Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education June 2012


Oklahoma Higher Education

Dear Faculty and Administrators, 

We hope you are staying cool this summer!

We send our congratulations to all Oklahoma grant writers who successfully obtained grants. Our students appreciate your hard work! For those of you still writing, don't forget to let us know when you receive your grant. 


Dr. Linda Mason
Coordinator for Grant Writing

Dollar General Literacy Foundation - $29,000 

Oklahoma City Community College has received three grants totaling $29,000 from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The OCCC/Putnam City Family Literacy program was awarded $15,000 to help parents and children who live within Putnam City Schools and face literacy challenges. OCCC was awarded $12,000 for the Adult Literacy program.

Upward Bound - $1.55 million - 5 years upward bound


The U.S. Department of Education awarded Oklahoma City Community College $310,622 per year for the next 5 years for the Upward Bound program.

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Summer Food Service Programs for Children - $24,458
Larry Dresser, Director of Upward Bound received this grant award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the  Oklahoma State Department of Education - Child Nutrition Division. The grant will provide meals for Upward Bound students.SE Dresser


Upward Bound Program - $476,361

Larry Dresser, Director of Upward Bound received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, which will fund Upward Bound to serve approximately one hundred six (106) students in six counties to generate skills and motivation necessary for success in education beyond high school for students from first generation, low-income families who have need for academic support. 


Texoma Upward Bound - $250,000

The U.S. Department of Education awarded Larry Dresser the Texoma Upward Bound grant. The purpose of the grant is to generate skills and motivation necessary for success in education beyond high school for students from first generation, low-income families who have need for academic support for 50+ freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.


Smart Start Durant - $66,363

SE HensleyScott Hensley, Director of Continuing Education and Career Management, Heather Smiley, Coordinator of Smart Start Durant and Southeastern Oklahoma State University received funds from the Department of Human Services and the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness/Smart Start Oklahoma. The purpose of the grant involves working with community partners to assist the children in the community to acquire resources needed to enter school healthy, safe and ready to learn.




Assessment of Access to Care for Young Children - $5,500

Scott Hensley and Heather Smiley also received a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness.This grant provides funding for conduct data collection for the state office to complete needs assessment for the state.


Summer Academies for Math, Science & Multidisciplinary Studies - $25,000

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education awarded Scott Hensley a grant to provide two separate, week-long camps to children within the State of Oklahoma, both of which will focus on the field of Aeronautics as it relates to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics


Take Flight-Aviation Science Camp 2012 - $13,383

Scott Hensley also received a grant  from the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. The purpose of the grant is to provide two separate, week-long camps to children within the State of Oklahoma, both of which will focus on the field of Aeronautics as it relates to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). SE Paiva


NASA EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Development: Biofuels and Other Products from Aquatic Biomass to Support Terrestrial and Space Missions - $21,000

The NASA EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Development and the University of Oklahoma Dr. Nancy L. Paiva, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Computer & Physical Sciences a grant is to investigate the potential of duckweed as a biomass source for conversion to biofuel.


Dr. Jeri Walker, Director of Musical Arts Series received a grant from the Kinder Morgan Foundation. This grant will provide funds to help support the Southeastern Hub for Arts Resources in Education (SHARE) Children's Choir.






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Veterans Assistance and Services Program - $100,000

The U. S. Small Business Administration awarded funds to Dr. William D. Carter, State Director of OSBDC, to provide business development programs and services for veteran entrepreneurs and veteran owned small businesses through the Small Business Development Centers located in Oklahoma.



Students in Service - $659SE Clark

 This grant award is from the Corporation for National and Community Service via Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education to Project Director Dr. Bryon Clark, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs - Student Learning and Accreditation of SE.  The purpose of this grant is to increase the number of college student volunteers and service learners to do at least 300 hours of community service within one calendar year.




Digitization TCN: The Macrofungi Collection Consortium - $26,254

The National Science Foundation awarded funds to Clark Ovrebo for "Digitization of a unification of various university herbarium collections of macrofungi" 


Robotic Assistance for Young Wheelchair - $135,000

Jicheng Fu received funds from OCAST to provide robotic assisted wheelchair devices for users aged 24 to 60 months using an intelligent shared control framework with state-of-the-art machine learning technology to achieve effective and safe wheelchair maneuverability.


Oklahoma Ornithological Society Grant - $500


UCO GrzbowskiThe Oklahoma Ornithological Society awarded funds to Joe Grzybowski for the consolidation of database records of birds in Oklahoma since 1986.


DOE - Army - COE - $10,000

Joseph Grzybowski was awarded funds from the U.S. Department of Education for "Black-Capped Vireo Survey-Endangered Species

in Fort Sill, OK".


OCAE Summer Camp Scholarships - $1,800

The Edmond Women's Club awarded funds to Ines Burnham and the Oklahoma Center for Arts Education to provide scholarships to qualifying children for attendance at OCAE 2012 summer camps.


2012 Oklahoma Highway Seat Belt Survey - $67,311

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded funds to Robert Delano to conduct the 2012 Oklahoma Highway Seat Belt Survey including 19 counties with additional tabulation of motorcycle helmet usage and child car seat usage and create a standardized report on findings.


2012 Endeavor Games Consulting Agreement - $32,500

Leigha Pemberton and the Wellness Center received funds from the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Olympic Committee to plan and implement the Paralympic Sports Clinics for injured service members and provide facilities, venues, equipment and other needs to successfully run nine clinics and competitions associated with the June 2012 Endeavor Games.


Upward Bound Program (5 Years) - $1,530,350


The U.S. Department of Education awarded funds for Upward Bound, which assists low-income high school students in targeted Oklahoma City high schools in attaining the requirements and readiness for entry into college including financial and tutorial support for college-bound participants.


The Oklahoma Center for the OCAST logoAdvancement of Science and Technology
announced that four of its seven internship grants will be awarded to Tulsa businesses and the University of Tulsa. OCAST awarded the winning applicants a total of $191,900 with $118,500 funding Tulsa high-tech intern projects.


The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology has awarded $4 million for 30 health research projects:
  • University of Tulsa: Jamie Rhudy and Lisa Cromer
  • OU Health Sciences Center: Madeleine Cunningham, Jody Summers, Ping Song, Zhonglin Xie, H. Anne Pereira, Allan Wiechmann, Stephen Gillaspy, James Tomasek, Yusuke Takahashi and Blaine Mooers
  • Oklahoma State University: Donghua Zhou, Eduardo Yukihara, Marianna Patrauchan, Guoliang Fan, Guolong Zhang, LeGrande Slaughter and Sundararajan Madihally
  • University of Oklahoma: Andrea Vincent, Ann West and Wai Tak Yip
  • University of Central Oklahoma: Jicheng Fu
  •  Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences: Bruce Benjamin and Kathleen Curtis


OSRHE Seal BlueEconomic Development Grant for the Partnership Recognition Program - $500
The Oklahoma State Board of Regents for Higher Education awarded a $500 match to employees at partnering businesses receiving $500 tuition waivers at the following institutions:
  • Cameron University and CGI 
  • Carl Albert State College and the City of Poteau 
  • Connors State College and Muskogee Regional Medical Center
  • East Central University and Ada Jobs Foundation
  • Eastern Oklahoma State College and the City of McAlester
  • Langston University and the Langston Economic Development Authority 
  • Murray State College and Landmark Bank 
  • Northeastern State University and the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
  • Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and Crossland Construction Co.
  • Northern Oklahoma College and the Tonkawa Tribe
  • Northwestern Oklahoma State University and the McBride Orthopedic Hospital and Clinic
  • Oklahoma City Community College and American Fidelity Assurance Co.
  • Oklahoma Panhandle State University and Seaboard Foods
  • Oklahoma State University and Granna's LLC 
  • Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology and the Women in Recovery (WIR) Program 
  • Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City and P&K Equipment
  • Redlands Community College and Oklahoma Folding Carton and Printing Co. 
  • Rogers State University and the H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trusts 
  • Rose State College and First National Bank
  • Seminole State College, Darlene Wallace and Columbus Oil
  • Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Cardinal FG
  • Southwestern Oklahoma State University and Southwest Oklahoma Impact Coalition
  • Tulsa Community College and the City of Glenpool 
  • University of Central Oklahoma and Mercy Health Network
  • University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and Oklahoma A+ Schools 
  • Western Oklahoma State College and Red River Flight Academy
The U.S. Department of Education awarded Upward Bound Grants to two Carl Albert State College campuses. The Poteau campus grant is for $441,000 annually for five years serving 105 students per year. The Sallisaw grant is $262,500 annually over a five year period to serve 63 students each year. 

AutismOklahoma.org awarded Jeny Searcy, Director of Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City's Child Development Lab School, with a $3,600 grant. The money will be used to provide professional development training for child development lab school staff members on identifying autism and making referrals to families.

Great Expectations Grant - $1,797,468
Dr. Linda Dzialo received a grant to teach innovative and inspirational education techniques to school teachers in order to help revolutionize the classroom educational experience of children.



Drosophila Gene - $30,499
OUHSC and the National Institutes of Health awarded Dr. Joseph Ahlander a grant to develop a mechanistic understanding of autophagy and its role in human disease. Using a combination of cellular and genetic approaches, it will characterize the function of CG7053 during Drosophila development with the goal of understanding the mechanism by which it affects autophagy and cell proliferation.


Mcm 10 - Genome Stability - $29,631
Dr. Sapna Das-Bradoo received a grant from OUHSC and the National Institutes of Health to gain a better understanding of the molecular events that cause genomic alterations which contribute to tumorigenesis and to evaluate Mcm 10's potential as a target for anti-cancer treatment.
Tulsa Area Bioscience Research & Education Consortium (TABERC) Summer Internship Program - $1,500
Dr. Sapna Das-Bradoo received a grant from TABERC to provide funding for support of one undergraduate internship for summer 2012. The student participant will be chosen by TABERC Foundation and will participate in an eight week internship program for the months of June and July 2012. Students will be required to spend 137 hours in the host lab with an additional 16 hours of coursework at the Tulsa Community College facility. Students will also be required to give a 20 minute oral presentation of their summer research project in August 2012 to the TABERC Foundation. The student will receive a stipend and the host facility/faculty will receive $500 for supplies.
Oklahoma INBRE-Junior Investigator Ischemic Stroke - $129,841
Dr. Kevin Wang received a grant from OUHSC and the National Institutes of Health to produce a novel blood clot-dissolving enzyme against acute Ischemic Stroke by way of expressing the fibrinolytic enzyme (DSPAs) from the salivary gland of blood-feeding vampire bats in transgenic tobacco plants for the large-scale production of active and safe clot-dissolving proteins.



Oklahoma INBRE-Junior Investigator Iron Binding - $117,467
Dr. Jessica Martin received a grant from OUHSC and the National Institutes of Health to isolate the iron-binding from the open-ocean fungal strains then determine the structure(s) of siderphore(s) produced by open-ocean fungi using amino acid analysis, NMR and mass spectometry.


Impact of Wastewater Treatment Plant - $25,000
Dr. Cindy Cisar received a grant from the U.S. Geological Survey and Oklahoma State University to initiate an analysis of the effects of wastewater treatment plant effluent on nitrogen use by bacteria in Oklahoma streams. In addition to baseline information on nitrogen cycling, new information will be obtained on the effect(s) of antibiotics on stream bacteria.


NSU SmithStream Bioassessment - $51,100 

Dr. Amy Smith received a grant from the Oklahoma Conservation Commission to provide necessary personnel to complete the work of picking biological samples (fish & macroinvertebrate), properly preserving biological samples and delivering the picked samples to representatives of the commission.






Synthesizing for Cancer Chemo - $12,222

Dr. Dragos Albinescu received a grant from OUHSC and the National Institutes of Health to synthesize three important synthetic intermediates that are required for the preparation of 1-α-hydoxyvitamin D5 side-change. Ultimately this will allow synthesis of a novel cancer chemopreventive agent.   Some of the experiments will require reaction setups that are not available at Northeastern State University (NSU). NSU will collaborate with the University of Tulsa to carry out the proposed synthesis.


39th Annual Symposium on the American Indian - $5,000

Dr. Phyllis Fife received a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council to support the 40th Annual Symposium on the American Indian to be held April 9-13, 2012. The support for this program helps benefit the academic community as well as the general public of the State of Oklahoma. This year's theme will be ""The Journey of Sovereign Nations: Self-determination and Human Rights". The topic will be a reflection of four decades of change for American Indians.   Disciplines to be examined will be the history, education, human experiences, arts, social well-being and politics that impact the tribal governments.


American Indian Science & Engineering Society - $5,000

Dr. Phyllis Fife received a grant from Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma EPSCoR to assist one student with travel expenses to attend the Annual AISES Leadership Summit in Albuquerque, New Mexico and to assist in hosting the 2012 AISES Region IV Conference March 2-3, 2012. The conference will offer students the opportunities to form networks with their peers as well as supportive faculty and professionals in the varying STEM fields. Funds will also be used to support the AISES Day at the 40th Annual NSU Symposium on the American Indian in April 2012.


Bringing the Hospital Home - $500

Dr. Melissa Strong received a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council to support partial travel expenses for a 14-day residency in Boston, Massachusetts in March 2012. Dr. Strong will research her theory that the United States Sanitary Commission (USSC) fundraiser and hospital inspector Mary A. Livermore uses Mary Safford to correlate nursing with the duties of a middle-class wife and mother. Dr. Strong will also research the theory that USSC popularized and spread this view of nurses even as it legitimized nursing as acceptable, paid professional work for educated women.  


Oscillatoria limnetica, Bio-energy Production - $10,000

Dr. Ratnakar Deole received a grant from Oklahoma EPSCoR to determine the genome sequence of Oscillatoria limnetica, a blue-green algae. This cyanobacteria provides a unique opportunity for the production of chemicals and materials. Its genome sequence will provide insights not only on its unique aspect of the combination of oxygenic and anoxygenic photosynthesis and production of biohydrogen, but it will also help understand combination of two mechanisms functioning at high salt concentrations.


Oklahoma Small Business Development Center - $175,540

Mr. John Blue received a grant from the Small Business Administration and Southeastern State University to provide comprehensive services and resources to existing and potential small businesses in the state of Oklahoma.


Membrane Elasticity HIV - $25,000

Dr. Rui Zhang received a grant from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education to understand the effect of membrane elasticity in the assembly and budding of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), which allows progeny viruses to form, to break off the plasma membrane and to target other host cells.





Quasilattice Structure - $25,000

Dr. Chris Burba received a grant from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education to discover a routine method for assessing the amount of charge ordering present in ionic liquids. Charge organization is a consequence of long-range ion-ion interactions among the constituent ions, and has implications in the technologically important properties of the ionic liquids.

Spectroscopic Analysis: Biofuels - $10,000

Dr. James Hicks received a grant from the Oklahoma EPSCoR to explore whether infrared absorption coefficients can be used to assess the reactivity of bio-oils compounds in various liquid media.


The Oxley Foundation announced a $30 million gift to underwrite the proposed Tulsa School of Community Medicine. The foundation will give both $7.5 million for start-up costs and a $7.5 million endowment challenge grant to each of the project's two partners - the University of Tulsa and the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa. 
Thank you all for your energy, creativity, and initiative in seeking grants for your programs and research.
Dr. Linda Mason
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education



If you are writing a grant proposal for a complex project, consider writing it and several small proposals based on the grand idea at the same time. You may receive funding for the complete project as well as support for sub-parts of the project. You will do all the work in planning and researching information for one proposal, but you can achieve submission of 3 or 4 proposals for the same amount of work! Funding agencies like to see multiple supporters for a large complex project.  
See http://www.okhighered.org/grant-opps for more grant writing tips! Select Grant Writing Resources.