Forty Brown researchers and scholars are receiving University research awards through eight Research Seed grants and 17 Richard B. Salomon Faculty Research Awards, with awards totaling more than $760,000.
“OVPR makes these Seed and Salomon Awards to empower faculty research,” says Clyde Briant, Vice President for Research. “This year, we provided an unprecedented level of support.”
The Office of Vice President for Research is presenting the research prizes at The University Awards Ceremony – A Celebration of Teaching and Research. The May 6 event is co-sponsored by the Sheridan Center for Teaching & Learning and OVPR, and recognizes the extraordinary accomplishments of Brown faculty across the spectrum of their multiple roles, as teachers, scholars, and mentors.
“I’m delighted to highlight research excellence alongside teaching prowess, as they are so often mutually reinforcing,” Briant adds.
The 2013 Seed Funds go to 24 Brown researchers, involved in eight research projects. Seed awards are designed to help faculty compete more successfully for large-scale, interdisciplinary, multi-investigator grants. Investigators may propose projects with budgets up to $100,000.
This year, eight of 26 Seed applications received funding totaling $558,000. Projects range from digitizing and indexing U.S. documents that could shed light on human rights abuses in Brazil from 1960 to 1980 to a study of the role of electrical synapses in olfactory coding. One award, for the development of new computational and point of care platforms for HIV drug resistance, is for translational research.
The Richard B. Salomon Faculty Research Awards go to 17 faculty members, including five in the Humanities, five in the Social Sciences, three in Biological Sciences, and four in Public Health. The Salomon awards were established to support excellence in scholarly work by providing funding for selected faculty research projects deemed to be of exceptional merit. Investigators may propose projects with budgets up to $15,000. This year, OVPR received 32 Salomon applications and made awards totaling $210,261.
Gilad Barnea, the Robert and Nancy Carney Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, receives both the Seed and Salomon awards in 2013.
In this, its tenth anniversary of administering these research funds, OVPR is awarding more Research Seed Funds than ever before, with $198,000 provided through an anonymous donor’s gift to support research in brain science. Separately, the International Affairs Faculty Committee contributed funds for the Salomon research awards.
Over the course of a decade, OVPR has awarded more than $6.6 million in research funds – including 56 Seed Awards, totaling $4.5 million, and 148 Salomon Faculty Awards, totaling $2.2 million. Separate faculty review panels make award recommendations to the Vice President for Research.
The University Awards Ceremony begins at 5:00 p.m. on May 6 in Pembroke Hall, Room 305. A reception is held in advance at 4 p.m.