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UNH Research Leveraging Initiative Awards Made to Eight Interdisciplinary Teams

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The Provost’s Research Leveraging Initiative (RLI) provides start-up funding for promising research projects that address problems of critical importance and contribute to the intellectual vitality of the institution. Through UNH’s New Ventures Fund, support is intended for groups of faculty to organize around an innovative theme in preparation for submission of a major competitive external proposal.   Designed to enhance research, scholarship, and extramural funding at UNH, RLI awards support faculty release time, graduate students, travel, and other activities necessary to advance proposals to federal agencies and large private foundations.

Recently, RLI awards were made to eight visionary UNH projects (from 14 pre-proposals) that build on existing strengths and infrastructure; involve community, business, and/or academic partners; and employ teams of UNH tenure-track and research faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and staff.  Awardee teams are expected to submit full external proposals within 18-24 months of receiving RLI funds.

The teams and their projects are:

Project Title

Team Members

Affiliation of Team Members

Biofuel Generation Using Clostridial Bacteria Modified with Zeolite Nanostructures

Gonghu Li
Louis Tisa

Chemistry
Molecular, Cellular & Biomedical Sciences

CEPS
COLSA

Center for Excellence in Geosciences Education

Ruth Varner
Erik Froburg
Karen Graham
Stephen Hale
William Clyde
Todd DeMitchell
Lara Gengarelly
John Halstead
Serita Frey
Mary Martin

Complex Systems Research Center
Climate Change Research Center
Leitzel Center
Leitzel Center
Earth Sciences
Education
Education
Natural Resources & the Environment
Natural Resources & the Environment
Complex Systems Research Center

EOS
EOS
CEPS
CEPS
CEPS
COLA
COLA
COLSA
COLSA
EOS

Center for Health Analytics at the University of New Hampshire

Josephine Porter
Patrick Miller
Amy Costello
Christopher White
Danielle Dionne
Amy Schwartz
David Laflamme
Andrew Houtenville
Monica McClain
Robert McGrath
Patrick Messer
Allan Wright
Cari Moorhead

NH Institute on Health Policy & Practice
NH Institute on Health Policy & Practice
NH Institute on Health Policy & Practice
Mechanical Engineering
Health Management & Policy
NH Institute on Health Policy & Practice
Health Management & Policy
Economics
Institute on Disability
Health Management & Policy
Research Computing Center
Research Computing Center
Graduate School

CHHS
CHHS
CHHS
CEPS
CHHS
CHHS
CHHS
WSBE
CHHS
CHHS
Admin
Admin
Admin

Collaborative for Indigenous and Rural Science Education (CIRSE)

Eleanor Abrams
Michael Middleton
Siobhan Senier
Barry Rock
David Bartlett
Meghan Howey               

Education
Education
English
Natural Resources & the Environment
Inst. for the Study of Earth, Oceans & Space
Anthropology

COLA
COLA
COLA
COLSA
EOS
COLA

Development of a UNH Center for Integrative Analyses of the Neural Basis of Behavior

Robert Mair
Brett Gibson
Winsor Watson
John LaCourse
Wayne Smith

Psychology
Psychology
Biological Sciences
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Electrical & Computer Engineering

COLA
COLA
COLSA
CEPS
CEPS

Incubating Interdisciplinary Sustainability Science Research at UNH

Harlan Spence
Thomas Kelly
Curt Grimm
Jack Dibb
Jennifer Jacobs
Kevin Gardner
Cameron Wake

Inst. for the Study of Earth, Oceans & Space
University Office of Sustainability
Carsey Institute
Complex Systems Research Center
Civil Engineering
Environmental Research Group
Climate Change Research Center

EOS
Admin
CHHS/COLA
EOS
CEPS
CEPS
EOS

Landscapes, Networks, & Social Resource Decisions: Using Geospatial Technologies to Create Long-Term Models of Firewood Use

Joel Hartter
Meghan Howey               
Joe Lugalla
Michael Palace

Geography
Anthropology
Anthropology
Complex Systems Research Center

COLA
COLA
COLA
EOS

Societal Dynamics of the Maya Collapse: Insights from archaeological, geochemical and environmental analyses

Eleanor Harrison-Buck
Julia Bryce
Serita Frey

Anthropology
Earth Sciences
Natural Resources & the Environment

COLA
CEPS
COLSA