2008   National Science Foundation. Research grant. Multi-institution collaborative proposal with colleagues at Luther College and Auburn University. B. Borovsky (Co-PI), E. Flater(Co-PI), and W.R. Ashurst. RUI: Collaborative Research: The Molecular Origins of Friction - A study across velocity regimes of phosphonate monolayers on alternative MEMS-type surfaces. $200,000. 2009 - 2011

2004   Grinnell College - Jack and Lucile Harris Faculty Fellowship. Faculty release time award judged by internal and external reviewers. Provided a leave from teaching for one academic year to conduct scholarly research. B. Borovsky, The Molecular Origins of Friction: Alkanethiol Monolayers Studied with Combined Nanoindentation and Quartz Crystal Microbalance. Salary and $6000 budget for supplies and travel. 2004-2005

2002   National Science Foundation. Research grant. Major Research Instrumentation award for Research at Undergraduate Institutions (MRI-RUI). B. Borovsky, Acquisition of a Nanoindenter for Molecular-Level Studies of Friction at Grinnell College. $82,944. 2002-2005

2002   Research Corporation, Tucson, AZ. Research grant.Cottrell College Science Award. B. Borovsky, Quartz Crystal Microbalance and Sample Chamber for Studies of the Molecular Origins of Friction in the High-Speed Regime. $41,400. 2002-2004