|University Research Foundation: March 25
February 19, 2013,
Volume 59, No. 22
The University Research Foundation (URF) is now accepting applications for the March 25 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.
As part of the University’s commitment to providing research opportunities to scholars across our campus community, URF applicants are encouraged to include undergraduate student participants within the framework of their proposals. URF Review Panels will take undergraduate participation under strong consideration when evaluating and scoring proposals. Should applicants require assistance in identifying interested and qualified undergraduates, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) will be glad to provide support: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Complete details about the URF and links to the forms can be found on the Office of the Vice Provost for Research website at: www.upenn.edu/research/funding/university_research_foundation
—Steven J. Fluharty, Senior Vice Provost for Research
In the most recent cycle—Fall 2012—of Penn’s internally-funded University Research Foundation and URF Conference Support (noted with *), the Office of the Vice Provost for Research has announced awards to the following members of the faculty for the projects listed below.
University Research Foundation Awards and Conference Support Awards Fall 2012
Linda Aiken, School of Nursing, Biobehavioral Health; Developing a Program Evaluation Research Initiative in Health Services
Daud Ali, School of Arts & Sciences, South Asia Studies; The Vicissitudes of Ma’bar: State and Society in the Pandya Country, c. 1200-1485 CE
Daniel Barber, School of Design, Architecture; The Invention of Thermal Comfort: Climatic Design and the Globalization of Modern Architecture
Gregory Bisson, Perelman School of Medicine, Medicine; Using adaptive cellular immune function to diagnose drug resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection: A proof-of-concept study
Igor Brodsky, School of Veterinary Medicine, Pathobiology; Novel mechanisms of caspase activation by microbial infection
Zahra Fakhraai, School of Arts & Sciences, Chemistry; TA Instruments Discovery Differential Scanning Calorimetry to Enhance Materials Research and Education
*Tulia Falleti, School of Arts & Sciences, Political Science; New Approaches to Historical Institutionalism
Michael Gamer, School of Arts & Sciences, English; A History of English Theater, 1649-1843: Staged Conflicts
Johanna Greeson, School of Social Policy & Practice; Attitudes and beliefs about the implementation of a child-welfare based natural mentoring intervention for older foster youth
Wayne Hancock, Perelman School of Medicine, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Novel Therapeutic Approaches to Dietary-Induced Obesity and Inflammation
Robert Hollebeek, School of Arts & Sciences, Physics & Astronomy; Micromegas Detectors for Proton Therapy
Toshinori Hoshi, Perelman School of Medicine, Physiology; Optical Measurement of Absolute Membrane Potentials
*Michael Kahana, School of Arts & Sciences, Psychology; 2013 Context and Episodic Memory Symposium
Randall Kamien, School of Arts & Sciences, Physics & Astronomy; From Elementary Particles to Electrons to Elasticity
Terri Laufer, Perelman School of Medicine, Medicine; Intestinal lamina propria contains an isolated niche for regulatory T cells
*Richard Leventhal, School of Arts & Sciences, Anthropology; Yucatan in Pennsylvania 2013
*Heather Love, School of Arts & Sciences, English; Queer Method: Discipline and Counter-discipline in Gender and Sexuality Studies
Nuala Meyer, Perelman School of Medicine, Medicine; IL1RN Genetic Variation and Protection from Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: Gene to Function
*Lisa Mitchell, School of Arts & Sciences, South Asia Studies; Contested Spaces
*Kevin Platt, School of Arts & Sciences, Slavic Languages and Literatures; Russia Out of Bounds: Contemporary Russian Culture Beyond the Russian Federation
Nicole Rust, School of Arts & Sciences, Psychology; Developing a model to study the neural mechanisms underlying massive visual memory capacity
Marc Schmidt, School of Arts & Sciences, Biology; Using optogenetics to investigate the role of a respiratory-thalamic pathway in song production
*Michael Solomon, School of Arts & Sciences, Romance Languages; Thinking with Cervantes: Exemplarity and the Potential to Be Otherwise
David Spafford, School of Arts & Sciences, East Asian Languages & Civilizations; Who Counts as Kin?
*Peter Stallybrass, School of Arts & Sciences, English; Geographies of the Book: The 21st Annual SHARP Conference
Alison Sweeney, School of Arts & Sciences, Physics & Astronomy; Tools for communicating and refining complex spatial hypotheses across physics, biology and materials engineering
Ebony Thomas, Graduate School of Education, Reading, Writing & Literacy; Learning and Teaching African American Historical Metanarratives through Children’s and Young Adult Literature in an Urban Middle School Literacy Lab/Media Center
Yin-Ling Irene Wong, School of Social Policy & Practice; Stigma and Community Inclusion of People with Psychiatric Disabilities and their Family Members in Urban China
Xiaolu Yang, Perelman School of Medicine, Cancer Biology; Catalytic activity of the tumor suppressor p53