Despite sequestration, federal budget cuts and other challenges, sponsored funding for research and other purposes increased 10.73 percent at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University during fiscal 2013.
The total of $56.86 million for the year ending June 30, 2013, compares with $51.35 million in fiscal 2012. More information is available in the N.C. A&T Research and Economic Development Annual Report for Fiscal 2013 at http://www.ncat.edu/research/fy2013.html.
“Winning federal awards for research is becoming more competitive as funding agencies’ budgets are reduced and we continually face new complications, such as sequestration and now the federal government shutdown,” said Dr. Barry L. Burks, vice chancellor for research and economic development.
“A&T researchers have responded by writing proposals that make compelling cases for the value and competitiveness of their work. Together with our research administrators, they did a tremendous job of winning funds in an increasingly difficult environment.”
A sampling of the 199 awards in FY13 to A&T researchers in the seven colleges and schools and Department of Nanoengineering at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering:
- NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials, continued research funding and equipment, Dr. Jagannathan Sankar (Department of Mechanical Engineering), $5 million, National Science Foundation (NSF).
- NSF CREST Biofuels Center, Dr. Abolghasem Shahbazi (Natural Resources and Environmental Design), $2 million, NSF; co-investigators Debasish Kuila; Divi Venkateswarlu; Jianzhong Lou; Keith Schimmel; Lijun Wang; Lyubov Kurkalova; Shamsuddin Ilias; Vinayak Kabadi; Yevgeniy Rastigeyev.
- Director of National Intelligence Science and Technology Center of Excellence in Advanced Biometrics Technology Research, continued research funding, Dr. Gerry Dozier (Computer Science), $1 million, Army Research Laboratory.
- Center for Aviation Safety, continued research funding, Dr. Kunigal Shivakumar (Mechanical Engineering), $950,000, NASA; co-investigators Mannur Sundaresan; Vinayak Kabadi.
- Child Response Initiative, Dr. Kelly Graves (Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness), $750,000, Office of Justice Programs.
- Nano to Continuum Multi-Scale Modeling Techniques and Analysis for Cementitious Materials Under Dynamic Loading, continued research funding, Dr. Ram Mohan (Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering), $556,000, Army Research Office; co-investigators Ajit Kelkar; Miguel Picornell-Darder; Sameer Hamoush; Won-Chang Choi.
- High Performance Reconfigurable Computing: Research and Education, Dr. Clay Gloster (Computer Systems Technology), $478,000, Army Research Office.
- Center for Outreach in Aging and Community Health: Supporting Health Aging and the Elimination of Health Disparities among Vulnerable Populations, Dr. Goldie Byrd (Biology), $400,000, Merck Foundation.
- Bioactive food compounds with applications in the prevention and management of diabetes, Dr. Shengmin Sang (Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies), $350,000, Qatar University.
- ENGAGE 2BE: Engaging the Next Generation of African-American Graduates Entering Biomedical, Biological and Environmental Engineering Careers, Dr. Stephanie Luster-Teasley (Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering), $240,000, U.S. Department of Education; co-investigators Clay Gloster; Leotis Parrish; Matthew McCullough; and Ronnie Bailey.
- BIGDATA: DataBridge — A Sociometric System for Long-tail Science Data Collections, Dr. Justin Zhan (Computer Science), $178,000, NSF.