July 2018 Grants Newsletter

This month, Arizona universities and nonprofits were awarded $9 million in grants to fund community health centers, support domestic violence prevention efforts, and improve educational outcomes for children with disabilities.

Congratulations to this month’s grant recipients!

July’s available grant opportunities include grants to fund job training programs, research Alzheimer’s, and train special education teachers.

New grants continuously become available through various offices of the federal government. To stay up to date, please register with and request notifications about funding opportunities. If you have suggestions or questions, please contact our Constituent Affairs and Community Liaison, Ms. Michelle Coldwell at

Grants Awarded in CD9 and Arizona

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Mountain Park Health Center Inc. awarded $4,290,442 to provide affordable primary care for almost 90,000 people around the Valley

This grant will be used to support eight clinics around the Valley to offer high quality medical, dental, behavioral health, and other related services to help Arizonans of all ages live healthier lives.

ASU’s Dr. Shelley Gray awarded $683,481 to research new instructional approaches based on a child’s working memory profile to improve learning

This grant will be used to provide new, empirically tested longitudinal models of working memory in children. It aims to reduce the academic failure rate of children with disabilities and improve overall learning. It will provide new information about the initial status and growth trajectory of working memory growth from kindergarten through 6th grade in children with typical development, dyslexia, and comorbid developmental language disorder/dyslexia. The project will also provide new information about the longitudinal relations among working memory, cognitive abilities, and academic performance over time. It will offer norms for the Comprehensive Assessment Battery for Children – Working Memory so that it can be used by researchers, educators, and clinicians.

The Native American Community Health Center awarded $1,169,434 to build resiliency and connections among the urban American Indian /Alaska Native community

This grant will be used to implement a program that will infuse cultural traditions to build resiliency and connections among the urban American Indian/Alaska Native community to improve physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and wellbeing. The program will reconnect the target population to their ancestral source of well-being and balance. This will be accomplished through intergenerational interaction and traditionally based activities, which serve as reminders of that ancestral connection.

ASU’s Dr. Kelly Cue Davis awarded $416,225 to investigate emotional mechanisms involved in young men’s alcohol-related sexual risk behavior

This grant will be used to build upon prior research through investigation of the emotional mechanisms involved in young men’s alcohol-related sexual risk behavior to provide an empirical foundation for developing evidence-based sexual risk prevention programs. This research addresses a critical knowledge gap and advances the field through the use of multiple methods designed to evaluate distal and proximal emotional factors implicated in alcohol-related sexual risk. This research is both significant and innovative in that it will address the public health concern of men’s sexual risk behaviors.

Corporation for National and Community Service

The School of Social Work at ASU awarded $92,344 and $12,311 in local, matching dollars to support 5 AmeriCorps Vista members to expand local domestic violence prevention programs and emergency shelters

This grant will be used to expand local domestic violence prevention programs and emergency shelters. It will promote personal safety through the creation of various online resources, such as a safety planning app. It will support women and children and ensure successful transitions. The grant will also help local programmers develop housing resources and trainings on economic abuse. It will ensure the long-term economic and social success for women and children exiting abusive relationships.

National Science Foundation

Science Foundation Arizona’s Caroline VanIngen-Dunn awarded $290,193 to diversify the ATE program with Hispanic serving institutions

This grant will be used to diversify the ATE program with Hispanic servicing institutions using culturally inclusive mentoring and ATE resources. The project will bridge two NSF initiatives: Mentor-Connect and Kickstarter. These initiatives support community and technical colleges in learning about funding opportunities in relevant STEM programs at the NSF, and mentor institutional teams in developing their project ideas, crafting a proposal, and submitting to the program of interest.

ASU’s Rebekka Wachter awarded $550,000 to dissect photoconversion in fluorescent proteins

This grant will be used to investigate the mechanism of irreversible color conversion, as observed in a set of fluorescent proteins derived from jellyfish and reef corals. The objective of this project is to unravel the connection between protein motion and the rearrangement of chemical bonds, an interplay that is ultimately responsible for the development of red color.

ASU’s Nico Franz awarded $613,248 to discover species distributions and historical patterns of symbiont associations

This grant will be used to address a gap in our understanding of insect biodiversity within and adjacent to the southwestern United States. This project will create a new collaboration between researchers and students at Arizona State University and two Mexican universities, with the goal of thoroughly sampling the weevil diversity of Sonora and publishing the results in a dynamic and openly accessible online checklist.

ASU’s Giulia Pedrielli awarded $211,827 to explore discrete event dynamics to model and control intelligent manufacturing systems

This grant will be used to improve the nation’s competitiveness by investigating new models and optimization techniques for control of intelligent manufacturing systems. It will support fundamental research in methods to control complex manufacturing systems by leveraging both real-time information on machine state and synthetic data generated by in-process simulators. This research will provide new methods for targeted on-demand simulation, integrated with novel control methodology, to support factory level decision-making based on instantaneous machine status.

ASU’s Lalitha Sankar awarded $300,000 to introduce generative adversarial privacy, a data-driven approach to guaranteeing privacy and utility

This grant will be used to introduce a novel framework called generative adversarial privacy (GAP). GAP formalizes adversarial learning as a game between a privatizer that wishes to learn the optimal privacy mechanism and any statistical adversary intent on learning the confidential features. This formalization is crucial to evaluate data-driven approaches against adversaries with strong inferential capabilities.

ASU’s Joohyung Lee awarded $363,799 to develop an action language based on the mathematical foundation that combines logic and probability

This grant will be used to design and implement a novel action language that is highly expressive for modeling various aspects of dynamic systems under uncertainty and which applies to knowledge-rich diagnosis and stream reasoning. The new action language will jointly address commonsense reasoning and learning about actions in uncertain dynamic domains. The methods produced will be useful for several applications that require integration of knowledge representation and other areas, such as robotics and autonomous systems.

Grant Opportunities

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Jobs Plus Initiative

This grant supports the development of locally-based, job-driven approaches that increase earnings and advance employment outcomes through work readiness, employer linkages, job placement, educational advancement, technology skills, and financial literacy for residents of public housing. It addresses poverty among public housing residents by incentivizing and enabling employment through earned income disregards for working residents and a set of services designed to support work.

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Department of Defense

DoD Peer Reviewed Alzheimer’s Research Partnership Award

This grant supports collaborative research partnerships between investigators to address a research problem or question in a manner that would be unachievable through separate efforts as related to the Peer Reviewed Alzheimer’s Research Program’s mission. The research impact is expected to benefit the military, Veteran, and civilian communities.

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Department of Education

Preparation of Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services Leadership Personnel

This grant seeks to help address State-identified needs for personnel preparation in special education, early intervention, and related services, and regular education to work with children, including infants and toddlers with disabilities. It ensures that those personnel have the necessary skills and knowledge, derived from practices that have been determined through scientifically based research and experience, to be successful in serving those children.

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National Science Foundation

Division of Physics: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects

This grant supports physics research and the preparation of future scientists in the nation’s colleges and universities across a broad range of physics disciplines that span scales of space and time. The Division is comprised of disciplinary programs covering experimental and theoretical research in the following major subfields of physics: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics; Computational Physics; Elementary Particle Physics; Gravitational Physics; Integrative Activities in Physics; Nuclear Physics; Particle Astrophysics; Physics of Living Systems; Plasma Physics, and Quantum Information Science.

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Research Experiences for Undergraduates

This grant supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.

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