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Seed Awards to Promote Collaborative Research

As part of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Annual CDC/Georgia Technology Research Awards, CDC provides funding to three recipients to foster scientific collaboration among Georgia Tech and CDC investigators. This CDC/Georgia Tech seed project program is a joint effort that supports pilot research in the form of proof of concept and feasibility projects that will advance the state of the science to facilitate scientific innovation (e.g. patents and publications), new external funding, and novel collaborative relationships.  Previously funded projects have covered a variety of areas and approaches including vaccine risk, molecular biology, cell engineering, bioinformatics, and GIS.

The research priorities for the CDC/Georgia Tech seed project funding are the following broad priority areas:

    1. Bioengineering (e.g. biosensors, environmental sensors, biomechanics),
    2. Bioscience (e.g. cell/tissue engineering, microanalysis, molecular biology), and
    3. Informatics (e.g. signal detection, pattern recognition, human/computer interface, information retrieval, data integration, simulation, decision science, security, GIS, networking).

Annually, three seed awards are funded at $50,000 total per project/year with each institution providing $25,000 per year.  The maximum total budget for the two year project period is $100,000 ($50,000 total per institution), but second year funding is contingent upon submittal of a satisfactory progress report.

Individual funded projects include:

Georgia Tech PI Name




L. Andrew Lyon, PhD

Jonas M. Winchell, PhD, MS

Development of Hydrogel Microarrays for Multiplex Detection of Pathogens by Nucleic Acid Hybridization

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Beth Mynatt, PhD

Scott Mullins

Exploring the use of social media and mobile technologies for diabetes management

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Patricia Sobecky, PhD

Cheryl Bopp, MS

Emergence of Vibrio parahaemolyticus Pathogens: Novel Genotypes Promoting Disease

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Seed Awards for Social and Behavioral Science Research

Funding supports social and behavioral science research within the field of public health.  Funded projects address a public health issue in the areas of health promotion, disease prevention, injury or disability prevention, or health protection from infectious, environmental or terrorist health threats.  In addition, proposals are based on a clearly defined collaboration between Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Georgia State University (GSU) scientists. 

Research priority areas include:  studies that evaluate policies or programs using behavioral surveillance data; process evaluation of public health interventions; methodological assessments such as reliability or validity studies involving survey data; organizational or systems analysis studies of public health infrastructure or workforce training and performance, sociological studies of inter-organization exchange and collaboration in community health partnerships and coalitions; anthropological studies of cultural competence or sensitivity of public health programs that seek to reduce disparities; assessment of participatory processes in public health planning or research; or studies related to public health programs, law, or policies.

Five research projects in the social and behavioral sciences were awarded in FY08 based on collaborations between the CDC and GSU.  The maximum award amount for each institution is $15,000 per year ($30,000 total per project).  The maximum total budget for the two year project period is $60,000 ($30,000 total per institution). 

Individual funded projects include:





Page Anderson, PhD

Janet Saul, PhD

Preventing Childhood Maltreatment in the Wake of a Disaster: What do States do?

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Brian J. Dew, PhD

Gordon Mansergh, PhD

Toward a Better Understanding of Non-addicted, Methamphetamine-using Men who have Sex with Men (MSM)

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Marise B. Parent, PhD

Joel Kimmons, PhD

The Effects of a High Fructose Diet on Brain and Behavior

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Diana Robins, PhD

Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, MD

Determining the Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Young Children

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Richard Rothenberg, MD

Dawn K. Smith, MD, MS, MPH

An Assessment of the Attitudes and Program Preferences about Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) among Inner City Young Adults at Risk for HIV/AIDS

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