Global Health and Climate Change Grand Challenges RISF Program



    The NC State Office of Research and Innovation (ORI), and KIETS have developed a new RISF program to offer a special funding opportunity for research initiatives that are at an early stage, but have great potential for leveraging university resources in the near future with much greater support from industrial, Federal, State, and non-profits. Typically, these projects would be multi-disciplinary, involving investigators with various areas of expertise, and from different colleges.

    Because of the tremendous importance of these areas to humankind and the great opportunities they provide for new developments, this program is focused on two very broad topics: Global Health and Climate Change.  This program is planned to run for a two-year period (FY 2021-2022 and 2022-2023), and it is potentially renewable based on its success and availability of funds. The program encourages the formation of research teams in these two areas which are likely to dominate research funding cycles from Federal, State, industry and nonprofit sectors for the next 10 years or more. Moreover, the program would increase the visibility of NC State as a major contributor to solutions to the major challenges facing humankind. In response to the FY 2021-22 RISF Global Health / Climate Change RFP, 13 awards were made including the following:

    • Dr. Autumn Proudlove, College of Engineering, Developing Decarbonization Data for Open Energy Modeling and Policy Analysis;
    • Dr. Yu Takeuchi, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Investigating the Impacts and Adaptation Strategies to Current and Emerging Agricultural Pests in the Face of Climate Change;
    • Dr. Justin Whitehill, College of Natural Resources, Novel Applications for Fraser Fir Christmas Tree Waste;
    • Dr. Sara Shashaani, College of Engineering, Impact of Future Climate Events on NC Animal Agriculture Systems;
    • Dr. William Sagues, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Electrifying Animal Feed: Leveraging Microbial Communities in Formicine Ants to Produce Single Cell Protein via Assimilation of CO2-Derived Formic Acid;
    • Dr. Hooman Tafreshi, College of Engineering, Novel Solar Distillation Membrane for Water Purification;
    • Dr. Aram Amassian, College of Engineering, Climate-Resilient Greenhouse Agriculture using AgriEC: The System-Level Case for Dynamic Heat-Blocking Envelopes to Enable Net-Zero Energy Greenhouses;
    • Dr. Yevgeny Brudno, College of Engineering, Repairing Broken Hearts with Living Drugs;
    • Dr. Michael Sikes, College of Sciences, USF Control of the DNA Damage Response: Establishing a Novel Target for Cancer Prevention Therapy;
    • Dr. Paul Hess, College of Veterinary Medicine, Expanding the Promise of CAR-T Cell Therapy to Resource-Poor Healthcare Settings;
    • Dr. Marie Muller, College of Engineering, Real-Time Detection of Lung Nodules Using a Robotically-Actuated Ultrasound Probe;
    • Dr. Nathan Hostetter, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, SARS-CoV-2 at the Human–Wildlife Interface: Understanding Wildlife as Potential Reservoirs for COVID-19 Across Urban-Rural Gradients;
    • Dr. Fred Gould, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Identifying the Contributions to Pyrethroid Resistance by Specific SNPs in the Voltage Gated Sodium Channel Gene.