Grants for WCU projects announced by Research Administration

The following is a compilation of grants awarded at Western Carolina University during June 2018. The list is presented in unedited form, courtesy of WCU’s Office of Research Administration.

Title: Accelerating Economic Growth through Commercialization in Western North Carolina
PI: Patrick Gardner
Funder: US Department of Commerce
Amount: $118,000
Description: year 2 of a 5-year project to facilitate the commercialization of new products or the implementation of new manufacturing processes through a comprehensive suite of engineering and business counseling services.

Title: DLA (Defense Logistics Agency)
PI: Sandra Dennison
Funder: North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center
Amount: $11,288
Description: to carry out Procurement Technical Assistance Center activities under the Defense Logistics Agency Cooperative Agreement with the NC SBTDC.

Title: Farm Agricultural Resources and Mediation in Virginia (FARM-VA)
PI: Brian Clarke
Funder: US Department of Agriculture
Amount: $2,100
Description: supplement to provide certified agricultural mediation services to USDA customers in Virginia.

Title: FY 2017 BHWET Competition
PI: Patricia Morse
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration
Amount: $479,942
Description: year 2 of a program to recruit and train MSW students to work in team-based integrated care settings to expand the behavioral health workforce serving medically underserved communities in rural western North Carolina.

Title: Midterm Election Campus Engagement
PI: Todd Collins
Funder: Campus Election Engagement Project
Amount: $1,000
Description: to foster student engagement in the 2018 midterm elections.

Title: North Carolina Agricultural Mediation Program (NCAMP)
PI: Brian Clarke
Funder: US Department of Agriculture
Amount: $25,070
Description: to continue agricultural mediation services to USDA customers in North Carolina.

Title: Partnership for Longitudinal Academic/Clinical Education Strategy (PLACES for FNPs)
PI: Tamera Pearson
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration
Amount: $699,810
Description: year 2 of an innovative academic-practice partnership to increase the number of primary care nurse practitioners in rural and underserved areas. The 2-year project ($1,387,223) will support 40 student trainees.

Title: Paul Fink book reissue assistance
PI: Elizabeth Skene
Funder: UNC Press Office of Scholarly Publishing Services
Amount: $3,500
Description: to support Hunter Library in republishing a manuscript by Paul Fink, an early twentieth century adventurer into the Great Smoky and Roan Mountains, titled Backpacking Was the Only Way.

Title: Pilot-testing the Safety Climate Assessment Tool (S-CATSC) for Small Hispanic Construction Firms
PI: Ahmed Al-Bayati
Funder: The Center for Construction Research and Training
Amount: $13,555
Description: to translate and validate the Safety Climate Assessment Tool (S-CATSC) among a population of Hispanic contractors and workers.

Title: The Multimedia Lab at Hunter Library: Supporting the WCU Community as Creators
PI: Cara Barker
Funder: North Carolina Library Services and Technology Act
Amount: $30,910
Description: to provide equipment, support, and training for students, faculty, and staff in the creation of video, audio, and graphic content.