Posted on August 2, 2021 by Amanda Cerreto

August 3, 2021 — The UTSA Knowledge Enterprise (REDKE) awarded its annual internal seed grant awards to cultivate innovation on campus. Thirty-two faculty members received $555,000 to spark new research projects or advance current programs through the discovery process. Seven of those faculty members are a part of the College for Health, Community and Policy.

The funding mechanisms are the long-established UTSA Research seed grant programs which includes GREAT, INTRA, and Connect. The Transdisciplinary Teams Program (T2), awarded in conjunction with the Provost's Office, increased its reach this year by supporting five cross-discipline and cross-college research teams.

Internal Research Awards (INTRA) FY 2022 Awardees
October 1, 2021 through July 31, 2022
$95,000 awarded: $5,000 per researcher x 19 new research projects

Ying Huang
HCaP Demography
Income Loss and Mental Health Outcomes During the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States—Investigating the Moderating Role of Metropolitan Racial Residential Segregation

Kara Joyner
HCaP Demography
The Effects of Partisanship on Mate Choices

Se-Woong Park
HCaP Kinesiology
Characterizing predictive gaze patterns and brain activity in children with autism spectrum disorder

Sherri Simmons-Horton
HCaP Social Work
Perceptions of Current and Former Social Work Students on Anti-Racist Praxis

Tianou Zhang
HCaP Kinesiology
The Effects of Nicotinamide Riboside Supplementation and Exercise Training on Body Composition and Physical Performance in Older Adults with Sarcopenic Obesity

Transdisciplinary Teams (T2) Program
October 1, 2021 through July 31, 2022

The Transdisciplinary Teams (T2) program rewards cross-disciplines teams working together to create new conceptual, theoretical, methodological, and translational innovations that move beyond discipline-specific approaches to address a common problem, ultimately advancing UTSA's institutional research excellence goals and establish a foundation for extramural funding, Five research projects and its lead investigator were each awarded $20,000 for a total of $100,000 through the T2 program.

Sue Hum (lead), COLFA English
Rebecca Weston, HCaP Psychology
Aaron Cassil, COS Biology
Greg Elliott, COLFA Art & Art History
Investigating STEM Students’ Approaches to Innovative Thinking Through Focus Groups

Allison Veach (lead), COS Environmental Science & Ecology
Saugata Datta, COS Geology
Corey Sparks, HCaP Demography
Linking the urban microbiome to lawncare choices: how does xeriscaping impact the microbiome?

— Amanda Cerreto