Research Revealed: Housing Affordability Crisis and Spring Workshops


As Housing Crisis Continues, BU Experts Convene with an Eye Towards Collaboration

In August 2023, the United Nations published a report warning of an unsustainable affordable housing crisis. On Wednesday, February 28, BU researchers will gather at the first Research on Tap of the semester to share findings on housing unaffordability; its profound impact on health, education, and mobility; and its intersections with race, gender, and age.

NSF Assistant Director for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships to Visit BU

The 2022 CHIPS and Science Act charged the National Science Foundation (NSF) with the mission of addressing societal and economic challenges and accelerating technologies in areas such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, advanced communications, and quantum computing. In a fireside chat on Thursday, March 28, the NSF’s Dr. Erwin Gianchandani will share insights on what these new priorities mean for BU researchers as well as opportunities for funding and collaboration relevant to STEM scholars across fields.

Research Funding

Federal Funding for Biomedical Research

On Thursday, March 7, BU researchers are invited to an informational webinar with the Department of Defense Congressional Directed Medical Research Programs, which funds research addressing health solutions for service members, veterans and the American public. Background information on CDMRP and recent programs is available on the Federal Relations website (Kerberos log-in required). The deadline to RSVP is Friday, February 16.

Graduate Fellowships in Sustainability, Global Development, and Data Science

Support for Early Career Researchers

  • The NSF is accepting applications for the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program through Wednesday, July 24. Assistant professors are encouraged to apply. Frequently asked questions are available on the NSF website.
  • The Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering invites nominations for its Junior Faculty Fellows program, which recognizes outstanding early-career computing and data-driven researchers at BU and support their continued development. Department chairs can nominate assistant professors by Friday, March 8.

Limited Submission Opportunities

Faculty require institutional endorsement for the following opportunities. All current competitions can be found at

Extensive Database for Funding Across Disciplines

BU offers all faculty and staff a free subscription to Pivot-RP, a database updated on a daily basis with a wide variety of federal, non-federal, foundation, and private funding opportunities in every discipline. With the BU subscription, members can save search criteria and receive weekly updates on new and upcoming funding opportunities. Learn how to set up your account to get started on the Office of Research website.

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Grant Management

Research Administration Intensive

On Monday, April 22, Sponsored Programs is hosting a Research Administration Intensive for BU department and grant administrators, covering the entire grant project lifecycle. This in-person training is designed for anyone new to sponsored research at BU with grant management responsibilities, or who would like a refresher. Administrators who have never attended an in-person research administration training are especially encouraged to attend.

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Ethics & Compliance

Meet LaNeia Thomas, Director of the Charles River Campus Institutional Review Board

LaNeia Thomas is director of the Charles River Campus Institutional Review Board, which protect the rights and welfare of the individuals who participate in BU research. In a recent Q&A, LaNeia reflects on what it takes to thrive at BU after more than a decade at the University and offers advice for anyone interested in working in research compliance.

Changes to the Policy on Principal Investigator Status

Recent changes to BU’s Policy on Principal Investigator Status expand PI privileges for several categories of faculty and staff and update University processes to better align with proposal development and submission practices. Learn more in the November 29 memo.

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Collaboration & Impact

Funding for Health Innovations with Commercial Potential

Researchers are invited to learn more about Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) funding and resources to commercialize promising translational biotech and life sciences research technologies in this National Institutes of Health webinar on Thursday, February 28.

Strategies to Enhance Your LinkedIn Presence and Maximize Research Impact

LinkedIn’s Client Solutions team will lead a virtual workshop on Thursday, February 15 designed to equip BU researchers with tools and insights to navigate LinkedIn professionally, with a focus on research excellence and amplifying your work and brand.

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Notes & News

The Center on Emerging Infectious Diseases invites submissions to its Life in the Age of a Pandemic photo contest by Friday, March 1.

With $2.5 million from the Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office, the Institute for Global Sustainability, in collaboration with the University of Rhode Island and the University of Delaware, will identify energy justice indicators to measure the community effects of offshore wind energy development in the Northeastern US.

Professor Casey Taft, Psychiatry (Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine), has been approved for a five-year, $2.8 million funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute for his research study “A Randomized Controlled Trial to Evaluate a Trauma-Informed Partner Violence Intervention Program.”

Professor Martin Schmaltz, Physics (CAS), received the Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Associate Professors Joe Rezek, English (CAS), and Yuri Corrigan, World Languages & Literatures (CAS), received National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship awards. Rezek’s award is in support of his work on the history of the transmission of racial knowledge and racial ideology through reading, 1598-1840. Corrigan’s award is in support of his research and writing on Russian playwright Anton Chekhov.

Professor Miloš Popović, Electrical & Computer Engineering (ENG), has been elected to the National Academy of Inventors for his pioneering work on photonic integrated circuits.

Professors Linh Tô and Randall Ellis, Economics (CAS), and Patricia Cortes, Markets, Public Policy & Law (Questrom), have been awarded a two-year grant from the Social Science Research Council to study biases in self-assessment that affect the success of women in academia.

Assistant Professor Rabia Yazicigil, Electrical & Computer Engineering (ENG), was awarded an NSF CAREER award to create hybrid miniaturized bio-electronic sensors for in-body monitoring while training a diverse semiconductor workforce.

Professor Lucy Hutyra, Earth & Environment (CAS), and Associate Professors M. Patricia Fabian, Environmental Health (SPH), and Dan Li, Earth & Environment (CAS), have been named to the Massachusetts Climate Science Advisory Panel to provide expertise on climate science to inform state and local climate adaptation planning.

Assistant Professor Joerg Werner, Mechanical Engineering (ENG), received a US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Young Faculty Award to develop new, ultra-thin polymer coatings capable of capturing CO2 in a targeted and efficient way.

Assistant Professors William Boley, Mechanical Engineering (ENG), and Steve Ramirez, Psychological & Brain Sciences (CAS), received awards through the Department of Defense Defense University Research Instrumentation Program, which supports the purchase of major equipment to augment and develop research capabilities.

A product from DermaSensor Inc., based on technology for skin cancer detection originally developed by BU spectroscopy researcher Irving Bigio, Biomedical Engineering (ENG), recently received FDA clearance.

Assistant Professor Mohsan Saeed, Biochemistry & Cell Biology (Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine), was awarded $400k from the Smith Family Foundation to study how mosquito-borne viruses overcome the immune system of mosquitoes and establish persistent infection that is then transmitted to humans.

The Global Development Policy Center announced its second cohort of Human Capital Initiative (HCI) Faculty Members. Selected faculty members represent diverse departments across the University, including Global Health & Epidemiology, Sociology, Economics, Health Sciences, and the Pardee School of Global Studies. The HCI Core Faculty Program brings together outstanding BU researchers whose scholarship is centered around issues related to human capital, social and economic development, and human well-being to actively support faculty research activities in these areas.

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