The ND-ACES NSF Track-1 (#1946202) supports one unified statewide research Center for Cellular Biointerfaces in Science and Engineering (CCBSE) that ties to North Dakota’s bioscience sector and builds statewide capacity in research.
In addition to the funding the research activities of this center, ND-ACES faculty researchers at the 10 participating CCBSE campuses are eligible to compete for additional funding opportunities – listed below – designed to build STEM capacity and competitiveness across the state. For the first time in ND EPSCoR history, this NSF RII Track-1 included research funding for tribal college/university (TCU), primarily undergraduate institution (PUI), and master’s college/university (MCU) faculty as named senior personnel.
The INSPIRE-ND NSF Track-1 (#1355466) supports two research centers that tie to North Dakota’s strong agricultural focus and build statewide capacity in research:
In addition to the funding the research activities of these two centers, INSPIRE-ND faculty researchers at the 11 participating CRCS and CSMS campuses are eligible to compete for additional funding opportunities – listed below – designed to build STEM capacity and competitiveness across the state. For the first time in ND EPSCoR history, this NSF RII Track-1 included research funding for TCU faculty and seed awards for PUI and MCU faculty.
The ND EPSCoR State Office’s mission is to support efforts of participating institutions of higher education across the state that result in increased STEM faculty capacity and competitiveness. In meeting its mission, the ND EPSCoR State Office funds competitive STEM activities at all 11 EPSCoR participating institutions.
The awards funded under the ND-ACES and INSPIRE-ND NSF RII Track-1 cooperative agreement and by the ND EPSCoR State Office are listed below.
View the previous solicitations for faculty, or look at the various awards below, which outline some of the opportunities provided to faculty:
Under INSPIRE-ND, Advanced Undergraduate Research Awards (AURAs) provided funding for faculty-mentors to work with undergraduate students on research projects. The goal of AURA was to mentor and encourage undergraduate students to consider a research career in STEM.
|Year, Faculty Advisor/Mentor ||Department||Student|
|Archana Dhasarathy||Basic Sciences||Ifrah Ifrah|
|Wayne Barkhouse||Physics||Lane Kashur|
|Timothy Young||Physics||Elijah Mathnews|
|Qianli Chu||Chemistry||Jenna Puttkammer|
|Cai Xia Yang||Mechanical Engineering||Lucas Stanley|
|Naima Kaabouch||Electrical Engineering||Joseph Aymond|
|Wayne Barkhouse||Physics and Astrophysics||Nathan Carlson|
|Lucia Carvelli||Basic Sciences||Jessica Fairley|
|Reza Fazel-Rezai||Electrical Engineering||Jeffrey Gendreau|
|Alena Kubátová||Chemistry||Jasmine Kreft|
|Cai Xia Yang||Mechanical Engineering||Tristan Plante|
|Brian Darby||Biology||Alexandra Ptacek|
ND-ACES (NSF RII Track-1: 1946202) CCBSE Emerging Area/Seed Awards
Under ND-ACES, several areas of spin-off and emerging research that expand the reach and capacity of ND-ACES and increase the opportunity for sustainability are made available each year to faculty (particularly early career, TCU, PUI, or MCU) in the form of seed awards that focus on high-risk, high-impact emerging areas or gaps in the current biosciences research that will also be linked to PROmoting Sustainable Partnerships in Education and Research (PROSPER) activities. Awards may range from a few months to 1 year, with related funding allocated. Faculty receiving awards will be incorporated into CCBSE and be encouraged to participate in the programmatic efforts of PROSPER.
- Yongki Choi, Associate Professor, Physics, NDSU, joins the CCBSE Material Design Pillar. His project is: Nanosensing of cancer biomarkers associated with metastatic propensity
- Michael Kjelland, Assistant Professor, Biology, Mayville State University, joins the CCBSE Materials Design Pillar. His project is: 3D Bioprinting Using Porcine Collagen Matrix Scaffolding for 3D Pancreatic Cancer and Mesenchymal Stem Cell Culture, Treatment/Differentiation, and Cryopreservation
- Motoki Takaku, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Sciences, UND, joins the CCBSE Cellular Systems Pillar and Xusheng Wang, Assistant Professor, Biology, UND, joins the Computational Approaches Pillar. Their project is: Early cancer detection by cell-free chromatin and machine learning
- Ravi Yellavajjala, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, NDSU, joins the Computational Approaches Pillar. His project is: A Complex-step Decoder for Interpreting Cancer Cell Growth Images
INSPIRE-ND (NSF RII Track-1: 1355466) CRCS and CSMS Emerging Area/Seed Awards
Under INSPIRE-ND, in response to a recommendation made by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Reverse Site Visit panel in March 2016 to increase collaborative research efforts between North Dakota's two RII-Track-1 research centers (CRCS and CSMS), six Emerging Areas Seed awards were funded. To ensure collaboration, prior to being funded, each proposal was reviewed by the CRCS and CSMS Leads and Co-Leads. Status reports on these six awards were given to NSF's Site Visit panel in August 2017.
1. Ali Alshami (UND), Khwaja Hossain (Mayville) and Sima Noghanian (UND)
Bio-Based Dielectric Substrate Based On Sunflower Seed Shells For Radio Frequency Antenna ($40,000)
- CRCS Objective and Anticipated Outcome: the proposed project targets measuring environmental parameters (agri-material moisture content and atmospheric humidity) using new antennas and wireless sensors that built on bio-based dielectric substrate. The sensor can be used along this objective of CRCS.
- CSMS Objective and Anticipated Outcome: this project aims at developing a dielectric substrate material from sunflower seed shells, a waste by-product of the edible oil industry, in a low cost method and evaluate its durability and efficiency in various environmental conditions.
- CRCS/CSMS Anticipated Output: the project output will be a functional sensor and external publication.
2. Dilpreet Bajwa (NDSU) and Kerry Hartman (NHSC)
A Sustainable Approach for Improving Performance Characteristics of Biobased Poly (lactic acid)
Polymer via Incorporating Functionalized Cellulose Nanocrystals ($25,000)
- CRCS Objective and Anticipated Outcome: the project explores the possible impact of using biobased and sustainable feedstocks on the climate changes. Results of the project will determine how the use of biobased cellulosic materials can help to reduce the use synthetic polymers which are tied to greenhouse gases that impact the climate.
- CSMS Objective and Anticipated Outcome: the project determines how the use of nano-sized cellulosic materials can improve the performance characteristics of biobased polymers. The resultant biobased composite materials are expected to be environmentally friendly, biodegradable, safe and strong. The information gained from this project will also help to design strategies that enable nano-sized material to uniformly blend with biopolymers and expand the product portfolio of sustainable materials.
- CRCS/CSMS Anticipated Output: the project output will be a conference presentation, peer reviewed publication or an external grant proposal.
3. Surojit Gupta (UND), Khwaja Hossain (Mayville) and Yun Ji (UND)
Collaborative Sustainable Materials Research Program in the University of North Dakota ($40,190)
- CRCS Objective and Anticipated Outcome: identify crop biomass yield using the data from CRCS researchers and select end use crop(s) in North Dakota for fundamental Materials Research.
- CSMS Objective and Anticipated Outcome: this project aims to create a “green design paradigm (GDP)” for a sustainable manufacturing initiative in North Dakota; and, in particular, to explore methods for synthesizing novel precursors and composites from selected crop feeds in ND.
- CRCS/CSMS Anticipated Output: the project output will be: fabrication and design of fibers and composites; peer review papers, presentations, and other derivatives; and proposals.
4. Eakalak Khan (NDSU) and Andre DeLorme (VCSU)
Fate of Biobased Materials in Aquatic Environments: Impact on Physical, Chemical, and Biological
Characteristics of Receiving Waters ($25,000)
- CRCS Objective and Anticipated Outcome: the project explores possible impact of climate changes on the quality of feedstocks and in turn the characteristics of biobased materials. Results of the project will determine whether there is a linkage between climate variations and fate of biobased materials in surface waters.
- CSMS Objective and Anticipated Outcome: the project determines the fate of biobased materials in surface waters focusing on potential impact such as solubility, toxicity, and harmful product precursors. Knowledge gained from the project will expand on the benefits of biobased materials or will unveil their environmental drawbacks.
- CRCS/CSMS Anticipated Output: the project output will be a peer reviewed publication or an external grant proposal.
5. Long Jiang (NDSU) and Mafany Mongoh (SBC)
Novel Energy/Resource-Efficient Building Material Derived from Rapidly Renewable Materials ($25,000)
- CRCS Objective and Anticipated Outcome: this project links climate change induced variations in crop availability and suitability to the production of an agricultural residual based building material. Results of the project will determine the suitable crop(s) whose residuals can be utilized for the production of the material under changing climate.
- CSMS Objective and Anticipated Outcome: this project develops novel energy- and resource-efficient building materials using agricultural residuals as the feedstock via an environmentally friendly production method. The knowledge and products gained from this project will produce a new concept/prototype of building materials, expand the use of agricultural residuals, and reduce energy consumptions of buildings.
- CRCS and CSMS Output: the project output will be peer reviewed publications, an intellectual property and external grant proposals.
6. Feng Xiao (UND), Eric Brevik (DSU) and Khwaja Hossain (Mayville)
Development of A Novel Porous Carbonaceous Material Enhanced for Control of Nitrous Oxide
Emissions from Agricultural Soils ($39,988)
- CRCS Objective and Anticipated Outcome: 1) study the effects of biomass char and the porosity modified OSA on the emission of the greenhouse gas (N2O) from soil, and 2) investigate the effects of water moisture and soil humic matter on the adsorption of N2O on char and OSA.
- CSMS Objective and Anticipated Outcome: 1) develop an innovative carbonaceous material (OSA) from biomass with superior N2O adsorption capacity, and 2) identify the specific porosities for which effective adsorption takes place.
- CRCS/CSMS Anticipated Output: the project output will be a new material, peer reviewed publications, external grant proposals.
Under INSPIRE-ND, for the first time in ND EPSCoR history, competitive research seed awards were made available to PUI and MCU faculty. Two CRCS and two CSMS awards seed awards were issued in Y2 through Y7.
|Year, Name||Institution||Department||EPSCoR Research Center|
|Joshua Steffan||Dickinson State University||Natural Sciences||Center for Regional Climate Studies|
|Eric Brevik||Dickinson State University||Natural Sciences||Center for Regional Climate Studies|
|Paul Barnhart||Dickinson State University||Natural Sciences||Center for Regional Climate Studies|
|Khwaja Hossain||Mayville State University||Biology||Center for Sustainable Materials Science|
|Mikhail Bobylev||Minot State University||Science - Chemistry||Center for Sustainable Materials Science|
|Andre DeLorme||Valley City State University||Science||Center for Regional Climate Studies|
|Casey Williams||Valley City State University||Science||Center for Regional Climate Studies|
Each year, the ND EPSCoR State Office accepts competitive proposals for equipment that helps advance scientific inquiry and R&D. Preference is given to proposals that: 1) show collaborative use across multiple institutions/colleges/departments; 2) request equipment not currently available on the proposer’s campus; and 3) engage a large number of undergraduate and graduate students in research and learning.
|Beena Ajmera||Civil and Environmental Engineering||North Dakota State University|
|Joseph Collette||Geoscience||Minot State University|
|Gurjot Dhaliwal||Intertribal Research and Resource Center||United Tribes Technical College|
|Daba Gedefa||Civil Engineering||University of North Dakota|
|Thorpe Halloran||Biology||Minot State University|
|Christopher Heth||Division of Science||Minot State University|
|Aaron Kennedy||Atmospheric Sciences||University of North Dakota|
|Michael Kjelland||Biology||Mayville State University|
|Lokesh Karthik Narayanan||Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering||North Dakota State University|
|Sougata Roy||Mechanical Engineering||University of North Dakota|
|Todd Sirotiak||Construction Management and Engineering||North Dakota State University|
|John Webster||Division of Science||Minot State University|
|Feng Xiao||Civil Engineering||University of North Dakota|
|Eric Brevik||Natural Sciences||Dickinson State Univeristy|
|Tristan Darland||Biology||University of North Dakota|
|Ned Dochtermann||Biological Sciences||North Dakota State University|
|Abby Gold||Public Health||North Dakota State University|
|Ademola Hammed||Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering||North Dakota State University|
|Christopher Heth||Chemistry||Minot State University|
|Michael Kjelland||Division of Science and Mathematics||Mayville State University|
|Bethany Klemetsrud||Chemical Engineering||Univeristy of North Dakota|
|Ganapathy Mahalingam||Architecture and Landscape Architecture||North Dakota State University|
|Joshua Steffan||Natural Sciences||Dickinson State University|
|Dongmei Wang||Geology and Geological Engineering||University of North Dakota|
|Ravi Kiran Yellavajjala||Civil & Environmental Engineering||North Dakota State University - Collaborative with:|
Gedafa Daba, UND
Alexa Axure, UTTC
Austin Allard, TMCC
Each year, the ND EPSCoR State Office accepts competitive proposals to provide external peer reviews to large, interdisciplinary teams to help position them for even greater success in receiving federal awards.
|Mafany Ndiva Mongoh||Environmental Science||Sitting Bull College|
Each year, the ND EPSCoR State Office accepts competitive proposals to provide funding to researchers for the specific purpose of gathering preliminary data needed for proposal preparation and submission to a federal agency.
|RaeAnn Anderson||Psychology||University of North Dakota|
|Abdulaziz Banawi||Construction Management and Engineering||North Dakota State University|
|Uwe Burghaus||Chemistry and Biochemistry||North Dakota State University|
|Hallie Chelmo||Mechanical Engineering||North Dakota State University|
|Adam Derenne||Psychology||University of North Dakota|
|Ang Guo||Pharmaceutical Sciences||North Dakota State University|
|Woei Hung||Education, Health and Behavioral Sciences||University of North Dakota|
|Syeed Md Iskander||Civil and Environmental Engineering||North Dakota State University|
|Ivan Lima||Electrical and Computer Engineering||North Dakota State University|
|Igor Ovtchinnikov||Biology||University of North Dakota|
|Prakash Ranganathan||SEECS||University of North Dakota|
|Sarah Signor||Biological Sciences||North Dakota State University|
|Danling Wang||Electrical and Computer Engineering||North Dakota State University|
|Huojun Yang||Construction Management and Engineering||North Dakota State University|
|Mijia Yang||Civil and Environmental Engineering||North Dakota State University|
|Zhongyu Yang||Chemistry and Biochemistry||North Dakota State University|
|Qifeng Zhang||Electrical and Computer Engineering||North Dakota State University|
|Yanjun Zuo||Department of Accounting||University of North Dakota|
|Fardad Azarmi||Mechanical Engineering||North Dakota State University|
|Samiran Banerjee||Microbiological Sciences||North Dakota State University|
|Philip Boudjouk||Chemistry and Biochemistry||North Dakota State University|
|Amanda Brooks||Pharmaceutical Science||North Dakota State University|
|Brian Darby||Biology||University of North Dakota|
|Stephanie Day||Geosciences||North Dakota State University|
|Jerome Delhommelle||Chemistry||University of North Dakota|
|Rahul Gomes||Math & Computer Science||Minot State University|
|Khwaja Hossain||Science and Mathematics||Mayville State University|
|Trung Le||Civil & Environmental Engineering||North Dakota State University|
|Glenda Lindseth||College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines||University of North Dakota|
|Mike Mann||IES||University of North Dakota|
|Nuri Oncel||Physics and Astrophysics||University of North Dakota|
|Prakash Ranganathan||SEECS||University of North Dakota|
|Jiajia Rao||Plant Sciences||North Dakota State University|
|Sayeed Sajal||Math & Computer Science||Minot State University|
|Umamaheswara Rao Tida||Electrical and Computer Engineering||North Dakota State University|
|Gursimran Walia||Computer Science||North Dakota State University|
|Zachary Waller||Aviation||University of North Dakota|
|Nicholas Wilson||Aviation||University of North Dakota|
|Huojun Yang||Construction Mgmt and Engineering||North Dakota State University|
Under INSPIRE-ND, New Faculty Start-Up awards are available to department chairs and deans on a competitive basis so that attractive start-up packages may be offered to prospective faculty during the hiring process. New Faculty Start-Up Awards were usually available for two years.
|First year of award|
Institution - Department
|Laura Aldrich-Wolfe||NDSU - Biological Sciences|
|Dante Battocchi||NDSU - Coatings and Polymeric Materials|
|Meysam Haghshenas||UND - Mechanical Engineering|
|Minou Rabiei||UND - Petroleum Engineering|
|Sathish Venkatachalem||NDSU - Pharmaceutical Sciences|
|Ali Alshami||UND - Chemical Engineering|
|Jill Hamilton||NDSU - Biological Sciences|
|I-Hsuan Ho||UND - Geology and Geological Engineering|
|Brad Lindseth||UND - Electrical Engineering|
|Taufique Mahmood||UND - Geology and Geological Engineering|
|Stephan Nordeng||UND - Geology and Geological Engineering|
|Chrysafis Vogiatzis||NDSU - Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering|
|Zhongyu Yang||NDSU - Chemistry and Biochemistry|
|Jason Boulanger||UND - Biology|
|Dong Cao||NDSU - Electrical and Computer Engineering|
|Nilanjan Ray Chaudhuri||NDSU - Electrical and Computer Engineering|
|Yongki Choi||NDSU - Phsyics|
|Manu||UND - Biology|
|Cai Xia Yang||UND - Mechanical Engineering|
|Pablo de Leon||UND - Space Studies|
|Na Gong||NDSU - Electrical and Computer Engineering|
|Timothy Greives||NDSU - Biological Sciences|
|Britt Heidinger||NDSU - Biological Sciences|
|Leah Irish||NDSU - Psychology|
|Aaron Kennedy||UND - Atmospheric Sciences|
|Zhibin Lin||NDSU - Civil and Environmental Engineering|
|Jessica Striker||NDSU - Mathematics|
|John Wilkinson||NDSU - Chemistry and Biochemistry|
|Peter Bergholz||NDSU - Veterinary and Microbiological Sciences|
(Microbiological Sciences as of 2016)
|Tristan Darland||UND - Biology|
|Stephanie Day||NDSU - Geosciences|
|Ned Dochtermann||NDSU - Biological Sciences|
|Daba Gedafa||UND - Civil Engineering|
|Kegang Ling||UND - Petroleum Engineering|
|Sergei Nechaev||UND - Anatomy|
Under INSPIRE-ND, Translational Seed awards were made available to two INSPIRE-ND Emerging Seed awardees, whose projects had progressed to the translational stage and to projects that fit the CSMS mission. The intent of the seed awards was to move research and technologies towards private sector adoption.
|Individuals Awarded||Institution - Department||Project||Supporting Company|
|Bio-Based Dielectric Substrate Based On Sunflower Seed|
Shells For Radio Frequency Antenna.This Translational
Seed funding moves forward this research project conducted under ND EPSCoR's Emerging Areas Seed award
|Feasibility Analysis of Bio-Based Monomers for Latex Paint and Coating Industry.||MPD Chemical|
Civil and Environmental Engineering
|An Innovative Bio-based Self-Healing Concrete for Sustainable Constructions||Boral Construction Services, Inc.|
Under INSPIRE-ND, seed awards were given to women in science and education (WISE). At the University of North Dakota, WISE Award awards were given to female faculty following their post third-year review for upgraded labs and equipment, a mentoring program, and graduate and post-doctoral researchers. At North Dakota State University, the Advance Focus on Resources for Women's Advancement, Recruitment/Retention, and Development (FORWARD) Leap Award was given to female faculty in STEM fields as a bridging grant that was intended to increase the retention and advancement of NDSU faculty.
|Year, Name ||Institution - Department ||Award|
|Susan Ellis Felege||UND - Biology||WISE|
|Catherine Brissette||UND - Biomedical Sciences||WISE|
|Alena Kubátová||UND - Chemistry||WISE|
|Rebecca Simmons||UND - Biology||WISE|
|Ying Huang||NDSU - Civil and Environmental Engineering||Advance FORWARD Leap|
|Svetlana Kilina||NDSU - Chemistry and Biochemistry||Advance FORWARD Leap|