Notre Dame International announces new recipients of NDI faculty research grants

Author: Colleen Wilcox

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Sixteen collaborative research grants were awarded to Notre Dame faculty and research partners around the world.


Notre Dame International hosted a special ceremony Thursday evening to honor and recognize the recipients for the 2018-19 international research collaboration grant cycle.


“As a university, we are making a global footprint and we are doing that in the service of the common good,” said Michael Pippenger, vice president and associate provost for internationalization. “I think that’s something we need to celebrate.”


Pippenger celebrated the new grant awardees and honored the work of past grantees. The categories announced included the Asia Research Collaboration Grant, Luksburg Foundation Collaboration Grant, Mexico Research Collaboration Grant, and The Insider Project. NDI also announced the first recipient of the Schlindwein Family Tel Aviv University – Notre Dame Research Collaboration Grant. Click here to see the full list of new and current recipients.


Daniele Schiavazzi, assistant professor from the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics (ACMS), was one of the Luksburg Foundation Collaboration Grant recipients for his work with Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUC).


His research on robust pressure estimation from fast 4D flow MRI has the potential to aid diagnostics in patients with cardiovascular disease.


“This non-invasive accelerated diagnosis is essential to perform screening on larger patient populations, to reduce amortization times for MRI scanners and to improve the conditions of specific patient populations, such as children with congenital heart disease for which sedation during a scan is often needed, particularly for complex sequences such as those measuring blood velocities,” said Schiavazzi.


“The Luksburg Foundation Collaboration Grant was instrumental to initiate a collaboration with an established Research Center in Computational Mathematics and Biomedical Imaging, complementing the resources already available on the Notre Dame Campus,” he said. 


Schiavazzi is also a co-principal investigator for a project that received the Asia Research Collaboration Grant. Chaoli Wang, from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, was the principal investigator in the project titled “SurfRiver: A Novel Framework for Comparative Analysis and Visualization of Flow Services.”


Every year, Notre Dame International provides these grants to help build and encourage academic and research collaboration.


The proposals submitted in February were from Notre Dame faculty members representing a wide range of disciplines across the University.


The research proposals crossed the desk of Geraldine Meehan at Notre Dame International, who said it’s been an honor to support and help strengthen global faculty research.


“Notre Dame International is delighted to partner with faculty throughout the University to enable a deeper engagement with esteemed international interlocutors, through support of collaborative research,” said Meehan, director of faculty development and global gateways.


“With the breadth of projects, the geographical reach of partnerships, and the myriad ways in which faculty are collaborating internationally, it’s impressive to witness, not just faculty scholarship, but also their strong commitment to graduate student mentorship,” she said.


The NDI grant programs are part of the University’s broader international strategy to promote international scholarship around the world and advance Notre Dame’s impact as a global research institution.


“We are going to all ends of the earth to produce new knowledge with international partners and that’s a wonderful thing,” said Pippenger.

Grant Reception Picture 2Pictured: Grant recipient Mahan Mirza from the Keough School of Global Affairs (left) and Jonathan Noble from NDI (right) attended the grant presentation


Over the past five years, Notre Dame International has awarded 120 grants totaling $1.3 million to Notre Dame faculty whose research had an international component. This critical funding is made possible through the generous support of University benefactors.


“We are very grateful for the vision and support of the foundations and benefactors that are enabling these international research projects to strengthen institutional collaboration, academic partnerships, and local impact for their respective communities within the global context," said Jonathan Noble, assistant provost for internationalization.


More information about eligibility, grant requirements, and funding for the Notre Dame International faculty research grants can be found here.


Contact: Colleen Wilcox, content strategist, Notre Dame International,

Originally published by Colleen Wilcox at on April 23, 2018.