PumpPrimer II Guidelines

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PumpPrimer II (PPII) funds innovative pilot research to help the applicant establish a novel research direction.


All tenure track faculty are eligible to apply. Applicants must have a strong track record of research productivity and provide evidence that no alternative funds are available for the project. Applications for PumpPrimer II funds that merely extend an ongoing research program are not eligible. Junior faculty who have start-up funding remaining and/or have not yet completed their first term of appointment are ineligible to apply. Application for external funding on a prior PPII award is a prerequisite for a new PPII funding request. Preference for funding will be given to those who have not yet received a PPII award. Faculty who receive PPII funding are expected to review applications in future funding cycles.


Budget requests for up to $50,000 will be considered for a one-year period; no-cost extensions are not allowed. Funds may not be used for faculty salary or travel, other than travel essential for research purposes. For those projects that require extended time away from campus during the semester, funding for teaching relief can be requested. Budgets that include the cost of teaching relief will require the approval of the department chair and the appropriate AS&E dean with the application.


A review committee comprised of AS&E faculty will make funding recommendations to the Dean’s Office for final approval.


Via the application website using PumpPrimer II application form(s).

Submission Deadline:

Monday, March 20, 2017 

Required Materials:

Prepare the following PumpPrimer II proposal items and upload to the application website at www.rochester.edu/fort/pumpprimer/.

*Please note that faculty who receive PumpPrimer funds will be asked to review applications in future cycles. We are dependent upon and appreciate your cooperation with the review process.


Please direct any questions to your respective AS&E assistant dean: 
     Arts and Sciences - Debra Haring, debra.haring@rochester.edu
     Engineering - Cindy Gary, cindy.gary@rochester.edu