The University Research Foundation (URF) is now accepting applications for the April 2 deadline. The URF is an intramural funding program that provides up to $50,000 support for research projects and up to $3,000 for conference support.
The objectives of the URF research program are to: (1) Help junior faculty undertake pilot projects that will enable them to successfully apply for extramural sources of funding and aid in establishing their careers as independent investigators; (2) Help established faculty perform novel, pioneering research to determine project feasibility and develop preliminary data to support extramural grant applications; (3) Provide support in disciplines where extramural support is difficult to obtain and where significant research can be facilitated with internal funding; and (4) Provide limited institutional matching funds that are required as part of a successful external peer-reviewed application. URF Review Panels comprise established Penn faculty members and are charged with giving preference to projects that meet one of the aforementioned criteria.
Faculty members are invited to submit their research applications to one of four disciplinary areas: Biomedical Sciences, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Engineering, and Social Science and Management. In addition, URF offers a Conference Support program to provide funding for meetings designed to enhance existing research and scholarly programs, particularly in disciplines where external funding is difficult to obtain. Conferences that promote interdisciplinary and multi-school participation are given priority.
*Phil Scott, School of Veterinary Medicine, Pathobiology; Phi Zeta Penn Vet Student Research Day
*Anil Rustigi, School of Medicine, Medicine; The Biology of Pancreatic Development, Regeneration, and Malignancy
Joseph Libonati, School of Nursing; Can Fish Oil Supplementation Offset Cardiac Dysfunction in Hypertension?
Michael Freed, School of Medicine, Neuroscience; Retinal Circuits Overcome the Unreliability of Chemical Synaptic Transmission
Paul Axelsen, School of Medicine, Pharmacology; Biosynthesis of U-14C-Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid
Efrei Bi, School of Medicine, Cell & Developmental Biology; Upgrading Imaging System for Exploring Protein Dynamics During Cell Polarization and Cytokinesis in Live Cells
Oriol Sunyer, School of Veterinary Medicine, Pathobiology; Phagocytic B Cells Discovered in Mammals: Distribution and Role in the Ingestion and Presentation of Particulate Antigen
Francis Golder, School of Veterinary Medicine, Clinical Studies; The Role of Phrenic Motoneuron Gap Junctions in Respiratory Recovery After SCI
Mortimer Civan, School of Medicine, Physiology; Novel Approach to Mast Cell Secretion
Eleanor Pollack, School of Medicine, Pathology; Understanding Cardiovascular Disease Implications of the Procoagulant Factor VII Gene
Howard Goldfine, School of Medicine, Microbiology; Finding the Genes for Plasmalogen Biosynthesis in Clostridia
Dieter Schifferli, School of Veterinary Medicine, Pathobiology; Correlation of Salmonella Colonization Factors and Antibiotic Resistance By Next Generation Sequencing
Beth Winkelstein, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Bioengineering; Electrophysiological Methods for Understanding Chronic Pain in Vivo
Deborah Bruner, School of Nursing, Biobehavioral Health; Feasibility of Biospecimen Sampling for Assessment of Vaginal Stenosis
Brian Rose, School of Arts & Sciences, Classical Studies; Who Owns Underwater Cultural Heritage? Perspectives on Archaeological Law and Ethics in the Mediterranean
Julia Verkholantsev, School of Arts & Sciences, Slavic Languages; (Book) The Slavonic Letters of St. Jerome: The Roman Glagolitic Rite and the Slavic Idea
Emma Dillon, School of Arts & Sciences, Music; The Sense of Sound: Musical Meaning in France, 1260-1330 (A companion website for the book)
Campbell Grey, School of Arts & Sciences, Classical Studies; Excavating the Roman Peasant
*Ezekiel Dixon-Roman, School of Social Policy & Practice; The Achievement Gap: Possibilities and Challenges in Theory, Research, and Practice
Debra Wolfe, School of Social Policy & Practice; Field Center Community Symposium Series: Critical Issues in Child Welfare: Integrating Research, Policy and Practice
Emilio Parrado, School of Arts & Sciences, Sociology; Puerto Ricans in Philadelphia: Tracking Their Social and Spatial Mobility
Jeanne Anne Grisso, School of Medicine, Family Medicine & Community Health; Intimate Partner Violence: Developing an Intervention in the Workplace
Angela Duckworth, School of Arts & Sciences, Psychology; Waning Willpower or Menial Motivation? Testing Two Possible Mechanisms for Self-Control Failure
Elliot Lipeles, School of Arts & Sciences, Physics; A New Data Flow Strategy for the Upgrade of the ATLAS Experiment Trigger System at the Large Hadron Collider
Ernest Petersson, School of Arts & Sciences, Chemistry; Voltage-Sensitive Quantum Dots for High Resolution Imaging of Neuronal Activity
*Liliane Weissberg, School of Arts & Sciences, Germanic Languages; Envisioning the Real: Writing and Painting in Late Nineteenth Century Germany
Siyen Fei, School of Arts & Sciences, History; Chastity and Empire: A Comparative Study of the Chsisty Cult in Ming Border Areas
*Randall Mason, School of Design, Historic Preservation; Heritage Recording and Information Management in the Digital Age (SMART doc)