Drs. Nicole Davis, Lu Shi and Arelis Moore de Peralta were responsible for the the winning proposals for CBSHS’s first annual IMPACT seed grants.
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The Office of the Dean of the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences (CBSHS) recently announced the winning proposals for its first annual IMPACT seed grants program. The winning proposals cover a wide range of research topics including cross cultural cognitive interviewing, web-based telehealth programs and interventions on maternal stress and depression.

The CBSHS Research Committee reviewed the grant proposals and was comprised of Eric Muth, associate dean for research and graduate studies in CBSHS, and representatives from all eight departments in the college. Muth said the competing proposals reflected the diverse research interests of faculty across the college.

“All of the proposals were of high quality and choosing only three was very difficult,” Muth said. “All proposing teams should be applauded for their efforts, as well as the research committee that devoted itself to reviewing the many submissions.”

Seventeen competing proposals were whittled down to eight, and these eight were finally narrowed down to three. The winning proposals are as follows:

  • Arelis Moore de Peralta will be awarded $36,945 for her proposed research, “Cross-Cultural Cognitive Interviewing to Develop an Instrument to Access Partnership Trust in CBPR, among Hispanic and Mainstream Stakeholders.”
  • Nicole Davis will be awarded $26,244 for her proposed research, “Development of a Web-based Telehealth Program to Support Family Caregivers of Older Adults with Urinary Incontinence.”
  • Lu Shi will be awarded $33,556 for his proposed research, “Impact of Mindful Walking Intervention on Maternal Stress and Depression: A Pilot Study.”

The IMPACT seed grants provide a tangible investment to accelerate CBSHS faculty members’ ability to produce impactful research that benefits people and communities. They also provide to college faculty a variety of training opportunities from grant writing to grant reviewing. A major goal of the IMPACT program is to increase research productivity as evidenced by submission of significant external research proposals, the receipt of significant research awards and the production of scientific publications or other research products that bring national prominence to CBSHS and Clemson University.

The grant funding is intended to serve as a catalyst to move these projects to a point that makes them competitive for external funding, and participation across departments and colleges is encouraged. According to Muth, the IMPACT award project period is 12 months beginning July 1, 2017.

“This was a wildly successful grant program for our new college and I am quite proud of all involved,” Muth said. “The research committee looks forward to seeing the results of the research efforts made possible by this year’s seed grants.”