Nineteen proposals awarded funding in the President’s Research Excellence (PRE) Accelerator Grant program

The President’s Research Excellence (PRE) program provides seed support for cross- and interdisciplinary research projects that have the potential to attract external funding. Nineteen teams have been awarded funding through the Accelerator Grant program. These grants of up to $50,000 are for small teams formed to pursue curiosity-driven, novel, high-risk and high-reward research.


The PRE program supports the university’s goals to help grow its research and innovation enterprise by attracting more externally sponsored research funding, enabling curiosity-driven research and discoveries, and addressing large, complex societal challenges.


The PRE program also offers Catalyst Grants to support the efforts of large cross- and interdisciplinary teams to pursue large-scale, high-impact research that addresses emerging or existing challenges of national and international societal importance. These grants may be up to $200,000 and are expected to generate long-term, sustained, and significant impact while positioning Ohio State as THE research area leader. Concept papers for Catalyst Grant funding are due on June 18, 2021.


June 2021 Accelerator Grant Recipients from the College of Optometry


Visual Function and Nighttime Driving Performance in Drivers Aged 65 or Older                   

PI: Jingzhen Yang, College of Medicine

Co-investigators: Deyue Yu, College of Optometry; Thomas Kerwin, Office of Academic Affairs

Project description: Drivers over 65 years old are at a high risk for fatal nighttime crashes. Age-related anatomical and functional changes in vision is a significant risk factor. This study will examine the effects of mesopic visual function on night driving ability in older drivers using a high-fidelity driving simulator.                                                                                                                      

Local antioxidant release to prevent cataract after vitrectomy       

PI: Katelyn Swindle-Reilly, College of Engineering

Co-investigators: Colleen Cebulla, College of Medicine; Heather Chandler, College of Optometry; Eric Miller, College of Veterinary Medicine 

Project description: The role of antioxidant and oxygen concentrations in the vitreous will be studied to prevent oxidative damage in the eye. Biomimetic hydrogels with nanoencapsulated antioxidants are being explored to restore antioxidant levels after vitreous removal, potentially preventing cataract.