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Faculty Fellows receive support for faculty research, scholarship, creative endeavors, teaching efforts, or collaborative projects in health, health literacy, healthcare, and the social determinants of health.


IHI Faculty Fellows Request for Proposals


The Institute for Health Innovation is committed to supporting faculty activities at NKU. As part of our initiatives to enhance faculty accomplishments, we are offering two funding opportunities annually.

Seed Grants 

Provide support for faculty research, scholarship, creative endeavors, or teaching efforts in health, health literacy, healthcare, and the social determinants of health. They are aimed at assisting faculty members in the initial phases of research, scholarship, or creative projects or in developing innovative courses or course sequences (micro-credentials, certificates, etc.). These activities may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  1. Funding of critical experiments
  2. Purchase/updating of necessary supplies or instrumentation
  3. Support for students who will help in the project

Branch Awards

Provide support for faculty in moving from “discussion” of interdisciplinary collaboration to action, which will heighten their professional visibility or the impact of NKU in the fields of health, health literacy, healthcare, or the social determinants of health. The award should focus on broadening one’s intellectual profile or exploring new facets of research, scholarship, creative, or community engagement endeavors that will invigorate ongoing and future programs. These activities may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  1. Advanced training in a particular area
  2. Interdisciplinary or cross-institutional collaboration
  3. Entrepreneurial or community endeavors
  4. University projects that benefit any IHI initiatives
  5. Health-related projects that have a diversity or cultural focus

Submission Information

  • Individuals may request up to a maximum of $3,000.
  • Awardees must agree to share their outcomes with the campus community. Recipients will make a presentation that includes the benefits received from the grant at an IHI sponsored gathering or will share a brief report on their experiences to be posted on the IHI website and in the IHI newsletter. Where appropriate, IHI will seek press coverage and other publicity for programs and events supported by grants.
  • Use of these funds to leverage academic unit contributions is encouraged.
  • Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Friday, February 18, 2022 and awards will be announced at the end of March. Funds will be available when the summer semester begins on May 9, 2022.


Submission Guidelines

The application will be submitted on-line using the button below. The application packet will include the following:

Personal Information: Please fill out the linked datasheet.

Budget and budget justification: Please fill out the linked datasheet.

Project Description (five-page maximum; please use single spacing, a minimum 12-point font, and a minimum 1” margin.):

  • Introduction and Statement of Purpose: State the activity for which you are requesting funding for and explain how the proposed activity will enhance your activities and the IHI’s mission.
  • Description: Provide details of the aims, methods, and expected outcomes of the proposed activities.
  • Plans for Dissemination: State how you intend to leverage the grant for future activities, or how you intend to promote your experiences or outcomes both to the campus community and outside of the institution.
  • Timeline or Management Plan: Provide a timeline or description of the activities over the (up to) one-year funding period. If applicable, describe how the project will be managed.

CV or biosketch (four-page maximum) for PI

IRB approval if applicable

Letter of support from the collaborating personnel or institution if any outside activity involving collaboration or other activities are planned.

Email approval from department chair

Email approval from college dean.


Proposal Evaluation

A committee including members of the IHI will review applications. Special care will be taken to prevent conflicts of interest. Identities of all applicants and reviewers will remain confidential. Applicants can receive review summaries upon request.

IHI Faculty Fellow grants will be evaluated for funding along the following measures:

  • Potential for positive impact
  • Potential for enhancing research program or curricular innovation (if applicable)
  • Justification of budget
  • Overall quality of the application

Please note: Faculty may submit for more than one award per year. Funding of more than one award will be at the discretion of the IHI team.

Additional Requirements and Conditions

Funding Period

Funds must be expended no later than May 5, 2023. All budget items are subject to NKU guidelines. Proposals may be approved for funding, but the requested budget may be revised in accordance with University policies.

Awardees agree to participation in grant program assessment.

Any scholarship resulting from this award must acknowledge support from the IHI.


  • Recipients must submit a one-page Progress Report six months after award start date (no later than Wednesday, November 9 2023).
  • A one-page Final Report is due one year after award start date (Tuesday, May 9, 2023).
  • Each report should include a description of grant activities, a summary of how the funds were expended to date, and an account of progress towards achieving the stated goals of the proposal.



Any full-time faculty member working for NKU in any discipline may apply. If applicants have questions about the eligibility of a potential proposal, please send a brief summary to and one of the IHI staff members will review it.


Please e-mail any questions to Valerie Hardcastle, Executive Director of the IHI, at



Past Faculty Fellows

Fall 2021

  • Rachel Zlatkin and Tracey Bonner for The Human Experience: A pilot program utilizing embodied knowledge as a new way of accessing academic success in medical knowledge
  • Reiko Ozaki for Welcoming Community Project
  • Nicholas Caporusso for Enhancing Remote Clinical Collaboration with Real-time Eye-Tracking

Coronavirus Opportunity Grants - Fall 2020

  • Seyed Allameh for COVID Accessibility Devices
  • Tracey Bonner, Jeaunita Olówè and Christine Curran for Reducing Racism and Pandemic Stress with African Communal Dance: A Collaborative Pilot Project Combining the Power of Art & Neuroscience
  • Nicholas Caporusso for Human-Computer Interaction Class creating innovative prototypes to improve public health and promote social distancing during the pandemic
  • Ankur Chattopadhyay and Seth Adjei for Mitigating the Risks of Psyber-Security Attacks (PSA) Amidst The COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Whitney Darnell, Crystal Daugherty and Lisa Anglin for Kinship Caregivers 
  • Crystal Daughtry for COVID-19 Health Narratives
  • Nicole Dillard and Kobena Osam for Mental Health Implications on Black Students during Pandemics
  • Joan Ferrante, Ada Cenkci, Linda Dynan, Yaw Frimpong-Mansoh, Lynnissa Hillman, and Robert Wallace for Experiential learning to collect student responses to COVID-19
  • Suk-hee Kim for COVID-19 and Suicide Prevention Training Program
  • Rhyanne McDade and Rebecca Elkins for Online learning in COVID-19
  • Awad Mussa for Cybersecurity Education Class on Ransomware Attacks named CoronaVirus
  • Tamara O'Callaghan for Infectious Language: A Podcast for the Pandemic
  • Shauna Reilly for Leadership Evaluation during COVID-19
  • Mark Wasicko and Paul Wirtz for Mindful Helping during COVID-19
  • Mahdi Yazdanpour, Zeel Maheshwari and Seyed Allameh for Innovation of UV Face Shields


Fall 2019

  • Ankur Chattopadhyay for Towards an Online Healthcare Consumer’s Adviser Model 
  • Christine Perdan Curran for Collaborative Analysis Framework to Enhance Community Engagement in Chemical Risk Assessment Decision-Making for Contaminated Site Development
  • Amy Halbrook for Pro Bono Trip to Assist Children and Parents at Risk for Family Separation
  • Jennifer Kaiser for Self-directed exercise in adult males and females engaged in in patient drug and alcohol addiction treatment
  • Suk-hee Kim for Opioid Overdose Community Data Tracking and First Responders Training Program
  • Rami Leventhal for Saving Kentucky Hearts
  • Megan Lindsey for FUEL NKU HOPE
  • Kevin Lotz for Social Isolation and Loneliness during the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Implications on Health Behaviors


Spring 2019

  • Suk-hee Kim for Health Innovation in Brain Aging (HIBA): Protective Factors of Cognitive Impairment
  • Danielle McDonald and JaeSung Lee for The Butler County Probate Court's Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program


Fall 2018

  • Corrie Danieley for Yoga and Meditation for Actors: Helping Manage Performance Anxiety and Stress
  • Danielle McDonald, Marcos Misis, Jae-Seung Lee for The Butler County Probate Court's Assisted Outpatient Treament Program
  • Gabriel Sanders for Assessing free-living, daily physical activity, sleep, and mood behavior in overweight and non-overweight college adults
  • David Tataw for Northern Kentucky Health Careers Ladder Program (HCLP)
  • Mark Wasicsko for Incorporation of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in the NKU Fundamentals of Mindfulness Micro Credential