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University of Delaware Research
  1. In the Spotlight
  2. News Briefs
  3. Coming Events
  4. Recent Award Recipients
  5. Funding Opportunities
  6. For Research Administrators
April 2017 more than one million people around the world joined in the "March for Science"


As we begin a new academic year, I wanted to acknowledge the thousands of graduate students and nearly 500 undergraduate students—a record number—who dug into projects in the lab, field, library and community this summer. Your endeavors will make a difference for the world, and I wish you much continued success.

Growing UD's research enterprise in the face of federal budget uncertainties remains a top priority. Over the past weeks, the Research Office has continued to take action on your behalf, with the strong support of our Congressional delegation. As U.S. Senator Chris Coons wrote recently in Science (story below), we can't afford to be silent. Please visit UD’s Commitment to Research website for an overview of recent activities and how you can get involved. As always, I encourage you to reach out to my office if you have questions or concerns.

Best wishes for a productive year of discovery—and publicizing your research!


Charlie Riordan
Vice President for Research, Scholarship and Innovation

In the Spotlight

"Scientists can't be silent"
U.S. Sen. Chris Coons sounds clarion call 

In an editorial in Science, U.S. Sen. Chris Coons from Delaware writes, "Scientists must ... reach out to elected officials to explain why science matters." To increase public understanding and support for their work, he urges scientists to not just publish their research, but to publicize it.   

To learn more about the University's efforts in the face of federal budget uncertainties, visit UD's Commitment to Research website. For research communications assistance, contact Tracey Bryant in the Office of Communications and Marketing.

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UD teams get millions
in NSF EPSCoR funding

UD is a big winner in NSF's Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) funding competition to boost understanding of the relationship between organisms' genes and physical characteristics.

K. Eric Wommack, deputy dean in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will lead a research team from four universities that has received a $6 million grant to probe how viruses impact microbes critical to our lives, from producing oxygen to growing food. And Kelvin Lee, Gore Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is a co-investigator on a $6.1 million research project, led by Clemson University, aimed at lowering drug manufacturing costs.

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News Briefs & Coming Events



NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Information Session:
1-3pm, 125 Learner Hall


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


Resilience 2017: Organized by UD Cybersecurity Initiative & Idaho National Lab Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington


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


"Health and Big Data Forum," featuring Dr. Patricia Brennan from the NIH: 10 a.m.-Noon

2018 National Academy of Science Awards: Award Nominations by October 2
Recent Award Recipients
Wei-Jun Cai

Wei-Jun Cai named American Geophysical Union Fellow

Mary Ann McLane

Mary Ann McLane receives clinical lab science lifetime achievement award

Chris Meehan

Chris Meehan named ASCE Fellow

Josh Wilson

Josh Wilson's IES grant expands literacy research in Delaware schools

Recently Funded Projects

A Theoretical Model to Predict Drug Release a Priori from Polymer Rods Norman Wagner Genentech, Inc. $ 118,014
Implementing a Dietary Energy Density Intervention in Preschool Children Shannon Robson American Heart Association $ 231,000
Improving the Safety of Sprouts by Decontaminating Seeds Haiqiang Chen National Institute of Food & Agriculture $ 234,947
Student Leaders Program in the Middle East and North Africa Daniel Bottomley State Department $ 260,776
Conceptual Teaching and Real Time Coaching in Mathematics Laboratory Classrooms. Faith Muirhead Delaware Department of Education $ 420,000
Astroparticle Physics with the VERITAS & CTA Gamma-Ray Observatories Jamie Holder National Science Foundation $ 547,880
Unique Optical Excitations in Topological Insulators Stephanie Law Toner US Department of Energy $ 750,003
Unlocking the Black Box of Microbial Epigenetics Jennifer Biddle W. M. Keck Foundation $ 1,372,062
Early Childhood: Delaware Stars Program FY18 Rena Hallam Delaware Department of Education $ 3,367,670
Listing of 2017 Funded Projects
Funding Opportunities

Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)

Up To $3M | Internal Deadline: September 5, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: November 16, 2017
Click here To learn more about this limited submission  

Mid Career Grant Program

$150,000 | Deadline: September 14, 2017

Education Research and Development Centers

$2,000,000 | Deadline: September 21, 2017

African American Civil Rights (AACR)
Preservation Grants

$500,000 | Deadline: September 29, 2017

Tailoring Cardiac Rehabilitation to
Enhance Participation of Older Adults (RO1)

$700,000 | LOI Deadline: October 8, 2017
Full Proposal Deadline: November 8, 2017

University of Delaware Research Foundation-
Strategic Initiatives

$45,000 | Preview Application Deadline: October 13, 2017
Full Proposal Deadline: October 25, 2017
Faculty Overview Workshop: September 14, 2017

Collaborative Research Grants

$100,000 | Preliminary Deadline: October 15, 2017
Full Propoal Deadline: December 6, 2017

NINR Exploratory Center (P20)

$1,250,000 | Deadline: November 11, 2017

For Research Administrators

Contract & Grant Specialists
Organizing In Teams to Improve Service

Effective 8/14/2017: The contract and grant specialists (C&G) in the Research Office are being organized into teams. Each team will be composed of three C&G specialists and will be led by a Senior C&G. Each campus unit will continue to work directly with a specific C&G, preserving the advantages gained through familiarity with grant portfolios. At the same time, the team structure will allow for seamless shifting of support and resources when workload fluctuates, as it often does during heavy proposal deadlines. Ongoing mentoring between the more senior and newer administrators on each team ensures that a depth of experience will be available to all campus units, improving efficiencies and further optimizing Research Office workflow. We will continue to monitor support and please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have questions or concerns. The leads and members of the teams are:
  • Katie Brown (lead), Clarissa Roth and Julie Ehmann
  • Laura Paller (lead), Elizabeth Townsend and Jen Gaydos
  • Susan Tompkins (lead), Dale Weiss

Research Admin CHAT Series

The Research Office will kick off a new training series in October—“Research Admin CHAT.” All campus administrators are welcome at these monthly discussions. Each month will focus on research administration Concerns, Highlights And Training (CHAT) that will range from pre-award and post-award to compliance areas. Members from the Research Office will be on hand to lead discussions and to provide subject matter expertise. More information can be found in ConnectingU and on the Research Training webpage.

Changing policies impact
NIH-funded studies involving human subjects

NIH has continued to add information about their major policy changes and initiatives having a direct impact on their funded human subjects and clinical trials research. We encourage the UD research community to visit the Clinical Trial Requirements for NIH Grantees and Contractors webpage as well as the UD webpage on clinical trials for detailed information and resources.

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