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International Research and Development Seed Grants



Application Template & Guidelines

The International Research Seed Grants program provides initial startup funding which allows faculty to develop new collaborations leading to international sponsored projects. Awards are generally limited to $2,000 or less, but up to $5,000 may be available for projects with strong academic unit support and demonstrated cost sharing.

The program gives preference to high-quality research in priority countries that involve relatively new faculty who have not previously been supported by the program.

The competition also reflects the ongoing commitment of the Offices of the Provost, the Vice Presidents for Research at both TTU & TTUHSC, and the International Research & Development Division of the Office of International Affairs to enhance international research and development activities and scholarship. 

 

The 2018 Request for Applications is currently closed. The 2019 Request for Applications will be posted at a later date.

2018 Seed Grants

Selected Projects

Name: Dr. Beth Thacker
Academic college and department: College of Arts & Sciences: Physics & Astronomy
Country of interest: Ethiopia
Project Title: Research on Instructors' Conceptions and Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics and the Relationship to Pedagogy
Name: Dr. Cameron Griffith* & Dr. Hemachandra Reddy**
Academic college and department:

College of Arts & Sciences: Geosciences*

TTUHSC Garrison Institute on Aging**

Country of interest: Belize
Project Title: Interdisciplinary pilot study to test the anti-diabetic potential of Chaya, a medicinal plant from Central America
Name: Dr. Clifford Fedler
Academic college and department: College of Engineering: Civil, Environmental, & Construction Engineering
Country of interest: China
Project Title: Food, Water and Sustainability with Technology Integration
Name: Dr. Jyotsna Sharma
Academic college and department: College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources: Plant & Soil Science
Country of interest: Belarus
Project Title: Do widely distributed plants utilize similar mycorrhizal associates across continents?
Name: Dr. Karin Ardon-Dryer
Academic college and department: College of Arts & Sciences: Geosciences
Country of interest: Bolivia
Project Title: The Efficiency of Particles from the High-Altitude Mount Chacaltaya (Bolivia) Laboratory Station as Ice Nucleation Particles
Name: Drs. Lourdes Juan*, Kevin Long*, Angela Peace*, & Greg Mayer**
Academic college and department: College of Arts & Sciences: Mathematics* & Environmental Toxicology**
Country of interest: England
Project Title: Stoichiometric Ecotoxicology - Collaborative Research
Name: Dr. Narissra Punyanunt-Carter
Academic college and department: College of Media & Communication: Communication Studies
Country of interest: Thailand
Project Title: Understanding how young people communicate via social media in the United States and Thailand
Name: Dr. Roxie Godfrey
Academic college and department: College of Human Sciences: Family & Consumer Sciences Education
Country of interest: Germany
Project Title: An International Study of Health Literacy Education in Home Economics Classes in Munich, Germany
Name: Dr. Stephanie Shine
Academic college and department: College of Human Sciences: Human Development & Family Studies
Country of interest: Ethiopia
Project Title: Developing Early Childhood Programs in Ethiopia

2017 Seed Grants

Selected Projects

Name: Dr. David Sand
Academic college and department: College of Arts & Sciences: Physics
Country of interest: Australia, Chile, Canada, USA
Project Title: Using Globular Clusters to Trace the Dark Side of Nearby Galaxies
Name: Dr. Mary Murimi
Academic college and department: College of Human Sciences: Nutritional Sciences
Country of interest: Mexico
Project Title: Nutrition Education Intervention for the prevention of type 2 diabetes in the Texas-Mexican border
Name: Dr. Shaikh Rahmn
Academic college and department: College of Human Sciences: Nutritional Sciences
Country of interest: Japan
Project Title: Blueberry (Vaccinium Virgatum Aiton) Leaf Extract Reduces Macrophage Activation and Atherogenesis
Name: Dr. Kanika Batra
Academic college and department: College of Arts & Sciences: English
Country of interest: Tunisia
Project Title: Workshop on African Islamic Feminism
Name: Dr. Marcos Sanchez-Plata
Academic college and department: College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources: Animal & Food Sciences
Country of interest: Colombia
Project Title: Understanding the Effect of Production Systems and Post-Harvest Antimicrobial Interventions on the Poultry Meath Microbial Ecosystem and Pathogen Antimicrobial Resistance Patterns in Colombia
Name: Dr. Peter Barta
Academic college and department: College of Arts & Sciences: Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures
Country of interest: Italy
Project Title: Revisiting Hippocrates and Galan
Name: Dr. Kent Wilkinson
Academic college and department: College of Media & Communication: Journalism & Electronic Media
Country of interest: Chile
Project Title: Understanding Persuasive Messaging Through Eye-Tracking
Name: Dr. Roxie Godfrey
Academic college and department: College of Human Sciences: Family & Consumer Sciences Education
Country of interest: Malta
Project Title: An International Study of Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics student teacher stages of concern teaching FCS/HE literacies and integrating eLearning and mobile technologies
Name: Dr. Wilhelmina Theron
Academic college and department: College of Human Sciences: Nutritional Sciences
Country of interest: South Africa
Project Title: Cardiovascular Risk Markers and Genetic Polymorphisms in Black South African Children Aged 6-18 Years Old.
Name: Dr. Tigga Kingston
Academic college and department: College of Arts & Sciences: Biology
Country of interest: Malaysia
Project Title: Ecological Evaluation of a Mixed Agroforestry System in the Bornean Highlands

2016 Seed Grants

Selected Projects

Name: Dr. Naima Moustaid-Moussa
Academic college and department: College of Human Sciences: Nutritional Sciences
Project Title: Mechanisms Meditating Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Metabolic Disorders: Role of Lipid Mediators and microRNAs
Name: Dr. Wilna Oldewage-Theron
Academic college and department: College of Human Sciences: Nutritional Sciences
Country of interest: South Africa
Project Title: The role of human adenoviruses in obesity in South Africa
Name: Dr. Brenda Ariba Zarhari
Academic college and department: College of Human Sciences: Nutritional Sciences
Country of interest: Ghana
Project Title: Harnessing baobab in addressing iron deficiency anemia in Ghana
Name: Dr. Barbara Hahn
Academic college and department: College of Arts & Sciences: History
Project Title: Plague, Public Health, and Port Cities in the Third Pandemic
Name: Dr. Cristina Bradatan
Academic college and department: College of Arts & Sciences: Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work
Project Title: Governing the commons: irrigation, drought and community structure
Name: Dr. Sandra Diamond
Academic college and department: College of Arts & Sciences: Biological Sciences
Country of interest: Cuba
Project Title: Exploring the Use of Spatial Statistics to Progress Shark Conservation in Cuba
Name: Dr. Jennifer Vanos
Academic college and department: College of Arts & Sciences: Geosciences
Country of interest: Mexico
Project Title: Building Resilience for Climate and Weather Extremes in US-Mexico Border Cities
Name: Dr. Mary Murimi
Academic college and department: College of Human Sciences: Nutritional Sciences
Country of interest: Bangladesh
Project Title: Effect of maternal and child diet on childhood undernutrition in rural Bangladesh
Name: Dr. David Sand
Academic college and department: College of Arts & Sciences: Physics
Project Title: Discovering the Smallest and Most Dark Matter Dominated Galaxies in the Universe
Name: Dr. Yunjuan Luo
Academic college and department: College of Media & Communication: Journalism & Electronic Media
Country of interest: China
Project Title: eHealth literacy in China: Assessment of eHealth literacy levels among senior Chinese citizens
Name: Dr. Sung-Wook Kwon
Academic college and department: College of Arts & Sciences: Political Science
Project Title: Investigating Sustainability Actions in Korean Local Governments
Name: Dr. Marc Lochbaum & Dr. Jennifer Vanos
Academic college and department: College of Arts & Sciences: Kinesiology & Sports Management
Project Title: A Cross-Cultural Collaboration for Validating Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA) Games for Children and Youth
Name: Dr. Fethi A. Inan
Academic college and department: College of Education: Educational Psychology & Leadership
Project Title: Data Mining Application in Online Educational Data
Name: Dr. Hyojung Cho
Academic college and department: Museum of Texas Tech University
Country of interest: Afghanistan
Project Title: Museum-to- Museum of Afghanistan
Name: Dr. Mary Murimi
Academic college and department: College of Human Sciences: Nutritional Sciences
Country of interest: Kenya
Project Title: Investigating the drivers of food choices associated with health communication in Kenya
Name: Dr. Costica Bradtan
Academic college and department: Honors College
Project Title: Philosophy of Everyday Life

2015 Seed Grants

Selected Projects

Name: Dr. Guillermo Arraya
Academic college and department: College of Engineering: Mechanical Engineering
Country of interest: Norway
Project Title: Collaborative research: Assessment of high winds in North Norway via the WRF model for wind energy applications
Name: Dr. Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo
Academic college and department: College of Human Sciences: Human Development & Family Studies
Country of interest: Colombia (South America)
Project Title: HIV knowledge, Sexual Behaviors, and HIV-Hepatitis C Coinfections among Young Injection Drug Homeless Users in Colombia: Training for Prevention
Name: Dr. William Lan
Academic college and department: College of Education: Educational Psychology and Leadership
Country of interest: China and/or Thailand
Project Title: Cross-cultural comparisons on factors and strategies related to successful aging and life satisfaction
Name: Dr. David Lawver
Academic college and department: College of Agriculture & Natural Resources: Agricultural Education and Communications
Country of interest: Kenya
Project Title: Developing the Capacity of Middle-Level Tertiary Education Systems:
Entrepreneurship Education, Community-Based Agricultural Extension Workforce Development, and Institutional Leadership and Change Management
Name: Dr. Naima Moustaid-Moussa
Academic college and department: College of Human Sciences: Nutritional Sciences
Country of interest: Sri Lanka
Project Title: Biomarkers for Mechanism Responsible for Insulin Resistance in South Asian
Adults
Name: Dr. Mary Murimi
Academic college and department: College of Human Sciences: Nutritional Sciences
Country of interest: Kenya
Project Title: Empowering Women by improving health literacy level, food insecurity, and
reducing maternal and child malnutrition among low income rural populations through nutritional education.
Name: Dr. Sohyun Park
Academic college and department: College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources: Landscape Architecture
Country of interest: South Korea
Project Title: Evaluating Trans-boundary Landscapes for Ecosystem Services in Demilitarized
Zone (DMZ) in Korea
Name: Dr. Jorge Salazar- Bravo
Academic college and department: College of Arts & Sciences: Biological Sciences
Country of interest: Brazil
Project Title: Multiple dimensions of host-pathogen biodiversity: Rodents, virus in South
American habitats
Name: Dr. David Sand
Academic college and department: College of Arts & Sciences: Physics
Country of interest: United Kingdom (primary), South Africa, Australia
Project Title: Measuring Supermassive Black Hole Masses Near and Far with a Global Network of Robotic Telescopes
Name: Dr. David Weindorf
Academic college and department: College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources: Plant and Soil Science
Country of interest: Romania
Project Title: Proximal sensor assessment of urban pollution: Synthesis of environmental and public health record data, Baia Mare, Romania