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The University of Rochester provides a variety of resources to support faculty and student researchers who need assistance with:


Project funding | Travel grants | Regulatory compliance
Clinical and Translational Research
Professional development | Access to equipment and facilities
Collaborating with corporations
Collaborating with other researchers | Ethical concerns
Scientific collections, libraries | Research news


Project funding

Pivot, a software product that allows for research collaboration and funding opportunity searches, is available to all registered users at the University.

The Office of Research and Project Administration (ORPA) is a clearinghouse for not only funding opportunities, but also information about forms, regulations, and policies.

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 or Pat Noonan-Sullivan.

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 276-6610 with any questions.

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.

University Research Awards (formerly, Provost's Multidisciplinary Awards) provide seed money on a competitive basis for innovative research projects that when sufficiently developed are likely to attract external support. The awards are funded $250,000 every year by the president and as match by the schools for a total of $500,000 annually.

Need help getting an idea off the ground? The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) offers the Pilot Study Program (1-year pilots for faculty and trainees, $25,000 to $50,000); the Incubator Program (2-year “super-pilots”, $125,000/yr); and the Voucher System (10 to 20 hours of expert consultation).




Travel grants

The International Collaboration Fund provides faculty and graduate students in Arts, Sciences and Engineering travel grants to conduct research overseas for up to six months.




Regulatory compliance

ORPA provides a website with information containing research regulations and policies. It includes roles and responsibilities of principal investigators and a compliance overview.

The Office for Human Subject Protection (OHSP) provides a website with information regarding research education requirements, human subject protection regulations and policies, including a policy specific to Investigator Responsibilities, and information about the Research Quality Improvement program with resources (templates and forms) available to assist in conducting research.

The Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute provides researchers with support for regulatory compliance and management, including good clinical practice guideline audits to provide investigators with real-time guidance and support.

The Office of Counsel can provide in-house advice and legal services related to research compliance issues.




Clinical and Translational Research

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) helps research teams work faster and better. Investigators, research coordinators and administrators will all find helpful programs and services. Contact the Research Navigator Program at ResearchHelp@urmc.rochester.edu for access to research-related services and expertise provided by the CTSI and many other organizations across the University. The CTSI’s Research Help web pages also provide useful information. Planning a new study? Get a roadmap of helpful services and required approvals through the on-line Customized Action Plan.




Professional development

The Medical Education Research Interest Group provides a peer-mentored team approach to faculty development in medical education research to help promote research in medical education, enhance its quality and application to educational practice, and foster a community of practice.




Access to equipment and facilities

The Center for Integrated Research Computing provides researchers across the University with hardware, software, training, and support necessary to utilize computational science and computing technology in their research activities.

The Integrated Nanosystems Center (URnano) offers internal and external certified users access to nanofabrication instruments in a state of the art clean room and a metrology room. Contact Nick Bigelow, director.

URMC’s Shared Resource Laboratories provide a wide spectrum of innovative, state of the art services and instrumentation run by experienced personnel to all researchers at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Highly skilled and continually trained technical staff provide support.

The River Campus also offers Core Research Facilities.

The Upstate Stem Cell cGMP Facility (USCGF) is a regional resource and available to institutions throughout Upstate New York as well as the University of Rochester. The facility has state-of-the-art capabilities and skilled staff to enable scientists to produce human stem cells suitable for testing new therapies.

Need space or experienced staff for your clinical study? The Clinical Research Center has what you need. Skilled nursing and bionutrition staff are available in the conveniently-located inpatient unit in the main medical center building, and in the satellite location in the Saunders Research Building.




Collaborating with corporations

Despite overall constraints in federal research spending, funding for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs is scheduled to increase. UR faculty should be aware of this unique opportunity to become involved in collaborative public-private research partnerships and technology development. Please see the SBIR/STTR memo and guidance.

Pivot, a software product that allows for research collaboration and funding opportunity searches, is available to all registered users at the University.

The Center for Emerging & Innovative Sciences (CEIS) acts as a matchmaker, identifying areas where the interests of principal investigators intersect with industry corporate partners to establish mutually beneficial relationships, primarily in optics, photonics, and imaging in support of the regional cluster of companies in those industries, and in biomedical, energy, and electronics.

The Center for Medical Technology and Innovation connects biomedical device companies with Medical Center faculty and engineering faculty and students to develop new lines of medical equipment and other products geared to the realities of a clinical setting.




Collaborating with other researchers

The International Collaboration Fund provides faculty and graduate students in Arts, Sciences and Engineering with new opportunities to further develop international research networks, including seed money for research projects, and grants for travel.




Ethical concerns

For a good overview, view the presentation files from the January 2013 University workshop on “responsible conduct of research.”

The Research Subjects Review Board reviews research that is conducted or supported by the University of Rochester to determine that the rights and welfare of the human subjects are adequately protected.

The University’s Animal Resource office is committed to assuring the humane care and well being of animals used in research and teaching at the University of Rochester.

The Clinical Research Ethics Program of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) can assist with facilitation of research into research ethics, bringing together investigators interested in research ethics, and identifying research opportunities related to research ethics. Contact ResearchHelp@urmc.rochester.edu to schedule a consultation or inquire about services.




Scientific collections, libraries

The UR Research Institutional Repository is a helpful guide to research resources across a range of schools, departments, libraries, projects and centers.

The Edward G. Miner Library is an academic health sciences library serving the University of Rochester Medical Center.

In addition to the research value of the River Campus Libraries’ collections, their staff are also involved in various research project.




Research news

Find out what’s happening in Clinical and Translational Research. The CTSI Weekly Update starts your week off right with research-related news, events and funding opportunities. Click here to subscribe. Social media fans can also follow the CTSI on LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.