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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.

FY2015 Seed for Success Acorn Awards


  • Angela R. Abbott; Heather A. Eicher-Miller; Melissa Maulding, from U.S. Department of Agriculture, Snap Ed /FNP Project, $5,813,552
  • Anil Kumar Bajaj; Edward J. Berger; Edward F. Morrison, from National Science Foundation, IUSE/PFE: RED: Thought Into Action, $1,993,490
  • Gary R. Bertoline; Leah H. Jamieson; James L. Mullins, from Lilly Endowment Inc., Purdue Moves Indiana Forward, $40,000,000
  • Barrett Caldwell, from National Aeronautics and Space Administration, IN Space Grant Fellowship Program, $1,375,000
  • Weinong W. Chen; Marcial Gonzalez; Marisol Koslowski; Terry Meyer; Jeffrey F. Rhoads; Steven F. Son, from Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Real-time Dynamic Measurements and Characterization of Mesoscale Deformation and Temperature Fields in Explosive Materials under Impact and Periodic Loading, $1,327,427
  • Weinong W. Chen, from Department of the Army, Development of a Predictive Indicator for Fabric Ballistic Performance, $1,013,400
  • Ji-Xin Cheng; Mingji Dai; Andrew M. Weiner, from W. M. Keck Foundation, Microsecond Time Scale Vibrational Spectral Imaging of Living Systems, $1,000,000
  • Ryan M. Drenan, from National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Function in the Mesolimbic Dopamine System, $1,667,829
  • Ulrike Dydak; Sebastien Helie; Dorothy Teegarden, from National Institutes of Health, Office of the Director, 3T MRI Scanner dedicated to Life Sciences Research, $2,000,000
  • Jane R. Frankenberger; Laura C. Bowling; Bernard A. Engel; Eileen J. Kladivko; Linda S. Prokopy, from National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA), Managing Water for Increased Resiliency of Drained Agricultural Landscapes, $4,997,009
  • Marcia L. Gentry; Yukiko Maeda; Kristina Paul; Jennifer C. Richardson, from U.S. Department of Education, Developing Talents and Improving Student Achievement Among Traditionally Underrepresented Populations: An Experimental Investigation Scaling-up the Total School Cluster Grouping Model, $2,468,371
  • Arun K. Ghosh, from Stem Cent Rx, Stem Cent Rx, $1,000,000
  • Jeffrey P. Greeley; Volkan Ortalan; Fabio H. Ribeiro, from National Science Foundation, DMREF: Collaborative Research: Design Of Multifunctional Catalytic Interfaces from First Principles, $1,160,000
  • Marlene O. Heeg, from Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 2015 CLF EXPAND Series, $1,200,000
  • Michael G. Heinz, from National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH), Effects of Sensorineural Hearing Loss on Robust Speech Coding, $1,612,027
  • Lori A. Hoagland; Daniel S. Egel; Tesfaye D. Mengiste, from National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA), Practical Approach to Controlling Foliar Pathogens in Organic Tomato Production through Participatory Breeding and Integrated Pest Management, $1,987,150
  • Randall A. Hountz; David R. McKinnis, from Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Statewide Medicaid-Eligible Incentive Meaningful Use Assistance, $2,309,378
  • Wen Jiang, from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH), HBGA Receptors in Host Cell Entry and Infection of Norovirus, $2,453,914
  • Mary E. Johnson; Jay Gore; Gozdem Kilaz; James M. Thom, from Federal Aviation Administration, NextGeN Alternative for GA Phase I - Rig Testing Support, $1,900,000
  • Jeffrey D. Karpicke, from U.S. Department of Education, Computer-Based Guided Retrieval Practice for Elementary School Children, $1,499,697
  • Nicole L. Key, from Rolls-Royce, Inc., 3-Stage Compressor Research for Rear Block Performance, $2,517,951
  • Nicole L. Key, from Rolls-Royce, Inc., CSTAR Performance Research, $2,250,248
  • Yeong E. Kim, from Cumberland & Western Resources, Low Energy Nuclear Reactions, $2,488,596
  • Regina A. Kreisle, from Indiana University, IUSM West Lafayette, $2,568,945
  • Douglas J. LaCount; Ananth Y. Grama; Ernesto S. Nakayasu, from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH), Emerging Virus-Host Cell Protein Interaction Networks, $3,541,057
  • Chantal Levesque-Bristol; David Nelson, from U.S. Department of Education, Success through Transformative Education and Active Learning, $2,373,003
  • Zhongming Liu, from National Institute of Mental Health (NIH), Multimodal Hyperspectral Imaging of Brain Activity and Connectivity, $2,342,874
  • Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth; Melissa M. Franks; Shawn D. Whiteman, from U.S. Army Medical Reserves Acquisition Activity, Changing Family Roles-Across the Deployment Cycle, $3,547,933
  • Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth; Sharon L. Christ; James E. Dietz; Dave Topp, from National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA), Using ‘Practical Rigor’ to Evaluate U.S. Military Family Support Programs: Development and Implementation Plans, $1,363,636
  • Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, from Lilly Endowment Inc., Mobilizing Innovation to Support Military and Veteran Families, $3,573,000
  • Maureen C. McCann; Mahdi M. Abu-Omar; Rakesh Agrawal; Nicholas C. Carpita; Clint C. Chapple; W. Nicholas Delgass; Hilkka I. Kenttamaa; Richard Meilan; Nathan S. Mosier; Fabio H. Ribeiro, from U.S. Department of Energy, Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels (C3Bio), $12,000,000
  • Kevin T. McNamara, from U.S. Agency for International Development, Afghanistan Agricultural Extension Project – II, $2,999,398
  • Michael J. Manfra, from Microsoft Corporation, Materials for Topological Quantum Computing, $4,130,000
  • Matthew W. Ohland; Daniel M. Ferguson, from National Science Foundation, Optimizing Student Team Skill Development Using Evidence-Based Strategies, $1,707,830
  • Helen Patrick, Panaota Y. Mantzicopoulos-James, from Institute of Education Services, Measuring Effective Teaching across Core Academic Content Areas in Kindergarten, $1,599,681
  • Santiago Pujol; Ann C. Catlin; Michael J. McLennan; Chungwook Sim; Lisa D. Zilinski, from National Science Foundation, Building a Modular Cyber-Platform for Systematic Collection, Curation, and Preservation of Large Engineering and Science Data - A Pilot Demonstration Project, $1,500,000
  • Jeffrey F. Rhoads; George T. Chiu; Steven F. Son, from Defense Threat Reduction Agency, SecureMEMS: Fundamental Research in MEMS/Energetic Material Integration, $1,048,697
  • Michael Rossmann, from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH), Structural Studies of Bacteriophage T4 and Their Potential Medical Applications, $3,207,875
  • Sandra F. San Miguel; Omolola A. Adedokun; Wilella D. Burgess; Kauline S. Cipriani; Alejandro Cuza-Blanco; Loran C. Parker, from National Institutes of Health, Office of the Director, This Is How We Role: Inspiring Future Researchers Through Veterinary Medicine, $1,184,230
  • Susan M. Scachitti, from Department of Veterans Affairs, VA-CASE Lean Management System, $2,081,738
  • Vladimir M. Shalaev; Alexandra Boltasseva, from Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Active Metasurfaces for Advanced Wavefronts Engineering and Waveguiding, $1,651,172
  • Garth J. Simpson; Chittaranjan Das, from National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH), NonLinear Optical Imaging for Guiding Protein Structure Determination, $1,098,713
  • Lowell D. Snow, from National Institute of Standards & Technology, Award Competition for Indiana Hollings NIST MEP Center, $13,793,440
  • Wojciech Szpankowski; Ruben C. Aguilar; Mikhail J. Atallah; Clifton W. Bingham; Supriyo Datta; Ananth Y. Grama; Suresh Jagannathan; Aditya P. Mathur; Jennifer L. Neville; Zygmunt Pizlo; Yuan Qi; Doraiswami Ramkrishna; Vernon J. Rego; Mark Daniel Ward, from National Science Foundation, Emerging Frontiers of Science of Information, $25,681,884
  • Lynne S. Taylor; Raymond E. Galinsky; Garth J. Simpson, from Food and Drug Administration, Formulation, Processing and Performance Interrelationships for Amorphous Solid Dispersions, $1,500,000
  • James M. Thom; Mary E. Johnson, from Federal Aviation Administration, NextGeN Alternative Fuels for GA Phase I Material Compatibility Testing, $1,220,000
  • Lefteri Tsoukalas; Chan K. Choi, from National Nuclear Security Administration, Proposal for a Consortium for Nonproliferation-Enabling Capabilities, $1,587,000
  • Fuqiang Wang; Wei Xie, from U.S. Department of Energy, Study QCD Matter Under Extreme Conditions By Particle Correlation And Heavy Flavor Probes In Relativistic Heavy Ion Collisions, $1,650,000
  • Vikki Marie Weake, from National Eye Institute (NIH), Epigenetic Regulation of Gene Expression in the Aging Eye, $1,902,765
  • Connie M. Weaver; Bruce R. Cooper; Mario Ferruzzi; Elsa M. Janle; George P. McCabe, from National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NIH), Berries and Bones, $3,698,084
  • Fenggang Yang; Jonathan E. Pettit, from John Templeton Foundation, Chinese Religious Markets and Spiritual Capital: A Research and Networking Initiative, $3,499,820
  • Jeffrey P. Youngblood; George T. Chiu; Alexander Wei; Pablo D. Zavattieri, from National Science Foundation, SNM: Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing of Films and Laminates Based on Cellulose Nanomaterials, $1,477,970
  • Pablo D. Zavattieri, from Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Convergent Evolution to Engineering: Multiscale Structures and Mechanics in Damage Tolerant Functional Bio-composite and Biomimetic Materials, $1,050,000

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