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Research / Discovery

Boettcher Foundation awarding four grants to CSU researchers through VPR's office

January 24, 2013

What do Nick Fisk, Melissa Reynolds and Tingting Yao have in common?

Nick Fisk, professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, is a previous Boettcher InvestigatorThey’re all faculty members who share the prestigious Boettcher Investigator title - one of the most prestigious research funding sources in Colorado that helps recruit, retain and advance scientific talent in the state.

Supporting early career research

The Boettcher Foundation has committed to awarding close to $1 million to four Colorado State University scholars over the next three years. The program is intended to support early career biomedical investigators in their transition to independent research.

In this round of competition, each investigator would receive $225,000 over a three-year period. Two researchers will be selected in 2013 and one each in 2014 and 2015.

“The Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees has been pleased with the outcomes of our Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program during its first three years of existence, and they have approved another allocation for 2013 through 2015,” said Bill Farland, vice president for Research at CSU.

Nominations are now being accepted by Farland’s office, which will manage the competition and peer-review process. Application inquiries must be sent to Linda Foster at or 492-4038 and not to the Boettcher Foundation. Go to the Vice President for Research website for application materials.

The first class of Webb-Waring Early Career Investigators, announced in 2010, included Melissa Reynolds, an assistant professor of chemistry.  In 2011, Boettcher named John D. (Nick) Fisk and Tingting Yao, assistant professors at CSU, in the second class. Fisk is a chemical and biological engineering professor and Yao is a biochemistry professor.

“The resources provided by the Boettcher Award has allowed me to pursue a new line of research that was difficult to obtain funding for initially,” Yao said. “The prestige associated with the award also contributed positively to recognition by colleagues in my field and my ability to obtain funding from Federal agencies including NIH and NSF.”

A prestigious, career-making award

Reynolds, who was the first recipient at Colorado State said the Boettcher program helped her in numerous ways. In addition to accelerating research efforts in her lab by supporting students to make scientific discoveries, the award connected her with other investigators within the state.

“Because of this ‘Boettcher family’ formed from bringing together investigators, Keith Neeves' group and mine have a joint project that has resulted in several publications and presentations by our students,” Reynolds said. “The Boettcher funding has also provided networking opportunities between academic and industrial research that would not have otherwise been possible. This networking has promoted bioscience (CBSA) and industrial contacts within the state of Colorado thereby increasing the visibility of bioscience technology within the state.

“Being a Boettcher Investigator has also fostered scholarly relationships with outstanding undergraduate students who are interested in becoming actively involved in research. For example, Lucus Suazo, a Boettcher Scholar, is doing cutting edge research in the area of anti-microbial devices - an educational opportunity that may not have been possible without the Boettcher support.”

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