Funding Opportunities

The Ohio State University research community engages in fundamental and applied research to understand how brain injury leads to chronic conditions, to create new technologies that detect and treat injury, or explore new therapies and prevention measures. Often, we start with a great idea that requires preliminary data or needs to move further through the translational research pathway before researchers can compete for external funding. To achieve this, Chronic Brain Injury (CBI) provides seed funding for cross-college collaborations that push the boundaries of our knowledge and capabilities in brain injury research.

CBI also offers equipment cost-share funding, travel awards, and undergraduate summer fellowships.

Pilot Awards

January 2020 CBI Pilot Award winners have been selected! See the projects in our latest cohort and all previous winners below. The July 2020 application cycle will begin in March - check back for updates!

The Chronic Brain Injury (CBI) Pilot Award Program supports the innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration that fosters outstanding basic, clinical, and translational research. Through CBI seed funding, teams of investigators will develop cross-college collaborations and pilot data in pursuit of impactful research projects and programs. All university faculty are encouraged to submit proposals for new projects that address chronic brain injury (traumatic brain injury, related neurotraumas, cognitive impairment, or neurodegenerative disease) with two or more co-PIs representing multiple university colleges.

  • Counteracting Maladaptive Plasticity and Chronic Neurodegeneration Following Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Using a "Smart" Drug Delivery System (SDDS)
    Andrea Tedeschi, Neuroscience
    John Lannutti, Materials Science & Engineering
    Craig McElroy, Pharmacy
  • Pilot Study for Empowering Survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury to be Physically Literate and Active for All Years (TBI-PLAAY)
    Catherine Quatman-Yates, Physical Therapy
    Jennifer Bogner, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Leeann Lower-Hoppe, Sports & Exercise Management
    Laura Schmitt, Physical Therapy
    Lise Worthen-Chaudhari, Physical Medicnie & Rehabilitation
  • Optical Coherence Tomography for the Diagnosis of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
    Andrew Sas, Neurology
    Kevin Weber, Neurology
    Stacey Choi, Optometry
    Nathan Doble, Optometry
  • Embodied Effects Of Rhythmic Music Among Adults With Brain Injury
    Lise Worthen-Chaudhari, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Eugenia Costa-Giomi, Music Education
    W. Jerry Mysiw, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Catherine Quatman-Yates, Physical Therapy
    Jinghua Li, Materials Science & Engineering
    Asimnia Kiourti, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Assessing Needs of FQHCs to Become Partners in Chronic Brain Injury Detection and Rehabilitation among Domestic Violence Survivors
    Juliana Nemeth, Health Behavior & Health Promotion
    Rachel Ramirez, Ohio Domestic Violence Network
  • Effects of adolescent traumatic brain injury on the maturation of executive functions and modulation by social stress
    Laurence Coutellier, Psychology
    Jon Godbout, Neuroscience
  • Long-term Neurobiological Outcomes Among OSU Student Athletes with Concussion
    Jasmeet Hayes, Psychology
    John Corrigan, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Tatiana Wolfe, Center for Cognitive & Behavioral Brain Imaging
  • Reproductive Experience and Traumatic Brain Injury in Females
    Benedetta Leuner, Psychology
    Olga Kokiko-Cochran, Neuroscience
  • DTRI-03 Dosing in Canine Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusion
    Shahid Nimjee, Neurological Surgery
    Cameron Rink, Surgery
    Bob Hamlin, Veterinary Medicine
    Zhong-Lin Lu, Psychology
  • Trajectory of Salivary miRNA Expressions in Children with Concussion
    Ginger Yang, Nationwide Children's Hospital
    Zhong-Lin Lu, Psychology
    Elaine Mardis, Nationwide Children's Hospital
    James MacDonald, Nationwide Children's Hospital
  • Propagation of pathological tau strains from Alzheimer's disease and traumatic brain injury in cerebral organoids
    Hongjun Fu, Neuroscience
    Doug Scharre, Neurology
    Mark Hester, Nationwide Children's Hospital
  • Synaptrode: A Synaptomimetic Neural Interface with Programmable Plasticity
    Liang Guo, Electrical & Computer Engineering
    Min Zhou, Neuroscience
  • Early life traumatic injury: sex differences, immune cells, and neurobehavioral outcomes across the lifespan
    Kathryn Lenz, Psychology
    Olga Kokiko-Cochran, Neuroscience
  • Infrared Hyperspectral Imaging for In Vivo Detection of Neuromarkers of Cerebral Ischemia
    TJ Ronningen, Electrical & Computer Engineering
    Tatiana Wolfe, Center for Cognitive & Behavioral Brain Imaging
    Daniel Prevedello, Neurological Surgery
    Sanjay Krishna, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Effectiveness of a psychological intervention for children with post-concussion syndrome
    Sean Rose, Nationwide Children's Hospital
    Kelly McNally, Nationwide Children's Hospital
    Zeynep Saygin, Psychology
    Ginger Yang, Nationwide Children's Hospital
  • Ultrastructural characterization of iron in Alzheimer's disease
    Gunjan Agarwal, Biomedical Engineering
    Dana McTigue, Neuroscience
  • Noninvasive brain stimulation for chronic symptoms of acquired brain injury
    Marcia Bockbrader, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    David Kline, Biostatistics
    Liang Guo, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Anti-nitrative neuroprotective activity of γ-tocopherol in ischemic stroke
    Richard Bruno, Human Nutrition
    Cameron Rink, Surgery
  • Chronic post-injury sleep disruption (SD) as a catalyst for neurodegenerative disease
    Olga Kokiko-Cochran, Neuroscience
    John Sheridan, Biosciences (Dentistry)
  • Translation of VWF aptamer into large animal stroke model
    Shahid Nimjee, Neurological Surgery
    Bob Hamlin, Veterinary Biosciences,
    Cameron Rink, Surgery
    Zhong-Lin Lu, Psychology
    Jay Zweier, Internal Medicine
  • Age-related differences in torsional indirect traumatic optic neuropathy
    Matthew Reilly, Biomedical Engineering
    Colleen Cebulla, Ophthalmology & Visual Science
    Mohamed Abdel-Rahman, Ophthalmology & Visual Science
    Julie Racine, Ophthalmology (Nationwide Children's Hospital)
    Nathan Doble, Optometry
    Stacey Choi, Optometry
  • Cerebrospinal fluid markers of synaptic injury and functional connectivity in Alzheimer's disease
    Rawan Tarawneh, Neurology
    Douglas Scharre, Neurology
    Zhong-Lin Lu, Psychology
  • Investigating compensatory language processes prompted by rhythm video game therapy in chronic aphasia
    Yune Lee, Speech and Hearing Sciences
    Stacy Harnish, Speech and Hearing Sciences
    Lynne Gauthier, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Roger Crawfis, Computer Science & Engineering
  • Small molecule activators of glutamate transporter EAAT2 for Alzheimer's disease
    Glenn Lin, Neuroscience
    John Bruno, Psychology
    Min Zhou, Neuroscience
  • Mechanisms underlying hippocampal cell layer-specific sensitivity to ischemic stroke
    Karl Obrietan, Neuroscience
    Kari Hoyt, Pharmacology


  • Driving performance after concussion in teens
    Ginger Yang, Pediatrics (Nationwide Children's Hospital)
    Keith Yeates, Psychology (Nationwide Children's Hospital)
    Richard Rodenberg, Pediatrics (Nationwide Children's Hospital)
    James McDonald, Pediatrics (Nationwide Children's Hospital)
    Thomas Kerwin, Ohio Supercomputer Center
    Don Stredney, Ohio Supercomputer Center
    Michael Tiso, Sports Medicine
    Jennifer Bogner, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • The effect of KATP channel manipulation on neuroprotection after stroke
    Shahid Nimjee, Neurosurgery
    Keli Hu, Pharmacology
    Cameron Rink, Surgery
    Chanden Sen, Surgery
  • Neurocognitive versus neuromuscular deficits following mild traumatic brain injury
    Asimina Kiourti, Electrical & Computer Engineering
    James Onate, Physical Therapy
    Stephanie Di Stasi, Sports Medicine
    Michael Tiso, Sports Medicine
  • Hojjat Adeli, Alexandra Borstad, John Buford
    Computer aided prediction of sensory correlates of motor recovery following constraint induced movement therapy in chronic stroke
    Civil, Environmental & Geodetic Engineering, Physical Therapy
  • Daniel Gallego-Perez, L. James Lee, Savita Khanna, Cameron Rink
    Pro-angiogenic cell therapies for stroke recovery: Nanoengineering blood vessels through direct reprogramming
    Biomedical Engineering, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Surgery
  • Jonathan Godbout, John Sheridan, Daniel Eiferman
    The Elimination of Microglia by a CSF-1R antagonist to prevent or reverse TBI-induced chronic inflammation associated with microglia priming and reactivity
    Neuroscience, Dentistry, Surgery
  • Cameron Rink, Savita Khanna, David McComb
    Characterization of collateral remodeling in the stroke-affected brain
    Surgery, Materials Science & Engineering
  • Zachary Weil, Kari Hoyt
    Mitochondrial dysfunction mediated by insulin resistance in repeated traumatic brain injury
    Neuroscience, Pharmacology

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

The Chronic Brain Injury (CBI) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) awards support the training and development of outstanding Ohio State undergraduate students through participation in basic, clinical, and translational research. Through CBI fellowships, investigators will mentor students on a research project during the summer semester. All undergraduate students mentored by CBI faculty affiliates are welcome to apply.


Sebastian Bejarano | Neuroscience
Mentor: Liang Guo | Electrical & Computer Engineering

Mahin Hossain | Neuroscience
Mentor: Jan Schwab | Neurology

Praneethkumar Madhu | Neuroscience
Mentor: Harry Fu | Neuroscience

Matthew Moritz | Neuroscience
Mentor: Yune Lee | Speech & Hearing Sciences

Travel Awards

CBI awards travel funds for faculty affiliates and their lab members to present chronic brain injury research at national and international conferences.

Cost-Sharing Program

The goal of the Chronic Brain Injury cost-sharing award program is to offer opportunities to collaboratively invest in acquisition and/or access to top-quality equipment and resources that support innovative research by interdisciplinary teams of investigators.

RFA / Guidelines Application - Currently Closed