McKelvey Collaboration Initiation Grant (CIG)

The call for Collaboration Initiation Grants (CIG) is issued annually at the beginning of the calendar year. CIG funds projects that facilitate collaborative research outside and among engineering departments for junior, untenured tenure-track McKelvey faculty.

Deadline: March 9, 2020

CIG aims to:

  • encourage connections across departments and schools;
  • promote an understanding of research across campus;
  • provide pilot data funding for high risk/high reward projects; and,
  • serve as a platform for external grant applications.

Only junior, untenured McKelvey faculty may serve as lead PI; however, any tenure-track or research faculty at Washington University may serve as Co-PI. Up to three $20,000 awards will be made. Cost sharing is required.

Please note that CIG awardees will be required to serve as a peer review for two cycles of the CIG program.

Proposals should be submitted via Qualtrics by Monday, March 9, 2020.

One-inch margins; Arial size 11 point or larger

Application Instructions
Using the Qualtrics link, complete the form and upload the proposal as ONE PDF File. Elements Include:

  • Project Summary (1 page)
  • Project Description (3 pages)
  • External Funding Targets (1 page)
  • References (No page limit)
  • Cost Sharing Commitment Letter (1 page)
  • Letter of Support from the PI’s Department Chair (1 page)
  • Current and Pending Support (No page limit, one Current and Pending for each PI and Co-PI.)
  • Biographical Sketches (2 pages per Bio, one Bio for PI and Co-PIs)
  • Budget and Budget Justification (1 page)

Estimated Number of Awards
Up to 3 awards per year

Anticipated Funding Amount
Up to $20,000 for one year from McKelvey School of Engineering plus $5,000 in required cash cost sharing. Cost sharing funds are 50% or $2,500 from the PI and/or PI’s Department and the remaining 50% or $2,500 from the Co-PI’s discretionary funds. A signed cost sharing commitment letter is required as part of the proposal.

Who May Submit Proposals
PIs must be McKelvey School of Engineering untenured, tenure-track faculty. PIs may only submit one proposal per annual competition. PIs may not be awarded more than one CIG award. Co-PIs must be from a different department from that of the PI or from another Washington University school. Co-PIs may be any tenure-track or research faculty at Washington University.

Use of Funds
Funds may be used for any activity directly related to the conduct of the research (e.g. salaries and benefits for students, postdocs, or research scientists, research supplies, equipment/facility, etc.). Funds may not be used for faculty summer salaries, administrative staff, course buyouts, seminar speakers, consultants, conferences, or travel. Junior, untenured SEAS faculty are encouraged to approach their department chair and request support related to the cash cost sharing requirement.

Collaboration Initiation Grant (CIG) Awardees

Rajan Chakrabarty
Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering
Data-Driven Model for Real-Time Detection, Forecasting, and Suppression of Tics in Tourette Syndrome
Co-PI: Kevin Black

Fangqiong Ling
Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering
Sink and Source: A multiscale analysis of hospital sink microbiome to aid infection prevention
Co-PI: Jennie Kwon

Chuan Wang
Electrical & Systems Engineering
Printed Soft Sensor Patch for Electromyometrial Imaging
Co-PI: Yong Wang

Patricia Weisensee
Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Coupling of impact dynamics, cooling rates, and microstructure in droplet-on-demand 3D printing
Co-PI: Kenneth Kelton

Ulugbek Kamilov
Computer Science & Engineering
Data-Adaptive Imaging for Motion-Robust High-Resolution Dynamic MRI
Co-PI: Hongyu An

ShiNung Ching
Electrical & Systems Engineering
Ultraslow Network Activity as a Predictive Marker for Recurrent Seizures
Co-PI: Rejean Guerriero

Rohan Mishra
Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Rational Design of Corrosion-Resistant Platinum-Group-Metal-Free Electrocatalysts
Co-PI: Vijay Ramani

Nathaniel Huebsch
Biomedical Engineering
A Microengineered System to Model Cardiac Afterload in vitro. Preliminary Data for an NIH R01 Application on Therapies for Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Co-PI: Guy Genin

Matthew Lew

Electrical and Systems Engineering
Visualizing Chemical Environments within Living Cells using Single-Molecule
Fluorescence-Lifetime Imaging Nanoscopy
Co-PI: James Buckley

J. Mark Meacham
Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Microcarrier-assisted Preparation of Antibody Conjugates in a Longitudinal Acoustic Trap
Co-PI: Mikhail Berezin

Jonathan Silva
Biomedical Engineering
Applying Mixed Reality to Otolaryngology Procedures
Co-PI: Jonathan McJunkin

Xuan ‘Silvia’ Zhang
Electrical and Systems Engineering
Hardware Software Co-Design for Malleable and Adaptive Power Flow Orchestration
Co-PI: Christopher Gill

Hong Chen
Biomedical Engineering
Noninvasive, localized, and controlled delivery of gold nanoparticles for enhancing radiotherapy of brain tumors
Co-PIs: Pratim Biswas and Buck Rogers

Yasutaka Furukawa
Computer Science & Engineering
3D Echocardiography from 2D Ultrasound Images
Co-PIs: Gary Skolnick and Pirooz Eghtesady

Spencer Lake
Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
A Novel Approach for Quantifying the Real-Time Microstructural Properties of the ElbowUlnar Collateral Ligament Using Reflected Light Polarization Imaging
Co-PIs: Viktor Gruev and Matthew Smith

Marcus Foston

Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering
Novel NMR and EPR Technology for Surface Characterization of Biomass
Co-PI: Alexander Barnes

Amit Pathak
Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Mechanical Characterization of Optic Glioma Development
Co-PI: David Gutmann

Barani Raman
Biomedical Engineering
Neuroplasmonics: Selective Control of Neural Activity using Plasmonic Nanoheaters
Co-PI: Srikanth Singamaneni