Awards: Strategic Seed Grants for Facilities & Equipment (2022)
December 2nd, 2022
The AES funded 8 requests for equipment or infrastructure to advance research and research capacity for for existing Hatch/Multistate Projects.
Selected For Support
|Title||Depts.||Award Amount||PI and Team||Associated Hatch/Multistate Project(s)|
|Oxygen quantification in food and beverages||FSHN||$6,185||Nicolas Delchier, Aude Watrelot, Greg Curtzwiler||IOW04202, NE2220, NC1023, S294|
|Perennial Fruit Upgrades for the Research Station||HORT, FSHN||$25,862||Suzanne Slack, Aude Watrelot||NE2220|
|EchoMRI with Capability to Determine Composition of Organs, Tissues, and Live ANimals, ranging from 7gr to 900gr||FSHN||$39,500||Kevin Schalinske, Matthew Rowling||IOW04002|
|Optimizing sterol composition in maize roots||AGRON, GDCB||$45,000||Walter Suza, Dior Kelley, and Marshall McDaniel||IOW04714, IOW03649|
|Improving biomass sampling capabilities at Iowa State University||AGRON||$55,500||Nicholas Boersma, Andy VanLoocke, Marshall McDaniel, Brian Hornbuckle||IOW05663|
|Computer vision for animal monitoring and phenotyping||ANSCI||$71,600||Juan Steibel, James Koltes, Anna Johnson, Dawn Koltes, Nicholas Gabler, Ken Stalder, Brett Ramirez, and Richard Gates||IOW04100, IOW05483, NC1211, IOW05637, IOW03921, NE1942, IOW05562|
|Microfluidic Sorter for Animal & Plant Research||ANSCI, AGRON||$120,000||Karl Kerns, Elizabeth Bobeck, Thomas Lubberstedt, Aileen Keating||IOW03921, IOW04100, IOW04714, IOW05513 (NE1727), IOW05520 (NC007), IOW05670 (W4112)|
|Breeding and phenomics program for emerging crops||AGRON, PPEM||$150,000||Arti Singh, Asheesh K. Singh, Daren Mueller, Matt O'Neal, and Mark Licht||IOW04717|
Total funded: $513,647
Request for Proposals & Selection Process
|Number of Applications||28|
|Total Funds Requested||$1,957,647|
|Lead PI Department, All Applications||8|
|Average (mean) Request Amount||$69,915|
|Number of Proposals with Matching Funds||14|
|Average Matching Funds (Where Included)||$32,925|
Primary Reviewer Selection
- 9 were asked to serve across 8 departments. All agreed to serve as reviewers.
- Proposals randomly assigned to reviewers with no COI (per COI list submitted by PI and reviewer agreement of no COI).
- One proposal was not reviewed due to the the fact that the PI group did not have a fully up-to-date and compliant Hatch/Multistate Project in place.
- 27 proposals were classed into 9 sets based on request amount, with 3 proposals in each set.
- Each set of three was reviewed by a primary reviewer. These three were ranked relative to each other based on potential to expand the scope of existing projects, alignment to strategic initiatives, potential to facilitate team-based initiatives, and potential use for developing or enabling future requests for funding.
- Secondary reviewers considered 2 or 3 sets. Each secondary reviewer ranked their 6-9 proposals comparatively. Secondary reviewers met to discuss their rankings.
- CALS Associate Deans Lawrence-Dill and MacDonald compared rankings with available funds. Highly ranked proposals were selected for funding. Some proposals were only partially funded to arrive at a figure near the figure for funding that was allocated for this opportunity.
- One proposal from last year's competition was included in awards due to the fact that the PI was encouraged to apply for a CoSPRT based on the last year's reviews. That PI applied for CoSPRT and received funding from the VPR. The CALS match for CoSPRT came from this funding allocation. That project (Schalinske and Rowling) is one of the 8 projects listed as funded in this round.
|Primary Reviewer Departments||7|
|Secondary Reviewer Units||VPR, CALS|
|Lead PI Departments||4|
|Included Matching Funds||4|
|Average Matching Funds||$69,483|
|Total Funds Awarded (including match)||$791,132|