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January 4, 2010

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UDC Research Seed-Grant Awards Announced


Washington, DC - Provost Graeme Baxter, Associate Provost Beverly Hartline, and the Office of Sponsored Programs are pleased to announce the award of $37,000 to fund nine 2009/2010 seed grants selected from 19 outstanding and diverse proposals submitted by the November 30th deadline. The purpose of the seed-grant program is to provide early funding for new projects that advance the University’s academic and research interests. The projects could open new scholarly directions, expand on existing paradigms, and/or collect preliminary data needed for a proposal for external funding. The awards are based on the recommendations of an 11-member peer review panel, which evaluated the proposals against the published review criteria: intellectual merit; alignment with the UDC mission, vision, and strategic goals; potential to lead to external funding and increase the number of faculty engaged in scholarly activity; interdisciplinarity; and feasibility.


The projects will be conducted between January and August 2010. The faculty involved will present their results to the University community at a research symposium during fall semester 2010.


This seed-grant program was made possible by Title III and the University’s Agricultural Experiment Station, funded by USDA. Student workers funded through the Office of Student Affairs will be involved in most of the projects, gaining valuable experience in their fields.


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