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Storrs Agricultural Experiment Station

Internal Program Support

The fundamental goals of internal program support are to enhance the research climate at the University of Connecticut by promoting faculty and graduate student research and to help faculty in all disciplines move into a better position to generate external funding for their scholarly activities.  The proposals are  peer reviewed by members of a panel.

Faculty Large Grant Awards.

Spring 2012 ‘Faculty Large Grant’ Awards

For the Spring 2012 Faculty Large Grant competition, the Research Advisory Council received 59 proposals, and made 38 awards totaling more than $646,000.  College of Agriculture and Natural Resources recipients include: 

  • Thijs Bosker, Natural Resources & the Environment, The Impact of Dihydrotestosterone on Mummichog Exposed under Freshwater and Estuarine Conditions, $20,800
  • Yih-Woei Fridell, Allied Health Sciences, Elucidation of a hUCOP2 Neuroprotective Mechanism in Primary Dopaminergic Neurons, $20,800
  • Amy Mobley, Nutritional Sciences, Dad and Me: A Novel Approach to Childhood Obesity Prevention, $24,977
  • Stephen K. Swallow, Agriculture & Resource Economics, Public Goods, Ecosystem Services, Economic Values, and Market Incentives: Constructing Experimental and Applied Economics for Interdisciplinary Funding, $25,000

Complete list of Spring 2012 recipients


Spring 2011 ‘Faculty Large Grant’ Awards|

For the spring 2011 Faculty Large Grant competition, the Research Advisory Council received 48 proposals, and made 33 awards totaling more than $542,000.
College of Agriculture recipients include:

  • Joshua Berning, Agricultural & Resource Economics, A Pilot Study to Examine the Relationship of Economic Insecurity and Household Behavior as it Relates to Obesity, $15,890
  • Jane Kerstetter, Allied Health Sciences, The Effect of Amino Acids on Claudin-2: An Integral Tight Junction Protein, $9,940
  • Ji-Young Lee, Nutritional Sciences, Regulatory Mechanism for Adipocyte Fatty Acid Binding Protein Expression by Fatty Acids in Macrophages, $25,000
  • Lawrence Silbart, Allied Health Sciences, Mitigating the Harmful Effect of Carcinogens in Tobacco via Passive Immunity, $25,000

Complete list of Spring 2011 ‘Faculty Large Grant’ Awards

Fall 2010 ‘Faculty Large Grant’ Awards

For the fall 2010 Faculty Large Grant competition, the Research Advisory Council received 55 proposals, and made 37 awards totaling more than $657,000.
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources recipients include:

  • Bradley Bolling, Nutritional Sciences, Aronia ssp. (chokeberry) for the Prevention of Allergic Asthma, $20,000
  • Kristen Govoni, Animal Science, Effects of Intrauterine Growth Retardation (IUGR) on Fetal and Postnatal Development in Sheep, $22,000
  • Gary Kazmer, Animal Science, Reduction in Antibiotic Resistance in Salmonella Typhimurium DT104 Cultures Subjected to Sub-Inhibitory Concentrations of Plant-Derived Antimicrobial Compounds, $18,000
  • Farhed Shah, Agriculture & Resource Economics, Economic Evaluation of Alternative Waste Management Practices in Livestock Agriculture, $2,634

Complete list of Fall 2010 ‘Faculty Large Grant’ Awards

Faculty Small Grant Awards (requests up to $1,500)

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources recipients include:

February 2011

  • Sylvain Deguise, Pathobiology & Veterinary Sciences, Immunotoxicity of PCBs in polar bears, $1,500.00

July 2010

  • Thomas A Hoagland, Animal Science, The Influence of PGF2a and PGE2 on Oxygen Consumption and Progesterone Synthesis in Isolated Mitochondria from Bovine Luteal Cells, $1,500.00
  • Susanne Beck Von Bodman, Plant Science & Landscape Architecture, Characterization of the WceJ Protein in Synthesis of Stewartan Polysaccharide by the Plant Pathogenic Bacterium Pantoea Stewartii subsp. Stewartii, $1,500.00

March  2010

  • Jenifer Nadeau, Animal Science, Effect of Season on Travel Patterns and Hoof Growth in Horses Kept in Varying Sized Turnouts, $1,500.00 

January  2010

  • Steven A Zinn, Animal Science, Seasonality of Intake, Body Condition, and the Somatotropic Axis in Captive Steller Sea Lions (Eumetopias jubatus), $1,500.00


News and Events



Grant Announcements:


Agricultural and Resource Economics:

Bravo-Ureta, Boris E, $149,988, A New Look at Total Factor Productivity and Irrigation Water Use Efficiency: An Analysis of U.S. Agriculture, 12/16/2015, USDA/NIFA


Animal Science:

Amalaradjou, Mary Anne, $149,961, Investigating the Beneficial Role of Cheese Starter Cultures in the Prevention of Inflammatory Bowel Disease in a Mouse Colitis Model, 11/02/2015, USDA/NIFA

Venkitanarayanan, Kumar S, $142,463, Natural and Environment-Friendly Approaches for Improving the Microbiological Safety of Cantaloupes, 11/03/2015, USDA/NIFA



Bonelli, Joseph, $250,000 Crop Insurance and Risk Management Promotion, Education and Training for Connecticut Farmers and Growers, 2015-2016, 10/12/2015, USDA/Department of Agriculture


Bonelli, Joseph, $71,758, 2015 NESARE CT, MA, RI Joint Outreach,11/05/2015, USDA/National Institute of Food and Agriculture/University of Vermont


Wilson, Emily H., $99,906, Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online 2015-2016 Work Plan, 12/10/2015, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection



Casa, Douglas J, $19,534, Relationship Between Classical Magnet School (Hartford Public Schools) and University of Connecticut, 11/04/2015, Hartford Public Schools


Natural Resources and the Environment:

Fahey, Robert T, $59,941, Collaborative Research: EAGER-NEON: Is Canopy Structural Complexity a Global Predictor of Primary Production?: Using NEON to Transform Understanding of Forest Structure-Function, 11/24/2015, NSF/BIO/Directorate for Biological Sciences


Volin, John, $339,062, Evaluation of Airborne & Mobile LiDAR Technologies for Monitoring Roadside Vegetation and Utility Infrastructure, 12/11/2015, Eversource


Volin, John, $1,213,521, Stormwise: Vegetation Management and Modeling for Storm Resistant Trees, Resilient Power and Sustainable Futures, 12/11/2015 Eversource


USDA Integrated Grants and Logic Model

A logic model is a conceptual tool for planning and evaluation which displays the sequence of actions that describes what the science-based program is and will do.


How to Join a Multistate Project


Instructions to join a Multistate Project   - Link to directions for viewing project proposals and for creating an Appendix E to authorize participation by your scientist(s) /specialist(s) in the above proposed projects. 

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