A Celebration of Faculty Research and Sponsored Programs

2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Grants and Awards

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A few words from Chief Research Officer, Tim Elgren

Oct. 6, 2021

Dear Grant Writers:

We take this moment to acknowledge the extraordinary time and effort that goes into submitting a grant proposal. Your creativity, scholarly heft, passion, and commitment are on full display in this diverse array of awards. Congratulations to all of you who have submitted proposals! It’s thrilling to receive the news that your proposal has been funded and deeply disappointing when they are not. As the saying goes: “You can’t win if you don’t play.” The numbers are truly impressive with over 100 proposals submitted in each of the last two years.

Fiscal Year

Pending*

Awarded

Denied

Total

2020-21Proposals116240113
Total Amount$4.401 M$6.153 M$4.6 M
2019-20Proposals354523103
Total Amount$7.224 M$2.345 M$11.84 M

*at the end of the FY

Fiscal Year

Pending*

Awarded

Denied

Total

2020-21*Proposals24211055
Total Amount$4.975 M$2.188 M$2.501 M

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And we’re off to a great start this year. This is also an opportunity to thank our colleagues in the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs and Office of Grants and Research Development for their tremendous work in supporting your successes. Charlotte Smith, Louis Toms, and Steve Birkhofer are invaluable resources to all of us who submit proposals. They help us search for potential funding sources, communicate with program officers, work through proposal details, provide careful review of proposals, navigate compliance issues, and support our post-award obligations. It has been a real pleasure working closely with these folks and I am routinely amazed at the depth of their knowledge and commitment to serving our needs as grant writers. We look forward to working with you in the coming year.

Sincerely,
Tim Elgren, Chief Research Office


Overview of Grants Activity

Sponsored Program Activity (Fiscal Year)

Sponsored Program Activity (Fiscal Year)

Sponsored Program Activity (Fiscal Year) chart

Note: Funding data aligns with Notice of Award date and may not accurately depict when FY funding began.

Funding Direct to Community Partners

Funding Direct to Community Partners chart

Undergraduate Research & Education (FY 2021)

Undergraduate Research & Education (FY 2021)


Grants Received July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

Lead PI; Co-PIs

Project Title

Sponsor; Award Amount

Beck, Judy; Bahls, Patrick; Whitlock, Cathy; Hursty, MarkScience Festival Days at AMOS – A collaboration between the Asheville Museum of Science and UNC AshevilleNC Science Festival, $2500
Bogert, KennethNRI:FND: Robust Inverse Learning for Human-Robot Collaboration – Supplemental FundingUniversity of Georgia (prime: National Science Foundation), $31,680
Boyce, EricSecurity Services for the Southern Research Station HeadquartersUS Forestry Service, $17,363
Brock, JohnSurvey of Western North Carolina Water Systems for Per- and Poly- Fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)Southern Environmental Law Center, $35,819
Brock, John; Wolfe, Amanda; Elgren, TimInstrumentation Support for UNC Asheville STEM InitiativeCannon Foundation, $140,000
Clarke, DavidMonitoring Fitness of Phenotypic Hybrids between the At-Risk Sarracenia purpurea var. montana (Southern Appalachian Purple Pitcher Plant) and the Endangered Sarracenia jonesii (Jones’ Pitcher Plant)U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, $17,920
Clarke, DavidCataloging Plant SamplesBotanical Gardens Conservation International, $9177
deBeus, RogerDouble-Blind Randomized Clinical Trial of Neurofeedback for ADHDOhio State University College of Medicine (prime: National Institute of Mental Health), $2495
Drawert, BrianStochSS: A Next-Generation Toolkit for Simulation-Driven Biological DiscoveryUniversity of California Santa Barbara (prime: National Institutes of Health), $147,808
Dunn, Leah; Bourne, Brandy; Mullis, WendyCOVID-19 SuppliesState Library of North Carolina, $1000
Elgren, Tim; Traywick, Deaver; Criser, Regine; Himelein, MelissaExpanding Academic Case Management for Students Impacted by COVID-19; UNC Asheville Virtual Student Service ProposalUNC System Office, $55,000
Felix, Brian; Kim, Hwa-JinPiano CampWalnut Cove Members Association, $1900
Godfrey, ChristopherATMS 320: Meteorological InstrumentsCampbell Scientific Inc., $30,158
Gurney, EvanWilliam A. Ringler, Jr. Fellowship for “Vagrant Poetics”The Huntington Library, $3500
Hale, RebeccaInterdisciplinary research and training in the life sciences: molecular neurobiology of parental careUNC System Office, $29,860
Hale, Rebecca; Kennedy, Caroline; Ward, JenniferRecovery of endangered flora in a mountain bog through daylighting and monitoringU.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, $15,500
Holland, LoraRoman Coin ProjectFriends of Florence, $40,500
Kaplan, SamuelMarvelous Math – Vista EmployeeNC Campus Compact
Kessaris, KimAsheville City School TutoringAsheville City Schools, $3454
Kloeppel, Lise; Batada, AmeenaImagining Health JusticeSouth Arts, $10,000
Lundgren, BrittShedding Light on Star Formation Driven Galaxy Outflows Across Cosmic TimeResearch Corporation for Science Advancement, $100,000
Mann, LisaSECU Public Fellows Internship ProgramState Employees Credit Union Foundation, $50,000
Martinez, AndreaGear Up AshevilleAppalachian State University (prime: Dept. of Education), $53,550
Martinez, AndreaGear Up AshevilleAppalachian State University (prime: Dept. of Education), $103,950
Miller, DougEvaluation and Elucidation of SCaMPR Performance in Complex Terrain Leveraging GOES-R Observations and Ground-based Precipitation MeasurementsNC State University (prime: Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites), $21,430
Mills, SophieThe Odyssey ProjectNorth Carolina Humanities Council, $3500
Moraguez, AshleyNational Voter Registration DayNC Campus Compact, $500
Moraguez, AshleyGet out the VoteDemocracy NC, $250
Reyhanoglu, MahmutAsheville Maker FaireNC Science Festival, $1500
Ruffin, TieceExpanding Access to Education for the DeafDept. of State, Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs, $10,000
Ruffin, Tiece; Boakye-Boaten, AgyaRelevant, Responsive & Fun Family Literacy ToolkitsDept. of State, Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs, $9999
Steed, RyanFunction and dynamics of rotor-stator interactions in the proton-translocating Fo motor of ATP synthaseNational Institutes of Health, $326,674
Ward, Jennifer; Hale, Rebecca; Kennedy, CarolineAssessing Genetic Diversity, Polyploidy, Reproductive Effort, and Fitness within Spiraea virginiana PopulationsUS Fish and Wildlife Service, $17,920
Ward, Jennifer; Horton, JonathanUsing Space and Time to Explore Phenology (U-STEP)EREN-NEON Flexible Learning Incubator Grant, $1000
Wasileski, SallyADVANCE Partnership: Collaborative Research: COPLAC Partnering and
Liaising Across the Nation Initiative (PLAN)
National Science Foundation, $72,647

Grants Received by Centers July 1, 2019 – June, 30, 2020

National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC)

Grants received by NEMAC include PIs Karin Rogers, Nina Hall, Ian Johnson, Greg Dobson, Matthew Geiger, and David Michelson.

Project Title

Sponsor; Award Amount

Eastern Forest Environment Threat Assessment Center Cooperative AgreementUS Forestry Service, $230,000
Eastern Forest Environment Threat Assessment Center Cooperative AgreementUS Forestry Service, $185,000
Fernleaf / UNC Asheville’s NEMAC Research CollaborationsFernLeaf Interactive LLC, $13,126
NFWF Western Region Office GIS SupportNational Fish and Wildlife Foundation, $39,591
Development and Support of NOAA Climate Products and ServicesCooperative Institute for Satellite Earth System Studies in North Carolina, $346,000
SouthFACT: Investigating Forest Change in the SouthNC Forest Service, $80,000

North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness (NCCHW)

Grants received by NCCHW include PIs Amy Lanou, Nicolle Miller, Emma Olson, Ameena Batada, Aubri Rote, C. Spade, and Aubrey Mast.

Project Title

Sponsor; Award Amount

A Statewide Approach to Connect North Carolinians to Arthritis-Appropriate Evidence-Based InterventionsCenters for Disease Control and Prevention, $305,345
Falls Prevention ScreeningNC Department of Health and Human Services, $25,000
Dietary Supplement StudyVita Naturel LLC, $16,000
Dietary Supplement StudyVita Naturel LLC, $22,000
Increasing Community and Clinical Linkages to AAEBIsNational Association of Chronic Disease Directors, $19,477

Large Awards Closed Out July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

Lead PI; Co-PIs

Project Title

Sponsor; Award Amount

Dunn, LeahPartner Libraries in the UNC SystemState Library of North Carolina, $150,000

Grants Received July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

Lead PI; Co-PIs

Project Title

Sponsor; Award Amount

Adcock, TreyUNCA / EBCI STEM PartnershipPurdue University (prime: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation), $109,761
Bourne, Brandy; Glenn-Bradley, Amanda; Mullis, WendyUNC Asheville Ramsey Library COVID ResponseState Library of North Carolina, $1500
Bourne, BrandyLSTA Mobile Hotspot GrantState Library of North Carolina, $11,578
Bradbury, VictoriaInterfacing Unreal with Physical Computing & New Media VR PedagogyEpic Games, Inc., $44,000
Brock, JohnThe Heartland Study of Children’s Environmental Health; Prenatal and early childhood exposure to glyphosateHeartland Foundation, $4000
Brock, JohnDevelopment of New Course on Human Health and Climate ChangeGillings School of Public Health, $5000
Cheng, KedaiEstablish GitHub repositories (mixtools and tolerance) for the biomedical communityUniversity of Kentucky Research Foundation (prime: Chan Zuckerberg Iniative), $21,798
Cornett, LindaThe Policy Innovation Leaders of Tomorrow (PILOT 21) ProjectNCSU Institute of Emerging Issues, $5055
deBeus, RogerDouble-Blind Randomized Clinical Trial of Neurofeedback for ADHDOhio State University College of Medicine (prime: National Institute of Mental Health), $886
Drawert, BrianStochSS: A Next-Generation Toolkit for Simulation-Driven Biological DiscoveryUniversity of California Santa Barbara (prime: National Institutes of Health), $54,797
Drawert, BrianStochSS: A Next-Generation Toolkit for Simulation-Driven Biological DiscoveryUniversity of California Santa Barbara (prime: National Institutes of Health), $204,236
Elgren, Tim; Criser, Regine; Roberts, Anne Marie; Kitchens, Katie; Rizleris, C.; Horgan, Lynne; Burrell, Cale; Bell, Amanda; Traywick, Deaver; Straub, RobertExpanding Academic Case Management for Students Impacted by COVID-19UNC System Office, $54,917
Gibney, MarkDistinguished Chair in Law at the University of TrentoFulbright Scholar Award to Italy, $34,696
Hale, RebeccaRecovery of Endangered Flora in a Mountain Bog through Daylighting and MonitoringUS Fish and Wildlife Service, $15,500
Hamstead, JackieBringing Electric Vehicle Charging Stations to UNC Asheville’s Campus CoreUNC System Office, $29,860
Helm, RebeccaBeyond the Ivory Tower participant (for workshop attendance)Templeton Foundation, $2000
Hennon, Christopher; Helm, RebeccaREU Site: Climate Change Science, Impacts, and ResilienceNational Science Foundation, $457,020
Himelein, Melissa; Zubko, Katherine; Miles, Laurie; Ogg, Anne; Bourne, Brandy; Mullis, WendyPreparing for Disruption: Supporting Humanities Instructors with Online and Compressed Course DevelopmentNational Endowment for the Humanities, $299,163
Hughes, CarolynVITA Community Tax AssistanceReinvestment Partners, $2000
Johnson, KateCivil Discourse and DialogueNC Campus Compact, $700
Johnson, KateNC Students VoteNC Campus Compact, $500
Johnson, KateCivil Discourse & DialogueNC Campus Compact, $1000
Kaplan, SamuelMarvelous Math ClubDogwood Health Trust, $36,400
Langille, JackieCenozoic lineaments and associated fractures in the Spruce Pine 7.5-minute quadrangle, western North Carolina: Interplay between bedrock fabrics and fractures associated with a modern uplift of the southern AppalachiansUS Geological Survey, $14,378
Lundgren, BrittCollaborative Research: RUI: Absorption and Emission Line Probes of Galactic Winds with eBOSSNational Science Foundation, $93,082
Mann, LisaUNCA-SECU Public Fellows Internship ProgramState Employees Credit Union, $100,000
Martinez, AndreaGear Up UNC AshevilleAppalachian State University (prime: Dept. of Education), $39,100
Martinez, AndreaGear Up UNC AshevilleAppalachian State University (prime: Dept. of Education), $75,900
Martinez, AndreaGaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Phase IIAppalachian State University (prime: Dept. of Education), $69,000
Miller, DougEvaluation and Elucidation of SCaMPR Performance in Complex Terrain Leveraging GOES-R observations and Ground-based Precipitation MeasurementsCooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS-NC), $21,430
Mills, SophieThe Ecstasy ProjectNC Humanities Council, $3300
Moraguez, AshleyFunction and dynamics of rotor-stator interactions in the proton-translocating Fo motor of ATP synthaseAsk Every Student, $1000
O’Brien, StephaniePreparing the Next Generation of Mass Communications ProfessionalsGannett Foundation, $4000
Ramsey, DavidNASA Robotic Mining Competition: LunaboticsNC Space Grant, $5000
Ruffin, TieceContracted Instructional AssessmentAsheville City Schools Foundation, $14,748
Ruffin, TieceREGAL, Community-based Learning Spaces for Racial Equity: A GuidebookDogwood Health Trust, $12,000
Ruffin, TiecePiloting the REGAL (Relevant Education Grows All Learners) FrameworkDogwood Health Trust, $17,600
Ruffin, Tiece; Boakye-Boaten, Agya; Ward, LandonCreating Culturally Responsive Fun Packs to Bridge Literacy, Math and Science Performance for PODsDogwood Health Trust, $24,999
Sanders, SaraSTEAM Studio SkillSet EquipmentAmerican Association of University Women, $10,000
Skidmore, BrentOptimizing Programmatic Collaboration and Community Outreach through CraftWindgate Charitable Foundation, $346,951
Wake, DavidThe Baryonic Content of Galaxies Mapped by MaNGA and Gas Flows Around ThemSpace Telescope Science Institute, $23,884
Wake, David3D-DASH: A Wide Field WFC3/IR Survey of COSMOSSpace Telescope Science Institute, $33,233
Ward, JenniferAssessing Genetic Diversity, Polyploidy, Reproductive Effort, and Fitness within Spiraea virginiana PopulationsUS Fish and Wildlife Service, $87,512
Ward, JenniferConserving Wild American Ginseng Populations in North Carolina by Identifying Vulnerable Populations and Repatriating Poached PlantsNC Friends of Plant Conservation, $25,000
Williams, ScottSummer Philosophy as a Way of Life (PWOL) Course Redesign ProgramUniversity of Notre Dame (prime: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), $5000
Wilson, GordonA Critical Edition of Henry of Ghent’s Quaestiones orindariae (Summa), art. 63-67National Endowment for the Humanities, $100,000

Grants Received by Centers July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC)

Grants received by NEMAC include PIs Karin Rogers, Nina Hall, Ian Johnson, Greg Dobson, and David Michelson.

Project Title

Sponsor; Award Amount

Cape Fear River Basin/Southeast Atlantic Coastal Resiliency Assessment ContractNational Fish and Wildlife Foundation, $308,727
Development and Support of NOAA Climate Products and ServiceCooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS-NC), $277,000
Development and Support of NOAA Climate Products and ServiceCooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS-NC), $348,444
Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan for the City of North MiamiCity of North Miami, $75,000
Southeast Sustainability Directors Network (SSDN) TrainingSoutheast Sustainability Directors Network, $10,000
North Carolina Energy Resilience PilotNC Department of Environmental Quality, $100,000

North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness (NCCHW)

Grants received by NCCHW include PIs Amy Lanou, Nicolle Miller, Ameena Batada, and Emma Olson.

Project Title

Sponsor; Award Amount

A Statewide Approach to Connect North Carolinians to Arthritis-Appropriate Evidence-Based InterventionsCenters for Disease Control and Prevention, $305,345
Increasing Community and Clinical Linkages to AAEBIsNational Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), $1198
Strengthening the North Carolina Healthy Aging NC Network to Support Value-Based Care through Evidence-Based Falls Prevention ProgramsDHHS Administration on Aging, $1,199,384
Strengthening the North Carolina Healthy Aging NC Network to Support Value-Based Care through
Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Programs
DHHS Administration on Aging, $2716
Providing Person-Centered Diabetes Care and Support through OAA ServicesDHHS Administration on Community Living, $333,627
Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure Public Health Programs to Address Alzheimer’s Disease and Related DementiaNC DHHS, Division of Aging and Adult Services, $75,851
UNCA Health Policy Research InstituteDogwood Health Trust, $536,000
Student Health Ambassador, Social Bridging Project/ Evaluation TeamMountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC), $122,454
Impacts of Social Isolation on Adults during COVID‐19NC DHHS, Division of Aging and Adult Services, $40,045
Contract – Culture of ResultsCity of Asheville, $5000
Community Health Workers as Culturally‐Responsive COVID Support in WNC CommunitiesMountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC), $54,935
NCCHW and McDowell Community Centered Health InitiativeMcDowell County Health Coalition, $24,400
Back-to-College Challenge: Health Ambassadors for a Coordinated Culture of Safety and Wellness on WNC Campuses + Statewide Co-Morbidity StudyNC Policy Collaboratory, $611,069
Impact of the Social Bridging Project on Connectedness of Socially-Isolated Older AdultsUNC System Office, $55,536
Falls Prevention ScreeningNC DHHS Division of Public Health (DPH), $25,000

Special Mention

UNC Asheville received a total of $18,521,325 in funding from the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021, under the direction of John Pierce.

Large Awards Closed Out July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

Lead PI; Co-PIs

Project Title

Sponsor; Award Amount

Bogert, KennethRobust Inverse Learning for Human-Robot CollaborationUniversity of Georgia (prime: National Science Foundation), $165,568
deBues, RogerDouble-Blind Randonmized Clinical Trial of EEG Neurofeedback for ADHDOhio State University (prime: National Institutes of Health), $914,804
Fox, JimEastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment CenterU.S. Forest Service, $525,500
Miller, DougACES: A Scholarship Program for Atmospheric and Computer Science Exploratory ScholarsNational Science Foundation, $613,609
Miller, NicolleIncrease Awareness of Evidence-Based Falls Prevention ScreeningNC Dept. of Health & Human Services, $120,000
Skidmore, BrentSTEAM Programs and Operational SupportWindgate Charitable Foundation, $1,996,450
Wasileski, SallyChemistry First Scholars: Supporting At-Risk Students in ChemistryNational Science Foundation, $605,117