Seed grants program

Seed grants are awarded with funding provided by the Binghamton University Road Map through the Provost's Office and the Division of Research.

The goal of these seed grants is to encourage faculty to develop collaborative projects that stimulate the advancement of new ideas that can build Binghamton University's expertise toward a national reputation in the broad area of health sciences. This competitive, peer-reviewed program is providing initial support for proposed long-term programs of collaborative research that have strong potential to attract external funding.

Information on how to apply for seed grant funding for the 2023–2024 academic year can be found on the TAE landing page. Deadline for a Letter of Intent is Dec. 5, 2022, and deadline for proposal submission is Feb. 15, 2023. LOIs are required for proposals with a large budget and strongly recommended for all proposals.

For the 2022-2023 academic year, the following seed grants were awarded:

Unraveling a New Mechanism for an Old Type II Diabetes Drug

Katie Edwards pharmaceutical sciences; and Nannette Cowen, nursing 

Mechanics of the normal and abnormal growth and folding of brain organoids

Tracy Hookway, biomedical engineering; Mir Jalil Razavi, mechanical engineering)

Assessment of Oxidative Stress in Biofilms by Visualization and Quantitation of Biomolecule Carbonylation

Susan Bane, chemistry; and Karin Sauer, biological sciences

For the 2021-2022 academic year, the following seed grants were awarded:

Imaging of Clostridioides difficile cellular heterogeneity using confocal Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy

Huiyuan Guo, chemistry; and Peter McKenney, biological sciences

Exploring Extended Release and Dissolution Profiles of Drugs Encapsulated in 3D Printed Capsules

Anthony Di Pasqua, pharmaceutical sciences; Jia Deng, systems science and industrial engineering; and Fuda Ning, systems science and industrial engineering

Characterization of the Hyper-viscoelastic Material Properties of Myelinated

Mir Jalil Razavi, mechanical engineering; and Guy German, biomedical engineering

For the 2020–2021 academic year, the following seed grant was awarded:

Brief Intervention to Reduce Alcohol Use among High School Athletes in the NY Southern Tier

Nadine Mastroleo, psychology, and Kimberly Brimhall, social work

Alcohol use represents a significant problem among high school students with 58.5% reporting a lifetime history of alcohol use by 12th grade (Johnston et al., 2019). Compared to non-athletes, student athletes report higher levels of alcohol use and heavy drinking with alcohol use escalating throughout high school. Thus, identifying effective alcohol interventions for this high-risk group of student athletes is particularly important. The current project aims to extend previous research testing an evidence-based alcohol intervention (eCHECKUP to GO) to a high-risk group of students (i.e., student athletes) within a local community high school to reduce alcohol use and associated harm. High school athletes will be recruited through one local high school (N = 400) with students randomized into one of two treatment groups (intervention or control). Data will be collected at baseline and 6-week follow-up to evaluate intervention feasibility and acceptability and short-term efficacy results to provide information regarding effect size for power calculation and sample size estimates for a larger RCT. This project will provide pilot data that will support an external grant proposal for a larger randomized controlled trial (RCT) aimed at applying existing evidence-based approaches to high school athletes across the New York Southern Tier.