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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) collaborative seed award program provides funding to enhance research in an area of public health need/utility, increase the quality and impact of research outputs, and strengthen collaborative interactions between CDC and local university scientists. CDC and its partner universities establish strategic themes and priorities for which collaborative research projects are solicited. Calls for projects are made annually based on fund availability. Current seed program partners include the following universities: Georgia State University, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), and the University of Georgia (UGA).

  • The CDC and Georgia Tech seed award program provides funding that supports pilot research in the form of proof of concept and feasibility projects that address collaborative, interdisciplinary research aimed at supporting people and communities in preventing chronic diseases and promoting health for all. Proposals must also address at least one of the following broad priority areas: person-centered technology for chronic disease prevention and health promotion, health information technologies (HIT) and strategies to improve community-clinical linkages, or data analytics and visualization.
  • The CDC and Georgia State University seed award program supports social and behavioral science research within the field of public health. Proposed projects must 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.
  • The CDC and UGA seed award program provides pilot public health research project funding to enhance collaborative scientific innovation and technology development at the interface of human, veterinary, and ecological health, increase the number and quality of research outputs and strengthen collaborative interactions between CDC and UGA scientists.

Current Funding Opportunites:

Current funded projects include:

Collaborating PI Name CDC PI Name Title Abstract
Lisa Casanova, Ph.D. (GSU), and Montreka Dansby, Ph.D. (GSU) Christine E. Prue, MSPH, Ph.D. Communicating the Risks & Benefits of Raw Produce: Research with Consumers Project Abstract
Michael Metzler, Ph.D. (GSU) Seraphine Pitts-Barnes, Ph.D. Establishing a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program Project Abstract
Julie Swann, Ph.D. (Georgia Tech) Stephen Onufrak, Ph.D. Approaches for Estimating Small-Area Prevalence of Pediatric Obesity for Improved Interventions Project Abstract
Cushing Weigle, Ph.D. (GSU) Judith A. McDivitt, Ph.D. Identifying and Reducing Linguistic Barriers to Comprehension among Limited English Proficient Diabetes Patients in Healthcare Interactions Project Abstract
 

Previously funded projects include:

Collaborating PI Name CDC PI Name Title
Xiaolin Hu, Ph.D. (GSU) Richard W. Puddy, Ph.D., MPH Developing an Agent-Based Model for Exploring Community Level Factors to Prevent Child Maltreatment
Gabriel P. Kuperminc, Ph.D. (GSU) Catherine A. Lesesne, Ph.D., MPH Promoting Positive Youth Development to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and Sexual Risk Behaviors: The Role of Self-Determination and Social Capital in a Youth Development Program for African American Girls
Dominic J. Parrott, Ph.D. (GSU) Andra L. Teten, Ph.D. Informing Bystander Prevention Strategies by Examining the Effects of Alcohol and Peer Influence on Perpetration of Male–to–Female Sexual Violence
Christine E. Stauber, Ph.D., M.S. (GSU) Bobbie Person, Ph.D., MPH Evaluation of Education through Listening, a community engagement methodology, to promote the adoption of safe household water treatment behaviors in communities in Western Kenya
Craig Forest, PhD (Georgia Tech) Suxiang Tong, PhD Arrayed, independent, reverse-transcription PCR by infrared radiation for sensitive detection of viruses
Steven French, PhD (Georgia Tech) James Holt, PhD Impacts of Large-scale Built-Environment on the Obesity Epidemic
Sonia P. Altizer, Ph.D. (UGA) Charles E. Rupprecht, V.M.D., Ph.D. Ecological and anthropogenic drivers of vampire bat–transmitted rabies outbreaks
Richard Dluhy, Ph.D. (UGA) Paul Rota, Ph.D. High sensitivity nano-optical method to detect measles virus in clinical samples
Jessica Kissinger, Ph.D. (UGA) Venkatachalam Udhayakumar, Ph.D. Development of simple, field-usable molecular tools for the diagnosis of malaria
Erin Lipp, Ph.D. (UGA) Ezra Barzilay, M.D. Climate-Change Based Predictive Modeling of Rising Vibrio Illness in the U.S.
Leidong Mao, Ph.D. (UGA) Elizabeth Unger, M.D., Ph.D. Low-Cost, High Throughput and Efficiency Microfluidic Platform for Cell Enrichment in Human Papillomavirus (HPV)-Cervical Cancer Screening
Egbert Mundt, D.V.M., Ph.D.,
Holly Sellers, Ph.D. (UGA)
Mark Papania, M.D., M.P.H.,
Ruben Donis, Ph.D.
Aerosol delivery of a virus–like–particle vaccine against H5N1 avian influenza in poultry
David Peterson, Ph.D. (UGA) Venkatachalam Udhayakumar, Ph.D. Genetic Diversity and Clinical Correlates in Plasmodium Field Isolates
Michael J. Yabsley, Ph.D. (UGA) Michael R. Levin, Ph.D. Ecosystem health and human health: understanding the ecological effects of prescribed fire regimes on the distribution and population dynamics of tick-borne zoonoses
Page Anderson, PhD (GSU) Janet Saul, PhD Preventing Childhood Maltreatment in the Wake of a Disaster: What do States do?
Brian J. Dew, PhD (GSU) Gordon Mansergh, PhD Toward a Better Understanding of Non–addicted, Methamphetamine–using Men who have Sex with Men (MSM)
Marise B. Parent, PhD (GSU) Joel Kimmons, PhD The Effects of a High Fructose Diet on Brain and Behavior
Diana Robins, PhD (GSU) Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, MD Determining the Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Young Children
Richard Rothenberg, MD (GSU) 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
L. Andrew Lyon, PhD (Georgia Tech) Jonas M. Winchell, PhD, MS Development of Hydrogel Microarrays for Multiplex Detection of Pathogens by Nucleic Acid Hybridization
Beth Mynatt, PhD (Georgia Tech) Scott Mullins Exploring the use of social media and mobile technologies for diabetes management
Patricia Sobecky, PhD (Georgia Tech) Cheryl Bopp, MS Emergence of Vibrio parahaemolyticus Pathogens: Novel Genotypes Promoting Disease
 

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