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University of Delaware Research Foundation (UDRF)


The University of Delaware Research Foundation (UDRF) is a private corporation, chartered in 1955, to support UD research. Early career, untenured, and tenure-track faculty in the sciences and engineering are eligible for annual grants of up to $25,000. Awards include $15,000 in UDRF funding, which is matched by $5,000 from the provost and $5,000 from the awardee's respective dean. Visit the Research Office funding site for additional funding opportunities.

A research committee of distinguished scientists, physicians, and engineers governs the foundation. Meetings are hosted semiannually by the UD Research Office.
For more information, contact or (302) 831-2136.


2016 UDRF Awardees

  • UDRF COWPERTHWAIT 2016 - 2018 — Amy Cowperthwait, College of Health Sciences
  • UDRF GUILLOT 16-18 — Dominique Guillot, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Accelerated magnetic resonance elastography of the brain — Curtis Johnson, College of Engineering
  • Identifying The Role Of Chondrogenesis, Driven By Fibroblast Growth Factor 18, In Tendon-to-Bone Attachment Maturation and Healing — Megan Killian, College of Engineering
  • Development of a Scalable Method for Identifying Dietary Clusters in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey using MapReduce — Mia Papas, College of Health Sciences
  • UDRF PARK 16-17 — Junguen Park, College of Arts & Sciences
  • UDRF: REINFORCEMENT LEARNING IN SPEECH MOTOR CONTROL -- PARRELL — Benajmin Parrell, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Sedentary behavior and Cardiovascular Disease: Using Big Data to Quantify the Role of Sedentary Behavior In Predicting Cardiovascular Disease — Freda Patterson, College of Health Sciences
  • Understanding Changes in Precipitation Seasonality in the Tropics — Sara Rauscher, College of Earth, Ocean & Environment
  • UDRF RIZZOLO 16-18 — Douglas Rizzolo, College of Arts & Sciences
  • High-power MRI-compatible haptics to study brainstem correlates of post-stroke spasticity — Fabrizio Sergi, College of Engineering

2015 UDRF Awardees

  • Fall-Recovery Training for Individuals with Chronic Stroke — Jeremy Crenshaw, College of Health Sciences
  • Development Of A Microfluidic Platform For The Investigation Of Kidney Branching Morphogenesis — Jason Paul Gleghorn, College of Engineering
  • Evaluation Of Change In Viscoelastic Tendon Properties Following An Achilles Tendon Rupture — Karin Gravare-Silbernagel, College of Health Sciences
  • Bio-Inspired Visual-Inertial Robot Navigation — Guoquan Huang, College of Engineering
  • Novel Links Between Rejection, Appetite Regulation And Food Intake — Lisa Jaremka, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Topological Insulator Film Growth Optimization For Optical Applications — Stephanie Law Toner, College of Engineering
  • Development Of An Innovative Mass Vaccine Administration Method For Poultry — Hong Li, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Investigating Neural Control Of Social Communication In Mouse Models Of Autism — Joshua Neunuebel, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Novel Mechanisms Of Pathogen Survival In Human Cells — Maria Neunuebel, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Assessment Of Sepiolite-Palygorskite Group Minerals For CO2 Capture And Storage — Adam Wallace, College of Earth, Ocean & Environment
  • Achieving Fundamental Understanding Of Alkaline Electrochemical Interfaces — Bingjun Xu, College of Engineering

2014 UDRF Awardees

  • Photothermally Active Spherical Nucleic Acids for Treatment of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer — Emily Day, Engineering
  • Design of Embedded Nanostructures with High Phonon Scattering Efficiency — Joseph Feser, Engineering
  • Learning To Let Go: Why Women Are More Likely to Leave STEM Domains — Chad Forbes, Arts & Sciences
  • Traumatic Stress Exposure Induces Long-Term Extinction Deficits By Enhancing Glucocorticoid Receptor Interactions With Kinases in the Ventral Hippocampus — Dayan Knox, Arts & Sciences
  • Couple Wave-Ocean Modeling System for the Delaware Coastal Environment to Assess Storm Hazards — Tobias Kukulka, Earth, Ocean & Environment
  • Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation for Physical Rehabilitation After Stroke — Susanne Morton, Health Sciences
  • Ionic Liquid Gas Uptake at the Interface: An In Situ Molecular Level Investigation — John Newberg, Arts & Sciences
  • Application of Optogenetic Tools to Dissect Osteocyte Behavior and Cell-Cell Communication — Christopher Price, Engineering
  • Determining the Underlying Mechanisms of a Sex Difference in Developmental Disorders — Jaclyn Schwarz, Arts & Sciences
  • Toward Global Food Security: Understanding the Impacts of Altered Dissolved Silicon on Iron Plaque Formation, Mineralogy, and Arsenic Uptake by Rice —Angela Seyfferth, Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Fabrication of Polymer Embedded uFluidic Derived from In Vivo Vascular Architecture — John Slater, Engineering
  • The Neural Basis of Reward Learning — Timothy Vickery, Arts & Sciences

2013 UDRF Awardees

  • Understanding avian host movements for developing a holistic approach to reduce tick-borne diseases in an urban landscape — Jeffrey Buler, Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Hydro-ecological examination of the effectiveness of urban stormwater retrofitting in reducing watershed nutrient export — Lodevicus Claessens, Earth, Ocean & Environment
  • The effects of land-use practices on the genetic diversity and temporal stability and health of economically important pollinator species in forest fragments in the Mid-Atlantic region — Deborah Delaney, Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Development of an Ultrafast Time-resolved IR Microscope — Lars Gunclach, Arts & Sciences
  • Observing Plastic Garbage Island from Space —Young-Heon Jo, Earth, Ocean & Environment
  • Intelligent Nano Composite Material For Bone Tissue Repair and regeneration — Arun Kumar, Health Sciences
  • Understanding the Body Schema – The Cognitive Neuroscience of Body Representation — Omar Jared Medina, Arts & Sciences
  • Reverse engineering cellular networks from single-cell gene-expression data — Abhyudai Singh, Engineering
  • Multifunctional Textile Structures with Integrated Carbon Nanotube Networks — Erik Thostenson , Engineering
  • On the immortality of plants: Identifying the role of non-structural carbon reserves on long-lived desert plants —Rodrigo Vargas, Plant & Soil Sciences
  • Altered ET-B receptor expression in postmenopausal women — Megan Wenner, Health Sciences
  • Functional and biomechanical impairments in patients undergoing total hip arthroplasty: A longitudinal analysis — Joseph Zeni, Health Sciences

2012 UDRF Awardees

  • Simulating kinetic energy dissipation by wind turbines — Cristina Archer, School of Marine Sci & Policy
  • Survival in the plankton: neural integration of chemical and visual information in a larval crab — Jonathan Cohen, School of Marine Sci & Policy
  • Bacterial Cell Wall Remodeling: A Tool for Studying Mammalian Innate Immune Activation — Catherine Grimes, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Role of Non-terrestrial Phosphorus Sources in Eutrophication in the Chesapeake Bay — Deb Jaisi, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Thio-Ether Nucleic Acid (TNA) Arrays for Rapid Detection of Genetic Disease —Christopher Kloxin, College of Engineering
  • Multi-mode degradable hydrogels for controlled in situ therapeutic release — April Kloxin, College of Engineering
  • TDRD7 function in mammalian eye development and disease — Salil Lachke, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Detection of Osteoarthritis at Early Stage — Xin Lu, College of Engineering
  • Compressive Super Resolution Imaging — Edward Lyman, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Microbially-mediated detection and repair of damaged concrete — Julia Maresca, College of Engineering
  • The Path Less Taken: Understanding the Experience of Black Pre-Medical Students — Michalec Barret, College of Arts & Sciences

2011 UDRF Awardees

  • Labeling the party wallflowers: use of laser dissection to interrogate low-activity estuarine microorganisms — Jennifer Biddle, Marine Science & Policy, College of Earth, Ocean & Environment
  • Novel Nanoporous Cathode Material for Lithium Ion Batteries— Feng Jiao, Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Creating efficient and modern software tools for plant breeders in developing countries—Jong-Soo Lee, Food & Resource Economics, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Electrocatalytic Reduction of Carbon Dioxide to Chemical Fuels—Joel Rosenthal, Chemistry & Biochemistry, College of Arts & Sciences
  • DNA methylation changes associated with early-life experiences—Tanya Roth, Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Quantitative Acoustic Emission Monitoring for Reinforced Concrete Bridges—Thomas Schumacher, Civil & Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Dolphin sound studies in the Xiamen Waters—Aijun Song, Physical Ocean Science & Engineering, College of Earth, Ocean & Environment
  • Proteomic approach in identifying conserved microRNA gene targets—Jia Song, Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Energy balance in infants with 'rapid' versus 'normal' weight gain —Jillian Trabulsi, Behavioral Health & Nutrition, College of Health Sciences
  • Efficient Energy and Thermal Management through Application- and Architecture-Specific Optimizations—Chengmo Yang, Electrical & Computer Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Tracing Land-derived Nitrogen into Inland Bays Macroalgae: A Stable Isotopic Assessment—Joanna York, Marine Science & Policy, College of Earth, Ocean & Environment