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Office of the Vice President for Research

Monthly Grant Awards Report: March 2023

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to share our monthly report listing new grant awards USC faculty researchers across the university system received between Wednesday, March 1 and Friday, March 31, 2023. Please note that some awards received toward the end of that period might have missed the reporting cut-off. In such cases, the award will be listed in the next monthly report. Our office is proud to share these successes with the university research community. Please join us in congratulating our excellent researchers on their new grant awards.

Get the March 2023 New Grant Awards Report (pdf).


Summary of Large March 2023 New Grant Awards

PI Name

PI College/Dept.

Award Title



West, Delia Arnold School of Public Health – Exercise Science Addressing Rural Health Disparities by Optimizing "High Touch" Intervention Components in Digital Obesity Treatment National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)/NIH $3,360,071
Corbett, Cynthia College of Nursing - Nursing South Carolina Nursing Assistant Program (SCNAP) SC Department of Health & Environmental Control (DHEC)/CDC $3,186,688
Spinale, Francis School of Medicine – Basic Science Research Fibroblast targeting for myocardial repair National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)/NIH $2,650,598
Smithwick, Julie Arnold School of Public Health – Center for Community Health Alignment Community Health Workers Changing Outcomes in South Carolina South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) $1,900,000
Welshhans, Kristy College of Arts and Sciences – Biological Sciences Regulating axon guidance through local translation at adhesions National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)/NIH $1,872,670
Zhang, Qi College of Engineering & Computing – Computer Science & Engineering CAREER: Identifying and Exploiting Multi-Agent Symmetries National Science Foundation (NSF) $535,346
Ling, Yue (Stanley) College of Engineering & Computing – Mechanical Engineering CAREER: Impact of Inlet Conditions on Interfacial Instability and Spray Formation: High-Fidelity Simulation, Characterization, and Sub-Grid Modeling National Science Foundation (NSF) $332,469
Lauterbach, Jochen College of Engineering & Computing – Chemical Engineering Next-Generation Ammonia System Integration Utilizing Intermittent Renewable Power (REFUEL Integrations & Testing Program) State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo/(ARPA-E) DOE  $320,000
Simin, Grigory College of Engineering & Computing – Electrical Engineering STEM-Quantum Channel High Breakdown Voltage HEMT Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute/ONR $300,000
VanderVeen, Brandon School of Medicine – Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology Impact of Obesity on Chemotherapy-induced Cytotoxicity- Immune Cells and Skeletal muscle National Cancer Institute (NCI)/NIH $260,086

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