Building STEM Capacity and Competitiveness

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.

Click these links to view the current and previous solicitations for faculty.

View the previous solicitations for faculty, or look at the various awards below, which outline some of the opportunities provided to faculty:


INSPIRE-ND (NSF RII Track-1: 1355466) Advanced Undergraduate Research Award (AURA) Faculty Awardees

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
    2016
ManuBiologyDavid Fehr
Archana DhasarathyBasic SciencesIfrah Ifrah 
Wayne BarkhousePhysicsLane Kashur         
Timothy YoungPhysicsElijah Mathnews
Qianli Chu               ChemistryJenna Puttkammer
Cai Xia YangMechanical EngineeringLucas Stanley



    2015
Naima KaabouchElectrical EngineeringJoseph Aymond
Wayne BarkhousePhysics and Astrophysics            Nathan Carlson
Lucia CarvelliBasic SciencesJessica Fairley
Reza Fazel-RezaiElectrical EngineeringJeffrey Gendreau
ManuBiologyEjazul Haque
Alena KubátováChemistryJasmine Kreft
Cai Xia YangMechanical EngineeringTristan Plante
Brian DarbyBiologyAlexandra Ptacek

Emerging Areas Seed Awardees

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.

  1. Yongki Choi, Associate Professor, Physics, NDSU, joins the CCBSE Material Design Pillar. His project is: Nanosensing of cancer biomarkers associated with metastatic propensity
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.

    INSPIRE-ND (NSF RII Track-1: 1355466) Infrastructure Improvement Program (IIP) Seed Grant for Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs)

    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, NameInstitutionDepartmentEPSCoR Research Center
    2016
    Joshua SteffanDickinson State University       Natural Sciences   Center for Regional Climate Studies
    Eric BrevikDickinson State University       Natural Sciences   Center for Regional Climate Studies
    Paul BarnhartDickinson State University       Natural Sciences   Center for Regional Climate Studies




    Khwaja Hossain         Mayville State UniversityBiologyCenter for Sustainable Materials Science




    Mikhail Bobylev               Minot State UniversityScience - Chemistry             Center for Sustainable Materials Science




    Andre DeLorme Valley City State University           ScienceCenter for Regional Climate Studies
    Casey WilliamsValley City State UniversityScienceCenter for Regional Climate Studies

    ND EPSCoR State Office - Equipment Awardees

    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.

    Year, NameDepartmentInstitution
    2020
    Beena AjmeraCivil and Environmental EngineeringNorth Dakota State University
    Joseph ColletteGeoscienceMinot State University
    Gurjot DhaliwalIntertribal Research and Resource CenterUnited Tribes Technical College
    Daba GedefaCivil EngineeringUniversity of North Dakota
    Thorpe HalloranBiologyMinot State University
    Christopher HethDivision of ScienceMinot State University
    Aaron KennedyAtmospheric SciencesUniversity of North Dakota
    Michael KjellandBiologyMayville State University
    Lokesh Karthik NarayananIndustrial and Manufacturing EngineeringNorth Dakota State University
    Sougata RoyMechanical EngineeringUniversity of North Dakota
    Todd SirotiakConstruction Management and EngineeringNorth Dakota State University
    John WebsterDivision of ScienceMinot State University
    Feng XiaoCivil EngineeringUniversity of North Dakota



    2019
    Eric Brevik    Natural Sciences    Dickinson State Univeristy
    Tristan DarlandBiologyUniversity of North Dakota
    Ned Dochtermann Biological Sciences North Dakota State University
    Abby GoldPublic HealthNorth Dakota State University
    Ademola HammedAgricultural and Biosystems EngineeringNorth Dakota State University
    Christopher HethChemistryMinot State University
    Michael KjellandDivision of Science and MathematicsMayville State University
    Bethany KlemetsrudChemical EngineeringUniveristy of North Dakota
    Ganapathy MahalingamArchitecture and Landscape ArchitectureNorth Dakota State University
    Joshua SteffanNatural SciencesDickinson State University
    Dongmei WangGeology and Geological EngineeringUniversity of North Dakota
    Ravi Kiran Yellavajjala



    Civil & Environmental Engineering



    North Dakota State University - Collaborative with:
       Gedafa Daba, UND
       Alexa Axure, UTTC
       Austin Allard, TMCC

    ND EPSCoR State Office - External Review Awardees

    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.

    Year, NameDepartmentInstitution
    2019
    Mafany Ndiva Mongoh       Environmental Science       Sitting Bull College

    ND EPSCoR State Office - Preliminary Data Awardees

    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.

    Year, NameDepartment
    Institution
    2020
    RaeAnn AndersonPsychologyUniversity of North Dakota
    Abdulaziz BanawiConstruction Management and EngineeringNorth Dakota State University
    Uwe BurghausChemistry and BiochemistryNorth Dakota State University
    Hallie ChelmoMechanical EngineeringNorth Dakota State University
    Adam DerennePsychologyUniversity of North Dakota
    Ang GuoPharmaceutical SciencesNorth Dakota State University
    Woei HungEducation, Health and Behavioral SciencesUniversity of North Dakota
    Syeed Md IskanderCivil and Environmental EngineeringNorth Dakota State University
    Ivan LimaElectrical and Computer EngineeringNorth Dakota State University
    Igor OvtchinnikovBiologyUniversity of North Dakota
    Prakash Ranganathan        SEECSUniversity of North Dakota
    Sarah SignorBiological SciencesNorth Dakota State University
    Danling WangElectrical and Computer EngineeringNorth Dakota State University
    Huojun YangConstruction Management and Engineering        North Dakota State University
    Mijia YangCivil and Environmental EngineeringNorth Dakota State University
    Zhongyu YangChemistry and BiochemistryNorth Dakota State University
    Qifeng ZhangElectrical and Computer EngineeringNorth Dakota State University
    Yanjun ZuoDepartment of AccountingUniversity of North Dakota



    2019
    Fardad Azarmi     Mechanical Engineering     North Dakota State University
    Samiran Banerjee Microbiological SciencesNorth Dakota State University
    Philip Boudjouk Chemistry and BiochemistryNorth Dakota State University
    Amanda Brooks Pharmaceutical ScienceNorth Dakota State University
    Brian Darby BiologyUniversity of North Dakota
    Stephanie Day GeosciencesNorth Dakota State University
    Jerome Delhommelle ChemistryUniversity of North Dakota
    Rahul Gomes Math & Computer Science Minot State University
    Khwaja Hossain Science and Mathematics Mayville State University
    Trung LeCivil & Environmental EngineeringNorth Dakota State University
    Glenda Lindseth College of Nursing and Professional DisciplinesUniversity of North Dakota
    Mike Mann IESUniversity of North Dakota
    Nuri Oncel Physics and AstrophysicsUniversity of North Dakota
    Prakash Ranganathan SEECSUniversity of North Dakota
    Jiajia Rao Plant SciencesNorth Dakota State University
    Sayeed Sajal Math & Computer Science Minot State University
    Umamaheswara Rao Tida Electrical and Computer EngineeringNorth Dakota State University
    Gursimran Walia Computer ScienceNorth Dakota State University
    Zachary Waller AviationUniversity of North Dakota
    Nicholas Wilson AviationUniversity of North Dakota
    Huojun Yang Construction Mgmt and EngineeringNorth Dakota State University

    INSPIRE-ND (NSF RII Track-1: 1355466) New Faculty Start-Up Awardees

    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
    Name                        
                             
    Institution - Department                             

        2016
    Laura Aldrich-WolfeNDSU - Biological Sciences
    Dante BattocchiNDSU - Coatings and Polymeric Materials
    Meysam HaghshenasUND - Mechanical Engineering
    Minou Rabiei UND - Petroleum Engineering
    Sathish Venkatachalem       NDSU - Pharmaceutical Sciences

        2015
    Ali AlshamiUND - Chemical Engineering
    Jill HamiltonNDSU - Biological Sciences
    I-Hsuan Ho UND - Geology and Geological Engineering  
    Brad LindsethUND - 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

        2014
    Jason BoulangerUND - Biology
    Dong CaoNDSU - Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Nilanjan Ray Chaudhuri       NDSU - Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Yongki Choi NDSU - Phsyics
    ManuUND - Biology
    Cai Xia YangUND - Mechanical Engineering

        2013
    Pablo de LeonUND - Space Studies
    Na GongNDSU - Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Timothy GreivesNDSU - Biological Sciences
    Britt HeidingerNDSU - Biological Sciences
    Leah IrishNDSU - Psychology
    Aaron KennedyUND - Atmospheric Sciences
    Zhibin LinNDSU - Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Jessica StrikerNDSU - Mathematics
    John WilkinsonNDSU - Chemistry and Biochemistry

        2012
    Peter Bergholz

    NDSU - Veterinary and Microbiological Sciences
    (Microbiological Sciences as of 2016)       
    Tristan DarlandUND - Biology
    Stephanie DayNDSU - Geosciences
    Ned DochtermannNDSU - Biological Sciences
    Daba GedafaUND - Civil Engineering
    Kegang LingUND - Petroleum Engineering
    Sergei NechaevUND - Anatomy

    INSPIRE-ND (NSF RII Track-1: 1355466) Translational Seed Awardees

    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.

    2018 Translational Seed Awards
    Individuals AwardedInstitution - DepartmentProjectSupporting Company

    Ali Alshami
    Assistant Professor     

    UND
    Chemical Engineering

    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
    N/A
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    Dilpreet Bajwa
    Professor

    Kerry Hartman
    Instructor
    NDSU
    Mechanical Engineering

    NHSC
    Environmental Sciences


    A Sustainable Approach for Improving Performance Characteristics of Biobased Poly (lactic acid) Polymer via Incorporating Functionalized Cellulose Nanocrystals. This Translational Seed funding moves forward this research project conducted under ND EPSCoR's Emerging Areas Seed award.

    N/A

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    Ghasideh Pourhashem
    Assistant Professor

    NDSU
    Coatings and Polymeric Materials

    Feasibility Analysis of Bio-Based Monomers for Latex Paint and Coating Industry.MPD Chemical


    Andriy Voronov

    Professor
    -----------------------------------------
    Mijia Yang
    Associate Professor         

    NDSU
    Civil and Environmental Engineering
    An Innovative Bio-based Self-Healing Concrete for Sustainable ConstructionsBoral Construction Services, Inc.

     


    INSPIRE-ND (NSF RII Track-1: 1355466) Women in Science and Education (WISE) and Advance Focus on Resources for Women's Advancement, Recruitment/Retention, and Development (FORWARD) Leap Awardees

    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

    2018
    Susan Ellis FelegeUND - BiologyWISE

    2017
    Catherine Brissette     UND - Biomedical SciencesWISE
    Alena KubátováUND - ChemistryWISE
    Rebecca SimmonsUND - BiologyWISE

    2016
    Ying Huang  NDSU - Civil and Environmental Engineering     Advance FORWARD Leap

    2014
    Svetlana Kilina     NDSU - Chemistry and Biochemistry           Advance FORWARD Leap