in economic impact on DE
In the Spotlight

Harvard Professor Andrew Ho highlights the SEDA project, which is harnessing data to help improve educational opportunity for all children.

Data Science at UD

The Research Office, in conjunction with UD’s seven colleges, organized the Delaware Data Science Symposium held May 12. The event featured speakers from Harvard, Georgia Tech and NSF. Breakout sessions engaged faculty in discussions of UD's data science capabilities and aspirations.

Faculty and graduate students shared their work in two-minute "lightning round" presentations. View the slides on the Data Science website
UD President Dennis Assanis and Charlie Riordan, vice president for research, scholarship and innovation, affirmed their support for moving the data science agenda forward. With input from the day's discussions, a white paper is being drafted by the symposium planning committee, co-chaired by Professors Eric Wommack and Nii Attoh-Okine.

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UD team invents method to track cells implicated in immune diseases 

When a beneficial bacterium is mistakenly identified as a harmful one, the immune system’s attack can trigger chronic inflammatory diseases such as asthma and Crohn’s disease. Why this misidentification occurs is a mystery, but Prof. Catherine Grimes and her research team at UD have invented a promising new method to literally help illuminate what happens.

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Since 2000 ,NIH IDeA funding of $189 million in has led to $420 million in new awards and has created 6610 one-year jobs in Delaware
News Briefs & Coming Events



UD Doctoral Hooding Convocation


Wilmington VA/UD Signing Ceremony
10 am, STAR Atrium


Annual Research Administration Conference


SRA Regional Meeting
Rowan University

Recent Award Recipients

Abraham wins research fellowship for work at Argonne National Lab

Patricia DeLeon receives Alison Award, UD's top faculty honor

Recently Funded Projects

Development of Chesapeake Bay Technology Assessment Protocol for Manufactured Stormwater Treatment Devices Carmine Balascio EPA $45,569
Novel Multi-Scale/Multi-Physics Integrated Tool for the Prediction of Manufacturing-Induced Defects in Autoclave Composite Airframe Parts Suresh Advani DOD $328,435
DSCYF Substance Abuse Prevention Program Laura Rapp HHS $47,041
Creation of an Improved Accuracy LiDAR-Based Digital Elevation Model for St. Jones and Blackbird Creek Reserves Naomi Bates DOC $51,156
Promoting Literacy Development and Learning in Children in Sub-Saharan Africa Kaja Jasinska Jacobs Foundation $110,080
JPMC PHD Scholars Bintong Chen JP Morgan Chase $180,000
Satellite-based Mobile Warning System to Reduce Atlantic Sturgeon Interactions in Delaware Waters Matthew Oliver NASA $382,922
Trunk Muscle Characteristics and their Association with Balance, Function, and Participation among individuals with Amputations Jaclyn Sions NIH $177,399
CAREER: Unraveling Processes for Vertical and Lateral Carbon Fluxes in Salt Marshes: an Outdoor Laboratory for Research and Phenomena-driven Education Rodrigo Vargas Ramos NSF $771,730
RF Photonics, Hybrid Optical Apertures, and Integration Dennis Prather DOD $612,866
Knowledge Hub on Coloured Gemstones and Sustainability Saleem Ali Tiffany & Co. Foundation $439,756
Direct Ammonia Fuel Cells for Transport Applications Shimshon Gottesfeld DOE $2,009,126
Ultimately Transformed and Optimized Powertrain Integrated with Automated and Novel Vehicular and Highway Connectivity Leveraged for Efficiency (Utopian Vehicle) Andreas Malikopoulos DOE $4,031,489
Listing of 2017 Funded Projects
Funding Opportunities

Research and Education Grants

$146,000 | Preliminary Proposal Deadline: July 7, 2017
Full Proposal Deadline: October 18, 2017

Environmental Grants

Typical projects- $100,000- $200,000
July 7 and September 29, 2017

Defense University
Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)

$1,500,000 | Deadline: July 7, 2017

Mechanisms and Consequences of
Sleep Disparities in the U.S. (R21)

$275,000 | Deadline: July 11, 2017

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative- Resilient Agroecosystems in a Changing Climate Challenge Area

$1,200,000 | Deadline: July 13, 2017

Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES)- Ocean Salinity Science Team

$2,000,000 | Notice of Intent Deadline: July 31, 2017
Full Proposal Deadline: August 31, 2017

Research Grants

$40,000 | Deadline: August 1, 2017

Partnerships and Collaborations Focused on
Problems of Practice or Policy

$1,000,000 | Deadline: August 4, 2017

Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)

$175,000 | Deadline: August 9, 2017

For Research Administrators

Annual Research Administration Conference

The Research Office will host its annual Research Administration Conference on Tuesday, June 13, at Deerfield Club, 507 Thompson Station Road, in Newark. This day-long event will feature sessions on Clinical Trials, Prior Approval, Service Centers and more. Dr. Charlie Riordan, Vice President for Research, Scholarship and Innovation, will deliver the keynote address. More details, including registration and a full agenda, will be posted as they are made available. Deadline to register is Tuesday, June 6. We hope you can join the UD Research Administration community for a day of networking!
Info and Registration

A Fond Farewell:
Susan Tkachick to Retire 

The Research Office wishes a fond farewell to our research accountant, Susan Tkachick. Following in her father's footsteps, Susan will be retiring from UD at the end of the month after 40 years of service. Susan began her UD career in 1977 at the library, transferring over to the Research Office in 1987, where she has held a myriad of titles and offices. Susan’s experience has been invaluable to the Research Office staff, administration and campus community, and she will be greatly missed. A retirement reception was held Tuesday, May 23.

NIH hopes to fund more investigators using GSI 

NIH is concerned about the long-term stability of the biomedical enterprise and is taking a step to improve funding opportunities for early-stage investigators. The agency plans to use a scoring rubric—the Grant Support Index (GSI)—to measure an investigator’s NIH support based on the type, complexity or size of his/her grants, not on dollar amount. Investigators who exceed a certain GSI level will need to include a plan in their proposals to lower their GSI score by reducing their NIH commitments. The GSI will only involve NIH funding, not funding from other sponsors. It will only apply to new proposals; no existing grants will be affected.
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