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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.

Request for Proposals for 2019-2020 Academic Year

The deadline for 2019-2020 proposals is 5:00pm on Friday, February 1, 2019. All proposals must be uploaded to the Tufts Research Administration System.


Tufts Collaborates Seed Grant Recipients for 2018-2019 Academic Year:


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


Yeast Evolution-on-a-Chip: Microfluidic Selection of Adhesive Proteins

Principal Investigator: Stephen Fuchs, School of Arts and Sciences
Collaborators: Jeffrey Guasto, Kristina Reinmets, and Amim Dehkharghani, School of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering


Label-Free, Functional, High Resolution Imaging for Early Cancer Detection

Principal Investigator: Irene Georgakoudi, School of Engineering
Collaborators: Thao-Thong Thieu and Elizabeth Genega, School of Medicine


Dental Synaptogenic and Functional Effects of Astrocytes Generated from Human Dental Pulp Stem Cells (DPSC-Astro) in Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Patients

Principal Investigator: Behzad Gerami-Naini, School of Dental Medicine
Collaborators: Benjamin Chan, Darren Drag, Yongjie Yang, and Haruki Higashimori, School of Dental Medicine and School of Medicine


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


Elimination of Surfactant-Induced Flow Resistance in Superhydrophobic Microchannels

Principal Investigator: Marc Hodes, School of Engineering
Collaborators: Xiaozhe Hu and James Adler, School of Arts and Sciences


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


Correlating Clinically Assessed Gingival Health and Metabolic Profile of Collected Saliva Samples Before and After Adult Prophylaxis Treatment

Principal Investigator: Yoon Kang, School of Dental Medicine
Collaborators: Kyongbum Lee, School of Engineering


Can Machine Learning Imporve the Representation of Humans in the Hydrologic Cycle?

Principal Investigator: Jonathan Lamontagne, School of Engineering
Collaborators: Liping Liu , School of Engineering


Laboratory Investigations of Fouling in Membrane Filters Used for Household Water Treatment in Low-Income and Emergency Contexts

Principal Investigator: Daniele Susan Lantagne,  School of Engineering
Collaborators: Ayse Asatekin, Marlene Wolfe, and Alice Olveira-Aguiar, School of Engineering


Deciphering the Pattern of Activity Underlying the Network Communication of Fear      

Principal Investigator: Jamie Maguire, School of Medicine
Collaborators: Leon Reijmers and Mimi Kao, School of Medicine and School of Arts and Sciences


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


Development of a Paper-Based Immunoassay with Engineered Antigens

Principal Investigator: James Munro, School of Medicine
Collaborators: Charlie Mace, Nordine Bakouche, and Keith Baillargeon, School of Arts and Sciences and School of Medicine


Engineering Chronic Wound Microbiota to Promote Healing

Principal Investigator: Nikhil Nair, School of Engineering
Collaborators: Ira Herman, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences


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


Fully-Zwitterionic Copolymer Composites for Safer Electrochemical Energy Storage

Principal Investigator: Matthew Panzer, School of Engineering
Collaborators: Peggy Cebe, School of Arts and Sciences


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


Comparative Immunogenetics of Influenza-Susceptible New England Seals     

Principal Investigator: Jonathan Runstadler, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Collaborators: Kaitlin Sawatzki, Judith Blake, and Alexander Poltorak, School of Medicine


Development of a Zebrafish Model to Study Vitamin D and Vitamin K Nutrition

Principal Investigator: Kyla Shea, HNRCA
Collaborators: Pam Yelick and Don Smith, School of Dental Medicine, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, and HNRCA


Understanding Teens’ Perspectives on Marijuana Use, Risk Perception, and Parent-Child Communication as the Recreational Law Takes Effect in Massachusetts

Principal Investigator: Margie Skeer, School of Medicine
Collaborators: Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha and Sasha Fleary, School of Medicine and School of Arts and Sciences


Click here to view previous Tufts Collaborates Seed Grant recipients.

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