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STEM Catalyst Initiative


The STEM Catalyst Initiative invests in and supports faculty and student STEM research projects at the University of Dayton that aspire to address societal and public health issues in support of our University goal to become "The University for the Common Good."


We invite your applications for STEM Catalyst Grants — a competitive research grant program across the sciences, engineering and mathematics. The award is intended to advance new and existing research programs that have the potential to rise to national prominence. 

  • The program supports research from May - May.
  • Application available in the fall.
  • Proposals should articulate how the research advances the University of Dayton’s commitment to the common good. Proposals advancing the University’s strategic priorities of autonomous systems, health and biosciences, and sustainability and human rights are particularly encouraged, as are proposals from collaborative teams addressing multidisciplinary challenges.
  • Grants offered through a collaborative effort between the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering, and Office of the Provost.
  • All faculty — tenured, tenure track, and non-tenure track — are encouraged to apply.

2021-22 STEM Catalyst Initiative Awards

  • Loan Bui, Andrew Sarangan: A Three-dimensional Lab-on-a-Chip Platform with Integrated Sensors for Studying Breast Cancer Invasion
  • Madhuri Kango-Singh, Amit Singh: Hippo Signaling pathway in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias
  • Russell Pirlo, Justin Biffinger: Electrospun Photoactivatable Metallopolymers for Spatio-Temporal Control of Dynamic 3D Tissue Scaffolds
  • Julie Walsh-Messinger: Health, Mental Health, and Recovery in COVID-19 ‘Long-Haulers’

Please join us in congratulating this year’s grant recipients. We are excited about this opportunity to advance STEM research at the University and look forward to applications for the 2022-23 funding cycle in the fall semester.

More information is also available on the STEM Catalyst grant program website.


Please direct your questions to Doug Daniels at or Don Pair at


School of Engineering Associate Deans

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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0254