By FATIMA FAKHREDDINE, Staff Writer
Professor Qiang Zhu of the University of Michigan-Dearborn received a grant of $222,277 from the National Science Foundation.
Zhu is a professor of computer and information science and applied for the grant by submitting a research proposal to the NSF. The NSF has various research programs it oversees. Hundreds of proposals are looked over per year. Leading universities throughout the nation compete for the grant that Zhu was given.
Zhu said, “As a faculty member at a university, we submit proposals to various funding agencies like NSF every year to obtain funds to support our research projects.”
The NSF proposals go through a distinct process based on intellectual merits and broader impacts. It funds only a small percent of the research proposals collected.
“Since NSF research funding is highly competitive, receiving an NSF research grant is honorable and also indicates the quality of the sponsored research,” said Zhu.
Zhu will be using the grant to help advance and support the current research project he is working on. The project includes collaboration with another university, undergraduates, and graduates.
“This grant is to support a research project in the database and bioinformatics areas. A major portion of the funds is used to hire a Ph.D. student as a GSRA (Graduate Student Research Assistant) to work with me for the project,” continues Zhu, “Some undergraduate and graduate students will also have a chance to participate in the research via course or directed projects. We will collaborate with researchers from the Michigan State University on the research.”
According to Zhu, the best way to convince the NSF reviewers of your work is to “write a high quality proposal,” that will show them you want to “advance technologies in the relevant areas.”
However, that is not the only qualification.
Zhu said, “On the other hand, the NSF reviewers also evaluate the qualifications of the proposer(s) to see if he/she is qualified to carry out the proposed work.”
He knows from experience the work that qualifies a person to receive the grant. Zhu had carried out many works over the years that qualified him for the grant.
“We have been conducting research in the relevant areas for many years and published extensively in top journals and conferences in the field. We have successful records in completing previous NSF and other sponsored research projects.” Zhu continues, “All these may have played a positive role in securing such a new grant.”
This is Zhu’s third NSF research grant as a principal investigator. He will continue to apply for grants from the NSF for future research projects.