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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.

2022 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


  • Elisa Bertino, Chunyi Peng*, from National Science Foundation/Ohio State University, AI Institute: Symbiotic Foundations for AI and Network Research, $1,098,176.00

  • Christopher Greg Brinton, James V. Krogmeier, David J. Love, Chih-Chun Wang*, from U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command / Raytheon BBN Technologies, Dynamic Spectrum Sharing 5G Network Enhancements Prototype, $1,570,653.00

  • Douglas K. Brubaker*+, from Good Ventures Foundation, Sleep in Alzheimer's Disease, $1,500,000.00

  • Shelley A. Claridge*, from Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fund, 2022 Schmidt Science Polymath Awardee, $2,500,000.00

  • Letian Dou*, Jianguo Mei, Brett Savoie, from U.S. Department of Energy, Multi-Functional Semiconducting Ligand Design for Intrinsically Stable and Scalable Perovskite Solar Cells, $1,500,000.00

  • Douglas J. Gotham, Stacey L. Connaughton*, from Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, Continue the Work of the State Utility Forecasting Group from July 2021-June 2027, $4,767,813.15

  • Konstantina Gkritza*, Dionysios Aliprantis, Darcy M. Bullock, Rosalee A. Clawson*, John E. Haddock, Steven D. Pekarek, Donna M. Riley*+, from National Science Foundation, Advancing Sustainability through Powered Infrastructure for Roadway Electrification (ASPIRE), $5,481,768.00

  • Thomas W. Hertel, Jing Liu*, from U.S. Department of Energy, Understanding Multi-Stressor and Multi-Scale Drivers of Feedbacks, Cascading Failures, and Risk Management Pathways within Complex MSD Systems, $1,106,419.00

  • Tomas O. Hook, Angela S. Archer*, Paul B. Brown, Joshua S. Carlton, Hope K. Charters*, Ethan R. Chitty*, Andrew R. Coursey*+ , Carolyn J. Foley, Megan L. Gunn*, Kwamena K. Quagrainie, Kara A. Salazar, Benjamin Zachary Szczygiel*, Leslie E. Thompson, Daniel E. Walker*, Mitchell T. Zischke, from National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant 2022-2023 Omnibus (Parent Record), $3,043,131.00

  • Mahdi Hosseini*, Erica Carlson*, Muhsin Menekse, from Department of Defense, National Defense Education Program, Innovation in Quantum Pedagogy, Application and its Relation to Culture (IQ-PARC), $2,788,583.00

  • Laura Ingwell*, Wenjing Guan*, Ian Kaplan, Arianna P. Torres Bravo, from National Institute of Food & Agriculture, Optimizing pest management in high tunnels to increase the resiliency of local food systems, $3,704,495.00

  • Darrin M. Karcher*, Marisa A. Erasmus*, Esteban Fernandez-Juricic*, Greg S. Fraley*, Patrick A. Zollner, from National Institute of Food & Agriculture, Agent Based Modeling to improve cage-free housing systems: What does the hen see?, $1,000,000.00

  • Shihuan Kuang, Meng Deng*, Feng Yue*, from National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), Targeting PTEN to ameliorate muscular dystrophy in a mouse model, $1,664,881.00

  • Ji Yeon Lee*, Sharon L. Christ, from National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, Implicit Structural Priming as a Treatment Component in Aphasia, $3,109,320

  • Ying Li*, Natalia Doudareva, from National Science Foundation, Elucidating the interplay between two chromatin regulators HDA8 and ELP3 in dynamic control of primary and secondary metabolic networks, $1,002,041.00

  • Chenell Loudermill*, Jasmine L. Begeske*, Charna T. Greenwell, Anne M. Gritt*, Christi M. Masters*, Mandy J. Rispoli, from U.S. Department of Education, Interprofessional Education Supporting the High Intensity Needs of Exceptional Students (IPE-SHINES), $1,165,724.00               

  • Philip S. Low, Madduri Srinivasarao*, from MorphImmune, Inc., Development of Targeted Therapies for Human Diseases, $6,877,304.00

  • Luna Lu, Yining Feng*, Specification Products, Systematic Testing and Understanding of Nanosilica Based Products on Concrete Curing, Performance and Durability, $1,501,257.00

  • Lauren Ann Metskas*, from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Partial maturation in mosquito-borne flaviviruses: developing new approaches to characterize the role of lattice heterogeneity in fusion, infectivity, and antibody neutralization, $2,243,578.00

  • Patricia M. Morita-Mullaney, Jennifer E. Renn*, Wayne E. Wright, from U.S. Department of Education, Parental Inclusion in Language and Research: An Indiana Scale up and Replication of Dual Language Education, $2,903,764.00

  • Zoltan Nagy, Gintaras V. Reklaitis, Francesco Rossi*, David H. Thompson, from National Science Foundation, EFRI DCheM: Digital design of a network of distributed modular and agile manufacturing systems with optimal supply chain for personalized medical treatments, $1,999,703.00

  • Peristera Paschou*, from National Institute of Mental Health, Tourette Syndrome genetics and neuroimaging international collaborative study, $2,483,845.00

  • Linda S. Prokopy, Shalamar D. Armstrong*, Steven G. Hallett, Ian Kaplan, Sarah E. LaRose*, Elizabeth T., Maynard*, Aaron W. Thompson*, Ariana P. Torres Bravo, from National Institute of Food and Agriculture, #DiverseCornBelt: Resilient Intensification through Diversity in Midwestern Agriculture, $10,000,000.00

  • Laura J. Pyrak-Nolte*, Antonio Bobet, from U.S. Department of Energy, Role of Fluid and Temperature in Fracture Mechanics and Coupled THMC Processes for Enhanced Geothermal Systems, $2,282,941.00

  • Timothy L. Ratliff, Arun K. Ghosh, Philip S. Low, Sandro Matosevic*, Herman O. Sintim, John Tesmer, from Paula and Rodger Riney Foundation, Multiple Myeloma Therapeutic Development, $4,262,869.00

  • Catherine R. Scott*, Vicki L. Simpson*, from Health Resources and Services Administration, Consortium for Opioids Response and Engagement-East Central Indiana (CORE-ECI), $1,000,000.00

  • Jonathan H. Shannahan*, Kimberly K. Buhman*, Christina R. Ferreira*, Nadia Atallah Lanman*, from National Institute of Environmental Health Science, Compromised Resolution of Inflammation following Nanoparticle Exposure in Metabolic Syndrome, $1,876,239.00

  • Ali Shakouri, Jan P. Allebach, Elisa Bertino, Alejandra J. Magana Deleon*, Jan-Anders E. Mansson, from National Science Foundation, FMRG: Cyber: Privacy-Preserving Tiny Machine Learning Edge Analytics Enabling AI-Commons for Manufacturing, $2,999,999.00

  • Gregory M. Shaver, Eric A. Holloway*, from Cummins Engine Company Inc., Advanced Valve Actuation, Sensing and Control of High Efficiency Natural Gas Engines, including those to be used in Commercial Range-Extended Electric, $1,500,000.00

  • Preeti Mahalakshmi Sivasankar, Abigail D. Cox*, Craig J. Goergen*, Andrea Pires Dos Santos*, Allison J. Schaser*, Jun Xie, from National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, Estrogenic regulation of systemic vocal fold dehydration, $3,653,404.00

  • Xiaohui Carol Song, Vetria L. Byrd*, Iman Haqiqi*, Thomas W. Hertel, David R. Johnson, Venkatesh Mohan Merwade, Mark Daniel Ward, from HDR Institute: Geospatial Understanding through an Integrative Discovery Environment, HDR Institute: Geospatial Institute for Digital Innovation to Enhance Resilience and Sustainability, $2,450,000.00

  • Bruno Tesini Roseguini*, from National Institute on Aging, Leg heat therapy to improve functional performance in peripheral artery disease, $2,812,794.00

  • Elizabeth M. Topp, Alina Alexeenko, Eric J. Munson*, from Pfizer, Inc., Solid-state stability of mRNA vaccines, $1,471,064.00

  • Elizabeth Tran, Sara C. Cloutier*+, Youssef Ahmad Hegazy*+, Matthew P. Russon*+, Kirsten M. Westerhouse*+, from National Institute of General Medical Science, The Roles of DEAD-box Proteins in Gene Expression, $2,082,461.00

  • David M. Umulis, Douglas Koehler Brubaker+, Adrian Buganza Tepole, Ignacio G. Camarillo*, Jason R. Cannon, Deva Di Hua Chan*, Qing Deng, Janice Perry Evans, Stephanie M. Gardner, Krishna Jayant*, Tae Yoon Kim, Tamara L. Kinzer-Ursem, Jacqueline C. Linnes, Alejandra J. Magana Deleon, Elsje Pienaar*, Christopher J. Staiger, Xiaoqian Wang*, Guangjun Zhang, from National Science Foundation, BII: Emergent Mechanisms in Biology of Robustness, Integration, & Organization (EMBRIO), $12,500,000.00

  • Amit H. Varma, Robert J. Connor*, Jungil Seo*, from Battelle Energy Alliance Llc / GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas, Prototype development and Testing for NRIC - Phase 1, $1,400,000.00

  • Mohit S. Verma, Jonathan A. Pasternak*, Darryl Ragland*, from Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, Point-of-care detection of African Swine Fever Virus: a paper-based device for molecular diagnostics, $1,000,000.00

  • Ellen M. Wells, Jason T. Harris*, Sa Liu, Jae Hong Park, from National Institute of Environmental Health Science, Distance Education and Training on Emerging Contaminants and Technologies (DETECT), $1,131,899.00

  • Christina L. Wessel-Powell*, Helen Claire Bentley*, Virak Chan*, Patricia M. Morita-Mullaney, from Indiana Department of Education, Student Learning Recovery Grant: Emergent Literacy and Language Development Clinics, $1,123,774.00

  • Wojciech Szpankowski, Ananth Y. Grama, Mohsen Heidari Khoozani*+, from National Science Foundation, CCF: Medium: Learning from Classical and Quantum Data: a Fourier Perspective, $1,199,996.00

  • Holly Amber Wood*, Pavlos Vlachos, from Center for Disease Control / Indiana State Department of Health, CDC National Initiative to Address Covid-19 Health Disparities, $10,474,429.00

  • Yang Yang, Wendy Ann Koss*, from National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Neuronal and behavioral deficits associated with Scn2a deficiency in autism spectrum disorder, $1,907,470.00

  • Denny Yu*, Felicia D. Roberts*, Arman Sabbaghi*, Dimitrios Stefanidis (IU) (add for now but likely will not include), from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Wearable sensors for modeling and assessing non-technical skills in surgery, $1,600,000.00

  • Yun Zhou*, from National Institute of General Medical Science, Molecular Mechanisms of Stem Cell Homeostasis in Arabidopsis, $1,552,759.00

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