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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.

FY2014 Seed for Success Acorn Awards


  • Angela R. Abbott; Heather Eicher-Miller, from U.S. Department of Agriculture, Snap Ed /FNP Project, $5,468,972
  • Joerg Appenzeller; Zhihong Chen; Supriyo Datta, from Nanoelectronics Research Corporation, Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery and Exploration (INDEX), $2,441,674
  • Dieudonné Baributsa; Corinne E. N. Alexander; James M. Lowenberg-DeBoer; Larry L. Murdock; Jacob E. Ricker-Gilbert; Charles P. Woloshuk, from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Commercializing Hermetic Technologies for Grain Storage to Improve Market Access and Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa,$10,072,081
  • Betty Bugusu; Corinne E. N. Alexander; Mario Ferruzzi; Bruce R. Hamaker; Klein E. Ileleji; James M. Lowenberg-DeBoer; S. Suzanne Nielsen; Jacob E. Ricker-Gilbert; Charles P. Woloshuk, from U.S. Agency for International Development, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Processing and Post-Harvest Handling, $4,999,478
  • Hyunyi Cho; Michael Yu Zhu, from National Institutes of Health, Media Literacy Intervention for Indoor Tanning Prevention, $1,499,632
  • Gordon L. Coppoc, from Indiana University, IUSM -Lafayette General Fund, $2,142,000
  • William A. Cramer, from National Institutes of Health, Trans-Membrane Signaling in the Cytochrome b6f Lipoprotein Complex, $1,550,261
  • Carolyn Curiel, from Daniels Fund, Purdue Institute for Civic Communication, $1,000,000
  • Brent M. Drake; Eric D. Deemer; Douglas B. Samuel; Sien Chieh Tay, from Lumina Foundation, The Gallup-Purdue Index, $2,000,000
  • Timothy S. Fisher; Stephen D. Heister; Tom I-P. Shih, from Air Force Research Laboratory, Center for Integrated Thermal Management of Aerospace Vehicles, $1,498,887
  • Suresh V. Garimella; Bo Beaulieu; Gary Bertoline; Margarita Contreni; Greg Deason; David Hummels; Mary Anne Sloane, from Lilly Endowment Inc., Transforming Indiana into a Magnet for High-Technology Jobs: Proposal for the Initiative to Promote Opportunities Through Educational Collaborations, $5,000,000
  • James L. Garrison, from National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Signals of Opportunity Airborne Demonstrator (SoOp-AD), $2,470,864
  • Douglas J. Gotham; Paul V. Preckel, from Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Provide Independent Energy and Peak Demand Forecasts to the Midcontinent System Operator (MISO), $1,527,055
  • John E. Haddock, from U.S. Department of Transportation, Local Technical Assistance Program, $1,358,063
  • Carol A. Handwerker; Ananth V. Iyer; John W. Sutherland; Fu Zhao, from U.S. Department of Energy, Critical Materials Institute, $2,595,000
  • Bradley C. Harriger; Alka R. Harriger, from National Science Foundation, Strategies:  Teaching Engineering Concepts to Harness Future Innovators and Technologists (TECHFIT), $1,199,969
  • Marlene O. Heeg, from Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Hepatology Centers of Educational Expertise HE National Educational Initiative, $2,000,000
  • Tomas O. Höök; Brian K. Miller; Kwamena K. Quagrainie; Kara A. Salazar; Leslie E. Thompson, from National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration, IL IN Sea Grant Omnibus, $1,065,968
  • Karen S. Hudmon, from National Institutes of Health, Standardized Patients to Assess Competency in Tobacco Cessation Counseling, $1,624,373
  • Mamoru Ishii, from Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Thermal Hydraulic Experimental and Model Development, $2,188,777
  • Stephen F. Konieczny, from National Institutes of Health, Kras-Induced Cellular Plasticity in Pancreatic Cancer, $1,906,930
  • Stephen F. Konieczny; Elizabeth J. Taparowsky, from National Institutes of Health, Pancreas Transcription Factors and Disease Model Systems, $1,841,895
  • Niaz Latif; Mohammad A. Zahraee, from U.S. Department of Labor, AWAKE - Assisting Workforce by Advancing Knowledge for Employment, $2,741,491
  • Philip S. Low, from National Institutes of Health, Regulation of Erythrocyte Function, $2,424,581
  • James M. Lowenberg-DeBoer; Jerry L. Peters, from Agency for International Development, Guinea Agriculture Education and Market Improvement Program, $1,000,000
  • Mark S. Lundstom; Muhammad A. Alam; Kaushik Roy, from Semiconductor Research Corporation, Network for Computational Nanotechnology- NEEDS Node, $1,000,000
  • Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, from Lilly Endowment Inc., Mobilizing Innovation to Support Military and Veteran Families, $6,430,455
  • Scott McLuckey, from National Institutes of Health, Gas-phase Bio-conjugation in the Tandem Mass Spectrometry of Peptides, Proteins, and Protein Complexes, $1,249,777
  • Kevin T. McNamara; James M. Lowenberg-DeBoer; Haley F. Oliver, from U.S. Agency for International Development, STEP-UP-USAID, $4,946,772
  • Jitesh H. Panchal; Mikhail J. Atallah; Karthik Ramani, fromNational Science Foundation, CPS: Synergy: Foundations of Cyber-Physical Infrastructure for Creative Design and Making of Cyber-Physical Products, $1,000,000
  • Alyssa Panitch; Julie C. Liu, from National Institutes of Health, Biomimetic Scaffolds to Promote Stem Cell Differentiation for Cartilage Engineering, $1,064,208
  • Alyssa Panitch; Gert J. Breur; Corey P. Neu; Paul W. Snyder, from National Institutes of Health, Investigation Of Proteoglycan Mimetics as Treatments for Osteoarthritis, $1,612,468
  • Laurie L. Parker, from National Institutes of Health, Biosensor Assay to Screen for Signaling Pathway Inhibition in Cancer, $1,879,309
  • Bryan C. Pijanowski; Daniel P. Shepardson, from National Science Foundation, Collaborative Research:  Full Scale Development:  Global Soundscapes ...  The Big Data, Big Screens, Open Ears Project, $1,997,085
  • Douglas R. Powell; James G. Elicker; Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth; Panaota Y. Mantzicopoulos-James; David J. Purpura, from U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Defense Child Care Curriculum Development, $4,536,042
  • Paul V. Preckel; Douglas J. Gotham, from Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, Continue the Work of the State Utility Forecasting Group, $1,139,653
  • Katherine Martin Rainey, from United Soybean Board, High-impact Public Research for Modified Carbohydrate Composition in U.S. Soybeans, $1,931,035
  • Arvind Raman, from Colciencias, Colciencias-Fulbright Fellowship, $1,491,538
  • Arvind Raman; Alina Alexeenko, Euiwon Bae; Timothy Fisher; Esteban E. Marinero-Caceres; Alexander Wei; from National Science Foundation, SNM: Large Scale Manufacturing of Low-Cost Functionalized Carbon Nanomaterials for Energy Storage and Biosensor Applications, $1,497,906
  • Vladimir M. Shalaev; Alexandra Boltasseva; Alexander V. Kildishev, from U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command, Flat Photonics with Metasurfaces, $1,000,000
  • Vladimir M. Shalaev; Alexandra Boltasseva, from Office of Naval Research, Random Lasers, Nano-Spasers and Optical Rogue Waves, $2,120,000
  • Gregory M. Shaver, from Cummins, Inc., Enabling Ultra-High Engine System Efficiency via Flexible Valve Actuation, $2,250,000
  • Steven F. Son, from National Nuclear Security Administration, Shock Wave-Processing of Advanced Reactive Materials Experiments, $1,285,000
  • Xiaohui Carol Song; Larry L. Biehl; Venkatesh M. Merwade; Nelson B. Villoria, from National Science Foundation, CIF21 DIBBs: Integrating Geospatial Capabilities into HUBzero, $4,543,420
  • Scott D. Sudhoff; Steve D. Pekarek, fromOffice of Naval Research, ESRDC - Designing and Powering the Future Fleet, $1,249,777
  • Daniel B. Szymanski; Mark C. Hall; Daisuke Kihara; Jun Xie, fromNational Science Foundation, Novel Quantitative Proteomic Methods to Discover and Localize Endogenous Protein Complexes, $1,104,241
  • Mitchell R. Tuinstra; Brad C. Joern; Gurmukh S. Johal; Michael V. Mickelbart; Tony J. Vyn, from The Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Developing Climate Resilient Maize Production Systems,  $1,555,266
  • David M. Umulis; Ann E. Rundell, from National Institutes of Health, Systems Analysis of BMP Regulation in Developing Zebrafish Embryos, $1,907,112
  • Juan P. Wachs; Voicu S. Popescu, from Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity, See-what-I-do: Increasing Mentor and Trainee Sense of Co-Presence in Trauma Surgeries with the STAR Platform, $1,714,617
  • Connie M. Weaver; Stephen R. Byrn; Wayne W. Campbell; Lynetta J. Freeman; James F. Leary; Richard D. Mattes; George P. McCabe; Alyssa Panitch; Timothy L. Ratliff; Dennis A. Savaiano; Thomas G. Sors; Jon A. Story; Dorothy Teegarden; John J. Turek; William G. Van Alstine; George R. Wodicka; Michael Dennis Murray, from National Institutes of Health, Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute, $5,275,725
  • Yoon Yeo; Bennett D. Elzey; Raymond E. Galinsky, from National Institutes of Health, Environmentally-adaptive Nanoparticles with Focal Irradiation for Cancer Therapy, $1,565,500

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