March Grants Newsletter

This month, ASU researchers and NATIVE HEALTH were awarded over $5.2 million in grants to open new health centers in Phoenix, promote neuroregeneration, and better understand heart diseases.

Congratulations to this month’s grant recipients!

Available grant opportunities include funding to efficiently process forensic DNA, improve safety in schools, and prevent suicide among adults.                     

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Grants Awarded in CD 9 and Arizona

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

NATIVE HEALTH and NHW Community Health Center received $398,721 for Health Center Clusters



This grant will be used to provide primary medical, dental, behavioral health, WIC and wellness services to all individuals in the Phoenix Metro-area. NATIVE HEALTH will also use this grant to provide Diabetes 101 classes, counseling, cooking classes, and more.

ASU’s Drs. Julie Liss and Visar Berisha awarded $1,800,000 to study speech intervention outcomes for patients with neurological diseases


This grant will be used to develop an automated clinical tool for modeling which types of speech therapy will be the most effective for a given individual patient, offering precision practice capabilities for speech-language pathologists. 

ASU’s Dr. Quan Qing awarded $389,000 for scalable fabrication and recognition tunneling sequencing study of solid-state nanopore devices

ASU’s Dr. Xu Wang was awarded $1,400,000 over five years to study the versatile cytokine pleiotophinThis grant will be used to focus on developing a new strategy for producing solid state nanopore devices with transverse control electrodes, to enable large scale production of next-generation nanopore-based DNA sequencing machines, which feature precise electronic control of DNA translocation and high-resolution recognition tunneling current readout. Developing this technology will create a new platform for low-cost, high-throughput DNA sequencing, and serve as an affordable genomic tool for personalized medicine.

The grant will be used to study how the protein pleiotrophin stimulates cell growth and differentiation in the central nervous system (CNS). Knowing the mechanism of pleiotrophin’s activity will help the development of pleiotrophin-like compounds to promote neuroregeneration after spinal cord injury or even to reverse CNS damage due to Alzheimer’s Disease.

National Science Foundation

ASU’s Dr. Jay Oswald awarded $500,000 to Study Relationships Linking Morphology and Plastic Resistance in Semi-Crystalline Polymers


ASU’s Dr. Mehdi Nikkhah awarded $500,000 for Cardiac Ischemia On-a-Chip: Probing Mechanisms Underlying Molecular, Cellular and Tissue-Level Adaptive Responses After InjuryThis grant will be used to foster new innovation in plastics manufacturing, one of the few U.S. manufacturing sectors with a trade surplus, ultimately benefiting the U.S. economy and society. Furthermore, the integration of educational and outreach activities with this research effort will help to address national challenges in meeting future demands for an abundant, diverse, and talented engineering workforce.

This grant will be used to study the underlying biological mechanisms of a heart attack. The goal of the study is to better understand what causes heart diseases. Additionally, this grant will provide interdisciplinary training for the next generation of undergraduate and graduate students in STEM fields.

ASU’s Dr. Daniel Hruschka awarded $214,609 for Building a Robust Foundation for Measuring Material Wealth in Low- and Middle-Income Settings

This grant will be used to assess which measures of household wealth best capture policy-relevant benchmarks of achievement. Such benchmarks will include physical growth, educational attainment, and personal and community assessments of satisfaction and relative economic standing. This research will build a foundation for future researchers to assess economic resources that are both locally meaningful and broadly comparable and that can improve our understanding of the linkages of material wealth with human outcomes across a range of communities.



Grant Opportunities

U.S. Department of Justice

Comprehensive School Safety Initiative

This grant will be used to produce practical knowledge that can improve the safety of schools and students. The initiative is carried out through partnerships between researchers, educators and other stakeholders, including law enforcement and mental health professionals.

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Forensic DNA Laboratory Efficiency Improvement and Capacity Enhancement Program

This grant will be used to support and enable long term solutions for more efficient processing, recording, screening, and analysis of forensic DNA and/or DNA database samples and to increase the capacity of public forensic DNA and DNA database laboratories to process more DNA samples, thereby helping to reduce the number of forensic DNA and DNA database samples awaiting analysis.

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Cooperative Agreements to Implement the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention

This grant aims to support states in implementing the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP) goals and objectives focused on preventing suicide and suicide attempts among adults age 25 and older in order to reduce the overall suicide rate and number of suicides in the U.S. nationally.

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration (LHRD) Grant Program

This grant seeks to fund units of state, local and tribal government to implement comprehensive programs to identify and remediate lead based paint hazards in privately owned rental or owner occupied housing.

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