Collaborative research seed grants announced
By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs
(July 21, 2008)--Robert Gracy, UTSA vice president for research, announces the four 2008-2009 winners of the Collaborative Research Seed Grant Program (CRSGP).
The winning projects represent the College of Sciences, College of Engineering and College of Education and Human Development.
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The winners and research projects are:
- George Negrete, professor of chemistry and College of Sciences associate dean, "Organic Photo-Dyes for Solar Cell Applications"
- Valerie Sponsel, associate professor of biology, "Potential Enhancement of the Anti-Malarial Compound Artemisinin, in planta, Through Collaborative Biochemical, Chemical and Computational Studies"
- Brent Nowak, associate professor of mechanical engineering, "Robotic Exploration of the Geophysical and Microbial Environments at the Ice Sea Water Interface of Arctic and Antarctic Sea Ice"
- Suzanne Winter, associate professor of interdisciplinary learning and teaching, "Reversing the Obesity Epidemic: Examining an Early Approach to Improve Health and Development Outcomes of High-Risk, Very Low Birth Weight Children"
Collaborative Research Seed Grant Program
CRSGP is initiated and funded by the UTSA Office of the Vice President for Research. Up to $110,000 is divided among proposals to start innovative, collaborative and multidisciplinary research programs. The lead principal investigator (PI) of a project must be a UTSA tenured or tenure-track faculty member and the co-investigator must be from outside the department, college, center or institute of the lead principal investigator.
Proposals are accepted in two categories:
- From multiple departments within a college
- From multiple UTSA colleges, centers or institutes or a single UTSA organization with collaborators from one or more outside organizations
The deadline for 2009-2010 CRSGP proposals is Oct. 16. For more information, contact Jim Massaro, director of program development, Office of the Vice President for Research, at (210) 458-6691.
>> Read a July 11 UTSA Today story on CRSGP.