Projects by year

Discovery Grants


The 11 projects that won funding from the Discovery Grants program in 2019 are listed below.

  • Assessing seasonal bias in paleoclimate records from monsoon regions - Jessica Oster (Earth & Environmental Sciences)
  • Emotional Labor and Regulation in the US Judiciary - Terry Maroney (Law)
  • Genetic Analysis of Glucose Stimulated Insulin Secretion - Wenbiao Chen (Molecular Physiology & Biophysics)
  • A New Approach to the Artificial Heart - Eric Barth (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Prehispanic Gender Identity and Resource Access in Peru - Tom Dillehay (Anthropology)
  • Point-of-Care Diagnosis of Retinal Disease in Premature Infants - Yuankai Tao (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Smart wearable technology will keep runners injury free - Karl Zelik (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Social-Emotional Expertise: Testing Psychological Mechanisms - Jo-Anne Bachorowski (Psychology)
  • Systematically restricted serotonin 2B compounds for treatment of pulmonary hypertension - William Merryman (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Telehealth Enhanced Patient Oriented Recovery Trajectory after ICU: TelePORT - Leanne Boehm (School of Nursing)
  • Water, water everywhere: what drops are safe to drink? - George Hornberger (Civil & Environmental Engineering)


The 14 projects that won funding from the Discovery Grants program in 2018 are listed below.

  • Mysterious Dark Matter with a Rare Form of Electromagnetism - Alfredo Gurrola (Physics & Astronomy)
  • New Approaches to Quantifying Brain Functional Architecture in Normal Aging and Alzheimer's Disease - Yurui Gao (Biomedical Engineering)
  • The Impact of Drinking Water Quality on School Outcomes - Michelle Marcus (Economics)
  • The Making of a Deadly Fungal Pathogen - Antonios Rokas (Biological Sciences)
  • Establishment of a VINSE Nanoparticle Fabrication and Characterization Facility - Craig Duvall (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Automated Analysis of Skin Images - Benoit Dawant (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
  • Creation of a Multi-Disciplinary Program in Biocatalysis - Brian Bachmann (Chemistry)
  • HIV Point-of-Care Testing Appropriate for Antenatal Clinics in Nigeria - Rick Haselton (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Transient Electronics that Require Constant Heat to Prevent Dissolution - Leon Bellan (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Relativistic Fluids in the Age of Gravitational Waves - Marcelo Disconzi (Mathematics)
  • Stigmatizing Attitudes toward Stuttered Speech - Tedra Walden (Psychology & Human Development)
  • Archaeology of Diversity and Adaptation at a Mediterranean Port - Joseph Rife (Classical and Mediterranean Studies)
  • Exploring the Effects of GABAergic Signaling on Individual Synapses - Yaqiong Xu (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
  • Supporting Vocabulary Learning for Children with Down Syndrome - Christopher Lemons (Special Education)


The 13 projects that won funding from the Discovery Grants program in 2017 are listed below.

  • Lifesaving Needle Robots for Ultra-Early Lung Cancer Interventions - Robert Webster (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Integrin-Targeting Multifunctional Gold Nanoparticles for Enhanced Radiation Therapy - David Cliffel (Chemistry)
  • Tennessee Education Research Alliance Data Warehouse - Dale Ballou (Leadership, Policy & Organizations)
  • New Explorations in Visual Object Recognition - Maithilee Kunda (Computer Science)
  • Mistakes Happen: Measuring the Fidelity of DNA Break Repair - Kathy Friedman (Biological Sciences)
  • Spatial Distribution, Longevity and Evolution of Giant Magma Bodies - Guil Gualda (Earth & Environmental Sciences)
  • The Sounds of Nature - Akos Ledeczi (Computer Science)
  • Clarifying Effects of Climate Change on Arctic Carnivorans - Larisa Grawe Desantis (Earth & Environmental Sciences)
  • Development and Validation of Dual Recombination System in Mice - Masakazu Shiota (Molecular Physiology & Biophysics)
  • Developing a Neurocomputational Model of Object-Based Attention - Frank Tong (Psychology)
  • Learning Through Objects in Infants and Toddlers with Down Syndrome (DS) - Amy Needham (Psychology & Human Development)
  • Preparing for the Era of Gravitational Wave Astronomy - Kelly Holley-Bockelmann (Physics & Astronomy)
  • New Human Models for Cerebral Malaria using a NeuroVascular Unit - David Wright (Chemistry)


The 12 projects that won funding from the Discovery Grants program in 2016 are listed below.

  • Implementation of Polyglycidol Prodrugs and Nanosponges for the Dual Delivery of Doxorubicin and Formaldehyde - Eva Harth and Carmelo Rizzo (Chemistry)
  • Novel Mechanisms of Initiating Cardiovascular Signaling - Tina Iverson (Pharmacology) and Vsevolod Gurevich (SOM-BS)
  • Thermo-Responsive Atmospheric Water Collector - Shihong Lin (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
  • Multi-scale Modeling of Electrochemical Flow Capacitors for Grid-Scale Energy Storage - Haoxiang Luo (Mechanical Engineering) and Peter Cummings (Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering)
  • Powder X-Ray Diffractometer - Janet Macdonald (Chemistry)
  • A Psychometric Approach to Legal Decision-Making - Rene Marois (Psychology) and Ed Cheng (Law School)
  • Honey Bee Circadian Clocks and their Perturbation by Neuroexcitatory Pesticides - Douglas McMahon and Kendal Broadie (Biological Sciences)
  • Exploring the Role of Glucose Cycling in Diabetes and Cardiac Function - Richard O'Brien (Molecular Physiology & Biophysics) and Jamey Young (Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering)
  • Mechanical Modulation of the Electrochemical Performance of Battery Materials - Cary Pint (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Identification and Structural Elucidation of Human Allergen Epitopes - Ben Spiller (Pharmacology) and Scott Smith (SOM-C)
  • Development of the First Cell-type and Subcellular Domain-Selective Fluorescent Thallium Sensors for Basic and Drug Discovery Research of Potassium Channels  - Charles Weaver (Pharmacology) and Gary Sulikowski (Chemistry)
  • No Holding Back: A Novel, Wearable Exoskeleton to Reduce Low Back Pain and Injury Risk - Karl Zelik (Mechanical Engineering) and Aaron Yang (SOM-C)


The 12 projects that won funding from the Discovery Grants program in 2015 are listed below.

  •  Purchase of a Picarro 2201-I Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy Analyzer and Concentrations and Carbon Isotope Compositions of Co2 and CH4 Gases - John Ayers (Earth & Environmental Sciences)
  • Impact of Sensory Eye Dominance on Binocular Vision - Randolph Blake (Psychology)
  • Acquisition of a DISCO DAD 3220 Compact Dicing Saw for VINSE - Anita Disney (Psychology)
  • Coordination of RNA and DNA Synthesis Activities in Polymerase a-primase - Brandt Eichman (Biological Sciences)
  • Digital Humanities and the History of Slavery: A Workshop to Enhance Research, Collaboration and Graduate Training  - Jane Landers (History)
  • Singing Away the Voices and the Blues: Neuroanatomically Motivated Intervention for Auditory Hallucinations and Distress - Sohee Park (Psychology)
  • Turning Genes On and Off in the Ancient Past: An Epigenetic Study of the Ancient World - Tiffany Tung (Anthropology)
  • Improving Spatial and Analytical Capabilities for Archaeological Research through Robotic Survey, Differential Satellite Positioning and Portable X-Ray Fluorescence (PXRF) Instrumentation - Steven Wernke (Anthropology)
  • Plasmonic Enhancement of Organic/Inorganic Heterojunction Solar Cells - Rizia Bardhan (Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering)
  • Antifouling Coatings for Implantable Artificial Kidneys - Paul Laibinis Spiller (Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering)
  • Rapid Hypothesis Testing on Traditional and Nontraditional Data Sources for Clinical Decision Support  - Jules White (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
  • Development of Multifunctional Nanoparticle Vaccines that Harness Cytosolic Immune Surveillance Machinery - John T. Wilson (Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering)


The 17 projects that won funding from the Discovery Grants program in 2014 are listed below.

  • Interdisciplinary Analysis of Archaeological and Ecological Data Recovered from Northern Peru: Understanding Long-Term Human and Environmental Interactions - Tom Dillehay (Anthropology)
  • Chemistry with a Hammer: Pilot Project in Organometallic Mechano-chemistry - Timothy Hanusa (Chemistry)
  • Cryo-EM Guided De Novo Atomic-Detail Membrane Protein Structure Determination - Jens Meiler (Chemistry)
  • Profiling Inhibitors of Melanoma by Mass Cytometry - Brian Bachmann (Chemistry)
  • High-resolution Uranium Isotope Records from Speleothems: Calibrating a Quantitative Paleo-rainfall Proxy  - Jessica Oster (Earth & Environmental Sciences)
  • The Clustering of Stars in the Milky Way as a Probe of Galactic Structure - Andreas Berlind (Physics & Astronomy)
  • Exploring the Origins of a New Class of Hypervelocity Star - Kelly Holley-Bockelmann (Physics & Astronomy)
  • The Astro-Materials Collaboration: Positioning Vanderbilt and Fisk for Leadership in Future NASA Missions - Keivan Stassun (Physics & Astronomy)
  • Where is my Party? Voter Agreement about Party Ideological Positions in Europe - Zeynep Somer-Topcu (Political Science)
  • Using Direct-Current Stimulation to Manipulate Learning and Memory - Geoffrey Woodman (Psychology)
  • Point-of-Care Monitor for Pre or Early Sepsis Detection - Franz Baudenbacher (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Comparison of Targeted Hyperthermia and Microbubble-enhanced Mechanical Disruption of Desmoplasia for Diagnosis and Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer - William Grissom (Biomolecular Engineering)
  • An Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessor (IXP-CPU) Computing Cluster for ACCRE - Bob Weller (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
  • Optimal Policing Using Game Theory and Big Data - Yevgeniy Vorobeychik (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
  • Reconfigurable Optical Components Using Active Optomechanics - Sharon Weiss (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
  • MAGRIDE - Al Strauss (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Acquisition of a Direct Write Micropattern Generator for VINSE - Leon Bellan (Mechanical Engineering)


The 17 projects that won funding from the Discovery Grants program in 2013 are listed below.

  • Seeing the Heat - Infrared Senses in Sighted and Congenitally Blind Snakes - Ken Catania (Biological Sciences)
  • Coffee and Capabilities - Ed Fischer (Anthropology)
  • Archaeology of the Early Church at Ciudad Vieja, El Salvador - Bill Fowler (Anthropology)
  • Genomic Analysis of Rap 1-stimulated de novo telomere addition in yeast - Kathy Friedman (Biological Sciences)
  • Enhanced Second Harmonic Generation in Plasmonic Hybrid Nanoparticles - Janet Macdonald (Chemistry)
  • Pilot Project on Circadian Optogenetics - Douglas McMahon (Biological Sciences)
  • The Impact of Youth Service on Beliefs, Mindsets and Life Pathways: Evidence from Teach for All - Cecilia Mo (Political Science)
  • Pyrosequencing Facility: A Resource for Epigenetic Analyses at Vanderbilt - Tiffiny Tung (Anthropology)
  • Development of a Monitor for Circadian Regulation of Human Thermogenesis and Metabolism - Terry Page (Biological Sciences)
  • Retina Regeneration after Cone Photoreceptor Ablation - James Patton (Biological Sciences)
  • An Integrative Approach to Elucidating Virulence in the Human Opportunistic Pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus - Antonis Rokas  (Biological Sciences)
  • Time-dependent Density Functional Investigation of the Interaction of Strong Laser Pulses and Nanostructures - Kalman Varga (Physics & Astronomy)
  • A Microscale Model for Thermoelastic Fracture in Porous Ceramics - Ravindra Duddu (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
  • Acquisition of a Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation for Advanced Characterization of Interfacial Molecular Processes - Eugene LeBoeuf (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
  • Towards Ultra-efficient Photoconversion and Photodetection with Optical Metamaterials and 2D Atomic Crystals - Jason Valentine (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Curvilinear Brain Surgery: Hope for Inoperable Patients - Bob Webster (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Enhancing Positive Affect Systems in Children at Risk for Depression - Judy Garber (Psychology & Human Development)


The 20 projects that won funding from the Discovery Grants program in 2012 are listed below.

  • Soldiers who want to be Monarchs: The Role of Plant Chemistry in Social Evolution - Patrick Abbot (Biological Sciences)
  • Optical Detection of Hybridization for Rapid Diagnostics - Darryl Bornhop (Chemistry)
  • The Influence of GABAB Receptor Subunits on the Brain's Response to Nicotine  - Josh Gamse and James Patton (Biological Sciences)
  • Clarifying the Effects of Climate Change on Australian Marsupials - Larisa Grawe DeSantis (Earth & Environmental Sciences)
  • The Longevity and Evolution of Giant Magma Bodies: A Textural Study of Supereruption Deposits in the Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand  - Guilherme Gualda (Earth & Environmental Sciences)
  • Optogenetic and Phamacological Investigations of Epithelial Wound Detection - Shane Hutson (Physics & Astronomy)
  • Dynamic Allostery in the Cyclooxygenase Enzymes - Terry Lybrand (Chemistry)
  • Microanatomy of Cortical Resting State Functional Connectivity - Alexander Maier (Psychology)
  • Using an Integrative Model of Human Memory to Understand Schizophrenia - Sean Polyn (Psychology)
  • Molecular Effects of Maternal Immune Activation: The Story of Placental, Glial and Neuronal Interactions - John Wikswo (Physics & Astronomy)
  • SAUVe - Semi-autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Imaging System for Archaeological Mapping - Julie Adams (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
  • Stimulation of Retinal Diseases in an Immersive Virtual Environment - Bob Bodenheimer (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
  • Impact of Cochlear Implant Electrode Position on Audiological Outcome - Benoit Dawant (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
  • Selective Thermal Ablation of Colorectal Tumor Cells by Multifunctional Polymeric Thin Films - Todd Giorgio (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Boron Carbide Nanowires: Structure and Transport Property Relations - Deyu Li (Mechanical Engineering)
  • OCT-Assisted Robotic Micro-Vascular Retinal Surgery - Nabil Simaan (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Intravital Optical Imaging of Vascular Recovery in Hind Limb Ischemia - Melissa Skala (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Defeating Colorectal Cancer by a Novel Robotic Approach to Screening - Prieto Valdastri (Mechanical Engineering)
  • 2D Optoelectronic Graphene Nanoprobes for Neural Network - Yaqiong Xu (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
  • A Pilot Project Exploring Interactions of Core Cognitive Systems During Natural Event Perception - Daniel Levin (Psychology & Human Development)


The 13 projects that won funding from the Discovery Grants program in 2011 are listed below.

  • Energetic Single Cavitation Collapse - Robert Pitz (Mechanical Engineering)
  • The Functional Geonomics of Divergent Ecological Specialization, Adaption and Associated Speciation Among Herbivorous Leaf Beetle Populations - Daniel Funk (Biological Sciences)
  • Imaging Informatics for Personalized Medicine: Development of a Radiological Synthetic Derivative  - Bennett Landman (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
  • Climate Adaptation, Water Energy Impacts, Perceptions and Behavior - George Hornberger (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
  • Online Web-based Experiments of Real-World Perceptual Expertise  - Thomas Palmeri (Psychology)
  • A High-Fidelity Computational Tool for the Laryngeal Dynamics During Phonation - Haoxiang Luo (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Microfluidic Intravital Windows for Local Antiangiogenic Cancer Inhibition - Chris Janetopoulos (Biological Sciences)
  • Development of Extremely High Energy/Power Density Supercapacitor Utilizing Novel Nano-Architectured Electrodes - Weng Kang (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
  • A Cryogenic Drift Tube Ion Mobility Spectrometer for High Resolution Ion Mobility Measurements - John McLean (Chemistry)
  • De novo Design of Large Protein Domains - Jens Meiler (Chemistry)
  • Nanoscale Electrical and Mechanical Interactions in DNA-Carbon Nanotube Hybrids - Yaqiong Xu (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
  • Nanoscale Interface Engineering for Cement Composites - Caglar Oskay (Civil Engineering)
  • Cathodoluminescence (CL) Detector and Spectrometer for Earth, Environmental and Materials Research - Guilherme Gualda (Earth & Environmental Sciences)


The 14 projects that won funding from the Discovery Grants program in 2010 are listed below.

  • The Infectious Basis of Hybrid Mortality in an Insect Model - Seth Bordenstein (Biological Sciences)
  • Mechanosensation and Brain Organization in the Nile Crocodile - Ken Catania (Biological Sciences)
  • Development of an Injectable, Controlled Release Scaffold for siRNA Delivery to Skin Wounds  - Craig Duvall (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Influence of Phospholipid Asymmetry on Cholesterol Dynamics in Membranes - Todd Graham (Biological Sciences)
  • Multifunctional Nanoparticle for the Simultaneous Delivery and Imaging for Anti-Cancer Therapy  - Eva Harth (Chemistry)
  • Stimulus Specificity and the Neurobiology of Disgust in OCD - Bunmi Olatunji (Psychology)
  • Low Resource Pathogen Detection using the Coffee Ring Phenomenon - David Wright (Chemistry)
  • Structural Basis for Regulation of Asymmetric Brain Development - Brandt Eichman (Biological Sciences)
  • A Negotiated Settlement: An Interdisciplinary Investigation of a Planned Colonial Town in the Andean Highlands of Peru - Steve Wernke (Anthropology)
  • Ammonium Transporters of Dictyostelium as Models for Sensory Transporters - Bubba Singleton (Biological Sciences)
  • Supramolecular Architectures of Verdazyls and Benzo [1,2,4] Triazinyls for Magnetic Semiconductors - Piotr Kaszynski (Chemistry)
  • A Converging Ion Funnel for a Multi-Channel Mass Spectrometer - John McLean (Chemistry)
  • Establishing Direct Links between Climate, Environmental Change and Cultural Transformations in Early Peruvian Civilization - Steve Goodbred (Earth & Environmental Sciences)
  • Identification of Novel Noncoding RNAs in Zebrafish - Jim Patton (Biological Sciences)


The 12 projects that won funding from the Discovery Grants program in 2009 are listed below.

  • Self and Object Tracking - Adriane Seiffert (Psychology)
  • Novel Pollution Monitoring System - Xenofon Koutsoukos (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
  • Investigation of the Relationship between Bone Biomechanics and Cortical Bone Water NMR Properties - Mark Does (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Fluid-Powered Locomotion, Sensing and Intervention in the GI Tract - Robert Webster (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Comprehensive Analysis of Tumor Metabolism using Stable Isotope Tracers and Quantitative Flux Determination  - Jamey Young (Chemical Engineering)
  • Using Microfluidic Chips to Image Spine and Synapse Formation in Real Time in Hippocampal Neurons - Donna Webb (Biological Sciences)
  • Kicking Black Holes in Globular Clusters  - Kelly Holley-Bockelmann (Physics)
  • Cyber Physical Systems Solutions to Overcoming Vehicular Traffic Congestion  - Mark McDonald (Civil Engineering)
  • Statistics of Large-Scale Structure - Andreas Berlind (Physics)
  • Role of S. cerevisiae Dpb11 in the Initiation of DNA Replication - Daniel Kaplan (Biological Sciences)
  • Hypersomnia/Substances Abuse and Circadian Clock Genes - Carl Johnson (Biological Sciences)
  • Strategic Development of REDDnet for Data-Intensive International Collaborations in Astronomy, Physics and Genomics Research - Keivan Stassun (Physics)


The 15 projects that won funding from the Discovery Grants program in 2008 are listed below.

  • Control-Based Design of Free Piston Stirling Engines - Eric Barth (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Investigating the Interpersonal Emotional Reactivity of Individuals with Psychopathic Traits and their Observers - Stephen Benning (Psychology)
  • Noninvasive Detection of Vulnerable Atherosclerotic Plaque using Multifunctional, Proximity Activated Nanoparticles  - James Dickerson (Physics & Astronomy)
  • Restoring Cortical Function after Early Sensory Deprivation - Ford Ebner (Psychology)
  • Image Guided Kidney Surgery  - Robert Galloway (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Nanotechnology-Based Microfluidic Biomarker Sensor - Todd Giorgio (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Mosquito Immunity against the Sporogonic Stages of Malaria Parasites  - Julian Hillyer (Biological Sciences)
  • Machaca over the Last Millennium: Archaeology, History and Ethnography in the Andean Highlands  - John Janusek (Anthropology)
  • Novel Protein Therapeutics to Fight Microbial Vancomycin Resistance - Jens Meiler (Chemistry)
  • Quantifying Breast Cancer Architecture in Murine Systems using Mechanical Testing, Cellular Assays and Elastographic Imaging Methods - Michale Miga (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Assessment of Frontal Cortical Function in Parkinson's Disease Patients before and after Deep Brain Stimulation; a Behavioral Functional Neuroimaging Study - Sohee Park (Psychology)
  • Quantitative Analysis Core for Biological Sciences - James Patton (Biological Sciences)
  • Cryo-Electron Microscopy and X-ray Fiber Diffraction in Structural Studies of Filamentous Biological Assemblies - Gerald Stubbs (Biological Sciences)
  • Neural Decoding of Abstract Mental States - Frank Tong (Psychology)
  • Nanophase Thermographic Phospors for Remote Temperature Sensing - Greg Walker (Mechanical Engineering)


The 12 projects that won funding from the Discovery Grants program in 2007 are listed below.

  • Long-Term Human, Climatic and Environmental Interaction at Huaca Prieta, Peru - Tom Dillehay (Anthropology)
  • Building Preparative Chiral Chromatography Infrastructure at Vanderbilt - Gary Sulikowski (Chemistry)
  • Measuring Emotional Reactivity and Regulation using Psychophysical Measures for Children who Do and Do Not Stutter - Tedra Walden (Psychology & Human Development)
  • Spatial Analysis Research Lab (SARL): An Advanced Geographical Information System and Remote Sensing Facility - Steven Wernke (Anthropology)
  • Motion Analysis to Assess Surgical Treatment of Movement Disorders  - Bob Bodenheimer (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
  • Direct DNA  Attachment and Antifouling Coatings for Porous Silicon Sensors - Sharon Weiss (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
  • Development of a Unique Technique to Measure Thermoelectric Properties of Individual Boron and Boride Nanowires  - Deyu Li (Mechanical Engineering)
  • The Neural Basis of Assessing Deserved Punishment  - Owen Jones (Law School)
  • Structure/Function Analysis of the Est3 Protein of Yeast Telomerass - Kathy Friedman (Biological Sciences)
  • Early Human-Environment Interactions in the Maya Lowlands: Archaeological and Paleo-Environmental Data from Cival and Holmul, Guatemala - Francisco Estrada-Belli (Anthropology)
  • Magic-Sized Nanocrystals as White-Light Nanophosphors - Sandy Rosenthal (Chemistry)
  • Role of Cullin 7 in the Regulation of Cell Proliferation - Ellen Fanning (Biological Sciences)


The 16 projects that won funding from the Discovery Grants program in 2006 are listed below.

  • Visual Expertise in the Perception of Musical Notation - Isabel Gauthier (Psychology)
  • Mapping Brain Connections with Quantam Dots - Jon Kaas (Psychology)
  • Bioarchaeological and Genetic Analyses for Reconstructing Biosocial Histories of Ancient and Modern Populations from the Peruvian Andes - Tiffiny Tung (Anthropology)
  • Virus Detection using DNA Logic Tags - David Wright (Chemistry)
  • Modulation of DNA Structure by the Eukaryotic Replication Fork  - Daniel Kaplan (Biological Sciences)
  • Screening for Interactors with the Asymmetrically Expressed Zebrafish Lov, Ron and Dex Proteins - Joshua Gamse (Biological Sciences)
  • High Precision Node Localization in Wireless Sensor Networks  - Xenofon Koutsoukos (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
  • A Smart Robot for Rehabilitating Arm and Hand Function  - Nilanjan Sarkar (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Translational Regulation by Ifks/eIF2 during Development of Dictyostelium - Charles Singleton (Biological Sciences)
  • Feasibility Study to Develop Reliability-Award High-Level Synthesis - William Robinson (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science) )
  • Utility-Based Multimedia Information Processing and Distribution in Intelligent Networks - Yi Cui (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
  • Investigating the Thermomechanical Behavior of Shape Memory Metal Nanowires - Harold Park (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
  • In Situ Observation of the Electric Field-Assisted Assembly of Nanocrystal Monolayers on Conducting Electrodes - James Dickerson (Physics & Astronomy)
  • The Spatial Regulation of Cdc42 Activity by a Novel GEF - Donna Webb (Biological Sciences)
  • An Expert System for Stress Analysis of Human Teeth - Carol Rubin (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Speciation and Species Distributors in North American Tiger Beetles of the Cirindela Sylvatica Species Group: Abiotic Factors and an Ecophylogeographic Approach - Daniel Funk (Biological Sciences)


The 17 projects that won funding from the Discovery Grants program in 2005 are listed below.

  • Autologous Engineering of Cartilage Using the In Vivo Bioreactor - Venkatram Shastri (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Optical Imaging of Short Term Working Memory in Prefrontal Cortex of the Macaque Monkey - Anna Roe (Psychology)
  • A Screen for Chemicals that Promote Neural Stem Cell Proliferation and Oligodencrocyte Formation in Zebrafish - Bruce Appel (Biological Sciences)
  • Neutron Sensors: Detection of Neutron Radiation Using Liquid Crystalline Materials - Piotr Kaszynski (Chemistry)
  • Molecular Mechanism of Eukaryotic DNA Replication Initiation - Brandt Eichman (Biological Sciences)
  • The Verapaz/Peten Archaeological Survey: The Corridor between the Highland and Lowland Ancient Maya Worlds - Arthur Demarest (Anthropology)
  • Molecular Modeling of Skin Lipids - Claire McCabe (Chemical Engineering)
  • Computer-Assisted Placement of Deep Brain Stimulators  - Benoit Dawant (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
  • Linking Studies of Visual Attention in Humans and Macaque Monkeys using Multiple Electrophysiological Techniques - Andrew Rossi (Psychology)
  • The Genetic Structure of Variable Mutualisms: Geographic Variation in Ant-Tended Membracids - Douglas Abbot (Biological Sciences )
  • Project Self-Direct - Carolyn Hughes (Special Education)
  • Intelligent Middleware for Next Generation Petascale Scientific Computing - Douglas Schmidt (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
  • Enhanced MR Distortion Reduction with Parallel Imaging - J. Michael Fitzpatrick (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
  • Cognitive Work Analysis for Human-Robotic Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Search and Rescue Teams - Julie Adams (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
  • The Neural Basis of Rule Representations in Category Learning: Using fMRI to Test a Computational Neuroscience Model - David Noelle (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
  • The Architecture of Race: Psychological and Social Components of Racialism - Norbert Ross (Anthropology)
  • Construction of Virtual Environments for Learning and Cognition - Robert Bodenheimer (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)


The 15 projects that won funding from the Discovery Grants program in 2004 are listed below.

  • Crystallization Screens on HnRNP C1 - Wallace LeStourgeon (Biological Sciences)
  • Preliminary Steps Towards Identifying a Genetic Diathesis for Schizophrenia in a Rural Village in Northern Vietnam - Bahr Weiss (Psychology & Human Development)
  • Characterization of a Negative-Regulatory Domain in the Catalytic Subunit of schizosaccharomyces pombe Telomerase - Katherine Friedman (Biological Sciences)
  • Conservation of Type IV P-type ATPase Function in Protein Trafficking - Todd Graham (Biological Sciences)
  • Measuring Instructional Learning Opportunities in Young Children - Mark Wolery (Special Education)
  • To See or Not To See: Habitat Light, Signal Detectability and Species Diversity in Anolis Lizards - Manuel Leal (Biological Sciences)
  • Daily Assessment of Stress and Sickle Cell Pain - Bruce Compas (Psychology & Human Development)
  • Development of a Plantar Perfusion System for in-vitro Tissue Microenvironments  - John Wikswo (Physics)
  • Novel Ferromagnetic Nanoparticles and Magnetic Nanocomposites - James Wiggit (Materials Science)
  • Visual-Spatial Processing in Children with Prader-Willi and Williams Syndromes: Etiology-Related Cognitive Strengths and Weaknesses - Georgene Troseth (Psychology & Human Development )
  • Adolescents with Down Syndrome: Relating Psychological, Health and Family Functioning - Robert Hodapp (Special Education)
  • Music and Anxiety in Williams Syndrome: A Whole Person Approach - Elisabeth Dykens (Psychology & Human Development)
  • AtpA Diversity in the Mitochondrial Genome of Silene Vulgaris, a Gynodioecious Plant - David McCauley (Biological Sciences)
  • Circadian Clock Gene Polymorphisms and Shift Work among Nurses - Carl Johnson (Biological Sciences)
  • Structural Analysis of Disordered Macromolecular Filaments - Gerald Stubbs (Biological Sciences)


The 18 projects that won funding from the Discovery Grants program in 2003 are listed below.

  • Mapping Human Chromosomal Origins of DNA Replication Near Unstable Trinucleotide Repeats Associated with Progressive Neurological Disease - Ellen Fanning (Biological Sciences)
  • Quantitative Network-Based Models for Integrating Transportation Security in Planning and Design Practices - Karthik Srinivasan (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
  • Mixing Viscous Fluids with Topological Chaos - Mark Stremler (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Study of Auditory Perception in Human Infants using fMRI - Susan Hespos (Psychology & Human Development)
  • Neural Correlates of Working Memory Deficit in Schizophrenia - Irene Park (Psychology & Human Development)
  • Stephanomeria, a New Model System for Studying the Genetics of Speciation - John Burke (Biological Sciences)
  • Chemically Functionalized Adsorbent Materials for Air Purification - M. Douglas LeVan (Chemistry)
  • Circadian Rhythms in Olfaction - Terry Page (Biological Sciences)
  • Project BASE: Behavior and Academic Support - Kathleen Lane (Special Education)
  • Fuel Core Powered Stirling Engine/Alternator for Small-Scale Electric Power Generation - Eric Barth (Mechanical Engineering )
  • Synthesis and Characterization of Arsenian Pyrite: Preparation for Oxidation Rate Studies - Kaye Savage (Geology)
  • Nanocrystal Diagnostics for Infectious Diseases - David Wright (Chemistry)
  • Behavioral Pharmacology of Mice Lacking the tailless Gene - Craig Kennedy (Special Education)
  • Reducing Workflow Infrastructural Barriers to Early Cancer Clinical Trials - David Dilts (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
  • Developing a Clinical Decision Support System for Child and Adolescent Mental Health - Leonard Bickman (Psychology & Human Development)
  • Emotional Arousal, Regulation and Childhood Stuttering - Tedra Walden (Psychology & Human Development)
  • Ion-Track Thermal Coupling - D. Greg Walker (Mechanical Engineering)
  • RNA Interference: Understanding Mechanism and Optimizing for Practical Applications - Todd Giorgio (Biomedical Engineering)