SUBJECT: UD Research News
University of Delaware Research
Dear Colleagues,
As a reminder, on the heels of Congress's enactment of the FY18 federal appropriations bill, most federal agencies saw increases in their R&D budgets. These increased budgets, coupled with the lateness of the appropriations (only four months remain in FY18), conspire to present uncommon funding opportunities for current and pending award PIs.
I write encouraging all PIs to contact your program officers to inquire about: 

     • supplemental funding opportunities for existing awards 
     • the status of your pending awards and/or
     • new solicitations planned in the coming weeks.

In the case of new solicitations, faculty should be prepared to respond quickly.

Good luck with this outreach and best wishes for a productive summer of research.


Charles G. Riordan
Vice President for Research, Scholarship and Innovation


In the Spotlight
Debra Hess Norris

Debra Hess Norris, the Unidel Henry Francis du Pont Chair in Fine Arts, is the 2018 recipient of the Francis Alison Faculty Award, UD's highest competitive honor for faculty.

Debra Hess Norris chosen for
UD’s highest faculty honor

For Debra Hess Norris's global influence, her ability to inspire excellence in student conservators and her commitment to the ideals of the University of Delaware, which she has served as professor, department chair, vice provost and now trustee since joining the faculty in 1982, Norris has been named the 2018 winner of the Francis Alison Faculty Award, UD’s highest competitive honor for faculty.

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Karin Grävare Silbernagel, assistant professor of physical therapy, has received a five-year, $2.3 million research grant to study Achilles tendinopathy.

Karin Grävare Silbernagel receives 
$2.3 million for Achilles injury study

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy Karin Grävare Silbernagel has received a five-year, $2.3 million Research Project Grant (R01) from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases to study Achilles tendinopathy. This overuse injury is most prevalent in active individuals between the ages of 35 and 55, but occurs in people of all ages and activity levels.

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Did you know? Doctoral degrees in the STEM fields have increased more than 60 percent over the past five years — from 127 in 2012–13 to 213 this academic year.
Recent Award Recipients
University of Delaware President Dennis Assanis (left) presents Engineering Professor Dennis Prather

Engineering’s Dennis Prather honored with
Outstanding Graduate Advising and Doctoral Mentoring Award

12 faculty receive General University Research grants

Emily Day

Emily Day wins

Recently Funded Projects

Development of a Coastal Storm Hazard Early Warning and Decision Support Dashboard for Delaware Christina Callahan Delaware Department of Natural Resources $ 49,755
Malware Analysis for the Generation of Important Characteristics (MAGIC) John Cavazos Cyber 20/20 $ 181,789
Defining the Boundaries of Anaerobic Microbial Transformations of Methane Jennifer Biddle ExxonMobil Corporation $ 203,892
Harnessing the Power of Polymer Phase Interactions in the Design of Supramolecular Interpenetrating Networks LaShanda Korley National Science Foundation $ 217,232
Population Demography of Bob Cats in Western Maryland Jacob Bowman Maryland Dept of Natural Resources $ 232,538
National Security Language Initiative for Youth—Short-Term Summer Programs in China Jianguo Chen American Councils for International Education $ 292,000
A Multi-Dimensional Semi-Lagrangian Discontinuous Galerkin Method for Vlasov Simulations Jingmei Qiu USAF Office of Scientific Research $ 379,405
Colored Conventions Project Pier Gabrielle Foreman Mellon Foundation $ 200,000
CAREER: Engineering Membrane-Wrapped Nanoparticles for Targeted RNA Delivery Emily Day National Science Foundation $ 499,999
CMOS Compatible, Optically Upconverted, Multifunctional Phased Array System Dennis Prather Office of Naval Research $ 682,410
Recovery of Symptoms, Function, Tendon Structure and Mechanical Properties in Patients with Achilles Tendinopathy: A Comparison Between Men and Women Karin Gravare Silbernagel National Institutes of Health $ 2,284,932
Transition Education & Careers in Computer Information Science & Engineering Brian Freedman JPMorganChase $ 7,500,000
Listing of Funded Projects
Funding Opportunities

Public Policy Effects on Alcohol-,
Marijuana-, and Other Substance-Related Behaviors and Outcomes (R21)

$200,000 | Deadline: June 16, 2018

Mechanisms of Alcohol Tolerance
(R21/R33 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

R21 – $275,000; R33 – $1,500,000
June 16, 2018

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Sustainable Agricultural Systems

$10,000,000 | Letter of Intent Deadline: June 27, 2018

William T. Grant Scholars Program

$350,000 | Mentor & Reference Deadline: June 27, 2018
Deadline: July 5, 2018

DoD Autism Idea Development Award

$500,000 | Pre-Application Deadline: July 5, 2018
Deadline: October 4, 2018

Linguistics Program

Unspecified Amount | Deadline: July 16, 2018

Social Psychology Program

Typical Awards: $100,000 – $500,000
July 16, 2018

Faculty Early Career Development
(CAREER) Program

$400,000 – $500,000 Depending on Directorate
July 18 – July 20, 2018 

Smart and Autonomous Systems

$300,000 – $600,000 Depending on Directorate
July 31, 2018

Education Research

$100,000 – $760,000 Depending on Directorate
August 23, 2018

Computational and Data-Enabled
Science and Engineering (CDS&E)

Depending on Directorate
August 31 – December 6, 2018 

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