PumpPrimer

PumpPrimer is an intramural funding program for Arts, Science and Engineering researchers. It is designed to stimulate extramural funding for projects that are otherwise difficult to launch.

PumpPrimer I

Multi-institutional and/or multi-investigator research projects:

Federal agencies are exploring award mechanisms that bring together experts with complementary skills to address grand challenges.

We encourage faculty to take on such large-scale initiatives because they can potentially benefit multiple AS&E faculty, increase the quality and stability of our research infrastructure, and increase our national and international visibility.

Since such proposals require intensive preparation, the Dean’s Office may provide:

View PumpPrimer I Guidelines.

PumpPrimer II

Innovative and high-risk projects:

The increasingly competitive environment for extramural funding increases the need for proof of concept and/or pilot data in proposals and decreases funding of high-risk proposals. To help faculty secure extramural funding for bold new research directions, the Dean’s Office will provide funding for up to one year.

View PumpPrimer II Guidelines.

Apply for PumpPrimer II.


Applicants for both mechanisms are expected to submit a proposal for external funding within 18 months of the allocation of intramural PumpPrimer support. Both mechanisms will require a brief final survey to help us evaluate the effectiveness of this program.

Faculty in Arts & Science:
Refer questions to Debra Haring, debra.haring@rochester.edu

Faculty in Engineering:
Refer questions to Cindy Gary, cindy.gary@rochester.edu

Previous PumpPrimer II Recipients
NameTitle of ProjectDate Awarded
Bi, Xin Functions of Linker Histone in Gene Regulation and DNA Replication August 2013
Carney, Laurel Development & Feasibility Testing of a Speech Enhancement Algorithm August 2013
Dalecki, Diane Engineering Lymphatic Vessel Networks August 2013
Fry, James The Genetic Battle of the Sexes in Drosophila August 2013
Saab, Joan Animating Architectural Archives August 2013
Anthamatten, Mitch Two-way Shape Actuators April 2014
Bernard, Joanne Re-envisioning Japan as Destination in 20th Century Visual and Material Culture April 2014
Culver, Gloria
Smith, Brian
Exploring the interface of bacterial ribosome biogenesis and pathogenicity April 2014
Huang, Michael
Ignjatovic, Zeljko
Doyley, Marvin
Ultrasound CT April 2014
Jacobs, Robert
Mahon, Brad
Visual, Haptic, and Visual-Haptic Object Perception April 2014
Guo, Chunlei Superwicking Materials for Efficient M-cycle Cooling Technology August 2014
Peppermint, Cary Edible Ecologies August 2014
Jaenike, John The Genomic Basis of Nematode Resistance Conferred by Endosymbiotic Spiroplasma August 2014
Rothberg, Lewis Absorption Spectra of Single Nanoparticles/td> August 2014
Weix, Daniel/td> Teaching an Old Dot New Tricks: Photoredox Catalysis with Quantum Dots August 2014
Jarvis, Michael Virtual St. George's: Digital History Simulations and 3D Modeling in the Humanities July 2015
Mc Aleavey, Steve Towards Diagnostic Ultrasonic Imaging of Tissue Non-Linearity: Strain Dependence of Shear Wave Velocity in Liver and Breast Tissue July 2015
Rolland-Thompson, Jannick Translation of the Tear Film Imager to Clinical Studies July 2015
Shestopalov, Alex Monomolecular organic layer deposition via carbenylation of hard and soft material interfaces July 2015
Smetana, Judith Emergence of Moral and Conventional Understanding in Toddlers July 2015
Tadin, Duje Visual processing in Autism Spectrum Disorders July 2015