Recent grants and contracts

A sampling of recent research grants.

Posted January 2020

Dr. Michael Lynch, in the Biodesign Center for Mechanisms of Evolution, was granted $1.8 million by the National Science Foundation to develop a "Molecular Toolkit for Integrative Organismal Research in the Microcrustacean Daphnia pulex."

Dr. Elisa Bienenstock, in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, was granted $450,000 by the U.S. Department of Defense: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to for the "REsilience & Stability In DENse Terrains (RESIDENT)" project. 

Dr. Michael White, in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was granted $400,000 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for the "Tempe First-Responder Opioid Recovery Project."

 

Posted December 2019

Dr. Ellen Green, in the College of Health Solutions, was granted $2.36 million by the National Institutes of Health to perform a "Simulation Study of the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act."

Dr. Matthew Buman, from the College of Health Solutions, has received $2.2 million from the National Institutes of Health for "StandUpTV: Reducing sedentary screen."

Dr. Michael Lynch, in the Knowledge Enterprise's Center for Mechanisms for Evolution, received $2 million from the National Science Foundation to "Dimension US-China Global Patterns of Biodiversity in the Ancient Ciliate Paramecium."

Dr. Kerry Ann Samerotte, in the Knowledge Enterprise's Center for Mechanisms of Evolution, was awarded $1.86 million from the National Institutes of Health to perform "quantitative examinations of cellular mechanisms that modulate the impacts of genetic variation."

Dr. Jing Li, out of the Ira A. Fulton School for Industrial, Systems and Operations Engineering, received $1.34 million from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases to pursue "a multidisciplinary translational approach to investigate the mechanisms, predictors and prevention of persistent post-traumati."

Dr. Lalitha Sankar, in the Ira A. Fulton School of Electrical Engineering, was granted $1.31 million by the National Science Foundation for collaborative research on "High-dimensional patio-temporal data science for a resilient power grid and real-time integration of synchrophasor data."

Dr. Peter Crozier, in the Ira A. Fulton School of Materials Science and Engineering, has received $1.28 million from the National Science Foundation to research "Acquisition of an Energy-Filtering, Direct Electron Detector for Advanced Soft and Hard Materials Research within situ Transmission Electron Microscopy."

Dr. Steve Presse, from the The College's Department of Physics, was granted $1.16 million by the National Institutes of Health to investigate "Theoretical Models of Single Molecule Dynamics from Minimal Photon Numbers."

Dr. Charles Katz, in the Watts College's Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety, received $1.07 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention towards the Arizona National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). 

Dr. James Hodge, from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, was awarded $872,000 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to build a network for public health law. 

Dr. Heather Marie Griller Clark, out of the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, was awarded $864,000 from the National Science Foundation for collaborative research to integrate STEM into transition education for incarcerated learners. 

Dr. Steven Ayer, in the Del E. Webb School of Contruction, was awarded $500,000 from the National Science Foundation for collaborative research into "Immersive Virtual Reality with Haptic Feedback to Improve Safety Hazard Recognition, Assessment and Decision-Making Among Construction Professionals."

Posted November 2019

Dr. Mikhail Chester, in the Ira A. Fulton School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, received $3.7 million from the National Science Foundation to "Converge social, ecological and technological infrastructure systems (SETS) for urban resilience."

Dr. Ramon Arrowsmith, in the School of Earth and Space Exploration, was awarded $1.5 million by the National Science Foundation to implement an Interdisciplinary Space Physics Program at Arizona State University. 

Dr. Nancy Grimm, out of The College's School of Life Sciences, has been awarded $1.03 million by the National Science Foundation for collaborative research seeking "Nature-Based Solutions for Urban Resilience in the Antropocene."

Dr. Michelene Chi, from the Division of Educational Leadership and Innovation, was granted $600,000 from the National Science Foundation to improve online learning from tutorial dialog videos. 

Dr. Robert LiKamWa, an assistant professor in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, was granted $500,000 by the National Science Foundation to investigate "real-time spatial audio on the Internet of Things."

Dr. Suren Jayasuriya, in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, received $332,000 from the National Science Foundation to create "Software-Defined Imaging for Energy-Efficient Visual Computing."

Dr. William Graves, out Knowledge Enterprise's Center for Applied Structural Discovery, was awarded $4.8 million from the National Science Foundation for the Mid-Scale Compact X-ray Free-Electron Laser Project.

Dr. Keith Brown, in The College's Melikian Center, received $400,000 from the U.S. Department of Defense for Project GO 2020. 

Dr. Gary E. Marchant, from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, has been granted $460,000 by the Charles Koch Foundation for "Advancing 'Soft Law' Governance for Artificial Intelligence."

Posted October 2019

Dr. Heather Marie Griller Clark, from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, was awarded $863,000 from the National Science Foundation for collaborative research INtegrating STEM into Transition Education for Incarcerated Learners.

Dr. James Hodge, in the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, was granted $872,000 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to investigate "a High-Impact Approach to Address Health Disparities and Advance Healthy Communities."

Dr. Charles Katz, from the Watts College's Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety, received $1 million from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for the Arizona National Violent Death Reporting System. 

Dr. Steve Presse, in The College's Department of Physics, was awarded $1.2 million from the National Institutes of Health to investigate "Theoretical Models of Single Molecule Dynamics from Minimal Photon Numbers."

Dr. Peter Crozier, from the Ira A. Fulton School of Materials Science and Engineering, received $1.3 million from the National Science Foundation to research "Acquisition of an Energy-Filtering, Direct Electron Detector for Advanced Soft and Hard Materials Research within situ Transmission Electron Microscopy."

Dr. Lalitha Sankar, in the Ira A. Fulton School of Electrical Engineering, has been awarded $1.3 million from the National Science Foundation to conduct collaborative research on high-dimensional spate-temporal data science for a resilient power grid. 

Posted September 2019

Dr. Jing Li, in the Ira A. Fulton School of Industrial, Systems and Operations Engineering, has received $1.4 million from the Department of Defense's U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases to investigate "A multidisciplinary translational approach to investigate the mechanisms, predictors and prevention of persistent post-trauma."

Dr. Kerry Ann Samerotte, in the Center for Mechanisms for Evolution, received $1.9 million from the National Institutes of Health to quantitatively examine cellular mechanisms that modulate the impacts of genetic variation.

Dr. Michael Lynch, in the Center for Mechanisms of Evolution, has been awarded $2 million from the National Science Foundation to investigate "Dimensions US-China Global Patterns of Biodiversity in the Ancient Ciliate Paramecium."

Dr. Matthew Buman, out of the College of Health Solutions, has received $2.2 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health to investigate the reduction of sedentary screen time. 

Dr. Ellen Green, in the College of Health Solutions, has received a $2.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct a "Simulation Study of the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act."

A research team, including Dr. Cynthia Selin, received a $1.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop recommendations for how to responsibly govern human genome editing research and technologies in the future. 

Posted August 2019

Dr. Tyler Roy Gosta Peterson, from the The College's Department of English, received $250,000 from the San Carlos Apache Tribe for continued research. 

Dr. Dustin Andrew Pardini, in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, received $315,000 from the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission in support of the Arizona Youth Survey-2020. 

Dr. Wendy Peia Oakes, from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College's Division of Teacher Preparation, has been awarded $440,000 from the U.S. Department of Education for Project ENHANCE. 

Dr. Cynthia A. Lietz, in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, received $484,000 in funding from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.

Dr. Amanda Burke, in the Center for the Future of Arizona, has received a $500,000 grant from the Arizona Office of the Governor to support the "Arizona Pathways to Prosperity" Project.

Dr. James Herbert Williams, in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions: School of Social Work, was awarded $750,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Education to support research in Undergraduate Child Welfare Education. 

Posted July 2019

Dr. Yu Yao, in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, has received $1 million from the Department of Defense's Defense Sciences Office to investigate "Underwater polarization navigation based on chip-integrated full-stokes polarization imaging systems."

Dr. James Herbert Williams, in the Watts College's School of Social Work, was awarded $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for "Child Welfare Field Education and Student Support."

Dr. Yang-Hang Zhang, in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, has received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense's Air Force Office of Scientific Research to "Understand and Break the Material Barriers of SiGeSn Alloys for Infrared Devices."

Dr. Kimberly Rae Flack, from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, received $2.7 million grant from First Things First in support of the Arizona PBS Administrative Home for Arizona Early Childhood Workforce and Professional Development Registry for College Scholarships. 

Dr. Iveta Silova McGurty, of the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College: Division of Educational Leadership and Innovation, has been awarded $3.7 million grant from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Education for the project "Building Leadership through School Immersion Cohort 3."

Posted May 2019

Dr. Meg Bruening, of the College of Health Solutions, was awarded a $1 million grant from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau to bring a maternal nutrition education and training program to ASU.

A research team comprised of Drs. Brian Smith and Jon Harrison, of the School of Life Sciences and Drs. Theodore Pavlic and Yu Cao, of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, were awarded $1 million for their work to miniaturize artificial intelligence.

Drs. Yan Shoshitaishvili and Ruoyu Wang, in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, received $6.6 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop human-computer collaborative approaches to cybersecurity.

Posted April 2019

Dr. George Stephanopoulos, in the Office of Knowledge Enterprise, was awarded $750,000 for the Global KAITEKI Center.

Dr. Antonella Caccamo, in the ASU-Banner Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center, was awarded $3 million from the National Institute of Health to investigate "S6K1 as a novel link between aging and Alzheimer’s disease."

Dr. Salvatore Oddo, in the ASU-Banner Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center, was awarded $3.3 million from the National Institute of Health to investigate "mTOR at the crossroad between aging and Alzheimer’s disease."

Dr. Clark Miller, in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society was awarded $1 million from the Department of Energy to develop socially and economically generative resilient PV-energy systems for low- and moderate-income communities.

Dr. Robert Cook-Deegan, in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, was awarded $2.3 million by the National Institute of Health for "The Sulston Project" to make the knowledge commons for interpreting cancer genomic variants more effective.

Posted March 2019

Dr. Joshua LaBaer, in the Biodesign Institute, was awarded $10 million by Leo and Annette Beus to execute Phase 1 of the cXFEL Project.

Dr. Ariel Anbar, in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and School of Earth and Space Exploration, was awarded $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Education to create a "Consortium for Open Active Pathways (COAP)."

Dr. Enrique Vivoni, in the School of Earth and Space Exploration, has been awarded $1 million by NASA to investigate "Averting Drought Shortages in the Colorado River: Transitioning Long-Range Data-Infused Scenario Modeling to Operations of the Central Arizona Project."

Dr. Baoxin Li, in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, was awarded $1.2 million from the Department of Defense's Office of Naval Research to investigate "Plan-Recognition-Driven Attention Models for Supporting Active Perception in Decentralized Multi-Agent Systems."

Dr. Brian Smith, in the School of Life Sciences, was awarded $1 million from the Department of Defense to investigate "Energy-efficient Neuromorphic Computing in Light of the Structural and Functional Evolution of Multi-scale Insect Brains."

Dr. Judy Krysik, in the School of Social Work and Center for Child Well-being, has been awarded $277,000 by the Arizona Department of Child Safety to create the "National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) survey for the Arizona Department of Child Safety."

Posted February 2019

Dr. Gregory Asner, in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, was awarded $375,000 by the Mellon Foundation.

Dr. Scotty Craig, in The Polytechnic School of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, was awarded $1.1 million from the U.S. Department of Defense's Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative to evaluate the "PERvasive Learning System from an End-User Perpective."

Dr. Govindasamy (Mani) Tamizhmani, in the The Polytechnic School of Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, was awarded $1.3 million by the U.S. Department of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to study the "Reliability Evaluation of Bifacial and Monofacial Glass/ Glass Modules with EVA and Non-EVA Encapsulants.

Dr. Steve Presse, in the School of Molecular Sciences, was awarded $1.5 million from the National Institutes of Health to investigate "A Bayesian nonparametric approach to superresolved tracking of multiple molecules."

Posted December 2018

Two research teams led by Wim Vermaas, in the School of Life Sciences and Bruce Rittmann, in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment were awarded a total of $4.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to support early-stage bioenergy research and development.

Dr. Eugene Schneller, of W. P. Carey School of Business, along with industry partners, received a $2.4 million from the Department of Defense to study and innovate military healthcare logistics.

Posted November 2018

Dr. Carlo Maley, in the School of Life Sciences, was awarded $10.8 million from the National Cancer Institute to create the Breast Pre-Cancer Atlas, an active repository for information about breast tumors, open to the scientific community.

Posted April 2018

Dr. Wendy Wolfersteig, in the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center, was awarded $550,000 from the Arizona Department of Child Safety for research and evaluation of the Childhelp curriculum.

Dr. Yu Cao, in the School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering, was awarded $2.5 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for the Center for Brain-inspired Computing Enabling Autonomous Intelligence.

Dr. Elizabeth Wentz, in the School of Geographical Science and Urban Planning, was awarded $500,000 from the Arizona State University Foundation for The Piper ASU Social Economic and Environmental Resilience Knowledge Exchange.

Dr. Christopher Stojanowski, in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, was awarded $400,000 from the National Science Foundation to study “Population-Specific Patterns of Heritability and Integration in the Human Dentition.”

Dr. Stewart Fotheringham, in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, was awarded $400,000 from the National Science Foundation for “The Measurement of Scale and Process Heterogeneity through Local Multivariate Models.”

Dr. Kimberly Scott, in the School of Social Transformation, was awarded $300,000 from the National Science Foundation for an EAGER award on data and the future of an empirically grounded research community for broadening participation in STEM.

Dr. Vincent Webb, in the Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety, was awarded $300,000 from the Department of Justice for the National Crime Gun Intelligence Center Initiative.

Posted February 2018

Dr. Curtis Marean, in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, was awarded $1 million from the Hyde Family Foundations for the “The Hyde Family Foundations Modern-Human Origins Initiative.”

Peter Byck, in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the School of Sustainability, was awarded $1.3 million from the Arizona State University Foundation to research “Adaptive Multi-Paddock (AMP) Grazing.”

Dr. Kimberly Scott, in the School of Social Transformation, was awarded $300,000 from the National Science Foundation for an EAGER award on developing a culturally responsive computing instrument for underrepresented students.

Dr. Kristen Ferguson-Colvin, in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions, was awarded $250,000 from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation for “100k Opportunities Employer Engagement Strategy in Phoenix.”

Posted March 2018

Dr. Nancy Cooke, in the Polytechnic School, was awarded $2 million from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to research situational awareness improvements within human-robot teams. 

Ji Mi Choi, in the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, was awarded $1.3 million from the Verizon Foundation for the Verizon Innovative Learning Design Thinking Program. 

Dr. Pamela Harris, in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, was awarded $1.2 million from the National Science Foundation “Developing Resilient STEM Teachers for High-Need Middle Schools.”