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The Research Development Office's (RDO) Seeding Excellence Initiative (SEI) aims to sustain the continued growth of the campus research enterprise by providing competitive seed funding in four strategic areas: 1) community engaged research and scholarship, 2) diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), 3) early career scholars, and 4) interdisciplinary research.  SEI is made possible through funding to RDO from the public-private partnership (P3) Year 1 funding cycle.

OVPR Community Engaged Scholars

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Applications are sought for collaborative, one-year OVPR Community Engaged Scholars proposals with awards up to $50k to support creating and solidifying community research and scholarship partnerships within Iowa. The goal is to support community engaged research and scholarship partnerships that reciprocally benefit the University and Iowa communities. In FY23, it is anticipated that there will be five OVPR Community Engaged Scholars awards funded through SEI.

LOI due February 3, 2023

  • Building Community Capacity for Documenting Vanishing Local Archaeology. University Team Leaders: John Doershuk (Office of the State Arhcaeologist), Katina Lillios (Anthropology). Community Leaders: Marilyn Schaer (Elgin Historical Society), Johnathan Buffalo (Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa {Meskwaki Nation}).
  • Building Connected Communities in Rural Watersheds: Collaborative Partnerships for Actionable Science. University Team Leaders: Kate Giannini (IIHR), Gabriele Villarini (IIHR), Brandi Janssen (Occupational and Environmental Health). Community Leaders: Ross Evelsizer (Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation and Development), Rod Marlatt (Turkey River Watershed Management Authority).
  • Experiencing Health Services in Iowa Prisons: Descriptive Case Studies Examining Care and Treatment During Incarceration. University Team Leaders: Ebonee Johnson (Community and Behavioral Health), Heather Erwin (Transform{ed} Justice Collaboratory and Liberal Arts Beyond Bars), Christopher Veeh (Social Work). Community Leaders: Jeremy Mask (Hope Street Scholars), Helen Neumann (Independent Counselor and Art Therapist), Dan Tallman (Independent Counselor).
  • Language and Culture Contextualization: Digital Intervention in Intercultural Communicative Competence Development with Iowa's Non-profit Community Organizations. University Team Leaders: Duhita Mahatmya (Education), Yuchen Liu (Office of Teaching and Learning), Kate Magsamen-Conrad (Communication Studies), Nicole Novak (Community and Behavioral Health), Duhita Mahatmya (College of Education Grants & Research Services Center), Elizabeth Constantine (College of Education Grants & Research Services Center), Amy Chastain (English as a Second Language), Julia Rajan (Spanish and Portuguese), Peter Gerlach (International Studies). Community Leaders: Deb Dunkhase (Open Heartland), Elizabeth Bernal (Open Heartland), Teresa Stecker (African Communities Network of Iowa {ACN}/International Studies).

OVPR Community Engaged Scholars (Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences [AHSS])

In collaboration with the Obermann Center, applications are sought for collaborative, one-year OVPR Community Engaged Scholars (AHSS) proposals with awards up to $5,000 to support publicly engaged, research-based project in the arts, humanities, and social sciences that mutually benefit university research and scholarship and the involved community. The goal is for university/community teams to find productive approaches to solving problems the faculty and partner both deem significant. In FY22, it is anticipated that there will be up to 10 OVPR Community Engaged Scholars (AHSS) awards funded through SEI.

  • Christine Shea- Spanish and Portuguese/Linguistics, CLAS
  • Loyce Arthur- Theatre Arts, CLAS

  • Julia Kleinschmit- Social Work, CLAS
  • Hayley O'Malley- Cinematic Arts, CLAS

OVPR Early Career Scholars

 

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Applications are sought for single investigator, one-year OVPR Early Career Scholars proposals with awards up to $30k. Successful applications will also receive individual grantsmanship consulting and support to visit program officers. The goal is to help tenure-track assistant professors develop a competitive proposal and secure an externally funded award. In FY22, it is anticipated that there will be 13 OVPR Early Career Scholars awards funded through SEI. 

Each college will devise their own competitive, peer-reviewed process for identifying prospective candidate(s) using this RFP’s Proposal Guidelines and Review Criteria. Each application must receive three reviews including substantive written critiques that will be provided to the applicant. Colleges will submit their recommended candidate(s) to OVPR for final consideration and approval. Please contact your collegiate Associate Dean for Research for details.

  • Ruth Chimenti- Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, CCOM
  • Beste Basciftci- Business Analytics, College of Business
  • Jiajie Xu- Finance, College of Business
  • Ashley Howard- History/African American Studies, CLAS
  • Ece Demir Lira- Psychological and Brain Sciences, CLAS
  • Helen Lillie- Communication Studies, CLAS
  • Nathaniel Jenkins- Health and Human Physiology, CLAS
  • Ravitej Uppu- Physics and Astronomy, CLAS
  • Robert Bowers- Family Dentistry, College of Dentistry
  • Anvita Maharishi- Family Dentistry, College of Dentistry
  • Jared Izumi, Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, College of Education
  • Sajan Goud Lingala- Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Kishlay Jha- Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Sena Chae- Nursing, College of Nursing
  • Yuanlu Sun- Nursing, College of Nursing
  • Oluwafemi Adeagbo- Community and Behavioral Health, College of Public Health
  • Shannon Watkins- Community and Behavioral Health, College of Public Health

  • Tara Bynum- English and African American Studies, CLAS
  • Eric Freedman- Teaching and Learning, College of Education
  • Marie Gaine- Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics, College of Pharmacy
  • Dorit Kliemann- Psychological and Brain Sciences, CLAS
  • Sarah Nash- Epidemiology, College of Public Health
  • Clarissa Shaw- Nursing, College of Nursing
  • Erin Talbert- Health and Human Physiology, CLAS
  • Cristina Vidal- Operative Dentistry, College of Dentistry
  • Miranda Welbourne Eleazar- Management and Entrepreneurship, College of Business
  • Kristan Worthington- Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering

OVPR DEI Supplements

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Applications are sought for single investigator, one-year OVPR diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) supplements to existing externally funded awards. The Principal Investigator (PI) will be awarded up to $25k to advance their science while recruiting, retaining, and advancing UI students who support diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in research, with a preference for students from traditionally marginalized groups. The goals are for the PI to advance the aims of the externally funded award’s science while engaging these students in mentored research and training experiences that prepare them to excel as next generation researchers and scholars. 

Applications due March 1, 2023

  • Elizabeth Chrischelles- Epidemiology, College of Public Health
  • Marie Gaine- Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics, College of Pharmacy
  • Maurine Neiman- Biology, CLAS
  • Matthew Potthoff- Neuroscience and Pharmacology, CCOM
  • Jason Radley- Psychological and Braine Sciences, CLAS
  • Yongren Shi- Sociology and Criminology, CLAS
  • Aislinn Williams- Psychiatry, CCOM

OVPR DEI Team Awards

Applications are sought for collaborative, one year OVPR diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) team awards. Awards are up to $25k to support disciplinary teams consisting of multiple investigators working with a collection of undergraduates with a preference for students from traditionally marginalized groups. The goals are to engage these students in mentored research and training experiences that prepare them to excel as next generation researchers and scholars. 

Applications due April 3, 2023

  • Christine Shea- Spanish and Portuguese/Linguistics, CLAS
  • Ebonee Johnson- Community and Behavioral Health, College of Public Health
  • Bob McMurray- Psychology, CLAS
  • Brian Lai- Political Science, CLAS

OVPR Interdisciplinary Scholars

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Applications are sought for collaborative, one-year OVPR Interdisciplinary Scholars proposals with awards up to $100k for one year. Successful proposals will focus on the Climate & Health Nexus (CHN) defined as the intersection of climate and health challenges, broadly. The goal is to enable teams of researchers to respond to one of the most pressing societal challenges of our time by advancing research and collaborative networks. For Fall 2022, it is anticipated that up to 10 full proposals will be invited with up to five awards made.

 

  • Greg Carmichael- Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, College of Engineering
  • David Cwiertny- Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Marc Linderman- Geographical and Sustainability Sciences, CLAS