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Seed for Success Acorn Awards

The Seed for Success Acorn Award is given to investigators in recognition of their accomplishment in obtaining an external sponsored award of $1 million or more. Please see lists of awardees by year. Individuals can only receive an award once.

2023 Seed for Success Acorn Awards

The research grants are in alphabetical order by the PI’s last name and are separated by award year.

  • * designates Seed for Success Acorn Award recipients
  • + designates those who have left Purdue
  • ^ indicates regional campuses


  • Ryan Alan Altman*, from National Institute of General Medical Science, Fluorination and Fluoroalkylation Strategies for Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry, $2,671,833

  • Xiaoping Bao (PI)*, Qing Deng, Bumsoo Han, Sandro Matosevic, Aaron Cohen-Gadol (IU), from National Cancer Institute, Engineer Biomimetic Microfluidic Models to Investigate and Reprogram Tumor Associated Neutrophils for Cancer Therapy, $1,922,681.00

  • Jacquelyn P. Boerman*, Dennis Buckmaster, Linda J. Pfeiffer*, Amy R. Reibman, from National Institute of Food & Agriculture, Stakeholder-informed Integrated Video and Data Systems for Improved Dairy Efficiency, $1,000,000.00

  • Bryan W. Boudouris, Stephen P. Beaudoin, Edward J. Berger, Weinong W. Chen, Chelsea S. Davis, Christopher S. Goldenstein, Marcial Gonzalez, Amy Susanne Greenan, Marisol Koslowski, Monique Suzanne McClain*, Terrence R Meyer, Davin G. Piercey, Brett Savoie, Steven F. Son, Alejandro H. Strachan, Song Zhang, from Army Research Laboratory, Energetics Materials Basic Research Center, $15,000,000.00

  • Jeffrey Edward Dick*, from National Institutes of Health, Nanoelectrochemistry and Single Cell Metabolomics, $1,117,155.00

  • Behzad Esmaeili*, from National Science Foundation, Collaborative Research: Worker-AI Teaming to Enable ADHD Workforce Participation in the Construction Industry of the Future, $1,200,000.00

  • Songlin Fei*, Daniel G. Aliaga*, Bedrich Benes, John J. Couture*, Melba M. Crawford, Rado Gazo*, Ayman F. Habib, Brady S. Hardiman*, Joseph P. Hupy*, Douglass F. Jacobs*, Jinha Jung*, Ningning Nicole Kong*, Zhao Ma, Zhen Yu Qian*, Gang Shao, Guofan Shao*, Mark Daniel Ward, Keith E. Woeste*, Baijian Yang*, Carla B. Zoltowski*, from National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Promoting Economic Resilience and Sustainability of the Eastern US Forests (PERSEUS), $10,000,000.00

  • David F. Gleich*, from U.S. Department of Energy, Sparsitute: A Mathematical Institute for Sparse Computations in Science and Engineering, $1,480,268.00

  • Mark C. Hall, Scott D. Briggs, Ahmed AbdelKhalek Hassan*, Sanjeev K. Narayanan*, from National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Cdc14 phosphatase - novel roles in drug resistance, virulence, and the response to cell wall stress in fungal pathogens, $2,400,438.00

  • Michael A. Hill*, Martin G. Deubler*, from National Institute of Food & Agriculture, NPDN National Database/National Network of Diagnostic Center, $1,056,000.00

  • Jen-Yi Huang*, Paul B. Brown, Natalie J. Carroll, Abigail S. Engelberth, Yaohua Feng*, Andrea M. Liceaga*, Jiqin Ni*, Lindsey B. Payne Haugen*, Kwamena Quagrainie, Halis Simsek*, Zhi Zhou*, from National Institute of Food & Agriculture, When Blue is Green: Sustainable Blue Food Systems Driven by Integrated Aquaponics, $10,000,000.00

  • Dan Jiao*, Tillmann C. Kubis, from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Readying TCAD for transient, DFT based quantum transport in the THz regime, $1,000,000.00

  • Chrystal S. Johnson*, Cornelius L. Bynum*, Siddika Guzey, Weiling Li, from U.S. Department of Education, Project RISE, $2,268,626.00

  • Sabre Kais, David John Stewart*, from National Science Foundation IUCRC Phase I, Purdue University: Center for Quantum Technologies (CQT), $1,125,000.00

  • Bridgette Kelleher*, Daniel J. Foti*, Sean P. Lane+, Kelly Lynn Lemaire+, Mandy J. Rispoli+, from National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Optimizing a Personalized Health Approach for Virtually Treating High-Risk Caregivers During COVID-19 and Beyond, $2,971,906.00

  • Young L. Kim*, from National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, Maternal mHealth blood hemoglobin analysis with informed deep learning, $1,960,944.00

  • Adam J. Kimbrough*, from National Institute on Alcohol Abuse, Identifying the relationship between alcohol and Alzheimer's Disease, $1,716,398.00

  • Christian H. Krupke, Ashley A. Adair*, William G. Johnson, Michael R. Langemeier, Darcy E. P. Telenko*, from National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Bio-intensified field crop rotations in the upper Midwest: Quantifying effects upon pest management and yield, $1,499,944.00

  • Jianing Li*, from National Institute of General Medical Science, Project Name: Precision Design of Antimicrobial Peptides Against Bacterial Infections, $1,211,712.00

  • Shihuan Kuang, Christina R. Ferreira, James Frederick Markworth*, Chi Zhang*, from National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Metabolic regulation of muscle satellite cell homeostasis, $2,514,970.00

  • Sa Liu, Brandon E. Boor*, from National Institute of Environmental Health Science, Addressing Tetrachloroethylene Exposure in an Impacted Community: Residents’ Concerns, Neurotoxic Effects, and Exposure Reduction, $2,844,752.00

  • Georgia Malandraki*, Bruce A. Craig, Jessica E. Huber, from National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Rehabilitation of Airway Protection in Parkinson's Disease: Comparing In-person and Telehealth Service Delivery Models, $1,459,823.00

  • Steven K. McKinley* National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Military Teen Adventure Camp, $1,140,000.00

  • Dharmendra K. Mishra*, Karen A. Hudson*, Katherine Martin Rainey, Senay Simsek*, from United Soybean Board, Building Infrastructure and Connectivity for Small and Medium Scale Processing of Soy-Based Value-Added Products: A Multistate Approach, $1,100,000.00

  • Shaoshuai Mou, Christopher Greg Brinton, James Michael Goppert, David Iseri Inouye, Shreyas Sundaram*, Song Zhang, Michael D. Zoltowski*, from Office of Naval Research, Threat & Situational Understanding with Networked-Online Machine Intelligence (TSUNOMI), $4,372,073.00

  • Cody James Mullen*, Randolph Duane Hubach*, from Health Resources and Services Administration, Purdue University Community Health Worker Training Program, $2,407,068.00

  • F. Richard Olenchak*, Kristen K. Seward, Anne Traynor, from U.S. Department of Education, Underrepresented Students in Gifted & Talented Education: Positive Psychology Identification & Service, $2,808,089.00

  • Michael John Poderycki*, Vincent Jo Davisson, Matthew Olson, Bartlomiej P. Rajwa, from DEFENSEWERX, Biotechnology Biosurveillance Phase 2, $1,000,000.00

  • Linda S. Prokopy, Beth Lynelle Hall, Austin M. Pearson*, Hans F. Schmitz*, Aaron W. Thompson, Amy F. Thompson*, Melissa J. Widhalm*, from National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Integrated Midwest Partnerships for Actionable Climate Tools and Training (IMPACT2): Supporting System Transformation on Working Lands, $1,500,000.00

  • David J. Purpura, Robert J. Duncan, Sarah Henkel Eason, Jennifer K. Finders*, Catherine McBride, Valerie Knopik, Sara A. Schmitt, from National Science Foundation, STEM Ed PRF: The PURPOSE Postdoctoral Training Initiative, $1,250,000.00

  • Kurt David Ristroph*, from Food and Drug Administration, An integrated platform for continuous RNA nanoparticle formulation and drying, $1,181,788.00

  • Matthew Louis Scarpelli*, Robin T. Bentley*, Bennett D. Elzey, Philip S. Low, Isabelle F. Vanhaezebrouck*, from National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Improving glioma radiotherapy by theragnostic targeting of tumor-supporting macrophages, $1,906,450.00

  • Kristen K. Seward*, Alissa P. Cress*, Marcia L. Gentry, Yukiko Maeda*, Nielsen L. Pereira, Jennifer C. Richardson, from U.S. Department of Education, Having Opportunities Promotes Excellence: Developing Scholar Identities Among Underserved Youth with Gifts and Talents, $3,537,136.00

  • Muhammad Shahbaz*, from Semiconductor Research Corporation, Evolvable Computing for Next Generation Distributed Computer Systems, $1,250,000.00

  • Shweta Singh*, Vaneet Aggarwal, Kari L. Clase, Zoltan Nagy, Gintaras V. Reklaitis, Xiaohui Carol Song, from National Science Foundation, FMRG: Eco: Cyber Enabled Transformation to Circular Supply Chains for Sustainable Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Networks, $3,000,000.00

  • Aaron James Specht*, from National Institute on Aging, HRS Yrs 29-34: Heavy Metal Exposures Supplement, $1,286,734.00

  • Brian Michael Tackett*, Bryan W. Boudouris, Rajamani P. Gounder, Jeffrey P. Greeley, Jeffrey T. Miller, from U.S. Department of Energy, Low-Temperature Electrocatalytic Manufacturing of Essential Chemical Building Blocks, $2,643,895.00

  • Michelle S. Thompson*, from National Aeronautics and Space Administration, An Experimental Investigation of Space Weathering Processes on the Surface of Mercury, $1,278,282.00

  • Mohit S. Verma, Arezoo Motavalizadeh Ardekani, Greg S. Fraley, Jonathan A Pasternak, Jon Schoonmaker*, Patrick A. Zollner, from Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, A universal field-deployable test for measuring and predicting the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in any host species, $2,729,261.00

  • David M. Warsinger*, James E. Braun, Davide Ziviani*, from U.S. Department of Energy, MemDry: Vapor-Selective Membrane Heat Exchanger Cycle for Efficient Passive and Active Convective Drying, $1,894,252.00

  • Roger Craig Wiens*, from U.S. Department of Energy / Triad National Security, LLC, SuperCam Mars Rover Laser Instrument Projects, $1,559,424.00

  • George R. Wodicka, Andrew O. Brightman*, Abigail D. Cox, Daniel J. Foti, Perry M. Kirkham*, Aaron Edward Lottes*, Natasha Nicole Nikolaidis*, Natalia Maria Rodriguez*, Dennis Savaiano, Thomas G. Sors, Pavlos Vlachos, from National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, $6,849,951.00

  • Chongli Yuan*, Jennifer L. Freeman, Fang Huang, Yang Yang, from National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Mechanisms of gene-environment interaction in developmental lead exposure leading to Alzheimer’s disease phenotypes, $3,725,717.00

  • Vasileios Zikas*, from Algorand Foundation, MEGA-ACE: Multidisciplinary Educational Global Alliance for Algorand Center of Excellence, $7,946,351.00

  • Patrick Zollner, Jeffrey Holland*, from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alternative Management Strategies to Address Multiple Interacting Stressors on Least Bell’s Vireo Populations, $1,667,089.00

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