The University of Delaware Research Foundation (UDRF), a private corporation chartered in 1955 to support UD research, has funded 11 new projects in science and engineering on the UD campus.
Each project is supported by a $35,000 grant — a combination of $25,000 from UDRF and $5,000 each from the provost and the researcher’s dean. The grants seed original, high-priority, “proof of concept” studies that are designed to lay the groundwork for future proposals to external agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and others.
“Typically, only a small percentage of the competitive research proposals submitted to federal agencies are funded,” said Mark Barteau, senior vice provost for research and strategic initiatives. “UDRF provides early career University of Delaware researchers with a critical opportunity to test new ideas and collect data that may give them a competitive edge later on, as they develop external proposals.”
Deb Jaisi, assistant professor of plant and soil sciences, has received UDRF funds to study the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay suffers from varying degrees of eutrophication, a reduction in water quality due to excessive nutrients. Jaisi will analyze a key nutrient, phosphorus, in bay sediment cores and water samples to determine the changes of terrestrial phosphorus phases over time and their relationship to hypoxia, or oxygen depletion. Oxygen isotopes in phosphate will help identify the sources and biogeochemical cycling of phosphorus in sediment and the water column, yielding data useful to nutrient management programs.
To read about the other UDRF funded projects, visit UDaily.