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Professor Sarah Cole, Carl Smallwood awarded grants as part of The President’s Research Excellence (PRE) Catalyst Grant program

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Originally published by The Ohio State University Office of Research

Nearly $1.4 million has been awarded to seven interdisciplinary Ohio State research teams through the President’s Research Excellence (PRE) program. This most recent round of funding focuses on Catalyst proposals – supporting cross- and interdisciplinary teams to pursue large-scale, high-impact research that addresses emerging or existing challenges of national and international societal importance. In addition, these grants of up to $200,000 are intended for research that has the potential to generate long-term, sustained, and significant impact, and positions Ohio State as the leader in the proposed area. 

The program supports the university’s goals to help grow its research and innovation enterprise by attracting more externally sponsored research funding, enabling basic and use-inspired research and discoveries, and addressing large, complex societal challenges. Nine of Ohio State’s 15 colleges are represented in these seven proposals showing the interdisciplinary focus of the program, which is administered by the Office of Knowledge Enterprise.

“When we invest in some of our own most promising research as a university, other funders take notice,” said Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska, interim vice president for knowledge enterprise. “Programs like this help further attract partners and funding, accelerating the research so that we can innovate and translate at pace and scale.”

The PRE program also offers Accelerator Grants of up to $50,000 to support small teams pursuing curiosity-driven, novel, high-risk and high-reward research. Nineteen teams were awarded fundingthough this mechanism earlier this year. Another request for proposals for Accelerator Grants is planned for Spring 2022.

University Collaboration on Overcoming Attitudinal and Situational Barriers to Collaborative Initiatives to Advance Racial Equity: A Confluence of Dispute Process Design, Law & Social Science

Lead PI: Sarah Cole, Moritz College of Law    
Co-investigators: Tijs Van Maasakkers, College of Engineering; Teri Murphy and Korie Little Edwards, College of Arts and Sciences; Tom Gregoire, College of Social Work; Carl Smallwood, Moritz College of Law   

Research Topical Area: Novel social science research concepts that address societal challenges related to food, water, health, racial equity and inclusion, and national security.

Project description: Ohio State joins strengths in dispute system design, social work, peace efforts, sociology and architecture/planning to study, inform and transform the hoped-for success of government-convened racial equity initiatives through evidence-based tools to overcome attitudinal/situational challenges.        

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