Five images of professors who won REI awards

Kansas NSF EPSCoR announces five $50,000 awards for research and education innovation.

These awards support small, one-year projects that contribute to ARISE, a five-year statewide initiative launched in 2022 focused on developing “Adaptive and Resilient Infrastructures driven by Social Equity.”

Four award recipients are from the University of Kansas, and one is from Wichita State University. Five similar awards were announced last March for researchers at these institutions and at Kansas State University. Another round of applications for this funding opportunity will be announced in spring 2024.

ARISE is a five-year, statewide initiative that was launched in 2022 with support from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and the Kansas Board of Regents. The project aligns with the Kansas Science & Technology Plan, and involves dozens of universities and colleges in the state, as well as business leaders, emergency planners, health professionals, community-based organizations, non-profits, and other organizations.

Seed grants give investigators a chance to explore a novel area of study and gather the preliminary data, expertise, and collaborations needed to successfully compete nationally for larger grants. They also create opportunities for workforce and economic development across the state.   

Fall 2023 Research and Education Innovation Award Recipients

In alphabetical order

“Native Prairie Restoration & Climate Resilience on the Ioway Nation in Kansas and Nebraska,” by Joseph P. Brewer, II Associate Professor, Environmental Sciences Director, Indigenous Studies Program, University of Kansas

“Evaluating Feasibility of Buyouts as Adaptation Strategy for Post-Wildfire Flash Floods,” by S. Amin Enderami, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, University of Kansas

“Developing a Network Science to Study Cascading Failures in the Cyber-Physical Infrastructure,” by Ali Eslami, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Wichita State University

“Kansas Data Science Training Pathways | An Integrated Model,” by Jeffrey Girard, Assistant Professor, Psychology, University of Kansas

“The inequity of urban flooding: exploring societal and climatic drivers across scales,” by Admin Husic, Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, University of Kansas