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 4, 2019

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.

Submission
Proposals should be submitted via Qualtrics by Monday, March 4, 2019.

Format
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

2018
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


2017
Matthew Lew

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

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

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

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


2016
Hong Chen
Biomedical Engineering (BME)
Noninvasive, localized, and controlled delivery of gold nanoparticles for enhancing radiotherapy of brain tumors
Co-PIs: Pratim Biswas (EECE) and Buck Rogers (Radiation Oncology)

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

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


2015
Marcus Foston

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

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

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