Through the end of January 2010, Brown faculty members have been awarded $33.3 million in federal research funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). That stimulus funding is in addition to an average of $135 million in research funding attracted annually from government and private sources.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Brown University faculty secured more than $33 million in research grants through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) during its first year, generating vital funding important to academic research and economic growth.

More than 47 individual research awards are included among the Brown awards from ARRA, an economic stimulus measure Congress passed in early 2009. ARRA funding is intended to stimulate job creation and make investments that have long-term benefits.

“Increased federal funding allows us to do more scientific research, which in turns leads to more discoveries,” said Clyde Briant, vice president for research at Brown. “Through these discoveries — whether new drugs, new materials, new algorithms or simply new ideas — science has an impact on everyday life.”

ARRA stimulus funding will help support research in a wide variety of areas, including public health, biomolecular research, brain computer interfaces, geological and environmental sciences, robot learning, and population studies. The funding helps preserve vital research jobs and serves as a long-term building block for future jobs as new discoveries become the basis for future companies.

The $33.3 million tally, as of the end of January 2010, should provide a substantial boost to Brown's sponsored funding. Brown’s typical average research funding from government and private sources reaches approximately $135 million annually.

The ratio of research and development to gross state product in Rhode Island was 4.12 percent in 2007, making it seventh in the nation. About 22 percent of all federal funds spent in Rhode Island support research and development for various organizations, according to the Alliance for Science and Technology Research in America.

Briant said that ARRA funds are a great boost for Brown. But more importantly, he said, they help advance knowledge and discovery and support economic growth.

“Brown University competes vigorously for research funding and has a strong record of success,” Briant said. “The funding bolsters our researchers’ effort to create new technologies and solutions for real-world problems, which can in turn create new businesses and jobs.”

He added that the quality of Brown faculty and the University’s investments in research support have positioned Brown to compete well for federal research funds.

Last September, Brown University announced that $3 million in funding from the National Science Foundation would help it purchase two state-of-the-art instruments and develop a new CAVE, the three-dimensional interactive space used by researchers in both science and liberal arts.

The money will help purchase a multicollector inductively-coupled mass spectrometer, and a transmission electronic microscope. Those instruments will be available for shared use to Rhode Island Universities and research centers and to researchers in neighboring Massachusetts.

Briant said these instruments “will fundamentally widen the scope of research activities at the University.”

The CAVE project, a $2-million award, involves modernizing the facility to enhance its research potential over the next two years.

Other grants are intended to help promote diversity within the research community. Briant noted that ARRA funding for geological and environmental sciences includes a grant of more than $500,000 to promote professional development for women in the field.

Stimulus Grants to Brown University


Anderson, Douglas D.National Science Foundation262,449
Exchange Relations in Prehistoric Northwest Alaska

Applied Mathematics

Guzman, JohnnyNational Science Foundation189,826
Hybridizable Discontinuous Galerkin Methods for Partial Differential Equations and Theoretical Questions on Finite Elements

Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies

Colby, Suzanne MarieNational Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism1,142,353
Brief Alcohol Intervention for School-To-Work Transition
Martin, Rosemarie AnnMemorial Hospital18,140
Sustaining Tobacco Abstinence After Incarceration
Miranda, Robert Jr.National Institute on Drug Abuse1,117,259
Biobehavioral Effects of Topiramate on Cannabis-Related Outcomes in Adolescents
Monti, Peter M.National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism154,741
Enhanced MI with Alcohol Positive Trauma Patients
Tidey, JenniferNational Institute on Drug Abuse444,750
Smoking Abstinence and Lapse Effects in Smokers with Schizophrenia and Controls

Center for Environmental Health and Technology

Kelsey, Karl T.National Cancer Institute408,096
The Molecular Epidemiology of Bladder Cancer

Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research

Feng, ZhanlianPresident and Fellows of Harvard College135,295
Selection and the Quality Impact of Nursing Home Ownership
Teno, Joan M. M.D. National Institute on Aging666,473
Effectiveness of Feeding Tubes Among Person with Advanced Cognitive Impairment
Trivedi, Amal N.National Institute on Aging968,252
Effect of Prescription Drug Benefits on Cardiovascular Outcomes in the Elderly

Center for Population Health and Clinical Epidemiology

Loucks, Eric B.National Institute on Aging1,500,000
The New England Family Study: Fifty Year Post-Perinatal Follow-Up for Life Course Effects on Aging


Bazemore-Walker, Carthene R.National Institute on Drug Abuse403,959
Proteomic Characterization of the Sigma-1 Receptor and Its Signaling Complex
Socha, Aaron M.National Science Foundation200,000
Analyses of Streptomyces Bacteria, Potential Lignocellulose Biorefineries
Wang, Lai-ShengNational Science Foundation766,024
Nanoclusters of Boron and Borides

Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences

Morgan, James L.National Science Foundation136,671
Interactions Between Word and Speech Sound Categorization in Language Acquisition

Computer Science

Cetintemel, UgurNational Science Foundation1,200,001
IIS-Medium: Querying the Future Now
Jenkins, Odest C.National Science Foundation558,434
Robot Learning from Multivalued Demonstration
Laidlaw, David H.National Science Foundation1,999,983
MRI: Development of a Next-Generation Interactive Virtual-Reality Display Environment for Science - Instrumentation Grant


Putterman, LouisNational Science Foundation180,908
Property Rights, Collective Action, and Public Choice: An Experimental Study


Chason, EricNational Science Foundation270,422
Whisker formation in Sn coatings on Cu: fundamental mechanisms and approaches to mitigation
Tripathi, AnubhavNational Institute of Alergy and Infectious Diseases419,435
Microfluidic Platform for Rapid Influenza Subtyping
Tripathi, AnubhavNational Science Foundation189,400
Collaborative Research: Direct Exploration of New Nanoscale Structures Using a Microfluidic Chip Integrated with Cryo-TEM
Webster, ThomasNational Science Foundation300,000
Carbon Nanotubes Impregnated with Stem Cells to Return Motor Skills

Environmental Change Initiative

Hastings, Meredith K.National Science Foundation592,035
Collaborative Research: Facilitating Career Advancement for Women in the Geosciences Through the Earth Science Women's Network (ESWN)


Lebourgeois, Monique K.Rhode Island Hospital3,577
Asthma and Academic Performance in Urban Children

Environmental Studies

Rich, Jeremy J.National Science Foundation446,472
Collaborative Research: Environmental Controls on Anammox and Denitrification Rates in Estuarine and Marine Sediments

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Bertness, Mark D.National Science Foundation490,984
Is Overfishing Triggering the Die-Off of New England Salt Marshes?
Edwards, Erika J.National Science Foundation606,347
Collaborative Research: The Evolution of Leaf Form in Viburnum (Adoxaceae)
Gatesy, Stephen M.National Science Foundation422,979
Kinematics and Knetics of Long-Axis Rotation in Avian Bipedal Locamotion
Sala, Osvaldo E.National Science Foundation799,440
Precipitation Controls of Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles in Arid-Semiarid Ecosystems

Geological Sciences

Fischer, Karen M.National Science Foundation476,017
Collaborative Research: Understanding Lithospheric Suturing and Passive Margin Development Beneath the Southeastern U.S.
Hirth, James G.National Science Foundation35,540
Collaborative Research: Titanium in Deforming Quartz and the Thermomechanics of Detachments and Thrust Systems
Huang, YongsongNational Science Foundation352,667
High-Resolution, Quantitative Records of Temperature and Effective Precipitation for the Past 25kyr from Lake Qinghai
Liang, YanNational Science Foundation305,678
Simple Models for Trace Element Fractionation During Concurrent Melting, Melt Migration, and Melt-Rock Reaction in an Upwelling Heterogeneous M
Russell, James M.National Science Foundation313,298
Collaborative Research: Reconstructing Millennial-Scale Trends and Variability in Western Pacific Convection and Hydrology From Large Lakes on Sulawes
Saal, AlbertoNational Science Foundation677,890
Acquisition of a Multi-Collector Inductively-Coupled Mass Spectrometer

Institute for Community Health Promotion

Williams, David M.Miriam Hospital17,115
Yoga for Women Attempting Smoking Cessation: An Initial Investigation

Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation

Paine, David C.National Science Foundation700,000
MRI: Acquisition of a Tecnai TS 20 Field Emitter Transmission Electron Microscope

Institute for Neural Science

Neretti, NicolaNational Institute on Aging108,000
Computational Biology of Transcriptional Networks in Aging


Pipher, Jill CatherineNational Science Foundation435,307
Harmonic Analysis and the Theory of Elliptic Measures

Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry

Atwood, Walter J.National Center For Research Resources387,065
Center For Cancer Signaling Networks
Atwood, Walter J.National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke79,704
Virus Host Cell Interactions in AIDS Associated PML
Brodsky, Alexander S.Marine Biological Laboratory400,366
BioCurrents Research Center
Dahlberg, Albert E.National Institute of General Medical Sciences352,395
Polysomes & Subunits: Structure-Function Relationships
Helfand, Stephen L.National Institute on Aging125,249
Single Gene Mutations that Confer Longevity in Drosophila
Klaips, Courtney LeeNational Institute on Aging54,240
Investigating the Mechanism of Sup35 Prion Curing by Excess Hsp104
Landy, ArthurNational Institute of General Medical Sciences363,740
Recombination Intermediates - Properties and Processing
Mowry, Kimberly L.National Institute of General Medical Sciences47,373
Training in Molecular and Cell Biology and Biochemistry
Salomon, Arthur R.National Institute of Alergy and Infectious Diseases435,741
Towards a Molecular Signature of Neutrophil Priming
Wessel, Gary M.National Institute of Child Health and Human Development7,689
Cell Surface Changes in the Egg to Embryo Transition
Wessel, Gary M.National Institute of Child Health and Human Development12,027
Cell Surface Changes in the Egg-to-Embryo Transition

Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

Campbell, Andrew G. .National Institute of General Medical Sciences161,464
Advancing the Culture of PhD Learning and Scholarship in Biology and Health Science
Nevers, Tania Ann-NeishaNational Institute of Alergy and Infectious Diseases28,486
The Roles of Chemokines on CD8+ T Cell Effector Functions During MCMV Infection

Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology and Biotechnology

Hawrot, EdwardNational Institute on Drug Abuse9,674
Role of Alpha3-Containing Nicotinic Receptors in Mediating Central Nicotine Effects
Hawrot, EdwardNational Institute of General Medical Sciences125,431
Acetylcholine Receptor Biogenesis, Structure, Function
Kauer, JulieNational Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke879,098
TRPV1 Channels in Hippocampal Neurons
Morgan, Jeffrey R.National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering661,945
Directed Self Assembly of Complex Branching Micro-Tissues


Connors, Barry WilliamNational Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke16,287
Electrical Synapses in the Mammalian Brain
Connors, Barry WilliamNational Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke16,308
Cellular Physiology of Neuronal Circuits in Neocortex
Connors, Barry WilliamNational Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke99,539
Electrical Synapses in the Mammalian Brain
Donoghue, John P.National Institute of Child Health and Human Development950,949
Cortical Control of an Assistive Robotic Arm - Challenge Grant
Donoghue, John P.National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke77,674
Statis and Dynamic Organization of Primate Motor Cortex
Donoghue, John P.Massachusetts General Hospital682,061
Restoring Communication with an Intracortical Neural Interface System
Donoghue, John P.National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke1,530,672
Static and Dynamic Organization of Primate Motor Cortex
Lipscombe, DianeNational Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke32,561
Neural Calcium Channels - Regulation and Function
Lipscombe, DianeNational Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke120,393
N-Type Calcium Channels in Nociceptive Neurons
Paradiso, Michael A.National Eye Institute16,263
Neural Computations Underlying Visual Perception
Paradiso, Michael A.National Eye Institute167,204
Neural Computations Underlying Visual Perception
Sanes, JeromeNational Eye Institute8,132
Visual-Motor Integration
Sheinberg, DavidNational Eye Institute616,263
Dynamic Visual Activity in Temporal Cortex
Stein, John J.National Center For Research Resources200,000
Project ARISE: Advancing Rhode Island Science Education (Admin Supplement)

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Boekelheide, KimNational Institute of Environmental Health Science235,632
Reuse in RI: A State-Based Approach to Comlpex Exposures
Boekelheide, KimNational Institute of Environmental Health Science209,181
Reuse in RI: A State-Based Approach to Comlpex Exposures
Kane, Agnes B.National Institute of Environmental Health Science270,363
Chemical, Structural, and Superstructural Determinants of Nanocarbon Toxicity
Ruiz, Victoria E.National Institute of Alergy and Infectious Diseases79,174
H. Pylori Infection and the Manipulation of the Host Inflammatory Response


Stein, Derek M. .National Science Foundation400,000
Solid-State Nanopores, Optical Tweezers, and Binding Proteins: Probing the Sequence and Dynamics of Single DNA Molecules

Population Studies and Training Center

Logan, JohnNational Institute of Child Health and Human Development81,978
Incorporating Immigrants and Minorities into Late 19th Centuries
Smith, Daniel J.Columbia University141,965
Life Projects and Antiretroviral Therapy: The Social Impacts of Scale-Up
Townsend, Nicholas WilliamNational Institute of Child Health and Human Development7,054
Measuring Social Connection and Children's Well-Being Using Multiple Data Sources

Program in Public Health

Mor, VincentNational Institute on Aging264,000
Aging Health and Health Services Research Training


Brown, PhilNational Science Foundation432,676
Flame Retardant Chemicals: Their Social Discovery as a Case Study for Emerging Contaminants

Statistical Sciences

Gareen, Ilana F.National Cancer Institute161,666
Compliance with Lung Cancer Screening
Gatsonis, Constantine A.National Cancer Institute13,656
Phase II assessment of tumor hypoxia in glioblastoma using FMISO
Gatsonis, Constantine A.National Cancer Institute1,095,375
Early Phase Imaging in Therapeutic Clinical Trials-Cancer Imaging Program
Gatsonis, Constantine A.National Cancer Institute24,991
Adoption of New Technologies for Remote Data Capture and Protocol Authoring (ADOPT)
Gatsonis, Constantine A.Dartmouth College431,594
Comparative Effectiveness of Advanced Imaging in Cancer
Hogan, JosephNational Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism939,768
New Approaches to Mediation Analysis using Causal Inference Methods

Swearer Center

Cunningham, Linda C.Serve Rhode Island62,987
AmeriCorps ARRA Funds 2009