Research

Internal Funding Sources

The University of Rochester offers the following sources of funding for Arts, Sciences and Engineering research projects.


The Center for Integrative Bioinformatics and Experimental Mathematics (CIBEM) awards two to three grants per year ($30,000-$50,000) to fund collaborations with CIBEM faculty. Relevant foci are for these one-year grants are: New bioinformatics technologies; Novel study design; Data requiring novel bioinformatics analysis and modeling methods; Potential to publish in top scientific and bioinformatics journals; Potential to generate external grant funding.


Submissions for the Collaborative Trans-Institutional Pilot Award Program in Immunity and Infection, a joint program between Cornell and the University of Rochester, are due May 2, 2014. This Pilot Award promotes new inter-institutional, multidisciplinary collaborations in the domain area of "Immunity and Infection." The pilot award will be granted for one year and includes up to $50,000 in total funding, allocated 50/50 between the two sites.


The Discover Grant program is open to proposals from individual and groups of current University of Rochester students and faculty, including research faculty. Successful proposals may fund things that enhance and/or increase undergraduate research opportunities for UR undergraduates. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to: pay for work; equipment; research-oriented travel; and supplies. The program is funded initially at the level of $50,000 per year. Large and small requests may be funded, though there will be some bias toward funding many small awards, as opposed to a few large ones. Proposals will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Successful proposals will create an undergraduate research opportunity that might not otherwise exist.


The Drug Discovery Pilot Award Program, jointly funded by the University of Rochester Medical Center and the Moulder Center for Drug Discovery Research at Temple University enables Rochester scientists to combine their knowledge of the underlying biology of disease with the ability of the medicinal chemists and pharmacologists at the Moulder Center to identify and create compounds suitable for medical research and eventual use in humans. The Pilot Award Program supports two categories of research:

  • Early exploratory studies in which scientists conduct focused preliminary experiments and access high throughput screening technologies to evaluate and identify suitable chemical compounds. The grants can range from $4,000 - $8,000 and are expected to support studies conducted at Rochester only.
  • Lead finding studies in which scientists take their research a step further by confirming that a compound and its target are a match, producing "second generation" compounds with improved activity against that target, and testing whether these compounds are compatible with the human body. Up to $25,000 will be considered to support studies at Rochester with Moulder support provided at no-cost, based on project needs and recommendations of Moulder Center leadership.

For details about submissions, contact Michael Rusnak at (585) 276-6610.


The Environmental Health Sciences Center (EHSC) supports a limited number of meritorious Pilot Projects that are relevant to the theme of the EHSC: "Environmental Agents as Modulators of Human Disease and Dysfunction." The center is especially interested in proposals addressing how the environment modifies stem cell function, affects early life origins of adult diseases, and disrupts host/pathogen interactions. Applicants may request a maximum of $30,000 for the duration of one year. Applications from new investigators collaborating with existing EHSC faculty are encouraged. In most cases, funds are restricted to research expenses and cannot be used to support travel, faculty salary, or equipment purchases. To learn more, contact Michael O'Reilly, Michael_OReilly@urmc.rochester.edu or
Pat Noonan-Sullivan, Patricia_Noonan@urmc.rochester.edu.


The International Collaboration Fund (ICF) provides faculty and graduate students with new opportunities to further develop international research networks. The ICF offers seed money for new and current research development projects and travel grants for faculty and graduate students for short-term overseas research visits up to 6 months in duration. Individual grants range from $2,000 - $15,000. Contact Todd St. Vrain at todd.stvrain@rochester.edu to learn more.


University Research Award applications are sought from faculty across the University, and funding is awarded to recipients who demonstrate their projects favor new research with a high probability of being leveraged by future external funding.


PumpPrimer, a newly established intramural funding program for AS&E researchers, is designed to stimulate extramural funding for two kinds of projects that are otherwise difficult to launch:


The University's Technology Development Fund promotes the transfer and translation of research into commercial applications. Awards can range from $40,000 to $100,000 to support projects of approximately one year in duration. Contact Michael Rusnak at (585) 276-6610 with any questions.