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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.

FY2018 Seed for Success Acorn Awards


  • Rakesh Agrawal, Peter A. Bermel, Sylvie M. Brouder, Nathalie Duval-Couetil, Margaret W. Gitau, Michael T. Harris, Juan P. Sesmero, Mitchell R. Tuinstra, from National Science Foundation, NRT — INFEWS: Collaborative Research: Sustainable Food Energy and Water Systems, $2,510,755
  • Jay Akridge, Mukerrem Cakmak, Bernard Engel, Nathan W. Hartman, Ananth V. Iyer, Dimitrios Peroulis, Karen I. Plaut, Ali Shakouri, John W. Sutherland, from Lilly Endowment Inc., Creating a Prosperous Economic Ecosystem in the Wabash Heartland, $19,200,000
  • Joerg Appenzeller, Zhihong Chen, Supriyo Datta, Mark S. Lundstrom, from National Science Foundation, E2CDA: Type I: Probabilistic Spin Logic for Low-Energy Boolean and Non- Boolean Computing, $2,453,754
  • Elias Bareinboim, from National Science Foundation, RI: Medium: Collaborative Research: Casual Inference: Identification, Learning and Decision-Making, $1,061,682
  • Peter Bermel, Muhammad A. Alam, Joerg Appenzeller, John E. Blendell, Zhihong Chen, Carol A. Handwerker, Mark C. Johnson, Gerhard Klimeck, Ali Shakouri, Alejandro Strachan, Ganesh Subbarayan-Shastri, Matthew A. Swabey, Peide Ye, from Indiana Innovation Institute, Achieving Scientifically Secured User Reassurance in Electronics (ASSURE), $2,292,538
  • Alexandra Boltasseva, Zubin Jacob, Vladimir M. Shalaev, from U.S. Department of Energy, Control of Light-Matter Interaction with Epsilon-Near-Zero Homogeneous Alternative Plasmonic Material, $1,309,155
  • Charles Bouman, Gregery T. Buzzard, Stanley H. Chan, Garth J. Simpson, from National Science Foundation, CIF: Medium: Multi-Agent Consensus Equilibrium: Modular Methods for Integrating Disparate Sources of Expertise, $1,216,000
  • Lynn Bryan, Paul A. Asunda, Siddika Guzey, Muhsin Menekse, Jill A. Newton, from National Science Foundation, Project Einstein: Excellence in STEM Teaching in Indiana, $1,415,500
  • Mukerrem Cakmak, from Office of Naval Research, Tracking, Diagnosing and Arresting Dielectric Breakdown Using Multiscale Characterization and Simulations, $1,000,000
  • Sarah Calve, from National Center of Complementary and Integrative Health (NIH), Defining the Mechanical Link that Unites the Musculoskeletal System during Limb Development, $2,234,425
  • Chun-Ju Chang, from National Cancer Institute (NIH), Targeting Metformin-Directed Stem Cell Fate in Triple Negative Breast Cancer, $1,770,581
  • Zhihong Chen, Joerg Appenzeller, Sumeet Kumar Gupta, from Semiconductor Research Corp., NEW LIMITS — NEW materials for LogIc, Memory and InTerconnectS, $1,500,000
  • Candace Croney, Kari J. Ekenstedt, from Stanton Foundation, Establishing a Scientific Basis for Improving Canine Welfare in Commercial Breeding Operations – Study 1: Does Risk Assessment Predict Rehoming Outcomes in Retiring CB Dogs? And Study 2: Does Maternal Fear and Stress Impact Puppy Health and Behavior?, $1,986,350
  • Chittaranjan Das, Zhao-Qing Luo, from National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH), Mechanism of Atypical Ubiquitination and Deubiquitination by Bacterial Effectors, $1,653,244
  • Gebisa Ejeta, Tesfaye D. Mengiste, Patrick J. Rich, from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Integrated Striga Control II: Striga and Drought-Tolerant Sorghum (SDTS) Hybrid Seeds for Africa, $4,984,153
  • Marxa Figueiredo, from National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIH), Facilitating Endogenous Bone Repair in Arthritis with Targeted IL-27 Sonodelivery, $1,717,227
  • Timothy Filley, Jonathan Bauchet, Carrie Berger, Laura Bowling, José M Garcia Bravo, Sylvie Brouder, Gary Burniske, Christian Butzke, Indrajeet Chaubey, Keith Cherkauer, David Ebert, Gebisa Ejeta, Bernie Engel, Jane Frankenberger, Jennifer Freeman, Margaret Gitau, Javier Gonzalez, Chi-Hua Huang, Bill Hutzel, Chad Jafvert, Cliff Johnston, Nicole Kong, Linda Lee, Walter Daniel Leon-Salas, Zhao Ma, Sara McMillan, Byung-Cheol Min, Brittany Newell, Suranjan Panigrahi, Linda Prokopy, J. Ricker- Gilbert, Darrell Schulze, John Sheffield, Diane Stott, Richard Voyles, Connie Weaver, S. Laurel Weldon, Laura Zanotti, Mark Zimpfer, from Universidad Nacional de San Agustín, Arequipa Nexus Institute for Food, Energy, Water and the Environment, $7,287,293
  • Suresh Garimella, Kaethe Beck, Thomas Verhoeven, from Eli Lilly and Co., Five-Year Life Science Strategic Research Collaboration, $52,000,000. Year 1 Projects: Injectable Biologics, Michael R. Ladisch, Pavlos Vlachos, Arezoo Ardekani, Julie Liu, Scott A. McLuckey, Nathan Mosier, Gintaras Reklaitis, Riyi Shi, Luis Solorio, Yoon Yeo. Lilly — Connected Solutions, Pedro Irazoqui, Muhammad A. Alam, Edward J. Delp, Paul Griffin, Tamara Kinzer-Ursem, Chi Hwan Lee, Hyowon Lee, Jacqueline C. Linnes, Kinam Park, Shreyas Sen, Luis Solorio, Yoon Yeo, Fengqing Zhu. $1,603,208
  • Nilupa Gunaratna, from Project Concern International, Engaging Fathers for Effective Child Nutrition and Development in Tanzania (EFFECTS), $1,286,095
  • John Haddock, from Indiana Department of Transportation, Work Plan and Budget Request for Indiana Local Technical Assistance Program 2017-2018, $1,184,411
  • Tomas Höök, Jayson S. Beugly, Carolyn J. Foley, Kwamena Quagrainie, Kara A. Salazar, Leslie E. Thompson, Mitchell T. Zischke, from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2018-2022 IISG Omnibus Proposal, $5,431,708
  • Randall Hountz, Natalie Stewart, from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Quality Payment Program Support for Small Practices, $1,374,970
  • Rong Huang, from National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH), Protein N-terminal Methylation Mechanisms and Inhibition, $1,360,175
  • Avinash Kak, from Intelligence Advance Research Projects Activity, Creation of Operationally Realistic 3D Environment (CORE3D), $1,349,525
  • Panagiota Karava, Ilias Bilionis, James E. Braun, Leigh S. Raymond, Torsten O. Reimer, from National Science Foundation, SCC-IRG Track 1: Sociotechnical Systems to Enable Smart and Connected Energy-Aware Residential Communities, $3,581,912
  • Andrea Kasinski, Philip S. Low, from National Cancer Institute (NIH), Enhancing miRNA Therapeutics through Combinatorial Targeting and Vehicle Free Delivery, $1,757,121
  • Andrea Kasinski, Philip S. Low, from National Cancer Institute (NIH), Ligand-mediated, Vehicle-free Delivery of Small RNAs, $1,745,389
  • Tae Yoon Kim, from National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH), Universal Roles of Force Generation and Transmission in Biological Systems, $2,164,941
  • Gerhard Klimeck, Krishna Madhavan, Alejandro Strachan, Lynn Zentner, Michael Zentner, from National Science Foundation, Network for Computational Nanotechnology Cyber Platform, $2,000,000
  • James Krogmeier, Aaron Ault, Larry Biehl, Dennis Buckmaster, James J. Camberato, Melba M. Crawford, Amanda J. Deering, Richard H. Grant, Haley F. Oliver, Amy R. Reibman, Dharmendra Saraswat, Mark Tucker, Mark Daniel Ward, from Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, An Open-Source Framework and Community for Sharing Data and Algorithms, $1,066,348
  • Michael Ladisch, Rose Prabin Ambrose, Abigail Engelberth, Kendra Erk, Marcial Gonzalez, Klein Ileleji, Nathan S. Mosier, Pankaj Sharma, Carl R. Wassgren, Eduardo A. Ximenes, from U.S. Department of Energy, Analytical Modeling of Biomass Transport and Feeding Systems, $1,190,000
  • Tongcang Li, Francis Robicheaux, from Office of Naval Research, Investigating Surface Interactions with Levitated Optomechanics at the Quantum Limit, $1,701,918
  • Faming Liang, from National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH), An Imputation- Consistency Algorithm for Biomedical Complex Data Analysis, $1,164,748
  • Zhao-Qing Luo, Chittaranjan Das, from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH), Effector-Mediated Ubiquitin Manipulation in Legionella Pneumophila Pathogenesis, $1,582,412
  • Angeline Lyon, from National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NIH), Structural Studies of PLCß, a Regulator of Cardiac Contractility and Hypertrophy, $1,889,494
  • Rose Mason, Yukiko Maeda, Jennifer Richardson, Mandy J. Rispoli, from U.S. Department of Education, Para-Impact: Professional Development with Teacher-as-Coach for Paraeducators of Elementary Students with Moderate-to-Severe Developmental Disabilities, $1,393,765
  • Nicolo Michelusi, James Krogmeier, David Love, from National Science Foundation, EARS: Collaborative Research: Real-Time Control of Dense, Mobile, Millimeter Wave Networks Using a Programmable Architecture, $1,319,834
  • Patricia Morita-Mullaney, Wayne E. Wright, from U.S. Department of Education, Leveraging the Lectura y Lenguaje: A Collaborative Scale-up of Literacy and Language in Indiana Schools, $1,840,319
  • Patricia Morita-Mullaney, Wayne E. Wright, from U.S. Department of Education, Project PUEDE: Parent and Professional Understanding for Equity in Dual Language Education, $1,892,481
  • Nicholas Noinaj, from National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH), Structural Characterization of the TOC Protein Translocon Machinery, $1,549,093
  • Guillermo Paniagua Perez, Terrence R. Meyer, from Indiana Economic Development Corp., Rolls-Royce Small Turbine Aerothermal Research Rig (STARR), $6,000,000
  • Vilas Pol, Thomas E. Adams, Partha P. Mukherjee, Pankaj Sharma, Vikas Tomar, from Office of Naval Research, Lithium-ion Battery Safety by Prevention, Detection and Control, $1,956,864
  • David Purpura, from National Science Foundation, CAREER: Mechanisms Underlying the Relation between Mathematical Language and Mathematical Knowledge, $1,444,280
  • Jeffrey F. Rhoads, J. Stuart Bolton, Patricia Davies, Marcial Gonzalez, Steven F. Son, from U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Exploring the Thermomechanics of Energetic and Mock Energetic Composite Materials under Quasi-Static and Near-Resonant Excitations, $1,732,776
  • Jeffrey F. Rhoads, Bryan W. Boudouris, James E. Braun, George T.C. Chiu, from the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy, Building Integrated Microscale Sensors for CO2 Monitoring, $1,533,407
  • Fabio Ribeiro, Rakesh Agrawal, Monica E. Cardella, Nicholas W. Delgass, Otto C. Doering, Rajamani P. Gounder, Jeffrey P. Greeley, Michael T. Harris, Christina W. Li, Jeffrey T. Miller, Jeffrey J. Siirola, Arvind Varma, from National Science Foundation, Engineering Research Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources — CISTAR, $19,750,000
  • Toni Rogat, Anne Traynor, from National Science Foundation, Collaborative Research: Theoretical and Methodological Tools for Studying Group Productive Disciplinary Engagement, $1,100,000
  • Kaushik Roy, Eugenio Culurciello, Suresh Jagannathan, Anand Raghunathan, from Semiconductor Research Corporation, C-BRIC — Center for Brain-Inspired Computing Enabling Autonomous Intelligence, $30,090,888
  • Kaushik Roy, Anand Raghunathan, from Indiana Economic Development Corp., Twenty- First Century Research and Technology Fund: Autonomous Intelligent Systems Lab, $1,515,000
  • Ala Samarapungavan, Kari L. Clase, Stephanie M. Gardner, Nancy Pelaez, Aaron D. Rogat, from National Science Foundation, Exploring Biological Evidence (EBE): Helping Students Understand the Richness and Complexity of Evidentiary Constructs in Biology, $1,270,154
  • Susan Sangha, from National Institute of Mental Health (NIH), Neural Circuitry of Safety, Fear and Reward Cue Discrimination, $1,922,965
  • Steven Schneider, from U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Experimental Studies of Instability and Transition in a Mach-6 Quiet Tunnel, $1,740,227
  • Steven Schneider, Jonathan Poggie, from U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Reusable Hypersonic Vehicle Structures, $1,423,830
  • William Schoenlein, Abigail C. Durkes, from Cook Research Inc., Pre-Clinical Device Testing Agreement, $2,721,626
  • Jeffrey Siskind, from the office of the Director of National Intelligence, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), Deep Intermodal Video Activity (DIVA), $2,349,985
  • Jeffrey Siskind, Evguenia A. Malaia, Ronnie B. Wilbur, from National Science Foundation, NCS-FO: Neuroimaging to Advance Computer Vision, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Artificial Intelligence, $1,000,000
  • Daniel Szymanski, Tae Yoon Kim, from National Science Foundation, An Integrated Experimental and Computational Approach to Discover Biomechanical Mechanisms of Leaf Epidermal Morphogenesis, $1,299,989
  • John Tesmer, from National Cancer Institute (NIH), G Protein-Coupled Receptor (GPCR) — Linked Rho Guanine Nucleotide Exchange Factors (RhoGEFs) in Tumor Growth and Metastasis, $1,875,849
  • Manghui Tu, Keyuan Jiang, from National Science Foundation, CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS) Program at Purdue University Northwest, $3,578,689
  • Andrea Vacca, Scott D. Sudhoff, from U.S. Department of Energy, Individual Electro- Hydraulic Drives for Off-Road Vehicles, $1,500,000
  • Richard Voyles, Bedrich Benes, Davin Huston, Hyowon Lee, Brittany A. Newell, Karthik Ramani, Wenzhuo Wu, Haiyan Zhang, from National Science Foundation, MRI: Development of a Next-Generation 3-D Printer for Smart Product Design — Purdue PolymerMakers, $1,867,017
  • Hong Wan, from CollinStar Capital Pty Ltd., Blockchain Pioneer Research with Applications in Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data, Amount withheld
  • Mary Wirth, from National Institutes of Health, Sub-1 µm Particles for nanoLCMS of Intact Proteins, $1,148,088
  • Dongyan Xu, Byoungyoung Lee, Mathias Payer, Xiangyu Zhang, from Office of Naval Research, IoT-D: Toward Internets of Dialect-Speaking Things, $4,000,000
  • Gyeong Mee Yoon, from National Science Foundation, Collaborative Research: Spatiotemporal Regulation of the Ethylene Signaling Network and Rapid Adaptive Responses in Plants, $1,200,028
  • Bryan Young, William G. Johnson, from United Soybean Board, Research to Integrate Best Management Practices for Glyphosate-Resistant Weeds in Soybean Production Systems (FY18), $1,038,186
  • Michael Zentner, Paul Parsons, from National Science Foundation, The Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) for the Democratization and Acceleration of Science, $3,130,055
  • GuangJun Zhang, from National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH), Roles of Bioelectricity of Ion Channels in Developmental Patterning and Oncogenesis, $1,881,070
  • Xiangyu Zhang, Dongyan Xu, from Office of Naval Research, Learn-to-Reason: A Probabilistic Binary Analysis Infrastructure and its Application in Binary Reduction, $1,180,223
  • Qi (Tony) Zhou, from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH), Combating Deadly Gram-negative Lung Infections: An Inhalation and Systems Approach, $3,100,053

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