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One Healthy Aging: As part of the University’s Strategic Plan for Research, Tufts One Healthy Aging Program: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Healthy Aging is pleased to invite pilot project applications. The One Healthy Aging Program is a collaborative initiative that spans all schools and centers at Tufts (including Tufts Medical Center), and was initiated to stimulate and foster a “One Health,” interdisciplinary collaborative research to study/improve/enhance healthy aging. This will serve as the inaugural round of this pilot study program.

We welcome aging-related research applications from all disciplines. Preference will be given to applicants that foster interdisciplinary research and/or propose approaches from investigators who have not traditionally conducted research in the area of aging.  Both junior and senior investigators are encouraged to apply (see Eligibility for more details). It is anticipated that a maximum of 4 grants will be awarded. Please consult the program guidelines for information on program eligibility and submission requirements. Inquiries may be directed to Andrea Miller, at andrea.miller@tufts.edu. The deadline for submission to the Pilot Grants for Aging Research program is Friday January 25, 2019.

 

Tufts Global Obesity Collaborative: As part of the University’s Strategic Plan for Research, Tufts Global Obesity Collaborative (T-GOC) is a new initiative to foster collaborations on topics relating to obesity across Tufts University, with a focus on both domestic and global obesity. Pilot Grants for Obesity Research is a funding opportunity provided by T-GOC. Small seed funding ($500 to $1,500) for obesity related projects are available. All types of applications from junior and senior faculty are encouraged. It is anticipated that a maximum of 2 grants will be awarded through this mechanism.  Inquiries may be directed to Shanti.Sharma@tufts.edu. The deadline for submission to the Pilot Grants for Obesity Research program is Friday January 25, 2019.  Researchers should submit their proposals to Shanti.Sharma@tufts.edu. Detailed guidelines will follow shortly.

T-GOC activities are already underway and investigators interested in becoming part of this initiative are encouraged to participate in activities throughout the year, including monthly TED talks and student-led journal clubs. Contact Shanti Sharma (Shanti.Sharma@tufts.edu) for more information. In addition, there will be other opportunities to apply for seed funding throughout the year.

 

Living Devices: As part of the University’s Strategic Plan for Research, the Laboratory for Living Devices (L2D) is pleased to invite pilot project applications.  The L2D is a one-of-a-kind, multi-disciplinary research initiative at Tufts University that is a ‘materials-first’ environment at the interface between materials science, chemistry and environmental sciences, biology and biomedical engineering, human health, and the arts.  We welcome applications where materials are the unifying link between disciplines and where the researcher is driven by the pursuit of knowledge and outcomes that are innovative and go beyond what is being done with traditional, well-defined materials.  Proposals should be in areas where materials are adaptable, environmentally responsive, or multifunctional – we are particularly interested in proposals in which the novel material is used in environmental applications (climate science, crops/food, water, soil, etc.) and in proposals that involve the design of hybrid systems in which the material component alters the properties/behavior of biological component (or vice versa) or otherwise produce an effect that is more than the sum of its parts. Detailed guidelines will follow shortly. Inquiries may be directed to Fiorenzo Omenetto (Fiorenzo.Omenetto@tufts.edu).

The project duration should be 4–6 months and must be completed by 31 July 2019.  Projects should start no sooner than 1 February and no later than 15 March 2019. The maximum total budget for each project is $12,000 and it is anticipated that 3 awards will be made. The deadline for submission to the Pilot Grants for the Living Devices program is Friday January 25, 2019.