President’s Research Fund (PRF)

The President’s Research Fund (PRF) supports projects that have a strong potential for obtaining external funding for SLU investigators. The funds are used to collect preliminary data for a new or related project, and also support cross-disciplinary projects to maximize collaborations across departments and schools at SLU.

Awards up to $50,000 will be granted to individual or collaborating investigators. Applications are generally accepted twice a year, in April and October, and are for a period of one calendar year.

Full-time, tenure and non-tenure track faculty members in any college or school at SLU may submit an application as PI or Co-PI. Only one application per deadline may be submitted. Previously unfunded PRF appliations may be resubmitted no more that two times.

To learn about the criteria used to evaluate internal proposals, please review our Internal Awards Peer Review Form.

  • Two Annual Deadlines: October 15 and April 15
  • Spring 2014 PRF GuidelinesApplication Package, and Subrecipient Form.
  • The deadline for the Spring 2014 application cycle was Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Questions? Contact Emily Beck in the Office of Research Development & Services (ORDS) at 977-7742 or via Email.
For the Spring cycle, 26 applications were received and over $1 million total in grant money was requested.

Fall 2013 President’s Research Fund Awardees



Research Project

Maureen Donlin, Ph.D. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology “Identification and characterization of cell wall stress sensors in the human pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans
Xiaofeng Fan, M.D., Ph.D. Internal Medicine-Gastroenterology “Viral discovery in acute liver failure with unknown etiology”
Ajay K. Jain, M.D. Pediatrics “New strategies for parenteral nutrition associated liver and gut disease”
Mark Knuepfer, Ph.D. Pharmacological & Physiological Science “Selectivity of renal denervation or deafferentation in altering stress responsiveness”
Wendi Neckameyer, Ph.D. Pharmacological & Physiological Science “A genetic screen to identify genes important for neural circuit”
Alireza Rezaie, Ph.D. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology “Molecular determinants of the specificity of factor IX and factor IXa interaction with their physiological targets in the extrinsic and intrinsic pathways”
Alessandro Vindigni, Ph.D. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology “Human RECQ1 helicase mechanism of Holliday junction branch migration”
A list of previous awardees can be viewed here: Previous Awardees.

Internal Study Section
Peer-review for NIH and NIH-type applications prior to submission.
RPC sponsored seminar series.
Funding Opportunities
Internal and external funding opportunities and listing of grants and awards to investigators at SLU.