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University Research Awards

Originally called Provost’s Multidisciplinary Awards, the University Research Awards (URA) are funded $250,000 every year by the president and as match by the schools for a total of $500,000 annually.

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.

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

Applications are due March 20, 2017. Decisions are announced just before Commencement.

Contact Adele Coelho, Faculty Outreach Coordinator, Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Research, with questions. Completed applications should be e-mailed directly to her as well.


2016-2017 University Research Award Winners


PROJECT TITLE: TARGETED DELIVERY OF CYTOTOXIC AGENTS FOR THE ERADICATION OF LEUKEMIA STEM CELLS IN THE BONE MARROW

INVESTIGATORS: Rudi Fasan, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry; Danielle Benoit, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering; Benjamin Frisch, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine Hematology/Oncology Division

PROJECT TITLE: UNDERSTANDING CELL TURNOVER AND INJURY RECOVERY IN THE CORNEAL ENDOTHELIUM

INVESTIGATORS: Amy E. Kiernan, Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Biomedical Genetics, Flaum Eye Institute; Jannick Rolland, The Brian J. Thompson Professor of Optical Engineering, Professor of Optics and Biomedical Engineering, Director of the R.E. Hopkins Center for Optical Design & Engineering, Director of NSF/IUCRC: Center for Freeform Optics, University of Rochester; Holly B. Hindman, Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Flaum Eye Institute, the Center for Visual Research, University of Rochester; Patrice Tankam, Research Associate, The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester

PROJECT TITLE: MOLECULAR IMAGING OF ARTERIAL OCCLUSION IN MICE

INVESTIGATORS: Vyacheslav "Slava" A. Korshunov, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute and Department of Biomedical Genetics, School of Medicine & Dentistry; Marvin M. Doyley, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

PROJECT TITLE: ROLE OF MECHANICS IN ETIOLOGY OF CONGENITAL TALIPES EQUINOVARUS

INVESTIGATORS: Catherine K. Kuo, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering; Mark Buckley, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering; Natasha O' Malley, Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedics

PROJECT TITLE: CATCHING AN EXOPLANET’S RINGS PASS IN FRONT OF A BRIGHT STAR

INVESTIGATORS: Eric Mamajek, Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Department of Physics & Astronomy

PROJECT TITLE: HIGH-POWER YELLOW FIBER LASER FOR SODIUM GUIDESTAR APPLICATIONS

INVESTIGATORS: John R. Marciante, Associate Professor of Optics

PROJECT TITLE: EARLY DETECTION OF CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE

INVESTIGATORS: George J. Schwartz, Department of Pediatrics; Marvin M. Doyley, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Jeffrey M. Purkerson, Department of Pediatrics

PROJECT TITLE: ULTRAFAST IMAGING VIA INDUCED COHERENCE

INVESTIGATORS: Nick Vamivakas, Institute of Optics