June Grants Newsletter

This month ASU researchers were awarded over $2 million in grants to research the early stages of cervical cancer, find solutions to reduce food waste, and help graduates find employment in startups and corporations. 

Congratulations to this month’s grant recipients! 

Available grant opportunities include improving public health systems, protecting crime and abuse victims, and advancing literacy skills for underserved children.

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Grants Awarded in CD 9 and Arizona

Department of Health and Human Services

ASU’s Dr. Karen Sue Anderson awarded $363,285 to research biomarkers for cervical cancer

This grant will be used to study how the immune system can be used to detect early stages of cervical cancer and develop biomarkers for HPV-associated cancers. This project will continue Dr. Anderson’s previous research studying alterations in the immune response to develop biomarkers for breast, ovarian, and pancreatic cancers and identifying targets for cancer treatment and vaccine development.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

ASU’s Dr. Timothy J. Richards awarded $496,586 to study the effectiveness of using commercial peer-to-peer mutualization systems (CPMS) to reduce food waste

This grant will be used to study if a CPMS is an effective method of reducing food waste. Food waste reduction could potentially improve food security, reduce landfills and their environmental impact, and reduce waste of scarce water and land resources. The funds will be used to design a theoretic model of how a CPMS would operate, design an economic model to determine its viability in the market, and compose a set of solutions for reducing food waste based on the data. 

ASU’s Dr. Elliot Rabinovich awarded $496,407 to evaluate scan-based trading and enhancing supply-chain efficiency

This grant will be used to study if scan-based trading (SBT) provides potential for abuse by retailers and creates unbalanced market power or if it is an opportunity for enhanced supply-chain efficiency. Funds will be used to evaluate field-experiment data to evaluate the impact of SPT on agriculture producers, retailers, and consumers and the potential to minimize food waste.


National Science Foundation

ASU’s Dr. Yulia Peet awarded $331,155 to develop simulation techniques of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

This grant will be used to develop simulation of CFD computations, which are often expensive. CFD computations predict fluid flow surrounding airplanes, rockets, and ground vehicles. Funds will be also be used to develop an educational plan that will include outreach at local Phoenix high schools, involvement in undergraduate education, and improving curriculum for graduate students.


ASU’s Dr. Timothy Steimle awarded $339,134 to research molecular properties of star spots and old stars

This grant will be used to perform laboratory measurements of key properties that are found in the surrounding dust and gas around old stars, and star spots. The research will be used to provide astronomers with reliable information that will allow them to predict conditions in distant regions. The funds will also be used to conduct educational outreach at ASU’s Preparatory Academy and engage students in the physical sciences and participate in ASU’s “Science is Fun” program for K-12 students. 


ASU’s Dr. Christopher Hayter awarded $41,352 to assist postdoctoral researchers in finding employment in the private sector

This grant will be used to help postdoctoral researchers that will not obtain faculty positions find work in the private sector and utilize their scientific knowledge. The funds will be used to examine the needs of the private sector and recommend specific policies and new programs to help better prepare postdoctoral researchers on how to find employment in startups and corporations. Based on the conducted research, the project will recommend policy to government and university leaders to increase post-research career outcomes for postdoctoral researchers.


ASU’s Dr. Karl Sieradzki awarded $144,859 to continue research on the behavior of stainless steels

This grant will be used to develop models of the behavior of stainless steels in order to develop design schemes rationalize existing data and to identify alloy compositions and atomic-scale effects. This research is expected to contribute to efforts to improve infrastructure and to develop light-weight metallic alloys to be used for automotive applications to combat corrosion problems. The project will also provide undergraduate and graduate students with necessary training in corrosion science and electrochemistry.


Grant Opportunities

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Building Capacity of the Public Health System to Improve Population Health through National, Nonprofit Organizations

This grant permits the 26 previously awarded (2013) national nonprofit organizations to reapply for funding. The funding will be used to strengthen government and nongovernment public health system and to strengthen human and organizational resources and systems.

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American Indian and Alaska Native Early Head Start Expansion

This grant permits public or private non-profits (including community-based or faith-based organizations) or for-profit agencies that are able to provide American Indian and Alaska Native Early Head Start Expansion services to infants, toddlers, pregnant women and their families.

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Department of Justice

National Survey of Victim Service Providers

This grant is seeking an individual to administer the 2018 National Survey of Victim Service Providers (NSVSP). The survey is a part of the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ efforts to develop a statistical infrastructure around victim services and to address the needs of service providers and support victims of a crime or abuse.

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Department of Education

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE): Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program

This grant aims to advance literacy skills, reading, and writing for children through grade 12 with special consideration for disadvantaged children, children living in poverty, children with disabilities, and English learners.

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