Seed for Science 2023 Winners

Results are in...

The De Luca Foundation is excited to announce that the first annual Seed for Science Grant Initiative has concluded, and the winners have been chosen. Our team reviewed more than 160 applications from students across 32 different countries, making our task of selecting four winners a difficult one.  

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Our winners have brought forth exceptional pilot studies that will not only help launch new careers but also advance science for the next generation. The funded studies will help close the gap between musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems that underly movement capabilities in highly original areas.
Serge Roy
Senior Scientific Advisor, Head of Internal Review

We would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who submitted an application. Reviewing these applications was inspiring, and there were many projects that deserved our funding. Please keep in mind that Seed for Science is an annual initiative. We will be announcing the details of next year’s initiative in mid-2024. To keep in touch with our future initiatives, please sign up for our newsletter. 

Applicants from India should make sure to sign up for the newsletter. There will be funding opportunities for scientists in India in early-2024. 

Our Winners

Griffin Sipes

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Griffin is a PhD student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he conducts research for the Tissue Biomechanics Lab.
Project Title:

Improving exercise recommendations for cardiovascular function for persons with spinal cord injury

Agostina Casamento-Moran

Johns Hopkins University
Agostina is a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University where she studies the mechanisms of fatigue. 
Project Title:

Physiological Mechanisms of Post-Exertional Malaise in Long COVID

Phoebe Duncombe

University of Queensland
Phoebe is a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland where she studies spinal deformities and their development. 
Project Title:

Back in Action: Physiological factors that underpin the developing scoliosis curve

John Chomack

New York University
John is a Rehabilitation Sciences PhD student at New York University where he researches physical activity in people who are visually impaired.
Project Title:

Effects of Adaptive Sports on Mechanisms of Mobility in Visual Impairment

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