Past and present Collaborative Research Grant awardees.
2016 Grant Awardees
2016 Grant Awardees
In January, nine interdisciplinary research teams were selected to receive funding, totaling $797,772, from the Science & Technology Advisory Council (STAC). Research projects directly address the RI NSF EPSCoR proposed program themes of Assessment and Impacts, Visualization and Imaging; and Forecasting and Management.
Genetic Sensors for ecosystem functions: new ways of quantifying predation in the ocean
This pilot project will bring together scientists from URI and RIC to develop novel genetic sensors for grazers by using newly acquired transcriptomics data that specifically targets gene expression of predators under varying grazing conditions.
Monitoring the Impact of Climate Change Stressors on Horizontal Gene Transfer in Marine Microbial Populations
The goal of this project is to assess the impacts of climate change-induced stressors on the potential of marine microbial populations to transfer virulence, antibiotic resistance, and other genetic traits by bringing together experts in molecular microbiology & immunology, and aquatic pathology.
A Nanoscale Biosensor for in-situ Monitoring of Water-Borne Contaminants in Coastal Ocean Environments
This team will develop and explore the use of a highly selective and near-field enhanced nanoscale biosensor that can be useful to conduct in-situ monitoring of water-borne contaminants such as toxic algae and others in coastal waters.
Allelopathic effects of macroalgae on shellfish larvae in RI under current and projected sea surface temperatures
This team of researchers will prepare preliminary data to determine the identity and effects of allelochemicals released from bloom-forming macroalgae on the survival and physiology of shellfish larval stages.
Alternative nitrogen management strategies and nitrous oxide emissions from coastal watersheds and marshes
This project measures nitrous oxide from a waste water treatment plant (Field's Point) and on-site wastewater treatment systems in the Narragansett Bay watershed to identify sources and evaluate alternative nitrogen management strategies.
Developing 3D Tissue Culture for Marine Invertebrates
This project combines expertise in marine biology at URI and biomedical design and manufacturing at MicroTissues, Inc. to develop a method for culturing invertebrate cells in a 3D environment.
Bringing planktonic holograms to life with YURT Ultimate Reality Theatre
Field-based holographic microscopy of phytoplankton collected at URI's Graduate School of Oceanography will be parsed into meaningful, quantitative products through 3D visualization at Brown University's YURT Ultimate Reality Theatre.
A multifaceted approach to determine zooplankton community response to environmental change
This project will work to reveal the extent of zooplankton biodiversity, including the potential to identify new species, in Rhode Island waters.
Development of a Cyclodextrin-Based Sensor for Selective Pesticide Detection in Complex Environments
This research team will develop a fluorescence-based hand-held sensor for pesticides that can detect different pesticides from diverse environmental and biological samples in the field.
2015 Grant Awardees
January 2015 Grant Awardees
The awards, totaling $814,042 will fund six multi-disciplinary teams bringing together deep expertise in oceanography, supercomputing, environmental conservation, genetics, toxicology, and aquatic pathology to examine how marine life in Narragansett Bay is responding to climate change. Data from these projects will lead to improved strategies for fisheries and aquaculture management, new tools for monitoring ecological change, and a 3D modeling system for coastal waterways that can enhance risk assessment, infrastructure planning and tracking of toxic spills.
Diatom Community Composition as an Indicator of Coastal Ecosystem Change
This project will bring together four scientists from different fields to explore coastal biogeochemical responses to climate change and develop new assessment tools for monitoring ecological change.
Canaries in Narragansett Bay? Untangling the Ecological Response of a Key Diatom Genus to Environmental Change
This project links an academic scientist with expertise in genetics and a federal agency scientist with expertise in predictive modeling to examine how the base of the food web in Narragansett Bay is changing in response to changes in environmental conditions.
Marine Disturbance Disease and Climate Change in Rhode Island's Coastal Waters: Merging Higher Trophic Level Population Dynamics Models/Datasets with Lower Trophic Level Climate Forecast Models
This team will use physical oceanography and aquatic pathology to integrate historic datasets to understand the relationship between physical and chemical changes in the ocean and various health issues affecting coastal fish and shellfish of commercial interest.
A Proteomics Approach to Analyzing Phenotypic Plasticity versus Adaptation in the Response of Marine Invertebrates to Climate Change
This team will study the proteins in a common invasive marine species to determine if it is adapting to local stress factors within one generation or going through genetic changes over multiple generations. The findings will be used to predict the impact on economically important fisheries and aquaculture.
Pushing to New Limits for Models of RI Bays and Sounds
This trans-disciplinary project combines expertise in coastal waterway modeling and supercomputing model development to create a new 3D modeling tool that extends our existing ability to understand coastal turbulence for such things as risk assessment, infrastructure planning, tracking of toxic spills and fisheries/aquaculture management.
Narragansett Bay Apex Predators' Response to Toxic Chemicals and Climate Change
Working in partnership with the federal Environmental Protection Agency, an research scientist with expertise in shark biology and molecular toxicology will study the sensitivity of predators to persistent chemicals in Narragansett Bay.
2014 Grant Awardees
July 2014 Grant Awardees
The 2014 Research Alliance awards announced in July, totaling $445,092, will support of six projects, representing 15 scientists from small businesses, research universities and hospitals across Rhode Island. The program is designed to advance research projects that are collaborative across institutions, well positioned to receive follow-on funding and with significant technology development and commercialization potential. Award recipients include academic and industry scientists pursuing research in medicine, cyber security, engineering, chemistry and pharmaceutical sciences.
Antiviral & Immunomodulatory Effects of Inter-Alpha Inhibitors in Dengue Infections
The goal of the project is to confirm the viability of this protein as a broad spectrum therapeutic. With this, the team hopes to develop an industrial scale facility in the state that can provide sufficient material for manufacturing and stockpiling.
Cyber Security Situational Awareness with Social-Aware Data Integration
This team's efforts will focus on examining how various sources of analytic data can be used to identify malicious cyber behavior and will bring together a research university and a small business to provide proof of concept for development of a new commercial product line.
Next Generation Data Storage Systems for Big Data Applications
Working together, scientists in the engineering and physical sciences departments at the University of Rhode Island and Brown University will combine their talents to develop the next generation of storage to meet the demands of the big-data trend.
Development of a New Molecular Imaging Platform: Biosensor-Enhanced Xenon-129 MRI
This project brings together a unique set of expertise and capabilities to develop a new class of "smart" biomedical imaging agents that when developed will enable clinicians to use probes to see biochemical properties of maladies such as cancer, Alzheimer's disease and even traumatic brain injuries.
Novel SiRNA Delivery Technology via Biomimetic Nanomaterial for Treatment of Joint Arthritis
Combining interdisciplinary expertise in biology, nano materials, clinical research and pharmaceutical science, this team will work to further test a nanomaterial whose tiny size and novel shape shows great promise as a drug delivery system.
Development of an Ultra-High Speed Infrared Imaging System
This team seeks to develop an ultra-high speed infrared (IR) microscope to create new research grade instrumentation in the area of dynamic material behavior. With this equipment, Rhode Island will have unique experimental capability and be positioned as a center for this type of research.
April 2014 Grant Awardees
The 2014 Research Alliance awards, announced in April, totaling $806,501 will fund seven diverse teams bringing together deep expertise in the natural and social sciences as well as the arts and environmental conservation to study how marine plant and animal life are responding to climate change in Narragansett Bay. Data from these projects will lead to improved strategies for fisheries and aquaculture management, better understanding of how to predict harmful algal blooms and the development of communications tools to engage and inform the public on the localized effects of climate change.
The Impacts of Climate Change and Variability on the Biogeochemistry and Ecology of RI's Coastal Waters - Regional Climate Modeling
This team brings together an ocean chemist, physicist and ecologist to use a computer simulation specifically designed for the coastal waters of Rhode Island to model the complex data that has been collected to better understand the impact of our warming waters on animal and plant life.
Data Narratives: Climate Change in Narragansett Bay as a Case Study for Engaging Communication of Scientific Information
This team's efforts will focus on gaps in data collection and its dissemination to scientists, decision makers and the public.
Developing an Aerial Imaging System Using a Robotic Helicopter for Tracking Harmful Algal Blooms in Narragansett Bay
This new autonomous robotic imaging can be used to not only to collect data, but also to visualize global climate change in compelling and immediate ways.
Resilience to Climate Change: Testing Sculptural Forms for Coastal Habitat Restoration
Bringing together artists, biologists and conservationists, this project will develop sculptural forms for a future coastal habitat restoration project at an urban site in RI.
Changes in Plankton Bloom Patterns and Trophic Relationships in Response to
Climate-induced Warming of Narragansett Bay
This project builds the case for selection of Narragansett Bay as a designated sentinel site for global coastal monitoring.
Molecular Basis for Pathogenesis in the Oyster Pathogen, Roseovarius Crassostreae
This project combines the talents of a molecular biologist, a natural products chemist and a shellfish pathologist to seek a better understanding of Roseovarius oyster disease in order to better manage it.
Environmental Genomics and Proteomics of Nitrogen Stress in Narragansett Bay
This trans-disciplinary project brings together oceanography, ecology and evolutionary biology to gain insight into the environmental stresses and adaptive responses of important phytoplankton in Narragansett Bay.
2013 Grant Awardees
The 2013 Research Alliance awardees represent 18 scientists from 5 research organizations pursuing projects that support of STAC's partnership with the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and address the three research questions related to RINSF EPSCoR: What are the impacts of climate change on marine life?
RI Seaweed Biodiversity Project: Establishing a DNA-Based Framework for Understanding Seaweed Range Expansions in RI Waters
This team is using genomics to identify and catalogue invasive species of algal marine bio-invaders to improve coastal management and biosecurity in Narragansett Bay.
Temperature-mediated Changes in RI's Benthic Community: What Are the Implications for Local Food Webs and Fisheries?
This team will work to return winter flounder to RI waters through better understanding the evolving population dynamics of the blue crab and summer flounder, two of its natural predators.
The Pathogenic Cause and Impact of the Local Sea Star Wasting Disease
This collaboration will bring together six researchers with ecological, veterinary, molecular, microbial and aquaculture expertise to determine the mysterious cause of a deadly infectious disease attacking starfish from New Jersey to the Gulf of Maine.
Estimating the Potential for Evolutionary Adaption of Marine Organisms to Climate Change
This team will use native shrimp to study the evolutionary potential of marine species to adapt to warming waters.
Electric Microcable Bacteria in Narragansett Bay Sediments
Working in the new area of electromicrobiology, this team will pursue their hypothesis that microbial bacteria are evolving to detoxify sediment in coastal dead zones.
Ocean Acidification Effects on Plankton Community Composition and Food Web Energy Flow
This team will look at how whole marine communities respond to ocean acidification.
2012 Grant Awardees
The 2012 Research Alliance awardees represent 20 scientists from 8 research organizations pursuing projects in marine life sciences, nanotechnologies and medical device development.
New Tools and Mechanisms to Combat Aquaculture Diseases
This team is working to develop new commercial products to promote fitness and prevent disease for finfish and shellfish in aquaculture facilities.
Revealing Active Responses of the Ocean State's Marshes to Climate Change
This team will work to determine whether marshes are net "sinks" or "sources" of gasses.
Understanding Coastal Environmental Change Past, Present and Future
This team will work to better understand future environmental change at our nation's coastlines.
Climate-Driven Impacts on the Formation and Persistence of Macroalgal Blooms
This team will use genomic data to predict and monitor harmful macroalgal blooms.
Characterization of Novel Anaerobic Nitrogen-fixing Bacteria Isolated from Narragansett Bay
This team will work to better understand nitrogen cycles in the Bay with the goal of improving water quality practices.
Enhancement of Chronic Wound Healing with Non-invasive Local Skin Vibratory Stimulation
This team is working to demonstrate the proof of principle of the effectiveness of vibratory stimulation on wound healing.
Lab on Paper Technology for Immunodiagnostics
This team is working to produce new point-of-care immunodiagnostic devices.
Graphene-Polymer Composite Materials
This team is working to develop a uniquely functional graphene-polymer composites.
2011 Grant Awardees
The 2011 Research Alliance awards.
Development of a Multiscale Brain Injury Model for Traumatic Brain Injury
This team is working to aid companies in designing safer and improved protective gear and to aid the medical community in producing improved quantitative traumatic brain injury diagnosis and assessment tools.
Marine Biofouling on High Performance Molded Materials
Researchers on this team will use microscopic and molecular techniques to characterize the development of marine biofilms enabling evaluation of novel coatings for commercial markets.
A Novel Efficient Technology for Mercury Emission Control Application
This team will work to develop new technologies for reducing human health risks associated with anthropogenic mercury emission from coal-fired power plants and cement kilns.
A Wound Healing Product for Diabetic Ulcers Containing Choroid Plexus Growth Factors
Researchers on this team will collaborate on the development of a topical regenerative product for wound healing and will work to expand and strengthen preclinical research studies on the topic.
Antigenic Targets of Candida albicans Specific Antibody Fragments
The grant will support work to identify the molecular structure on the surface of the fungus Candida albicans that are recognized by previously discovered antibodies to stop infection.
The Inner Space Classroom - Innovation for Research & Education in the Ocean State
This group will develop software to enable increased marine science education opportunities via access to marine science data and information through the University of Rhode Island's Inner Space Center.
First Generation Immunoinformatics Derived Anti-tick Vaccine with Transdermal Delivery
This team will work to establish proof-of-principal for a catalytic approach to accelerate bench-to-clinic translation of a novel anti-tick vaccine for humans.
2010 Grant Awardees
The 2010 Research Alliance awards represent 18 scientists from 8 research organizations pursuing projects in disease prevention, pharmacotherapy, renewable energy and engineering.
Development of Novel Agents for Cancer Prevention and Therapy from the Natural Spice Turmeric
This team is working to identify lead compounds from traditional plant products for the development of new cancer prevention and chemotherapy drugs.
Novel Oral Fluid Based Methods for Non-Invasive Determination of Total Exposure to Active Immunosuppresive Agents
This collaboration is working to develop diagnostic kits to allow non-invasive monitoring of immunosuppressive agents in oral fluid.
Development of Durable Silicon Thin-Film Anodes and New Electrolytes for Lithium Batteries
This team proposed to develop new and highly durable anode architecture for lithium batteries.
Early Cancer Detection and Treatment Using Advanced Three-Dimensional Surface Texture Visualization and Modeling
This project aims to develop 3D imaging technology to address limitations in visualization of the current minimally invasive surgical procedures.
Neuroprotective Anti-Inflammatory Strategies to Prevent Damage to the Premature Brain
This team will focus of the development of novel preventative strategies for brain damage in premature infants.
Tripolar Concentric Ring Electrode Electroencephalogram (TCRE EEG) System - An Innovative Diagnostic Tool for Epilepsy
This collaboration will develop a commercially viable system to improve the diagnosis of epilepsy and other neurological disorders.
2009 Grant Awardees
The 2009 Research Alliance awards represent 23 scientists from 10 research organizations pursuing projects in renewable energy, medicine, engineering, biology, chemistry, pharmacology and environmental science.
Development of a Reliable Stumble Detection System for Artificial Legs
This team is working to develop a more reliable stumble detection system that will improve the safe use of prosthetic legs.
An Application of the 3D Petri-dish: The Human Artificial Ovary
This collaboration aims to utilize new technology to increase reproductive success in cancer patients by the creation of a human artificial ovary.
Decreasing Bacterial Adhesions to Medical Devices Prevents Nosocomial Infection
This team seeks to develop a surface treatment technique to decrease the ability of bacteria to stick to medical devices, which will reduce the risk of serious infections commonly found in hospitals.
Identification of Deficiencies and Establishment of Predictive Assays for Enigmatic Pregnancy Complications
This project aims to identify a novel protein found in patients suffering from pregnancy complications, such as preeclampsia, that can be used to identify a treatment which will impede these traumatic complications.
Synthesis and Development of Novel Neuroprotective Drugs
This project will enhance Rhode Island’s research infrastructure by making a critical piece of equipment available to scientists working on drug development in Rhode Island.
Development of Renewable Energy Wave Powered Generator for Free Floating Ocean Buoys
This collaboration between Electro Standards Laboratories and the University of Rhode Island will develop designs for a reliable wave energy conversion system to power coastal buoys.
Development of Lagrangian Measurement Techniques for Coastal Water Management
This team seeks to design a shallow water Lagrangian float that is capable of tracking the path and rate of currents flowing in coastal waters.
2008 Grant Awardees
In 2008, the awards support nine projects, representing 24 scientists from 14 research organizations across Rhode Island.
Increasing Success Rates for Complicated Pregnancies
This team is working to develop therapeutics that address dangerous pregnancy complications.
Creating a Reliable, Fast and Affordable Way to Diagnose Anemia
This team seeks to explore non-invasive techniques for rapidly and reliably diagnosing anemia in at-risk communities.
Acquisition of a State-of-the-Art "Isothermal Titration Calorimeter"
Enhance RI's research infrastructure by making a critical piece of equipment widely available to scientists studying proteins and their link to disease.
Making Genome Sequencing Faster and Less Expensive
Support a partnership to accelerate the development of technology that makes genome sequencing faster and less expensive.
Forensic Computer Vision: High Quality Evidence From Low Quality Video
Collaboration between Brown University and the RI Police to use new computer visualization techniques to extract high quality evidence from low quality video.
Understanding and Better Management of "Green Tide" in Narragansett Bay, RI
Develop a deeper understanding of green tides in Narragansett Bay so that these events can be better managed.
Launching RI as the R&D Nexus for Next Generation Hearing Devices
Develop a state-of-the-art hearing aid to deliver optimal sound to patients suffering hearing loss.
Improving Breast Cancer Drugs
Identify new compounds that have similar efficacy with fewer side effects than current compounds such as tamoxifen.
Developing New Drugs to Treat Congestive Heart Failure and Asthma
A partnership between URI, Salve Regina and Celgen LLC.
2007 Grant Awardees
Award recipients included academic and industrial scientists pursing projects in medicine, engineering, chemistry, biology, oceanography and environmental science.
Virtual Immersive Environments and Motion Analysis for Advanced Rehabilitation
Apply virtual reality technology to improve the design of prosthetic limbs.
In Vivo and In Vitro Targeting of the Akt1 and P53 Signaling Networks in Testicular Cancer
This project will help doctors better understand how radiation therapy causes permanent damage in patients with testicular cancer.
Toys and Technologies for Rehabilitation
Develop high-tech toys to assist in the rehabilitation of children with diseases like cerebral palsy.
Acquisition of an Electro-Spray Injected Tandem Mass Spectrometer as a Critical Component of the RI Center for Proteomics
This award will fund the purchase of equipment to enable Rhode Island scientists to better study proteins and their role in disease.
Improving Cellulose Microfibril Properties in Plant Fibers through Genetic Engineering
This project will advance efforts to modify plant fibers and enhance their commercial value for use in products such as biofuels.
Prevention of Bacterial Colonization and Virulence
This project seeks to develop new marine-based drugs to fight Staphylococcus aureus, a common and deadly hospital infection.
Development of Novel Computer Software to Analyze Mass Spectral Output and Identify Target Compounds Used in Forensic Investigations
Develop computer software to identify materials found in fire debris that can be used to improve forensic investigations.
An Undersea Sensor and Communication Network for Real-Time Coastal Observation and Analysis
Demonstrate how multiple types of robotic or autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) can be integrated for real-time ocean observation and analysis.