Inaugural OVPR Seed Funding Competitions


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Inaugural OVPR Seed Funding Competitions

The Inaugural OVPR Seed Funding Competition has concluded and was a huge success! The Office of the Vice President for Research would like to congratulate the following seven PI teams on winning the Fall 2018 Seed Funding Competition:

H. Resit Akcakaya, Ecology and Evolution and Liliana Davalos, Ecology and Evolution with their proposal: The Very Extended Phenotype: connecting genetics and evolution to ecological function

Surita Bhatia, Chemistry and Elizabeth Boon, Chemistry with their proposal: Scalable Nanostructured Coatings for Prevention of Microbial Biofilm Formation

Holly Colognato, Pharmacology and Maricedes Acosta Martinez, Physiology and Biophysics with their proposal: Exploration of late pregnancy extracellular vesicles as regulators of oligodendrocyte biology

Anshul Gandhi, Computer Science and Erez Zadok, Computer Science with their proposal: Exploiting Analytical Models to Realize the Full Performance and Parallelization Potential of Modern Storage Architectures for Big Data Applications

Martin Kaczocha, Anesthesiology and Michelino Puopolo, Anesthesiology with their proposal: Leukotriene B4: A Novel Target for Postoperative Pain Control

David Komatsu, Orthopaedics, Yi-Xian Qin, Biomedical Engineering, and Sardar MZ Uddin, Orthopaedics with their proposal: Enhancement of Bone Regeneration through Apoptosis Modulation

Greg Zelinsky, Psychology, Dimitrios Samaras, Computer Science, Kenneth Shroyer, Pathology, and Joel Saltz, Bioinformatics with their proposal: Predicting the attention trajectories of digital pathologists: Towards understanding the variability in cancer diagnosis


We received a total of 73 applications that spanned the School of Medicine, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and College of Arts and Sciences. Many thanks to everyone who submitted an application and special thanks to our panel of 18 peer reviewers who took the time to review these applications.


The Spring 2019 Seed Funding Competition deadline is coming soon! Please submit your applications via online portal no later than midnight, February 25, 2019.  For details and more information, please go to Do not hesitate to contact the Office of Proposal Development at if you have questions.

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