Tufts Collaborates: Announcement of AY 2019 – 2020 Funding
The Tufts Collaborates Seed Grant Program seeks to encourage the essential first steps in interdisciplinary collaboration by supporting new faculty pilot projects that engage at least two disciplines and cross institutional lines. The goal of this program is to establish collaborative research efforts that will likely result in competitive research proposals to federal and foundation granting agencies.
Any Tufts faculty active in scholarship, research, and/or creative works with a primary appointment at a University school or unit is eligible to apply to the Tufts Collaborates Seed Grant Program. While Tufts faculty members with a primary appointment at the Medical Center and a secondary appointment at a University school or unit are encouraged to serve as collaborators, the lead principal investigator on a grant application must be a Tufts University employee. Faculty members who have served as principal investigator on a Tufts Collaborates award within the past 2 years will not be eligible to submit a proposal as lead investigator for the upcoming round of funding. However, these faculty members may serve as a collaborator on other proposals.
Seed grant awards are expected to range from $500 to $50,000. Funding decisions are made through a peer review process including faculty and administrative staff, and based on several criteria, including degree of innovation and collaboration, potential for external funding, likelihood for sustainability and impact, and viability within departmental, school and/or programmatic frameworks.
Infection on a Chip: Long-Term in Vitro Studies of Early Events in Tuberculosis Infection
Principal Investigator: Bree Aldridge, School of Medicine Collaborators: Xiaocheng Jiang and Shumin Tan, School of Engineering and School of Medicine
A Novel Antithrombotic Strategy for the Sickle Cell Disease
Principal Investigator: Athar Chishti, School of Medicine Collaborators: Lidjia Covic, School of Medicine
Cardiovacular Disease and Diabetes in a High-Risk Subgroup: Utilizing the Probation Office as an Opportunity for Screening and Linking to Healthcare
Principal Investigator: Kimberly Dong, School of Medicine Collaborators: Alice Lichtenstein, HNRCA and Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Current and Legacy Effects of Three Moisture Treatments on Soil Health and Crop Productivity
Principal Investigator: Tim Griffin, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy Collaborators: Colin Orians, Sophie Lattes, Ryan Bebaker, and Chris Casolaro, School of Arts and Sciences and Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Social Media-Engaged Walking Clubs: A Pilot Test of an Urban Health Innovation
Principal Investigator: Justin Hollander, School of Arts and Sciences Collaborators: Sara Folta, Jennifer Allen, and Erin Graves, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, School of Arts and Sciences, and Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Obstetric Unit Closures and Racial Disparities in Maternal Mortality Rates: Geospatial Analyses in New Jersey, 1990-2014
Principal Investigator: Alecia McGregor, School of Arts and Sciences Collaborators: Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha, Thomas Stopka, and Moon Duchin, School of Arts and Sciences, School of Medicine, and Tisch College of Civic Life
From Biomaterials to Product Design: Screen-printing of Bio-active Inks to make Interactive Surfaces
Principal Investigator: Fiorenzo Omenetto, School of Engineering Collaborators: Michael Hecht, Laia Mogas Soldevila, Giusy Matzeu, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, School of Engineering and CABCS
Use of Third Generation Portable Sequencing Technology for Rapid In-Field Detection of Viral Diversity in Primates Involved in the Peruvian Wildlife Trade and Their Human Caretakers
Principal Investigator: Marieke Rosenbaum, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Collaborators: Janet Forrester; Jonathan Runstadler; Patricia Mendoza; Evan Johnson Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Medicine; Boston University; University of Missouri – St Louis