Princeton researchers Jordan Taylor (Psychology) and Sabine Petry (Molecular Biology) received Dean for Research Innovation Funds for New Ideas in the Natural Sciences.

Projects that explore what music can teach us about the brain, how cells protect themselves from damaging ultraviolet rays, a novel microscopy approach to better understand cell division, and which planets may be capable of supporting life are among the five projects selected to receive the Dean for Research Innovation Funds.

The fund supports the exploration of early stage, high-potential ideas with the goal of eventually submitting a competitive external proposal. The winning proposals were selected based on their quality, originality and potential for impact through a process of anonymous peer review. Applicants could request up to $100,000 per year for projects lasting up to 2 years.

Taylor and Petry are both former NJ ACTS Pilot Award recipients.