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The pandemic may have temporarily halted much of the ongoing work in labs and centers on the University of Maryland campus and around the globe to reduce the risk of spreading the virus, but it also unleashed a torrent of creativity from researchers eager to help society through this difficult passage.
The University of Maryland Division of Research announced 11 recipients of Coronavirus Research Seed Fund Awards. The Vice President for Research invited proposals from across campus that utilize the University of Maryland’s research strengths to rapidly contribute to human health and related outcomes with respect to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), including prevention, control, and response efforts.
“We are pleased to identify these promising projects for support, which will leverage University of Maryland faculty expertise to help address urgent health needs related to COVID-19, in service to our state and our nation,” said Vice President for Research Laurie Locascio.
The following projects received awards:
Assessing the Social Consequences of COVID-19
Bio-inspiredhydrogels for detection of aerosolized SARS-COV-2
Adolescent Mental Health in Response to Covid-19
Origami Inspired, Self-assembling Clinic for Combating Coronavirus
How Companies Are Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic: Their Roles, Strategies, and Effectiveness in Promoting the Public Good
Universities’ Coronavirus Crisis Management: Challenges, Opportunities, and Initial Lessons Learned
COVID-19 Exhaled Breath Aerosols and Transmission Risk
Development and Evaluation of Novel Aptamer-based Therapeutics Targeting SARS-CoV-2 in a Physiologically-Relevant Model of Human Airway Epithelium
Tracking Public Risk Perceptions, Media Use and Trust in Government during the COVID-19 Crisis: A National Longitudinal Study
The University of Maryland’s internal faculty research support program is a key resource in the university’s overall effort to expand its research activity, visibility and impact. The program is designed to enable innovative research, incentivize the pursuit of large, complex, and high-impact research initiatives, and help UMD faculty to be more competitive for extramural research awards. The program is overseen by the Vice President for Research and managed by the VPR’s Research Development Office. All award decisions are made subject to the availability of funds.
This article also appeared in Maryland Today.
April 9, 2020
University of Maryland Announces Coronavirus Research Seed Fund Award Recipients
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