University Research Awards

The University Research Awards (URA) provide seed money on a competitive basis for innovative research projects that, when sufficiently developed, are likely to attract external support. Applications for planning grants are also encouraged.

An award of up to $37,500 will be made as a match to funds committed by the applicant’s home school (or applicants’ home schools) for a total of $75,000. The school(s) responsible for the match is/are part of the initial review process. Approval at that level implies a commitment to provide the matching funds if the proposal is awarded.

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on January 31, 2022—late submissions or revisions will not be accepted. Please note that selected applicants may be asked to present their research project to the Executive Research Committee prior to the final award decisions, which will be announced in mid-May. Recipients of this award are required to peer review future University Research Award proposals.

Completed applications should be directed to Adele Coelho, Faculty Outreach Coordinator in the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Research, at adele.coelho@rochester.edu.

The RFP describes the process, the instructions and the instructions and fill-in application can be downloaded here:

2022 University Research Award Recipients


Role of the macrophage molecular circadian clock in pancreatic cancer
Altman, Brian J: SMD - Biomedical Genetics, School of Medicine & Dentistry
Gerber, Scott A: SMD - Microbiology & Immunology, School of Medicine & Dentistry
CatMoment: Promoting Inclusive Conversation in Small-Group Learning
Bai, Zhen: Hajim - Computer Science, Hajim Engineering School
Hoque, Ehsan: Hajim - Computer Science, Hajim Engineering School
Developing an intervention to improve family adaptation among children with medical complexity
Bayer, Nathaniel D: SMD - Pediatrics, School of Medicine & Dentistry
Petrenko, Christie: SAS - Mt. Hope Family Center, School of Arts & Sciences
O'Connor, Thomas G: SMD - Psychiatry, School of Medicine & Dentistry
Iadarola, Suzannah Joy: SMD - Pediatrics, School of Medicine & Dentistry
Marker-free tracking of group foraging: a window to the primate social brain
Biro, Dora: SAS - Brain and Cognitive Sciences, School of Arts & Sciences
Mitchell, Jude F: SAS - Brain and Cognitive Sciences, School of Arts & Sciences
Wang, Kuan Hong: SMD - Neuroscience, School of Medicine & Dentistry
Quantum Alchemy: Floquet Engineering of Qutrits Hamiltonians
Blok,Machiel S: SAS - Physics & Astronomy, School of Arts & Sciences
Franco, Ignacio: SAS - Chemistry, School of Arts & Sciences
Modulation of Cartilage Mechanical Properties and Health by Absorbed Macromolecules
Buckley, Mark R: Hajim - Biomedical Engineering, Hajim Engineering School
Discovery of a glucoreceptor that is essential for glucose and energy homeostasis: novel target for treatment of diabetes and obesity
Chhabra, Kavaljit Harvindersingh: SMD - Medicine, School of Medicine & Dentistry
Neural Mechanisms Generating Affective Touch Sensation
Gomez-Ramirez, Manuel: SAS - Brain and Cognitive Sciences, School of Arts & Sciences
Wang, Kuan Hong: SMD - Neuroscience, School of Medicine & Dentistry
Mitchell, Jude F: SAS - Brain and Cognitive Sciences, School of Arts & Sciences
Photoinduced Polaron Formation in Lead Halide Perovskite Semiconductors
Knowles, Kathryn E: SAS - Chemistry, School of Arts & Sciences
Visual perception in schizophrenia: assessing predictive processing in the earliest stages of the visual cortical hierarchy
Lalor, Edmund C: SMD - Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine & Dentistry
Keane, Brian: SMD - Psychiatry, School of Medicine & Dentistry
Learning new categories: an EEG study of second language learners of Mandarin consonants
McDonough, Joyce: SAS - Linguistics, School of Arts & Sciences
Yang, Chung-Lin: SAS - Brain and Cognitive Sciences, School of Arts & Sciences
Electrocatalytic degradation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in aqueous solution
Mueller, Astrid M: Hajim - Chemical Engineering, Hajim Engineering School
Hydrogels for Localized Delivery of Therapeutics to Promote Bone Regeneration
Nilsson, Bradley L: SAS - Chemistry, School of Arts & Sciences
Benoit, Danielle SW: SMD - Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine & Dentistry
Improvement of genomic variant interpretation in intellectual and developmental disabilities
Paciorkowski, Alexander R: SMD - Neurology, School of Medicine & Dentistry
White, Andrew: Hajim - Chemical Engineering, Hajim Engineering School
Vanadium Oxide Sorbents for Reactive Separations of Carbon Dioxide from Air
Porosoff, Marc D: Hajim - Chemical Engineering, Hajim Engineering School
Defective Viral Genomes as a Mechanistic Determinant of COVID-19 Pathogenesis
Sun, Yan: SMD - Microbiology & Immunology, School of Medicine & Dentistry
Mariani, Thomas J: SMD - Pediatrics, School of Medicine & Dentistry
Qiu, Xing: SMD - Biostatistics & Computational Biology, School of Medicine & Dentistry
Gene-environment interaction modulates susceptibility to gestational diabetes
Susiarjo, Martha: SMD - Environmental Medicine, School of Medicine & Dentistry
Murphy, Patrick J: SMD - Biomedical Genetics, School of Medicine & Dentistry
Quantum Dot Sources of Quantum Light at Telecom Wavelengths
Wicks, Gary W: Hajim - The Institute of Optics, Hajim Engineering School
Development of Novel RNA-based Therapeutics for Heart Disease
Yao, Peng: SMD - Medicine, School of Medicine & Dentistry
Past award winners