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University Research Awards

Originally called Provost’s Multidisciplinary Awards, the University Research Awards (URA) provide "seed" grants for promising, high-risk projects, says Robert Clark, provost and senior vice president for research.

The fund has been increased from $500,000 annually to $1 million, effective from the 2018-2019 academic year. Half of the funding comes from the President's Fund, with the rest being matched by the various schools whose faculty members are recipients.

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. A review committee of faculty from across UR provides peer review of the applications.


2019 University Research Award Winners


Polyoxovanadate Clusters as Single-Source Precursors for Colloidal Vanadium Oxide
Kathryn E. Knowles, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemistry
Ellen M. Matson, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemistry
Neural Mechanisms of Foveal Vision
Jude Mitchell, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Michele Rucci, Professor, Dept. of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Chirped-Pulse Microresonators
William Renninger, Assistant Professor, The Institute of Optics
Jamie Cardenas, Assistant Professor, The Institute of Optics
Surface Chemistry for Reflective Interferometric Sensing
Lewis Rothberg, Professor, Depts. of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Alexander Shestopalov, Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engineering
Flexible and Efficient Deep Learning in Optics
Yuhao Zhu, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Computer Science
Nick Vamivakas, Associate Professor, The Institute of Optics
What Maintains Genetic Variation Affecting Health and Reproduction? A test of a Novel Hypothesis
James D. Fry, Associate Professor, Dept. of Biology
Sina Ghaemmaghami, Associate Professor. Dept. of Biology
Confocal Raman Microscopy for the Identification of Microplastics in Cells and Tissue
James McGrath, Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
Andrew Berger, Professor, The Institute of Optics; Associate Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
Wayne Knox, Professor, The Institute of Optics
Lisa DeLouise, Associate Professor, Depts. of Dermatology, and Biomedical Engineering
Jonathan Flax, Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of Urology
Mahlon Johnson, Professor, Depts. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Neurosurgery; Director, Neuropathology, Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Non-invasive Cerebral Blood Flow and Evoked Potential Monitoring in Adults Undergoing Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
Regine Choe, Associate Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
Imad Khan, M.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Medicine
Ross Maddox, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
Sunil Prasad, M.D., Professor, Chief of Cardiac Surgery, Department of Surgery
Advancing Translational Research to Drive Universal influenzae Vaccine Development: Novel Methods for Assessing Clinical Antibody Responses
Sally Quataert, Research Associate Professor, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology, Micro Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology (CVBI)
Mark Sangster, Research Professor, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology, Micro Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology (CVBI)
Vision in a Natural Context: More than Meets the Eye?
Farran Briggs, Associate Professor, Depts. of Neuroscience, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and in the Ernest J. Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience Center for Visual Science
Embryonic Origin of Natural Killer Cells
James Palis, MD, Professor, Center for Pediatric Biomedical Research, Dept. of Pediatrics
Bacterial Pathogens, Fibronectin Mimicry and Intestinal Permeability
Denise C. Hocking, Professor, Depts. of Pharmacology and Physiology, and in the Dept of Biomedical Engineering
Michelle Dziejman, Associate Professor, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology
Targeting AXL in Alzheimer's Disease
M. Kerry O’Banion, MD, Professor and Vice Chair, Dept. of Neuroscience
Michael Rusty Elliott, Associate Professor, Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology
Safety and Efficacy of Whole Food Plant Based Diet in the Management of Hypertension in Chronic Kidney Disease
Scott Liebman, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Division of Nephrology
Susan Friedman, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics
Rebeca Monk, MD, Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Division of Nephrology
Novel Approaches to Genetic Diagnoses and Secure Genomic Data Analyses in Critically Ill Infants
Laurie Steiner, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Kate Ackerman, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Muthu Venkitasubramaniam, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science
Alex Paciorkowski, MD, Assistant Professor, Depts. of Neurology, Neuroscience, Neurotherapeutics Discovery, Pediatrics, and in Biomedical Genetics, Division of Neurology and Pediatrics

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