Research Grants & Funding

  1. NSF- CBET grant- Project Title: A two step chemocatalytic conversion of cellulosic biomass to hydrocarbon biofuels, A. Amarasekara, 2017-2020,  $315,000.
  2. Lifecycle Environmental Impact of High-Speed Rail System in the I-45 Corridor, R. Kommalapati (PI) with V. Botlaguduru and D. Choe, US Department of Transportation thru LSU TranSet, 03/15/2018-09/15/2019, $68,500.
  3. Energy and Nutrient Recovery from Goat Manure by Anaerobic Co-Digestion with Cotton Gin Trash and Food Waste, R. Kommalapati (PI) with V. Botlaguduru, R. Awal, US Department of Agriculture (CBG Program), 02/01/2018-01/31/2021, $300,000.
  4. Air Quality Measurement of Poultry Farms in Texas, R. Kommalapati (PI) with H. Du, Office of Vice President for Research, Prairie View A&M University, 05/01/2017-12/31/2017, $20,000.
  5. Recruiting, Retaining and Promoting for Careers at Transportation Agencies, R. Kommalapati (PVAMU PI) with Choe (PVAMU) and Harper (PI, LSU) and Bogus Halter (UNM PI)), US Department of Transportation thru LSU Transportation Consortium of South Central States (Tran-SET), 05/08/2017-11/08/2018. $24,500.
  6. USDA-NIFA – Research on Biofuels and High Performance Fuel Additives from Agro-based Feedstocks, M. Gyamerah (PI), 02/01/2017 – 01/31/2020, $297,451.
  7. Prairie View A&M University, Summer Mini Grant, M. Gyamerah (PI), 06/01/2015-08/31/2015, $20,000.
  8. NSF – Learning by practice: Introducing a new building energy efficiency elective course and laboratory into the Mechanical Engineering undergraduate curriculum. R. Rayegan with P. Biney (Co-PI), 09/01/2015-08/31/2017, $243,897.
  9. Air Force Research Lab/Clarkson Aerospace – Materials and manufacturing research for HBCU/MI, P. Biney (PI)with H. Fan, A. Oki, and S. Lin, 09/01/2013-08/31/2018, $529,000.
  10. American Chemical Society -PRF grant- Project Title: Room temperature Friedel-Crafts alkylation using magnetic nanoparticle catalysts in oscillating magnetic fields, A. Amarasekara (PI), 2016-2019, $ 70,000
  11. Examination of the Impacts of Climate Change and Life Cycle Emissions on Houston-Galveston-Brazoria Air Quality Using Photochemical Simulations, R. Kommalapati (PI) with A. Kadiyala, Office Vice President for Research, Prairie View A&M University, 05/01/2015-12/31/2015, $20,000
  12. Post combustion carbon capture using polyethylenimine (PEI) functionalized titanate nanotubes, R. Kommalapatai (PI) with Z. Huque, X. Shen and K. Lee. Department of Energy (DE-FE0023040), 10/1/2014-9/30/2017, $249,996.
  13. Wind Power for Automotive Vehicles”, Attia with Huque (Co-PI), Funding Agency: Prairie View A&M University. Funding amount: $20,000. Funding period: June 01, 2014 – August 31, 2014.
  14. Host 2014 Summer Transportation Institute (STI) at Prairie View A&M University, R. Kommalapati (PI), with Radha, Federal Highway Administration thru Texas Department of Transportation, 5/1/2013-08/31/2013, $45,000.
  15. Host 2013 Summer Transportation Institute (STI) at Prairie View A&M University, R. Kommalapati (PI) with R. Radha,Federal Highway Administration thru Texas Department of Transportation, 5/1/2013-08/31/2012, $65,000.
  16. NSF- CBET grant- Project Title: Acidic ionic liquid catalyzed single-reactor conversion of biomass to bio-crude oil, A. Amarasekara (PI). 2013-2016, $333,575
  17. ATLAS Center (Partnership of Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) and University of Michigan Transportation Research Center (UMTRC), PVAMU is a partner of TTI, R. Kommalapati (PVAMU PI), $22,800 for 2013-16.
  18. Host 2012 Summer Transportation Institute (STI) at Prairie View A&M University, R. Kommalapati (PI) with R. Radha,Federal Highway Administration thru Texas Department of Transportation, 5/1/2012-12/31/2012, $65,000.
  19. Host 2011 Summer Transportation Institute (STI) at Prairie View A&M University, R. Kommalapati (PI), Federal Highway Administration thru Texas Department of Transportation, 5/1/2011-12/31/2011, $63,695.
  20. Transportation Workforce Development: Sustaining and Expanding High School Outreach Programs and Multi-Agency Partnerships, R. Kommalapati (PI) with Radha and Stockton (TTI), University Transportation Center for Mobility, 4/2011- 09/2012, $98,635.
  21. USDA-1890 CBG grant- Project Title: Artificial cellulase type catalysts for cellulosic- ethanol process, A. Amarasekara (PI). 2010-2015, $ 300,000.