Notre Dame Research announces Internal Grants Program awards

Author: Joanne Fahey

Thirty-two winners of the Internal Grants Program Awards, including five faculty from the College of Science, were announced today by Notre Dame Research. The grants were awarded to faculty from five colleges and schools in three categories: Faculty Research Support (Initiation), Faculty Research Support (Regular), and Equipment Restoration and Renewal.


Speaking about the awards, Robert J. Bernhard, vice president for research, said, “Notre Dame is committed to investing in its research enterprise and to the people driving its success – our faculty. We are grateful that we have had the resources to offer these grants each year for the past eight years and I am thrilled that every year the level of interest, as well as breadth and quality of proposals, continues to grow. This year’s successful projects and proposals showcase just some of the many highlights of Notre Dame’s research, scholarship, and creative endeavor, all of which are helping us to address the great challenges and questions facing humanity.”

The grant competitions are announced in the autumn of each year, with deadlines typically in December for the Faculty Research Support Grants and February for the Equipment Renewal and Restoration and Library Acquisition Grants. For more information, including how to apply, please visit

For the 2015 Faculty Research Support Initiation Grant Program, the College of Science winners were:

Fang Liu, Huisking Foundation, Inc. Assistant Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics, Integration of Differential Privacy and Data Synthesis to Protect Data Privacy

Michael E. Pfrender, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Epigenetic Variation and the Response to Stressful Environments

Kevin Vaughan, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, StARD9 as a Novel Human Gene Responsible for Intracellular Cholesterol Transport

The Equipment Restoration and Renewal Awardees for 2015 were:

William Boggess, Director of the Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Facility, Replacing Obsolete Windows XP Based Data Systems on Instruments within the Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Facility

Bradley D. Smith, Emil T. Hofman Chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Director of the Notre Dame Integrated Imaging Facility, Upgrade of Three Electron Beam Devices in the Notre Dame Integrated Imaging Facility

Notre Dame Research’s Internal Grants Program seeks to support faculty researchers and programs with the goal of advancing the University’s research enterprise. For more information on research funding opportunities, including the Internal Grants Program, please see

Originally published by Joanne Fahey at on April 30, 2015.