University of Delaware
Funding Opportunities

University of Delaware Research Foundation
Strategic Initiatives Grant (UDRF-SI)

2016 UDRF-SI Awardees

  • Nanoshell-photosensitizer conjugates for high precision therapy of triple-negative breast cancer — Emily Slater
  • Exploring marine microbiomes for potential drug development — Jennifer Biddle
  • Validation and Implementation of a Tissue Engineered Microstroke Model to Investigate Capillary Stroke in the Initiation and Propagation of Small-Volume Neuronal Necrosis — John Slater
  • Harnessing Knowledge for Environmental Research using High Performance Computing solutions — Rodrigo Vargas

2015 UDRF-SI Awardees

  • Building Trustworthy Cyber Physical Systems with Untrusted Devices — Chengmo Yang, Engineering
  • Investigation of Small Maf Proteins in Age-Related Cataracts — Salil Lachke, Arts and Sciences
  • Probing Catalytic Surfaces under Operating Conditions — John Newberg, Arts & Sciences
  • Seeing Inside Soil-Biochar Mixtures: Pore-Level Imaging with X-ray Microtomography — Kalehiwot Manahiloh, Engineering

2014 UDRF-SI Awardees

  • NMR As A Tool To Investigate The Molecular Mechanism Of Ligand Recognition By The Innate Immune Receptor Nod2 — Catherine Grimes, Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Multifunctional Collagen-Mimetic Materials To Enhance Bone Repair After Fracture — April Kloxin, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • Targeted Drug Delivery Via CNA Aptamer Hydrogels — Christopher Kloxin, Material Science

2013 UDRF-SI Awardees

  • Smartphone-Improving Design Strategies For Biomimetic Self–lubricating cartilage repair and replacement materials — David Burris, Mechanical Engineering
  • Rational Design of Functional Catalysts Using Computational Tools — Feng Jiao, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • Targeting Nuclear Receptors with Synthetic Diarrylalkane Derivatives — Mary Watson, Chemistry & Biochemistry

2012 UDRF-SI Awardees

  • Smartphone-based Treatment Enhancement for Clinical Depression — Hui Fang, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Next Generation Intermolecular Potentials for Virtual Drug Discovery: Application to Lead Development for Parkinson’s Disease — Edward Lyman, Physics & Astronomy
  • Role of Matrix Metalloproteinase 9 in the Spatial Redistribution of Bone Marrow Blood Vessels during Parathyroid Hormone-Induced Bone Remodeling — Rhonda Prisby, Kinesiology & Applied Physiology
  • Is Soy Food good for the Prevention of Prostate Cancer? — Changqin Wu, Animal & Food Sciences
  • Acoustic Communication for Monitoring the Arctic Interior —Aijun Song, School of Marine Science & Policy

2011 UDRF-SI Awardees

  • Nickel–Cyclam Derivatized Electrode Surfaces for Catalytic CO2 Reduction — Joel Rosenthal, Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Measuring Power Usage from a Software Engineer’s Perspective — James Clause/Kristina Winbladh , Computer & Info Sciences/Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Biogenic elemental sulfur: integrating nanoscale imaging and molecular — Clara Chan, Geological Sciences
  • Development and testing of a remote electronic sensor enabled insole for evaluation of gait and mobility in people with Parkinson’s disease — Ingrid Pretzer-Aboff, Nursing
  • Time-Resolved Optical Detection of Spin Waves: Towards an Energy-Efficient Alternative to Conventional Electronics —Virginia Lorenz, Physics & Astronomy
  • Energy Harvesting Using Thermoelectrics in Time-Varying Environments — Joshua Zide, Materials Science

2010 UDRF-SI Awardees

  • The Effectiveness of Hip-Focused Treatment for Older Adults with Chronic Low Back Pain — Gregory Hicks, Physical Therapy
  • Neurobiological Factors and Motor Learning Following Stroke — Darcy Reisman, Physical Therapy
  • An Early Warning System for Unrecognized Drug Side Effects Discovery — Hui Fang, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Determinants of Tau Protein Aggregation, a Key Player in Alzheimer's Disease — David Colby, Chemical Engineering
  • Nanoparticle Stabilizaion of Co-continuous Polymer Blends for Organic Photovoltaics — Thomas Epps, Chemical Engineering
  • Advanced Nanocomposite Materials for Hydrogen Generation with a High Efficiency — Jonghwan Suhr, Mechanical Engineering
  • DNA-modified collagen scaffolds for improving acute wound repair —Millicent Sullivan, Chemical Engineering
  • Photo-patterning chalcogenide glasses for nanophotonic light trapping and extraction in photovoltaics and solid state lighting — Juejun Hu, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Hybrid, Multiblock Polymers by Condensation Polymerization Employing Tetrazine Ligation — Xinqiao Jia, Materials Science and Engineering