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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.

FY2010 Seed for Success Acorn Awards


  • Foods and Nutrition Program 2010
    Angela R. Abbott; Karen L. Zotz
    from Indiana Family and Social Services Administration/U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Department and Testing of Innovative Health Management Tools for Damage Detection, Evaluation, and Repair of the CH-53K Composite Rotor Blades and Structure.
    Douglas E. Adams; James M. Caruthers, Weinong W. Chen, Charles M. Krousgrill, Peter H. Meckl, R. Byron Pipes, Farshid Sadeghi, Thomas H. Siegmund, Ron Sterkenburg, Chin-Teh Sun, Jeffrey P. Youngblood
    from CACI International Inc
  • EFRI-HyBi : Maximizing Conversion of Biomass Carbon to Liquid Fuel
    Rakesh Agrawal; Mahdi M. Abu-Omar, Nicholas C. Carpita, W. Nicholas Delgass, Maureen C. McCann, Fabio H. Ribeiro
    From National Science Foundation
  • IGERT: The Solar Economy IGERT (SEIGERT)
    Rakesh Agrawal; George Bodner, Brenda M. Capobianco, Hugh W. Hillhouse and Wallace E. Tyner
    from National Science Foundation
  • Interferon Alpha Regulation of Murine
    Erik S. Barton
    from PHS-NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • Realistic Simulation of Jet Engine Noise Using Petaflop Computing
    Gregory A. Blaisdell; Zhiyuan Li, Anastasios S. Lyrintzis
    from National Science Foundation
  • Indiana Advanced Electric Vehicle Education and Training Consortium
    James M. Caruthers; John F. Burr, J. Eric Dietz, Steve Dunlop, Steve Shelby and Ron Steuterman
    from U.S. Department of Energy
  • State of Indiana Funded Activities for Midwest Institute of Nanoelectronics Discovery (MIND)
    James A. Cooper
    from James A. Cooper
  • Indiana University School of Medicine-Lafayette
    Gordon L. Coppoc
    from Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Innovative Methods in Membrane Protein Production for Structure Determination
    William A. Cramer; Jue Chen, Wen Jiang, Garth J. Simpson, Cynthia V. Stauffacher, Dinesh A. Yernool
    from PHS-NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences
  • A Center for High Performance Buildings at the Ray W. Herrick Laboratories
    Patricia Davies; James E. Braun, Qingyan Chen, Daniel E. Hirleman, Larry Fusaro, Robert E. Olson
    from National Institute of Standards & Technology
  • Catalyst Design by Discovery Informatics
    W. Nicholas Delgass; Mahdi M. Abu-Omar, James M. Caruthers, Fabio H. Ribeiro, Kendall T. Thomson
    from U.S. Department of Energy
  • Benzoic Acid Biosynthesis in Plants
    Natalia Doudareva
    from National Science Foundation
  • NEESR-SG: Performance-Based Design and Real-Time Large-Scale Testing to Enable Implementation of Advanced Damping Systems
    Shirley J. Dyke
    from National Science Foundation
  • VACCINE: Visual Analytics for Command, Control, and Interoperability Environments
    David S. Ebert; Mireille Boutin, William S. Cleveland, Timothy F. Collins, Edward J. Delp, Niklas Emanuel Elmqvist
    from U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Development of Nano Thermal Interface Materials
    Timothy Fisher; Suresh V. Garimella, Jayathi Y. Murthy, Xianfan Xu
    From Raytheon
  • Developing Talents and Improving Student Achievement Among Traditionally Underrepresented Populations
    Marcia L. Gentry; Luciana De Oliveira, Eric L. Mann, Rebecca L. Mann, Yukiko Maeda, Jean P. Peterson, Ala Samarapungavan
    Donna M. Fekete
    from U.S. Department of Education
  • TC: Medium: Security and Privacy Preserving Data Mining and Management for Distributed Domains
    Arif Ghafoor; Walid G. Aref, Ahmed K. Elmagarmid
    From National Science Foundation
  • Language Motor Relations in Children’s Speech Production
    Lisa A. Goffman; Anne Smith, Howard N. Zelaznik
    from PHS-NIH National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
  • INLTAP2010
    John E. Haddock
    from Indiana Department of Transportation
  • Operating Grant for the Second Year Institute P-12 Engineering Research and Learning(INSPIRE)
    Kamyar Haghighi
    from S. D. Bechtel, Jr.
  • Hypercast Program
    Qingyou Han and Keith Bowman; David R. Johnson, Matthew J. M. Krane, Rodney W. Trice, Kevin P. Trumble
    from North American Die Casting Association
  • Walther Oncology Physical Sciences & Engineering Research Embedding Program
    Marietta L. Harrison; Joseph F. Pekny
    from Walther Cancer Institute Foundation Inc.
  • Integrated Genomewide Analysis of the ipl1 Kinase Signaling Network
    Tony R. Hazbun
    from PHS-NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences
  • Effects of Sensorineural Hearing Loss on Robust Speech Coding
    Michael G. Heinz
    from PHS-NIH National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
  • Spray & Combustion of Gelled Hypergolic Propellants
    Stephen D. Heister; William E. Anderson, Osvaldo H. Campanella, Carlos M. Corvalan, Robert P. Lucht, Charles L. Merkle, Timothee Pourpoint, Paul E. Sojka, Steven F. Son
    from Army Research Office
  • L-type Ca2+ channel modulation of beta cell function
    Gregory H. Hockerman
    from PHS-NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
  • Control of Neural Organelle Transport
    Peter J. Hollenbeck
    from PHS-NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes
  • Core Technology Development Plan for Cyberonics Next-Generation Devices
    Pedro Irazoqui
    from Cyberonics, Inc
  • SoyMapII:Leveraging Untapped Genetic Diversity in Soybean–Amendment 1
    Scott A. Jackson;Jianxin Ma
    from National Science Foundation
  • Prescription Drug Abuse in Club Subcultures: Contexts & Risks
    Brian C. Kell
    from PHS-NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse
    National Cancer Institute
  • Migration and Function of Th17 Cells in the Gut
    Chang H. Kim; Harm Hogenesch
    from PHS-NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • Instant-On Simulation Delivery: Helping Teragrid Achieve its Wide and Open Strategic Goals
    Gerhard Klimeck; George B. Adams, Michael J. McLennan
    from National Science Foundation
  • Pancreas Transcription Factors and Disease Model Systems
    Stephen F. Konieczny
    from PHS-NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
  • Notch Regulation of Stem Cell Fate in Muscle
    Shihuan Kuang
    from PHS-NIH National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
  • A Multidisciplinary Cancer Research Facility at Purdue University
    Richard J. Kuhn
    from PHS-NIH National Center for Research Resource
  • Structure-Function Studies of Alpha-and Flaviviruses
    Richard J. Kuhn; Wen Jiang, Michael G. Rossmann
    from PHS-NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • Improved Detection Techniques for Foodborne Pathogens
    Richard H. Linton; Bruce M. Applegate, Arun K. Bhunia, Michael R. Ladisch, Lisa J. Mauer
    from Agricultural Research Service
  • Development, and Engineering Command, Rapid and Accurate Pathogen Identification/Detection
    Philip S. Low; Yeong E. Kim, Ronald G. Reifenberger, Alexander Wei
    From U.S. Army Research
  • Network for Computational Nanotechnology
    Mark S. Lundstrom; George B. Adams, Gerhard Klimeck, Michael McLennan and Alejandro Strachan
    from National Science Foundation
  • Theory, Modeling, and Simulation of Nanotransistors
    Mark S. Lundstrom; Muhammad A. Alam, Supriyo Datta, Gerhard Klimeck, Alejandro H. Strachan, Peide Ye
    from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Center for the Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Bioenergy (C3Bio)
    Maureen C. McCann; Mahdi M. Abu-Omar, Rakesh Agrawal, Nicholas C . Carpita, Clint C.S. Chapple, W. Nicholas Delgass, Hilkka I. Kenttamaa, Nathan S. Mosier, Fabio H. Ribiero, Garth J. Simpson, Christopher J. Staiger, Daniel B. Szymanski, Kendall T. Thomson
    From U.S. Department of Energy
  • Advancing Afghan Agriculture Alliance
    Kevin T. McNamara; James M. Lowenberg-DeBoer
    from Agency for International Development
  • Biomarkers of Dietary Variables Commonly Misreported
    Megan A. McCrory; Carol J. Boushey, Stacey L. Mobley, Mario Ferruzzi
    from PHS-NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
  • Afternoons ROCK in Indiana
    Renee K. McKee
    from Indiana State Department of Health
  • Purdue University Establishment of the Indiana Health Information Technology Extension Center
    David R. McKinnis; Mary Ann Sloan, Steven M. Witz
    from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Advancing Afghan Agriculture Alliance
    Kevin T. McNamara
    from Agency for International Development
  • A Genetically Tractable Microalgal Platform for Advanced Biofuel Production
    John A. Morgan
    from Iowa State University
  • PRISM: Center for Prediction of Reliability, Integrity, and Survivability of Microsystems – Amendment 4
    Jayathi Y. Murthy
    from U.S. Department of Energy
  • Adaptable Polymer Micelles for Tumor Targeting
    Kinam Park; Ji-Xin Cheng
    from PHS-CDC Centers for Disease Control
  • NEXTRANS: Integrated Solutions for Mobility, Safety and Infrastructure
    Srinivas Peeta
    from U.S. Department of Transportation
  • NMR Structure of Peptide and Protein Complexes
    Carol B. Post
    from PHS-NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences
  • To Continue the Work of the State Utility Forecasting Group
    Paul V. Preckel; Douglas J. Gotham
    from Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission
  • George E. Brown Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation
    Julio A. Ramirez; Saurabh Bagchi, Sean Brophy, Rudolf Eigenmann, Barbara Fossum, Thomas J. Hacker, Ayhan Irfanoglu, Tanu Malik, Santiago Pujol, Mete A. Sozen
    from National Science Foundation
    $20,000,000 multi-year award totaling $105 million
  • Cancer Center Support Grant (CORE)
    Timothy L. Ratliff
    from PHS-NIH National Cancer Institute
  • Fat Dogs and Coughing Horses: Animal Contributions towards a Healthier Citizenry
    Timothy L. Ratliff; Sandra F. Amass, Wilella D. Burgess, Kauline S. Davis, Marcia L. Gentry, Rebecca L. Mann, John R. Staver
    from PHS-NIH National Center for Research Resource
  • Collaborative Research: ciHub, a Virtual Community to Support Research, Development, and Dissemination of Concept Inventories
    Teri Reed-Rhoads; Peter K. Imbrie, Johannes Strobel
    from National Science Foundation
  • APT: The Analytical Proteomics Team
    Fred E. Regnier; Jiri Adamec, John A. Springer
    from PHS-NIH National Cancer Institute
  • CDI-Type II: Cyber-enabled Engineering of Pharmaceutical Products
    Gintaras V. Reklaitis; Gary E. Blau, Michael J. Mclennan
    From National Science Foundation
  • Institute for Atom-efficient Chemical Transformations (IACT)
    Fabio H. Ribeiro; Chelsey D. Baertsch, W. Nicholas Delgass, Eric A. Stach
    from Argonne National Laboratory
  • Emerging Technologies and Approaches to Minimize Discharges into Lake Michigan – Module 3 of Phase 2
    Ralph V. Rogers; Agbai Agwu Nnanna
    from BP America Inc
  • Structural Studies of Bacteriophage T4
    Michael G. Rossmann; Siyang Sun
    from PHS-NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • Quantitative Design of Experiments to Predictably Alter Intracellular Signaling Dynamics
    Ann E. Rundell; Gregery T. Buzzard, Marietta L. Harrison
    From National Science Foundation
  • TRMS: From Ionome to Genome: Mapping the Gene Networks Controlling Nutrient Content in Rice Grain
    David E. Salt; Ivan R. Baxter, Min Zhang
    from National Science Foundation
  • Prognostic Significance of Insufficient ADL Help on Health Outcomes/Utilization
    Laura P. Sands; Bruce A. Craig, Joseph Thomas
    from PHS-NIH National Institute on Aging
  • Tunable and Reconfigurable Optical Negative-Index Materials with Low Losses
    Vladimir M. Shalaev; Evgueni Nariminov
    from Army Research Office
  • Transformation Optical Metamaterials
    Vladimir M. Shalaev; Alexandra Boltasseva, Evgueni E. Narimanov
    from Duke University
  • Development, Improvement & Assessment of the Accuracy of Aircraft-Based Mass Balance Measurements of Integrated Urban Emission Fluxes of Greenhouse Gas
    Paul B. Shepson; Kevin R. Gurney
    from National Institute of Standards & Technology
  • Computational Analysis of Advanced Cooling Strategies for High-Efficiency and Long Service Life Turbines
    Tom I-P. Shih
    from Ames Laboratory
  • Experimental and Theoretical High Energy Physics Program Modification 44
    Ian P. Shipsey; Virgil Barnes, Daniela Bortoletto, Thomas Clark, Wei Cui, John Finley, Ephraim Fischbach, Arthur Garfinkel, Matthew Jones, Sergei Khlebnikov, Luis Martin Kruczenski, Sherwin Love, David Miller, Norbert Neumeister, John Peterson
    from U.S. Department of Energy
  • NSF Stimulus Graduate Fellowship Research Program 2009-2012
    M.J.T. Smith
    from National Science Foundation
  • Teragrid Extension: Bridging to XD
    Xiaohui Carol Song
    from University of Chicago
  • Development and Implementation of the National Test Facility for Fuels and Propulsion
    David L. Stanley; Denver W. Lopp, James M. Thom
    from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
  • Large-Scale Testing of SC Shield Building Components for Nuclear Power Plants
    Amit H. Varma
    from Westinghouse Electric Corporation
  • New Lilly/CICP Resource Network Grant
    Bill Walker and Brandon Sorge
    from Central Indiana Corporate Partnership
  • Comprehensive Mapping and Annotation of the E. Coli Transcriptome
    Barry L. Wanner; Michael R. Gribskov, Daisuke Kihara
    from PHS-NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences
  • Calcium Metabolism in Mexican American Adolescents
    Connie M. Weaver; George P. McCabe
    from PHS-NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
  • Supplemental Vitamin D and Functional Outcomes in Early Adolescence
    Connie M. Weaver; George P. McCabe
    from University of Georgia
  • Novel Ultrabroadband Photonic and Radio-Frequency Systems for Communications, Sensing and Countermeasures
    Andrew M. Weiner
    from Naval Post-Graduate School
  • Nano-modified Cement for High Strength Concrete with Improved Mechanical Performance and Blast Resistance
    William J. Weiss; Weinong W. Chen, Carol A. Handwerker, Eric A. Stach
    from Army Corps of Engineers
  • Nanoscale Optical Antenna Array for Controlled Massively Parallel Manufacturing of Nanowire Devices Modification 2
    Bill Walker and Brandon Sorge
    from Central Indiana Corporate Partnership
  • Comprehensive Mapping and Annotation of the E. Coli Transcriptome
    Xianfan Xu; Minghao Qi, Eric A.Stach, Chen Yang
    from Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center
  • Chinese Spirituality and Society Program: A Research and Training Initiative
    Fenggang Yang
    from John Templeton Foundation
  • Choroid Plexus as a Target in Metal-induced Neurotoxicity
    Wei Zheng; Yulia N. Pushkar
    from PHS-NIH National Institute of Environment Health Sciences
  • The Center for Computational Simulation and Visualization Project
    Chenn Qian Zhou
    from Department of Energy

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