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Internal Funding Sources


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

Funding Sources

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 PumpPrimer program is ON HOLD due to the impact that the COVID-19 health crisis has placed on University resources.

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.

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.  The University Research Award program for spring, 2020 has been canceled due to the impact that the COVID-19 health crisis has placed on University resources.

Pilot funds are offered by the Rochester Aging Research (RoAR) Center: Pilot Grant Program in Aging Research will support innovative projects in basic, applied, and clinical aging research.

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.

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 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 Deborah Cory-Slechta,

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.

URMC's Internal Pilot Funding is relevant to any AS&E faculty who collaborate with Medical Center faculty. 

The Internal Humanities Fellowships are available to tenure-track assistant professors in any field of humanistic study, including anthropology, art and art history, English, history, modern languages and cultures, music, philosophy, or religion and classics. In addition to presenting their own research, the in-residence fellows participate in the bi-weekly Humanities Center seminar and other workshops, conferences, and programs.