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Collaborative research seed grants announced

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(July 21, 2008)--Robert Gracy, UTSA vice president for research, announces the four 2008-2009 winners of the Collaborative Research Seed Grant Program (CRSGP).

The winning projects represent the College of Sciences, College of Engineering and College of Education and Human Development.

The winners and research projects are:

  • George Negrete, professor of chemistry and College of Sciences associate dean, "Organic Photo-Dyes for Solar Cell Applications"
  • Valerie Sponsel, associate professor of biology, "Potential Enhancement of the Anti-Malarial Compound Artemisinin, in planta, Through Collaborative Biochemical, Chemical and Computational Studies"
  • Brent Nowak, associate professor of mechanical engineering, "Robotic Exploration of the Geophysical and Microbial Environments at the Ice Sea Water Interface of Arctic and Antarctic Sea Ice"
  • Suzanne Winter, associate professor of interdisciplinary learning and teaching, "Reversing the Obesity Epidemic: Examining an Early Approach to Improve Health and Development Outcomes of High-Risk, Very Low Birth Weight Children"


Collaborative Research Seed Grant Program

CRSGP is initiated and funded by the UTSA Office of the Vice President for Research. Up to $110,000 is divided among proposals to start innovative, collaborative and multidisciplinary research programs. The lead principal investigator (PI) of a project must be a UTSA tenured or tenure-track faculty member and the co-investigator must be from outside the department, college, center or institute of the lead principal investigator.

Proposals are accepted in two categories:

  1. From multiple departments within a college
  2. From multiple UTSA colleges, centers or institutes or a single UTSA organization with collaborators from one or more outside organizations

The deadline for 2009-2010 CRSGP proposals is Oct. 16. For more information, contact Jim Massaro, director of program development, Office of the Vice President for Research, at (210) 458-6691.

>> Read a July 11 UTSA Today story on CRSGP.

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