October Grants Newsletter

This month ASU researchers were awarded over two million dollars to improve services and systems for Arizonans with dementia, advance smart phone and cloud technology, and foster innovation in engineering research. 

Congratulations to this month’s grant recipients!

Available grant opportunities include behavior change research, science education partnerships, and implementation of scientific research to practice in fatal injury prevention.

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Grants Awarded in CD 9 and Arizona

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

ASU’s Dr. David Coon awarded $962,759 to improve dementia-capable systems in Arizona

ASU will partner with the Arizona Department of Economic Security-Division of Aging and Adult Services, the Aging and Disability Resource Consortium, the Alzheimer Association, Desert Southwest Chapter, and the Arizona Caregiver Coalition to enhance existing services for individuals with Alzheimer’s and related Dementia and develop activities to improve quality of life for aging individuals and family caregivers.

ASU’s Dr. Brent Nannenga awarded $298,415 to study G-Protein Coupled Receptors

This grant will be used to utilize newly developed MicroED to determine high-resolution structures of G-Protein Coupled Receptors (GPCRs). GPCRs represent protein receptors that are used to develop new drugs and therapeutics. This project will also study structural discovery of new GPCR samples. 

Office of National Drug Control Policy

The Tempe Coalition awarded $125,000 to prevent youth substance use

This grant will be used to develop new and strengthen existing community collaboration to support efforts at youth substance-use prevention. The funds will be used to increase activities and the Coalition’s community presence, increase youth and parental awareness of the impact risks of teen alcohol and drug use.


National Science Foundation

ASU’s Dr. Ann McKenna awarded $75,000 to study the impact of discipline-based research on engineering education research

This grant will be used to establish and begin documenting the impact of discipline-based research on the engineering education practice. This grant will address two questions: what is the impact of the selected engineering education research and innovation programs, and what is the best way to document this impact? This grant hopes to implement the research results into future engineering education.

ASU’s Dr. Kyle Squires awarded $300,000 to implement a NSF Design and Development Launch Pilot

This grant will help ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Maricopa County Community Colleges District and K-12 school districts, industry partners Honeywell, Intel, Texas Instruments, and the Helios Education Foundation implement a National Science Foundation Design and Development Launch Pilot. This pilot will identify underrepresented groups in engineering and develop mechanisms to improve diversity within the field. Diversity has shown to be a valuable commodity in fostering innovation and creative thought in engineering.

ASU’s Andrea Richa awarded $208,000 to explore different uses for swarm robotics

Swarm robotics is the concept of a group of robots working towards a singular goal. This grant seeks to utilize swarm robotics as physical systems, adopting desired collective behavior. These robots will range in size from millimeters to centimeters, and are intended to behave as programmable active matter, and will provide valuable research into swarm robotics research.

ASU’s Dr. Angelia Nedich awarded $199,840 to develop data optimization

This grant will utilize operator splitting to develop improved optimization methods that allow for smart phone advancement or improved applications in the cloud. ASU will partner with European research institute KU Leuven to interpret existing data optimization methods, and to develop new operator splitting techniques.

U.S. Department of Justice

Arizona Supreme Court awarded $749,885 to adopt reducing recidivism program

This grant will be used to implement the 2017 Smart Supervision: Reducing Prison Populations, Saving Money, and Creating Safer Communities program designed to complement existing Second Chance Act programs. This program is designed to utilize analysis and evidence-based practices to create strategies and targeted resources to improve supervision success rates, reduce recidivism, and reduce crime.

Technical Assistance Partnership of Arizona awarded $342,858 to fund Second Chance Act Program centered on young parents

This grant will be used to support the transition of young parents returning home and into communities following incarceration. This program, the “Second Chance Act Strengthening Relationships Between Young Fathers, Young Mothers, and Their Children,” will utilize mentoring and transitional reentry services, parenting skills development, and community service partnerships proven to reduce recidivism.


Grant Opportunities 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Science of Behavior Change: Revision Applications for Use-inspired Research to Optimize Adherence, Behavior Change Interventions, and Outcomes

This grant seeks to advance mechanisms-focused experimental medicine approaches to behavior change research.

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Innovative Approaches or Technologies to Investigate Regional, Structural and Functional Heterogeneity of CNS Small Blood and Lymphatic Vessels

This grant seeks research projects aimed towards the development of new technology or tools specific to the central nervous system (CNS) small blood and lymphatic vessels across the life span.

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NIH Science Education Partnership Award

This grant aims to support educational activities that enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs.

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Injury Control Research Centers

This grant seeks research projects that will help translate scientific discovery into practice to prevent fatal and nonfatal injuries.

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