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Research Announces Big Idea Planning Grant Winners
SLU’s Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and the Research Growth Committee
have announced the winners of the first round of Big Ideas planning grants. The multi-year
competition offers increasing levels of investment for projects that demonstrate broad
faculty engagement, strong leadership and compelling research plans.
The SLU community can learn more at SLU Research’s celebration of research and scholarship
on Monday, April 30, at the Saint Louis University Museum of Art (SLUMA).
The Big Ideas competition builds on SLU’s research growth goal of creating university-wide
strategic research priorities.
Nearly 40 proposals were submitted by teams of SLU faculty in response to the call
for Big Ideas. Three proposals were selected to move forward with $50,000 planning
grants to advance their ideas prior to submitting a full research and business plan
in six to nine months.
Vasit Sagan, Ph.D., Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
Mario Schootman, Ph.D., Epidemiology, College of Public Health and Social Justice
Ness Sandoval, Ph.D., Sociology and Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences
The university community will have an opportunity to hear from the Big Ideas teams
at the April 30 celebration, which runs from 4 to 6 p.m. The University community
is invited to attend, no RSVP is required.
Five groups received preliminary planning grants to further grow their ideas.
Scott Sell, Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology
Ryan McCulla, Ph.D., Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
Scott Martin, Ph.D., Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
Steve Buckner, Ph.D., Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
In a few cases, the Research Growth Committee (RGC) received multiple proposals on
related topics and is encouraging the teams to explore the potential for their respective
projects to become part of a more inclusive Big Idea.
Four proposals were endorsed by the RGC as likely college-level research priorities
that may have potential to grow into university-wide initiatives. The RGC also received
a variety of projects that do not currently fit the Big Idea criteria and is providing
small seed funds to enable the teams to continue to collaborate.