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VPREDKE seeds innovation with $430,000 in funding to UTSA faculty

VPREDKE seeds innovation with $430,000 in funding to UTSA faculty

(July 2, 2019) -- The UTSA Office of the Vice President for Research, Economic Development, and Knowledge Enterprise (VPREDKE) offers a variety of internal funding, specifically seed grants, to support and expand the knowledge enterprise. These awards are given annually to faculty members to explore new areas of research, expand scholarly works, work out new ideas, create new collaborations either in different or complementary fields, or obtain preliminary data and results that can be cited in applications for extramural funding, all to enhance the breadth of scholarly and creative activity on campus.

This fiscal year, VPREDKE awarded $430,000 in seed grants to 26 faculty members, representing 20 departments and six colleges. Awardees are selected by a peer review process.

Over the past few years, seeding innovation and discovery on campus has been very effective. Back in 2017, VPREDKE awarded 38 seed grant awards totaling $807,494. Research Support then tracked the following two years of research output. By Spring 2019, the awardees from 2017 generated: 33 grant submissions; 17 awards; 71 submitted publications; 47 undergraduate students, 75 graduate students, 12 postdoctoral scholars, and six (6) visiting scientists were engaged; and 53 scholarly works were produced. This return on investment is valued at $3,176,791, an increase of 293.41% on the original investment.

“The return on investment by seeding innovation is impactful on the research enterprise: new and established faculty are supported in their research, new lines of inquiries are explored, and research partnerships are expanded. All these activities help increase national and international recognition of UTSA as an institution of research excellence,” said Jaclyn Shaw, assistant vice president for UTSA Strategic Initiatives and Research Partnerships.

Grants for Research Advancement and Transformation (GREAT)
September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020
$80,000 awarded: $20,000 per researcher x 4 new projects

The GREAT program provides seed grants to support new areas of research for faculty at UTSA, to assemble preliminary data that can be used to seek extramural funding and advance UTSA’s goal of reaching R1 Carnegie status.

College of Engineering

Gabriela Romero Uribe
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Wireless magneto-mechanical control of neural activity mediated by magnetic nandiscs

David Restrepo
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Novel Intrinsic Energy Dissipation Materials for Multi-Hazard Resilient Infrastructures

College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Ephrem Fernandez
Department of Psychology
Alleviating Pain and Opioid Dependence through Anger Management: A Pilot Study

College of Sciences

Duy Nguyen Vu Hoang
Department of Mathematics
Relativistic Equations of Motions for Strongly Gravitating Astrophysical Bodies

Internal Research Awards (INTRA)
September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020
$100,000 awarded: $5,000 per researcher x 20 new research projects

The Internal Research Awards (INTRA) program is part of the UTSA Vice President for Research, Economic Development, and Knowledge Enterprise’s coordinated efforts to promote research and scholarship of the highest quality. This program offers experience in identifying and submitting applications to potential funding sources, provides preliminary data to support applications for extramural funding and enhances scholarly and creative activities.

College of Architecture, Construction and Planning

Ibukun Gabriel Awolusi
Department of Construction Science
Enhancing the Diffusion of Wearable Sensing Devices for Personalized Safety and Health Monitoring in Construction

Antonio Martinez-Molina
Department of Architecture
The Impact of Sustainability Education on the Practice and Lifestyle of Architecture Students Around the World

Suat Gunhan
Department of Construction Science
Improving the Competitiveness of U.S. Contractors in International Markets

College of Business

Charles Liu
Department of Information Systems and Cyber Security
Information Science & Cyber Security - From Puzzles to Portraits: Enhancing Situation Awareness during Natural Disasters Using a Machine Learning Approach

Edgar Ghossoub
Department of Economics
Economics - Corruption, Income Inequality, and Monetary Policy

Deepa Wani
Department of Marketing
Management Science & Statistics - Collaborative Partnerships in Integrated Healthcare Delivery: Evidence from Accountable Care Organizations

College of Education and Human Development

Masataka Umeda
Department of Kinesiology, Health and Nutrition
Psychophysiological factors underlying augmented muscle pain during exercise in fibromyalgia

Amarie Carnett
Department of Educational Psychology
Evaluation of infant and toddler sleep problems in children with high risk for autism

Guan Saw
Department of Educational Psychology
Contested Racial Identities among Young Students: Prevalence, Predictors, and Implications

Tianou Zhang
Department of Kinesiology, Health and Nutrition
Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Effects of Oat Avenanthramides (AVA) Supplementation on Young Women and Men after Downhill Running

Van Lac
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Preparing Equity-Oriented and Community-Based Educational Leaders: A Study of Participatory Action Research as an Approach to Leading Alongside Marginalized Communities

Samuel DeJulio
Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching
Preparing Equity-Oriented and Community-Based Educational Leaders: A Study of Participatory Action Research as an Approach to Leading Alongside Marginalized Communities

College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Eva Wikberg
Department of Anthropology
Genetic diversity and differentiation in Costa Rican primates

Ethan Wickman
Department of Music
Driftwood Canticles

Jessica Wright
Department of Philosophy
The History of the Brain in Ancient Greek Medicine and Philosophy

Juliet Wiersema
Department of Art and Art History
Ancient Tiwanaku Portrait Vessels: Identity, Agency, and Politics in Ancient Bolivia

Mark Bayer
Department of English
The American Editorial Tradition and the Emergence of Shakespeare Studies

Sonia Alconini
Department of Anthropology
Ancient Inka imperial frontiers: Colonization, power and elite strategies

James McDonald
Department of Communication
Organizing Support for DREAMers on College Campuses: A Multi-Sited Ethnography of Resource Centers for Undocumented Students

Bryan Gervais
Department of Political Science and Geography
The Effects of Candidate Gender on Reactions to Elite Political Incivility

Connecting through Research Partnerships (Connect)
September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020
$250,000 awarded: $125,000 per team ($50,000 UTSA; $75,000 SwRI)

Christopher Combs
UTSA College of Engineering
Jacob Delimont
Southwest Research Institute
Non-Intrusive Measurements and Simulations of Direct-Fired sCO2 Flows for Low-Emission Renewable Energy Generation

Brendy Rincon Troconis
UTSA College of Engineering
W. Fassett Hickey
Southwest Research Institute
Effect of Additive Manufacturing on the Hydrogen Embrittlement of Alloy 718

Sarah Hada


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