AUGUST 11, 2014
Assistant Professor Jessica Black was recently awarded an Ignite grant, one of two new grant programs launched by Boston College to provide seed funding for new faculty scholarship and cross-discipline collaboration. Professor Black said her Ignite award will support her research on youth with or at risk for learning disabilities as part of a team that includes researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, and Stanford University.
"This Ignite Award is important to expand learning disabilities research beyond deficit and risk to also include explicit focus on under explored protective processes – such as academic and non-academic strengths, future orientation, motivation, and mentor relationships – that may contribute to resilience outcomes for these youth," Black said. The team is preparing to seek federal funding for a large-scale, long-term youth study using neuro-imaging.
The Ignite program will award three to four grants of up to $30,000 three times a year to full-time, tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty, said Vice Provost for Research Thomas Chiles. The program, which recently awarded its first round of grants, is designed to respond to requests throughout the academic year and provide a relatively short turn-around time between application and funding.
"We are a research university and innovation, new ideas and discoveries come from our faculty,” said Chiles, a professor of biology. “These programs give us a mechanism to help faculty make progress on ideas and innovations, with the goal of positioning them to be successful as they compete for federal and private funding." More from the BC Chronicle »