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Faculty Seed Grants (all Tracks)

Award Cycle: Annual
Limit on Proposals per PI: An individual may participate as PI on one FSG per cycle. 
Next Due Date: March 15, 2018, 5pm MST
Earliest Start Date: July 1, 2018
Award Period: July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Applications: Accepted through UA Competition Space 

Description: Research, Discovery & Innovation (RDI) funds these Category 1 grants. They are designed to jump-start worthwhile projects by providing short-term, one-time support. FSG grants provide up to $10,000 on a competitive basis and are available in three tracks:

Track 1: International: lead to international research collaboration and/or mobility collaboration with an international partner that will eventually lead to new external funding or financially sustainable programming that supports research activities.

Track 2: Arts, Culture & Society: lead to interdisciplinary collaboration or the generation of new data that will lead to new externally funded research or scholarly activities in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Track 3: Early Career Innovation: lead to the generation of data for new extramural proposals. 

Proposal preparation, submission, and processing information is available in the RDI Proposal Preparation Guide (PPG). The PPG includes requirements for the project narrative and supplemental documents; it is strongly encouraged that interested applicants read the PPG in full as proposals that do not match the PPG may be returned without review. Solicitation specific information below supersedes information presented in the PPG.

Solicitation Specific Requirements:

1. Eligibility:

a. Track 2. In addition to the general eligibility requirements in the PPG, applicants must be performing scholarly activities in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
b. Track 3. In addition to the general eligibility requirements in the PPG, applicants must be within the first eight (8) years of their initial academic appointment at any institution. Post-doctoral appointments are not considered initial appointments.

2. Supplemental Documents: Track 1. In-kind or matching funds (1:1 match) from an international partner institution must be included; a letter of support from the collaborator must be included.



Past Awardees


      • Elizabeth Baldwin, School of Government & Public Policy, Stakeholder influence in U.S. state clean energy policy
      • Heidi Brown, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Assessment of vector-control impact on emerging mosquito-borne viruses
      • Daniel Combs, Pediatrics, Neurocognition and endothelial function in children with CHD and SDB
      • Leah Durán, Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies, Supporting bilingual children's literacy learning
      • Neng Fan, Systems & Industrial Engineering, Sustainable manufacturing under green quality assurance with onsite renewable integration
      • Stefanie Herrmann, Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, Potential of local knowledge to fill data gap for scientific understanding of land degradation
      • Bonnie Hurwitz, Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, Mapping microbial diversity in the sea
      • May Khanna, Pharmacology, Profiling RNA binding landscape of EXOSC3 in neurodegeneration
      • Matthew Mars, Agricultural Education, Assessing the entrepreneurial leadership capacities of extension educators
      • Shenfeng Qiu, Basic Medical Sciences, College of Medicine-PHX, Functional and gentic dissection of prefrontal circuits mediating depression
      • Eduardo Rozo, Physics, Using large scale structure to improve photometric redshifts
      • Manojkumar Saranathan, Medical Imaging, Thalamic imaging and segmentation for deep brain stimulation surgery
      • Oliver Schilke, Management and Organizations, The contingent role of cultural power distance on trust
      • John Streicher, Pharmacology, Identification of a novel target for cannabinoid anti-cancer effects
      • Tsu-Te Judith Su, College of Optical Sciences, Label-free, highly-specific, single, small molecule detection using frequency-locked microtoroid optical resonators
      • Jonathan Tullis, Educational Psychology, Social metacognition: how we predict others' memories
      • Marc Verhougstraete, Community Environment & Policy, A novel approach to quantify climate changes effects on drinking water quality


  • Mahmoud Azaz, School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies, Acquisition of Arabic tense by English natives: An Integrated model
  • Jacob Bricca, School of Theatre, Film & Television, The Boy In The Box: A Documentary Film
  • Julio Cárdenas-Rodríguez, Biomedical Engineering & Medical Imaging, Imaging of bacterial infection by CEST MRI
  • Goggy Davidowitz, Entomology, The hot and cold of linking diet to environmental change
  • Erika Eggers, Physiology and Biomedical Engineering, Mechanisms of light adaptation in the retina
  • Margaret Evans, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, Forecasting Future Tree Growth using Tree Rings and Diameter Data
  • Wei-Hsuan Lo-Ciganic, Pharmacy Practice and Science, Using Machine Learning to Identify Factors Associated With Prescription Opioid Misuse in a large state Medicaid Program
  • Wendy Moore,  Entomology, Microbiome Discovery and its Influence on Beetle-Ant Symbiosis
  • Guo-Yue Niu, Hydrology and Water Resources, The Impacts of Managed Floods on Restoration of the Colorado River Delta Ecosystems – A Case Study of Predicting and Optimizing the Fate of a Coupled Human-Natural Ecosystem
  • Mohammad Poursina, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Design and Analysis of Robotic Platform for the Intelligent Lower Extremity Rehabilitation of Diabetic Patients
  • Clare Robinson, Architecture, Preserving the Mid-century Subdivision: the case of Pueblo Gardens
  • Robin Samlan, Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences, High-Speed Endoscopy of Aging Voice
  • Monica Schmidt, Plant Sciences, Elucidation of a novel mechanism for oil/protein regulation in soybean
  • Valerie Trouet, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, Paleoclimate potential of old Widdringtonia cedarbergensis trees in South Africa
  • Jun Wang, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Exploring θ-defensin mimetics as “virological penicillin”


  • Vanessa Anthony-Stevens, Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies, Impact Assessment of Critical Professional Development for Indigenous K-8 Educators
  • Michael Barker, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Developing a predictive genomic framework to understand the outcomes of hybridization
  • Jennifer Bea, Nutritional Sciences, Novel use for spine scans to fuel health outcomes research
  • Mark Beilstein, School of Plant Sciences, Telomerase Evolution in Plants
  • Ross Buchan, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Single molecule RNA detection in live yeast cells
  • Pascale Charest, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ras proteins activate TORC2 to promote cancer cell metastasis.
  • David Christianson, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, Climate effects on herbivores via spatio-temporal variation in primary productivity
  • Benedict J. Colombi, American Indian Studies Program, Indigenous Google-Mapping on the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia
  • Donald Falk, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, Can climate and wildfire interact to trigger ecosystem tipping points?
  • Christopher Hamilton, Planetary Sciences / Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing of Active Volcanic Processes
  • Irada Ibrahim-zada, Surgery, Beta1-adrenoreceptor antagonism in sepsis: Potential therapeutic benefits and associated prognostic serum biomarkers
  • Ozan Jaquette, Educational Policy Studies and Practice, The effect of state appropriations to community colleges on tuition price, student success, and market share
  • Clinton Jokerst, Medical Imaging, Using Cross-Sectional Imaging to Estimate Lean Body Mass
  • Bellal Joseph, Surgery, Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery, Critical Care, and Burns, Reducing Secondary Brain Injury with Remote Ischemic Conditioning
  • Jill Koyama, Educational Policy Studies and Practice, A School District’s Role in Supporting and Educating Refugees
  • Julie E. Miller, Neuroscience, A Role For Synaptotagmin IV in Birdsong and Human Speech?


  • Jennifer Eli, Mathematics, A Collaborative Model for Secondary Mathematics Pre-Service Teacher Preparation
  • Raphael Sagarin, Biosphere 2, Improving the Science of Marine Protected Areas in the Gulf of California
  • David Baltrus, Plant Sciences, Fitness Costs of Horizontal Gene Transfer: Generality and Mechanism
  • Timothy Bolger, Molecular and Cellular Biology,  Control of Gene Expression by the DEAD-Box RNA Helicase Dpb1
  • Rongguang Liang, Optical Sciences, 3D Endoscope for Endonasal Surgery
  • Nicholas Breitborde, Psychiatry, Does familial handedness predict the course of psychotic disorders?
  • Jon Njardarson, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Chemical Synthesis and Evaluation of New Mosquito Oviposition Attractants
  • Jesse Little, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, A Pitching Mechanism for Novel Unsteady Aerodynamics Research
  • Jessica Summers, Teaching Learning and Sociocultural Studies, Self-Determination and Teen Pregnancy
  • Michele Walsh, Family and Consumer Sciences, The Construct of Kindness: Measuring Kindness in Youth
  • Rebecca Viscusi, Surgery, Pharmacogenomics of ER-positive breast cancer
  • Mingwu Wang, Ophthalmology, Regulation of NHE8 Expression in Dry Eye Disease
  • Yi Zeng, Pediatrics, Improving the Outcome of Haploidentical BMT with Activated Th1 cells
  • Eric Weterings, Radiation Oncology, A novel radiation-enhancing drug for cancer treatment


  • Lydia Bell, Educational Policy Studies, First Year College Transitions for Competitive High School Student-Athletes
  • Katrina Dlugosch, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Understanding and Managing Plant Invasions Through Ecological Genomics
  • Karen D'Souza, Basic medical Sciences, Novel regulators of Stretch Induced REsistnce to Myofibroblast Apoptosis
  • George Hishaw, Neurology, Effects if Mild Traumatic Brain Injury on the Aging Brain
  • Jui-cheng Hsieh, Basic Medical Sciences, The Role of p53 Responsive Elements in HSV-1 Infection
  • Jennifer Jenkins, English, American Indian Film Gallery
  • Mrinalini Kala, Research Administration, Affect of NKG2D Antibody on NK Cell Function
  • Stephen Klotz, Medicine, Assessing the Telemedicine as a Viable Strategy for HIV Care on Arizona's American Indian Reservations
  • Kimberly McDermott, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, How do Primary Cilia Regulate mammary Gland Development
  • David Raichlen, Anthropology, Aerobic Exercise and the Evolution of Human Longevity
  • Patrick Ronaldson, Pharmacology, Nuclear Receptor Regulation iof Blood-to-CNS Opiod Delivery
  • Megan Smithey, Immunobiology, Identifying Common Mechanisms Underlying Age-Related Impaired Immunity to infections
  • Frans Tax, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Regulation of Signaling in Plant Vascular Development
  • Sara Tolbert, Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies, Exploring the Science Teaching Practices of Te Kotahitanga Teachers
  • Elisa Tomat, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Iron Chelators for Redox Directed Cancer Chemotherapy
  • Lianyang Zhang, Civil Enginerring and Engineering Mechanics, Biopolymer Enhanced Geopolymer Cementitious Material


  • Kacey Ernst, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Why Aren’t Insecticide Treated Nets Being Used to Control Malaria
  • Leah Fabiano-Smith, Speech, Language, and Hearing Science, Initial Consonant Deletion in Bilingual Speech: Difference or Disorder?
  • Hanna Fares, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Molecular Regulators of Lysosome Biogenesis
  • Faten Ghosn, School of Government & Public Policy, Getting to the Table & Getting to Yes: A New Outlook on Negotiations
  • David Gramling, German Studies, Critical Discourse Analysis, Bioethics, and Race: A Qualitative Inquiry
  • Kathryn Matthias, Pharmacy Practice and Science, Pharmacokinetic Evaluation of Penicillin Dosing During Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy
  • Rebecca Mosher, Plant Sciences, Small RNA during Brassica Hybridization
  • Tracey Osborne, School of Geography and Development, Evaluating Finance Mechanisms in Continually Managed Tropical Forests in Mexico: Lessons for REDD
  • Kelly Reynolds, Environmental Health Sciences, Lab-On-A-Chip Flow Cytometer for the Detection of Enteroviruses
  • Sujata Sarkar, Medicine, Elucidation of Auto-Antigen Specific Inflammatory Responses in Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Lisanne Skyler, School of Theatre, Television, and Film, BRILLO BOX, a Documentary Film Directed by Lisanne Skyler
  • Beth Weinstein, Architecture, The Collaborative Legacy
  • Noah Whiteman, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, How Do Mustard-Oils Extend Human Lifespan?
  • Stephen Wilson, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Neural Correlates of Recovery from Vascular Aphasia
  • Guang Yao, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Single-Cell Experimental Platform for Cancer Systems Biology
  • Hussine Yassine, Medicine, The HDL Proteome in Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease


  • Melissa Barnett, Family Studies and Human Development, Raising Children Together
  • Lee Cranmer, Clinical Medicine, Mechanisms of Melanoma Metastasis
  • Nicole Guidotti-Hernandez, Women’s Studies, Yaqui Deportation Database
  • Nobuko Hongu, Nutritional Sciences, Advancing Dietary Assessment Methods through Technology: Mobile Phone Food Pictures
  • Jennifer Jenkins, College of Humanities, Digitizing Western Ways Nitrate Moving Image Collection
  • John Kyndt, Biochemistry/Molecular Biophysics, Optimizing Algae for Competitive Fuel Production
  • Shirley (Kurc) Papuga, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, Water Resource Adaptation Strategies in Developing Countries:  Climate Change Realities
  • Elizabeth Scott, Landscape Architecture, Post-Occupancy Assessment of Sustainable Development Strategies in Community Design
  • Jiaqi Shi, Surgery, A Novel Invasive Pancreatic Cancer Mouse Model
  • Armin Sorooshian, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, The Nature and Impact of Aerosols in the Southwestern USA
  • Joseph Tabor, Public Health, Developing Direct Plating Method for Coccidioides spp.
  • David Velenovsky, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Auditory Processing in Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Fushi Wen, Department of Surgery, Extracellular DNA in the Detection of Pancreatic Cancer
  • Ekanayake Wijeratne, Office of Arid Lands Studies, Screening of Sonoran Desert-Plant Associated with Microbial Extracts for their Anti-Allergenic Activities
  • Lianyang Zhang, Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Beneficial and Sustainable Reuse of Mine Tailings through Geopolymerization


  • Mary Alt, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Factors that Influence Word Learning in Bilingual Children
  • Craig Aspinwall, Chemistry, New Radiochemical Detector for Biomedical Applications
  • Gayle DeDe, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Effects of Aging on Sentence Comprehension
  • Greg Dussor, Pharmacology, Brain Imaging in a Novel Rat Model of Migraine
  • Patricia Gonzalez, Mexican American Studies, Preservation and Adaptation of Indigenous/Mexican Traditional Medicine
  • Matt Goode, School of Natural Resources, Tail-Tale Signs: Isotope Analyses of Rattlesnake Rattles Reveal Environmental Change
  • Brian LeRoy, Physics, Imaging Local Electronic Properties of Graphene
  • Shari Meyerson, Surgery, The Effect of Thoracoscopic Lobectomy on Delivery of Adjuvant Chemotherapy
  • Michelle Perfect, Special Education, Rehabilitation, and School Psychology, Glucose Regulation and Sleep Architecture in Pediatric Type I Diabetes
  • Ricardo Sanfelice, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Robust Coordinated Control of Groups of Heterogeneous Autonomous
  • Robert Schon, Classics, The Archaeology of Culture Contact in Northwest Sicily
  • Lisanne Skyler, School of Media Arts, Capture the Flag
  • Eric Snyder, Pharmacy Practice and Science, Quantification of Exhaled Condensate Using Brochoalveolar Lavage in Cystic Fibrosis
  • Virinchipuram Viswanathan, Veterinary Science and Microbiology, Role of Host Cell Survival in Enteropathogenic Escherichia Coli Pathogenesis
  • James Watson, Arizona State Museum, Dating Anthropogenic Landscapes with Terrestrial Gastropods and Human Skeletons
  • Russell Witte, Radiology, Thermoacoustic Imaging and Spectroscopy for Breast Cancer Detection


  • E. Fiona Bailey, Physiology, Sleep, Breathing, and Menopause
  • Roger Barthelson, Plant Sciences, Regulation of the Expression of Plant Genes Related to Stress
  • Alfredo Berardo, Political Science, Policy Networks and Management of Water Quality in America
  • Michael Brescia, Arizona State Museum, Implications of Spanish Property Law for Hispanic and Indian Communities of the Southwest
  • Andrew Carnie, Linguistics, Ultrasonic Analysis of Tense Sonorant Consonants in Scottish Gaelic
  • Chih Chin Chou- Special Education, Rehabilitation, and School Psychology, Social Support and Acculturative Stress Among Chinese International Students
  • Alex Cronin, Physics, Nano-Scale Energy Sensor
  • Melissa Curran, Family and Consumer Sciences, The Transition to Parenthood for Unmarried, Cohabiting Couples
  • Paul Kapp, Geosciences, Sandblasting in Central Asia and Tectonic and Climatic Implications
  • Julie Lang, Surgical Oncology, Effect of Pregnancy History on the Presence of Breast Stem Cells
  • Linda Lumsden, Journalism, Comrades: Visions and Values of the Early American Radical Press, 1900-1920
  • Michelle McMahon, Plant Sciences, Barcoding the Plants of Arizona: Geographically-Based Biodiversity Informatics
  • Moe Momayez, Mining and Geological Engineering, Alternate Energy Source for Sustainable Development
  • Theodore Price, Pharmacology, Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitors as Novel Analgesics for Neuropathic Pain
  • Iliana Reyes, Language, Reading, and Culture, Teacher's Perspectives on Literacy Practices by Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children
  • Michael Riehle, Entomology, Insulin Signaling as a Drive Mechanism for Mosquito Population Replacement
  • Margaret Tome, Pathology, Manganese Prophyrins in Lymphoma Cell Growth and Drug Response
  • Koen Visscher, Physics, A Novel Dual-Reporter System for Translational Recoding
  • Daniela Zarnescu, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Fragile X Syndrome: A Gene Discovery Approach in Drosophila


  • Ali Akoglu, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Reconfigurable Compressed Sensing Tools
  • Anne Arnold, Plant Sciences, Bacterial Endosymbionts: Hidden Masterminds of Plant-Fungus Interactions?
  • Sara Dionne, Valley Fever Center for Excellence, Interaction of Dendritic Cells and Coccidioides Arthroconidia
  • Becky Farley, Physiology, Dual Task Assessment to Detect Motor Impairments in Early Parkinson Disease
  • Melissa Goldsmith, Nursing, Creating a Deaf-Friendly Stop-Smoking Online Intervention
  • Melissa Halpern, Pediatrics, Interleukin 18 in the Pathogenesis of Neonatal Necrotizing Enterocolitis
  • Franko Kueppers, Optical Sciences, Massive Parallel Optical Clock Processing for Future Ultra-High-Capacity Communication Networks
  • David Kurjiaka, Physiology, Hypertension: Role of Gap Junction Communication in the Resistance Vasculature
  • Jungmee Lee, Speech and Hearing, Mechanisms of Auditory Temporal Processing for Speech: Implications for Dyslexia
  • Ravishankar Palanivelu, Plant Sciences, Pollen Tube Signaling Network in Arabidopsis Flowers
  • Pavao-Zuckerman, Arizona State Museum and Anthropology, Integrating Isotopic Analyses and Historical Archaeology at 18th-Century Missions
  • Alexander Pavlov, Planetary Sciences, Interstellar Dust Clouds as a Trigger of the Snowball Glaciations
  • Pavel Polynkin, Optical Sciences, Compact Ultraviolet Fiber-Laser Source at 355nm for Flow Cytometry
  • James Tanyi, Radiation Oncology, Radiotherapy Dosimetry in the Presence of Hip Prostheses
  • Jason Vollen, Architecture, Emerging Materials Technology: Ceramic/Composite Building Panel
  • Dale Woolridge, Emergency Medicine, Polamine Acetyl Derivatives as Biomarkers of Urinary Tract Infections
  • Leisy Wyman, Language, Reading, and Culture, Accountability Negotiated: Transforming School, Transforming Indigenous Youth in Southwestern Alaska

If you have questions, please contact Research Development Services.