May Grants Newsletter

This month, ASU researchers and Goalistics Chronic Pain Management Program were awarded over $3 million in grants to improve teaching, learning, and student success in algebra, purchase a state of the art microscope, and assist pain patients with tapering opioid use.

Congratulations to this month’s grant recipients!

Available grant opportunities include funding to reduce diesel emissions, support scientists addressing major biomedical or behavioral challenges, and provide data and specimens to NeuroAIDS investigators.              

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Grants Awarded in CD 9 and Arizona

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

ASU’s Dr. Page Baluch awarded $600,000 for a Leica TCS SP8 Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope

This grant will be used to purchase a Leica SP8 Confocal Microscope. The research conducted using this microscope will include projects such as studying nervous system development and disease, the neurobiological basis of drug abuse and addiction, the cell biology of insulin signaling, developing treatment options for traumatic brain injury, salmonella pathogenesis, improving therapeutics for immune-inflammatory response, and identifying factors which cause pre-term labor.

Goalistics Chronic Pain Management Program awarded$225,473 for the development of the Building Efficacy for Successful Tapering (BEST) Program

This grant will be used for the development of software to assist pain patients who are undergoing medically supervised opioid tapering. The program is designed to enhance self-efficacy for tapering by training the patient to systematically sample and test a variety of evidence-based non-opioid pain management strategies in order to develop a repertoire of personally vetted techniques.

National Endowment for the Humanities

ASU’s Dr. Keith Kintigh awarded $295,000 to establish the Digital Archive of Huhugam Archaeology

This grant will be used to create a comprehensive digital library of reports on archaeological investigations of the ancient Huhugam (Hohokam). These central and southern Arizona inhabitants once tamed the Sonoran desert through sophisticated irrigation, far-flung networks of ceremonial ball courts, specialized craft production, extensive trade, and large, long-lived towns. The Digital Archive of Huhugam Archaeology will contain copies of 1600 major archaeological reports totaling roughly 400,000 pages. The archive will provide scholars with crucial long-term data for comparative studies and indigenous communities with access to a wealth of research on ancestral populations.

National Science Foundation

ASU’s Dr. Carlos Castillo-Chavez awarded $1,075,000 for the Bridge to Doctorate: WAESO LSAMP program

This grant will be used to fund the Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities (WAESO) Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) new co-hort. Funds will be used to recruit, admit, enroll, graduate with thesis masters degrees, and fully prepare for admission to highly reputable doctoral programs 12 underrepresented minority STEM students.

ASU’s Dr. James Middleton awarded $557,684 to study secondary mathematics, in-the-moment, longitudinal engagement

This grant will be used to investigate high school students' experiences of engagement with mathematics and their motivation to learn, and the ways that classroom instructional climates do or do not support productive engagement with mathematics. As an important effort to help improve student achievement in mathematics nationally, this study will be grounded in three critical areas (motivation, affect, and social interactions), which are essential to both student performance in mathematics and to their success in other STEM fields.

ASU’s Dr. Michelle Zandieh awarded $299,999 for Simulation-Based Inquiry-Oriented Linear Algebra

This grant will be used to improve teaching, learning, and student success in linear algebra by incorporating a blending of technology and several learning theories and applications to lead to new research results and production of curriculum resources. This project will leverage the investigators' previous research and curriculum development in Inquiry-Oriented Linear Algebra (IOLA) and expertise in Technology Based Learning to explore the unification of curriculum design and technology design theories and practices.

Grant Opportunities

National Science Foundation


This grant aims to support a broad range of field, laboratory, computational, and theoretical investigations aimed at understanding the deformation of the terrestrial continental lithosphere (i.e. above the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary).

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Environmental Protection Agency

Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program

This grant seeks to fund projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets operating at or servicing goods movement facilities located in areas designated as having poor air quality.

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NIH Director’s Pioneer Award Program

This grant aims to support individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose pioneering and possibly transforming approaches to addressing major biomedical or behavioral challenges that have the potential to produce an unusually high impact on enhancing health, lengthening life, and reducing illness and disability.

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National NeuroAIDS Tissue Consortium

This grant seeks a national resource that provides clinical data and biological specimens to NeuroAIDS investigators interested in conducting research toward a cure of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV-1) infection from the central nervous system (CNS), and research on the neuropathogenesis of HIV-1 induced CNS and peripheral nervous system (PNS) dysfunction in the context of anti-retroviral therapy (ART).

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