Brandi Wampler | July 24, 2020
The awards received throughout fiscal year 2020 support an array of research, scholarship, and creative endeavor, with many researchers working to address globally significant issues, including climate change, drug development, epidemiology, and technology ethics. Towards the end of the fiscal year, a call to focus on understanding and combating COVID-19 led to several new research funding opportunities.
“This year’s awards highlight how the University’s research programs are able to be flexible in the face of new and unforeseen challenges,” said Robert J. Bernhard, vice president for research and professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. “At Notre Dame, we are fortunate to have faculty who are driven by the University’s mission of being a powerful means for doing good in the world and are willing to pivot their research in order to address the most pressing issues of the day.”
When the University’s laboratory and research operations went into hibernation in March 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic, some Notre Dame researchers had already begun to change their focus toward understanding and combating the novel coronavirus. Whether researchers are working from home or back on campus as Notre Dame continues its phased reopening of laboratories and studios, some of the new research awards that support coronavirus-related studies – all of which were funded by the National Science Foundation to date – include:
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