About USFRI

USF Strategic Investment Pool (SIP) Awards

The University of South Florida Strategic Investment Pool (SIP) Awards, administered through USF Research & Innovation, offer tenured/tenure-track and full-time research faculty members the opportunity to apply for strategic investment pool funds.

During the fall semester of 2018, USFRI issued a call for proposals to be evaluated by the Research Advisory Committee based on the following criteria: expertise of the PI/Co-PI; focus on novel, innovative, and inventive research and development; promotion of interdisciplinary and/or international collaboration; alignment with the USF Research Strategic Plan and/or other USF Strategic Priorities (e.g., PBF, Preeminence, AAU); potential for future funding and sustainability of project for a minimum of 3 years beyond initial funding; clarity of budget; and justification for funding.

The following projects have been selected for funding. Thank you to all who participated in this program.

Dr. Theresa Beckie, USF College of Nursing: A mini randomized controlled trial evaluating whether HerBeat™ is more effective than an Educational Usual Care (E-UC) comparison group for improving primary outcome, exercise capacity (EC), and other indicators of cardiovascular health.

Dr. Ramesh Ayyala, Morsani College of Medicine: The BioInnovation Research and Vision Enterprise (BRAVE) is a proposed new center to promote interdisciplinary collaboration to develop innovative research strategies that help eradicate blindness.

Dr. Rita Debate, College of Public Health: The StudentLife Application Project: Predicting and Impacting 1st year Persistence and 4 & 6 Year Graduation Rates.

Dr. Sudeep Sarkar, College of Engineering: Center for Artificial Intelligence AI+X proposes establishing a world-class academic R&D center to conduct externally-funded research in artificial intelligence and associated areas using a transdisciplinary approach.

Dr. Shyam Mohapatra, Morsani College of Medicine: A group of interdisciplinary collaborative investigators from the colleges of Medicine, Engineering and Arts and Sciences aim to advance precision management of cancers, especially focusing on colorectal cancers, via unique and novel predictive artificial intelligence.

Dr. James Leahy, College of Arts & Sciences: Improve and expand upon USF core facilities in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and gas chromatographic mass spectrometry (GC/MS).

Dr. Venkat Bhethanabotla, College of Engineering: Research & development of point of care biosensor platform for cancer biomarkers.

Dr. Kevin Kip, College of Public Health: Equipment and a mini clinical trial to examine the mechanistic basis of Accelerated Resolution Therapy in the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and related comorbidities.

Dr. Kyle Reed, College of Engineering: Interdisciplinary project to build prototypes and conduct a mini clinical trial validating devices that will help to quantify parts of the Friedreich's Ataxia Rating Scale (FARS).