Collage of 2013 news headlines

Annual Report, Fiscal Year 2013:

10% growth in a challenging year

Despite sequestration, federal budget cuts and other challenges, sponsored funding for research and other purposes increased 10.73 percent at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University during fiscal 2013.

The total of $56.86 million for the year ending June 30, 2013, compares with $51.35 million in fiscal 2012.

“Winning federal awards for research is becoming more competitive as funding agencies’ budgets are reduced and we continually face new complications, such as sequestration and now the federal government shutdown,” said Dr. Barry L. Burks, vice chancellor for research and economic development.

“A&T researchers have responded by writing proposals that make compelling cases for the value and competitiveness of their work. Together with our research administrators, they did a tremendous job of winning funds in an increasingly difficult environment.”

Fiscal 2013 research highlights

  • Spun-off Bioadhesive Alliance, which won numerous business plan competitions in the clean-energy sector, including the ACC Clean Energy Challenge, the Charlotte Venture Challenge, PTP Next Competition, and the People’s Choice Award in the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Energy Business Competition.

    The company is based on the sustainable infrastructure technology developed by Dr. Ellie Fini of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering. The technology generated coverage for A&T around the nation, including an article in Wired magazine (July 2013). Dr. Fini was named to the “10 to Watch in 2013” list by The Business Journal and the “40 Leaders Under 40” list, also by The Business Journal.
  • Secured funding for seven summer programs for teachers and students in middle and high schools.
  • Developed five agreements with universities for research collaboration or sub-contracting.
  • Developed 13 non-disclosure agreements and five teaming agreements or memos of understanding with companies interested in research projects.
  • Entered into two long-term research agreements with companies involved in federal indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity research contracts.
  • Expanded the annual Innovation Challenge to include sophomores as well as freshmen and announced expansion to all students in 2013-14. The 2013 contest was sponsored by GE, BD Technologies, and the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.
  • Maintained the No. 3 ranking in the UNC system for sponsored funding for research, education, and community engagement.

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Selected major awards

A sampling of the 199 awards in FY13 to A&T researchers in the seven colleges and schools and the Department of Nanoengineering of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering:

NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials

  • Continued research funding and equipment
  • Principal investigator: Dr. Jagannathan Sankar, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • $5 million
  • Funder: National Science Foundation
  • Details

NSF CREST Biofuels Center

  • New project
  • Principal investigator: Dr. Abolghasem Shahbazi, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Design
  • Co-investigators: Dr. Debasish Kuila, Dr. Divi Venkateswarlu, Dr. Jianzhong Lou, Dr. Keith Schimmel, Dr. Lijun Wang, Dr. Lyubov Kurkalova, Dr. Shamsuddin Ilias, Dr. Vinayak Kabadi, Dr. Yevgeniy Rastigeyev.
  • $2 million
  • Funder: National Science Foundation
  • Details

Director of National Intelligence Science and Technology Center of Excellence in Advanced Biometrics Technology Research

  • Continued research funding
  • Principal investigator: Dr. Gerry Dozier, Department of Computer Science
  • $1 million
  • Funder: Army Research Laboratory
  • Details

Center for Aviation Safety

  • Continued research funding
  • Principal investigator: Dr. Kunigal Shivakumar, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Co-investigators: Dr. Mannur Sundaresan, Dr. Vinayak Kabadi
  • $950,000
  • Funder: NASA
  • Details

Child Response Initiative

  • New project
  • Principal investigator: Dr. Kelly Graves, Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness
  • $750,000
  • Funder: Office of Justice Programs
  • Details

Nano to Continuum Multi-Scale Modeling Techniques and Analysis for Cementitious Materials Under Dynamic Loading

  • Continued research funding
  • Principal investigator: Dr. Ram Mohan, Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering
  • Co-investigators: Dr. Ajit Kelkar, Dr. Miguel Picornell-Darder, Dr. Sameer Hamoush, and Dr. Won-Chang Choi
  • $556,000
  • Funder: Army Research Office
  • Details

High Performance Reconfigurable Computing: Research and Education

  • New project
  • Principal investigator: Dr. Clay Gloster, Department of Computer Systems Technology
  • $478,000
  • Funder: Army Research Office
  • Details

Center for Outreach in Aging and Community Health: Supporting Health Aging and the Elimination of Health Disparities among Vulnerable Populations

  • New project
  • Principal investigator: Dr. Goldie Byrd, Department of Biology
  • $400,000
  • Funder: Merck Foundation
  • Details

Bioactive food compounds with applications in the prevention and management of diabetes

  • New project
  • Principal investigator: Dr. Shengmin Sang, Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies
  • $350,000
  • Funder: Qatar University
  • Details

ENGAGE 2BE: Engaging the Next Generation of African-American Graduates Entering Biomedical, Biological and Environmental Engineering Careers

  • New project
  • Principal investigator: Dr. Stephanie Luster-Teasley, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
  • Co-investigators: Dr. Clay Gloster, Dr. Leotis Parrish, Dr. Matthew McCullough, and Dr. Ronnie Bailey
  • $240,000
  • Funder: U.S. Department of Education
  • Details

BIGDATA: DataBridge -- A Sociometric System for Long-tail Science Data Collections

  • New project
  • Principal investigator: Dr. Justin Zhan, Department of Computer Science
  • $178,000
  • Funder: National Science Foundation
  • Details

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Sponsored funding listed by academic unit

Unit Total  Percentage
School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences $22,307,349.22 39.23
College of Engineering $15,161,176.20 26.66
Division of Academic Affairs $11,164,747.00 19.63
College of Arts and Sciences $3,739,546.12 6.57
School of Education $1,638,606.96 2.88
Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (Department of Nanoengineering) $812,209.00 1.42
School of Technology $791,540.00 1.39
Division of Student Affairs $726,356.00 1.27
School of Business and Economics $442,364.00 0.9
School of Nursing $48,743.35
Office of the Chancellor $20,000.00
Graduate School $10,000.00
Total $56,862,637.85 100.00 

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Sponsored funding listed by funder type

Sponsor Type Total  Percentage
Federal* $52,104,728.12 91.63
Educational and Research Institutions $3,047,013.80 5.35
Foundations $931,061.96 1.63
Business and Industry $347,070.00 1.37
State Government $246,136.22
Local Governments $133,531.75
Associations $41,096.00
Nonprofit Organizations $12,000.00
Total $56,862,637.85 100.00 
* Federal Agency Total  
U.S. Department of Agriculture $19,035,446.00 36.53
National Science Foundation $13,843,724.00 26.57
U.S. Department of Education $10,597,276.00 20.33
Department of Defense $4,030,180.00 7.73
Department of Health and Human Services / National Institutes of Health $1,679,992.00 3.22
NASA / NOAA $1,442,710.00 2.76
U.S. Department of Justice $749,905.00 2.83
Department of Energy $492,107.00
U.S. Department of Transportation $96,000.00
Department of Homeland Security $87,388.12
Nuclear Regulatory Commission $50,000.00
Total $52,104,728.12 100.00 

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STEM funding

Category Total Percentage
STEM funding $45,211,090.89 79.51
Non-STEM funding $6,893,637.23 20.49
Total $52,104,728.12 100.00

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Intellectual property 

  • Seven invention disclosures submitted
    College of Engineering: three
    Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering: three
    School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences: one
  • Two U.S. patents issued
    “Methods of Preparing Thin Films by Electroless Plating” to Dr. Shamsuddin Ilias et al. (College of Engineering)
    “Process For Preparing Hypoallergenic And Non-Allergenic Peanuts (Arachis Hypogaea) Utilizing An Endopeptidase” to Dr. Jianmei Yu et al. (School  of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences)
  • One U.S. patent allowed (to be issued FY2014)
    “Controlled Release Remediation System and Composition” to Dr. Stephanie Luster-Teasley (College of Engineering)
  • Four provisional patent applications filed with U.S. Patent Office
    “Development of wheat bread enriched with combined corn and oat brans,” Dr. Guibing Chen (School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences)
    “Novel aspirin derivatives as chemotherapeutic or chemopreventive agents,” Dr. Shengmin Sang (School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences)
    “Use of [6]-shogaol metabolites in the treatment of cancer,” Dr. Shengmin Sang (School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences)
    “Preparation and uses of bioadhesives,” Dr. Elham Fini (College of Engineering)
  • Two utility patent applications filed with U.S. Patent Office
    “Micropropagation of Alexandrian laurel,” Dr. Guochen Yang et al. (School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences)
    “Production of carbonaceous nano-fibrous materials with ultra-high specific surface area from alkali (Kraft) lignin,” Dr. Lifeng Zhang et al. (Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering and collaborators at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology)

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