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Research Seed Funding Program

Proposal Submission Deadline

Proposals are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Send an electronic version and 3 hard copies of proposals to ORintramural@odu.edu/Office of Research, IRP 1, Suite 203.

Please carefully read the Research Seed Funding RFP for submission details and review criteria.

The 2013 Call for Proposals was round eight of the Research Seed Funding program, initiated in 2005. Five research teams involving 21 faculty members at Old Dominion University and one collaborator from three additional universities (Eastern Virginia Medical School, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Arizona State University School of Life Sciences) shared $241,588 in multidisciplinary seed funding awarded by the ODU Office of Research in the 2013 competition.


The goal is to support and promote growth of projects that are multidisciplinary, involve areas relevant to institutional research priority, and build teams with serious prospects to attract additional research dollars to ODU.


Eligible applicants are tenure-track faculty, tenured faculty and research professors at Old Dominion University who have not previously served as a paid PI or Co-PI on a Research Seed Funding project.


Total budget requests per team may not exceed $50,000. The research period is January 1 - December 31.

2014 Award Recipients

Development of a Three-Dimensional Human Breast Model for the Advancement of the in vitro Study of Breast Cancer $50,000
Robert Bruno
(PI), Molecular Diagnostics and Translational Sciences; Patrick Sachs (PI), Molecular Diagnostics and Translational Sciences; Christian Zemlin (Consultant), Electrical & Computer Engineering/Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics; Vincent Njar (Consultant), Medicinal Chemistry, University of Maryland Center for Biomolecular Therapeutics; Lynn Elmore (Consultant), Department of Pathology, Medical College of Virginia; Gilbert Smith (Consultant), Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute

3D Facial Expression and Visual Stimuli Analysis for Autism Spectrum Disorders $48,000
Khan Iftekharuddin
(PI), Electrical & Computer Engineering/Vision Lab; Michel Audette (Co-PI), Modeling, Simulation & Visualization Engineering; John Harrington (Co-PI), Department of Pediatrics, EVMS & CHKD; Norou Diawara (Consultant), Mathematics & Statistics; Jonna Bobzien (Consultant), Communication Disorders & Special Education; Jiang Li (Consultant), Electrics & Computer Engineering

Investigation of Musical Rhythms in the Brain $48,000
Dean Krusienski
(PI), Electrical & Computer Engineering; Douglas Owens (Co-PI), Music; Jerry Shih (Co-PI), Neurology, Mayo Clinic of Florida; James Bliss (Consultant), Psychology; Kamal Chemali (Consultant), Center for Music and Medicine, Sentara and EVMS.

Development of a Multidisciplinary Approach for Assessing Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Impact on Tidal Wetlands in Lynnhaven Bay, VA $49,000
Gangfeng Ma
(PI), Civil & Environmental Engineering; Xixi Wang (Co-PI), Civil & Environmental Engineering; Hua Liu (Co-PI), Political Science & Geography

Assessing and Preventing Falls in Multiple Sclerosis (MS): An Integrative Approach $42,740
Corey Rynders
(PI), Human Movement Sciences; Steven Morrison (Co-PI), Physical Therapy; Sheri Colberg (Co-PI), Human Movement Sciences; Jacob Sossnoff (Co-PI), Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Myla Goldman (Co-PI), Neurology, University of Virginia Medical School

2013 Award Recipients

Defibrillation of Cardiac Tissue with Nanosecond Pulsed Electric Fields $50,000
Christian Zemlin (PI), Electrical & Computer Engineering/Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics; Andrei Pakhomov (Co-PI), Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics; Masha Sosonkina (Consultant), Modeling, Simulation & Visualization Engineering; Arkady Pertsov (Consultant), Department of Pharmacology, SUNY Upstate Medical University

A Multidisciplinary Approach for Gene Expression Pattern Image Analysis $45,500
Shuiwang Ji (PI), Computer Science; Andrey Chernikov (Consultant), Computer Science; Nikos Chrisochoides (Consultant), Computer Science; Jiang Li (Consultant), Electrical & Computer Engineering; Sudhir Kumar (Consultant), School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University; Patric Lundberg (Consultant), Microbiology and Molecular Cell Biology, EVMS; Christopher Osgood (Consultant), Biological Sciences.

The Utilization of Video Face Replacement Technology (VFRT) for Routine Clinical Procedures in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder ASD) $46,088
Jonna Bobzien (PI), Communication Disorders & Special Education; Chung-Hao Chen (Co-PI), Electrical & Computer Engineering; Ann Bruhn (Co-PI), Dental Hygiene; Debra M.G. Murray (Co-PI), Nursing; Rebecca Deal Poston (Co-PI), Nursing; Amy Lee (Co-PI), Nursing; Lee Belfore (Consultant), Electrical & Computer Engineering; Norou Diawara (Consultant), Mathematics and Statistics.

Toward Solutions to Big Data Challenges in Multiple Disciplinary Applications $50,000
Yaohang Li (PI), Computer Science; Duc T. Nguyen (Co-PI), Civil Engineering; Masha Sosonkina (Co-PI), Modeling, Simulation, & Visualization Engineering; Jin Wang (Consultant), Mathematics.

For a Sustainable Future on Earth: High-Tech Biochar $50,000
James W. Lee (PI), Chemistry and Biochemistry; Sandeep Kumar (Co-PI), Civil & Environmental Engineering; Patrick G. Hatcher (Consultant), Batten Endowed Chair in Physical Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry.