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Announcing the 2024 TIER 1 Award Recipients

Twenty-nine interdisciplinary teams—ten include College of Science faculty members—have been selected to receive 2024 TIER 1 Awards, three of which are Mentored Awards.

The TIER 1 Seed Grant/Proof of Concept Awards Program is supported by the colleges and the Senior Vice Provost for Research. This competitive program encourages individual faculty members to form multidisciplinary teams to develop new and innovative research directions, providing funds up to $50,000.

The Mentored TIER 1 Awards support interdisciplinary research collaboration between an early career tenure track faculty member(s) and a senior tenured faculty collaborator(s) from a different discipline or college in order to advance the development of the early career faculty’s research.

Over 200 interdisciplinary teams were awarded TIER 1 grants totaling $12.1 million since FY12. To date, returns on those investments include over $106 million in award-related funding, over 500 publications, and more than 900 presentations at scholarly conferences and meetings.

Congratulations to the following COS faculty members on their achievements!

Full lifecycle design and optimization for advanced manufacturing of implantable electronics
Leila Deravi (Chemistry and Chemical Biology)

BEaNS-EL: Body composition, EEG, And NnS in Early Life
Laurel Gabard-Durnam (Psychology)

Mentored Award: Topologically Robust and Scalable Quantum Light Emitters for Quantum Technologies
Swastik Kar (Physics)

Leveraging language learning and exercise to enhance cognitive and brain health
Art Kramer (Psychology)

A new model system for studying the role of ion channels in cystic fibrosis
James Monaghan (Biology)

Transforming Sleep Apnea Diagnostics Using Topological Monitoring
Jose Perea (Mathematics)

How modality-specific are the learning processes involved in second language acquisition: the case of sign language
Zhenghan Qi (Psychology)

Mentored Award: Affective Touch through Wearable Actuators
Karen Quigley (Psychology)

Quantum-Enhanced Biological Imaging
Bryan Spring (Physics)

Mentored Award: Ultrasound microsystems for embryo selection and early-stage development monitoring
Dori Woods (Biology)

Chemistry and Chemical Biology
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