Register Now for an NIH Virtual Panel Session

The Office of Sponsored Research and Programs at Hope College and the Office for Sponsored Programs and Research Activities at the University of Detroit Mercy will host an NIH Virtual Panel Session on Monday 15 April 2019 at 1 pm in Schaap 3000 for Hope faculty.  We will have a live-feed between Hope College and the University of Detroit Mercy so that our panelists–Kristen Abraham, Eric Krukonis, and Ginny McDonough–can share their perspectives on developing competitive NIH proposals with faculty at both institutions.

Kristen and Ginny are current NIH R15 awardees; Eric is a current R21 recipient.  Please join us to learn about their projects, their approaches to proposal development, and tips and tricks they found most helpful in developing their successful applications.  Ginny and Eric will also share some of the lessons learned from their most recent experience as a study section panelists.  Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask all panelists their own questions.

Space is limited for this event.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Ron Fleischmann ( to participate.  Registration is required by Tuesday 9 April 2019.  Light refreshments will be served during the event.

Resource Feature: NIH Specific Aims Section

The BioScience Writers Journal has a wonderful resource for those individuals contemplating (or developing) a National Institutes of Health (NIH) proposal.  The most important section of your NIH proposal is the one-page Specific Aims section–it sets the stage for all of the other parts of your application.

To assist investigators in developing their Specific Aims section, BioScience Writers developed a resource titled NIH Grant Applications: The Anatomy of a Specific Aims Page that’s worth a read.  This is a fantastic resource to benefit any investigator at any stage (new or experienced), and it’s color-coded breakdown of an entire Specific Aims section helps illustrate the importance of this portion of the proposal.

Seeking additional proposal development resources for your application?  Feel free to contact Ron Fleischmann, Director of Sponsored Research and Programs (, to discuss your needs.

John Krupczak receives new National Science Foundation award

John Krupczak, Professor of Engineering, received a new National Science Foundation (NSF) award of $50,944 via the University of Texas at Austin for a project titled Capacity-Building Workshops for Competitive S-STEM Proposals from Two-Year Colleges in the Western US.  The award period is 1 January 2019 through 31 December 2020.

This project will develop workshops designed to increase the quality and quantity of submissions from two-year institutions in the western US to the NSF S-STEM program, which is a program designed to increase the success of low-income, academically talented students in STEM fields.  Dr. Krupczak will be collaborating with Maura Borrego and David Brown on this project.

Congratulations, Dr. Krupczak!

Hope receives 9 new awards from the Michigan Space Grant Consortium!

Hope faculty and students are the recipients of NINE new Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) grants for 2019-2020!

Four Hope students will receive fellowships: Meredith Bomers (mentor: Peter Gonthier), Eric Leu (mentor: Brian Yurk), Armandine Uwimana (mentor: Michael Misovich), and Carmen Chamberlain (mentor: Amanda Eckermann).  Students will work their mentors on a research project during summer 2019, with students presenting the results of their work during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Two Hope faculty members received Research Seed awards.  Phillip Rivera in Biology will receive a $5,000 award to support the project titled Understanding the impact of chronic low-dose, low energy, proton radiation on systemic inflammation and anxiety-like behaviors in mice.  Brian Yurk in Mathematics will receive a $5,000 award to support the project titled Identifying landslides in canopy gaps in the cloud forest of Monteverde, Costa Rica using high-resolution multispectral satellite imagery.

Two Hope faculty members will receive Educational Program Support awards.  Susan Ipri Brown from ExploreHope/Engineering will receive a $15,000 award to support the project titled Air Quality Monitoring in the Middle and High School Grades.  Eric Mann from Mathematics and Susan Ipri Brown will receive a $15,000 award to support the project titled Engineering The Future Academy.  All three projects are designed to support K-12 students, pre-service teachers, and in-service teachers.

Finally, Peter Gonthier serves as our Institutional Representative to MSGC and received a $2,000 award to support on-going campus activities related to MSGC and a student scholarship.  Total MSGC awards to Hope faculty and students are $54,500 for the period May 1, 2019 through April 30, 2020.

Congratulations to you all!