Seed Grant Projects

Through a competitive request for proposals (RFP) process, the institute awards seed grants to promising research projects proposed by interdisciplinary teams from across the KSU community. 

These grants are intended to support early research efforts in acquiring preliminary data, upon which the team can build further research and propose more robust projects. If you are interested in serving on the award committee, please contact esdri@kent.edu.

Seed Grant timeline:                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Action Anticipated deadline
RFP announcement early spring
Proposals due upon return from Spring Break
Awards announcement end of spring term


Seed Grant projects awarded in 2022:

Growing Flax and Hemp fiber at different seeding rates to develop sustainable, plant-based textiles production in Ohio

Investigators:

Dr. Sarah Eichler (College of Arts and Sciences)
Sarah Eichler headshot


Conceptualizing landscapes: Examining feedbacks between urban ecosystems and regulatory documents using machine-learning methods

Investigators:

Dr. Kayla Perry (College of Arts and Sciences)
Dr. Christie Bahlai (College of Arts and Sciences)
Lama Tawk, M.S., M.L.A. (College of Arts and Sciences)
Kayla Perry headshot
Christie Bahlai headshot
Lama Tawk headshot

 

Seed Grant projects awarded in 2021:

Role of Reactive Fe and Mn Availability in Lake Erie Internal Nutrient Cycling

Investigators:

Dr. Allyson Tessin (College of Arts and Sciences)
Dr. David Costello (College of Arts and Sciences)
Dr. Lauren Kinsman-Costello (College of Arts and Sciences)

Headshot of Dr. Allyson Tessin
Headshot of Dr. David Costello
Headshot of Dr. Lauren Kinsman-Costello
 

 

Seed Grant projects awarded in 2019:

Local Environment-based Authentic Discovery Research and Outreach on Lead

Investigators:

Dr. Bridget Mulvey (College of Education, Health, and Human Services)
Dr. David Singer (College of Arts and Sciences)

Bridget Mulvey
Image of David Singer

 

Bio-receptive porous concrete substrate made from dredged material for living architecture

Investigators:

Dr. Rui Liu (College of Architecture and Environmental Design)
Dr. Reid Coffman (College of Architecture and Environmental Design)

Image of Rui Liu Coffman

 

In silico et in situ: Chimney Swift Tower

Investigators:

Margarita Benitez, MFA (College of the Arts)

Headshot of Margarita Benitez

 

Removal of water pollutants with green algae

Investigators:

Dr. Qunxing Ding (College of Arts and Sciences)
Dr. Xiaozhen Mou (College of Arts and Sciences)
Dr. Haiyan Zhu  (College of Arts and Sciences)

 

Seed Grant projects awarded in 2018:

Enhancing Climate Preparedness through Geodesign of Urban Green Space

Investigators:

Dr. Scott Sheridan (College of Arts and Sciences)
Theresa Schwarz (College of Architecture and Environmental Design)

 

Designing a Sensor Network to Investigate how Redox Regimes Control  Iron and Phosphorus Biogeochemistry

Investigators:

Dr. Lauren Kinsman-Costello (College of Arts and Sciences)

Image of Kinsman-Costello

 

FoSTERing Restoration Success at Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Investigators:

Dr. Anne Jefferson (College of Arts and Sciences)
Dr. Christie Bahlai (College of Arts and Sciences)
Dr. Bridget Mulvey (College of Education, Health and Human Services)

 

Biodiversity Roofs as Novel Ecosystems

Investigators:

Dr. Reid Coffman (College of Architecture and Environmental Design)
Dr. Christie Bahlai (College of Arts and Sciences)