November 18, 2020

In This Issue ...

Resource Spotlight
Funding Resources & Limited Submissions Opportunities
Events & Workshops


U-M research reports $1.62B for FY20

With 1,918 new research awards, U-M reported $1.62 billion in research volume during FY20. Nearly two-thirds of the institution's $887M federal research dollars, or $576M, comes from the NIH. Industry-sponsored research reached $113M. The year's research successes include a record 522 inventions and 31 start-ups.

U-M maintained the same total research volume as FY19 during a year in which the novel coronavirus prompted the university to temporarily ramp down noncritical laboratory research.

Read the full article in The Record
FY20 Research Portal

FY20 Annual Report (pdf)

Keck Foundation Info Session & Internal Competition

The W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects in (1) medical research and (2) science and engineering, that are distinctive and novel in their approaches, question prevailing paradigms, and/or have the potential to open new territory in their fields. Past grants have been awarded to support pioneering biological and physical science research and engineering, including the development of promising new technologies, instrumentation or methodologies. Historically, grants range from $500K to $5M; Phase I proposals should cap budgets at $1M.

Limited submission process & key dates:
  • November 23, 2020: Keck Information Session, hosted by Foundation Relations via Zoom, 3-4 p.m.; RSVP for meeting link.
  • December 11, 2020: Internal competition materials are due to UMOR (via the submission portal) by 5 p.m. UMOR/Foundation Relations will select up to eight (8) concepts to take to Keck for feedback. Teams are encouraged to work with Foundation Relations (Maureen Martin) to refine concept papers.
  • February 2021: Based on foundation feedback, one team in each program will be approved to submit a 3-page concept paper to Keck. Full Phase I proposals will be invited by the foundation.
  • May 1, 2021: Invited full Phase I proposals (a 12-page proposal with 2-page executive summary) are due to the Keck Foundation.

See the U-M Foundation Relations Keck website for more information and tips for developing a competitive concept paper.

2021 Keck Strategy Power Point

NIH offers new R01 opportunity for ESIs

As part of the Next Generation Researchers Initiative, NIH has announced the Stephen I. Katz Early State Investigator Research Project Grant  FOAs to provide new pathways for Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) who wish to propose research projects in a new direction. This opportunity is open to a broad range of scientific research; see the FOAs for participating NIH Institutes and Centers. Proposed projects must represent a change in research direction and should be innovative and unique. A distinct feature for this FOA is that applications must not include preliminary data.

This FOA is appropriate for ESIs who wish to initiate a research project in an area different from their previous research focus and/or training experience, and therefore have not produced preliminary data. Proposed research projects can rely on the PI’s prior work and expertise as its foundation, but must not be an incremental advancement, expansion or extension of a previous research effort. The change in research direction could involve, e.g., a new approach, methodology, technique, discipline, therapeutic target, and/or new paradigm, different from the ESI’s previous research efforts. Because a "change in research direction" is heavily dependent upon the area of investigation, potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact program directors to discuss proposed projects.

2021 due dates for Katz R01s are January 26, May 26 and September 28.
PAR-21-038 (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
PAR-21-039 (R01 Basic Experimental Studies with Human Required)

Federal COVID Diagnostics Design-a-thon opens

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) invite researchers to participate in the COVID-19 At-Anywhere Diagnostics Design-a-thon, launched on November 16.

Capturing diagnostic data from COVID-19 tests will guide an evidence-based pandemic response at the local, state, and national levels. The primary goal of this event is to spur technological innovation by aligning software developers, designers, and engineers with diagnostic device developers and COVID-19 subject matter experts to build digital tools that are integrated with COVID-19 tests (e.g., in vitro diagnostic devices) and testing workflows, both in clinical and non-clinical settings. These digital tools will automate data capture directly from tests, improve harmonization, enhance security, and expedite direct reporting for greater speed, quality, comprehensiveness, and utility of diagnostic data. During the event, participants also will be building a U.S. government-developed tool called “Wireless Automated Transmission for Electronic Reporting Systems” (WATERS).
Researchers are encouraged to join the event now, as observers or participants, via the Crowdicity platform. 

MICHR reprises RCR series for NIH K awardees

In Winter 2021, MICHR will offer the popular Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) for K Awardees, a seminar series designed to meet the requirements of the NIH K23, or any federal or non-federal career development grant.

The 5-session (10-hour) series is mostly interactive, practice-based and focused on addressing RCR issues (ethics, integrity and regulatory matters) that arise in the course of funded research.  It is relevant, hands-on and includes mentoring from experienced faculty.

The 2021 seminars will run weekly January 5-February 5 and are open to all U-M faculty and staff. Current K scholars and applicants will be given registration priority. Details and registration can be found on the MICHR Events website

Federal Relations for Research

The University of Michigan Washington, D.C. Office serves as a base to reach out to Congress and the federal government in support of U-M's higher education, research and service missions.

Office staff monitor federal legislation involving research, advocate on research policy, and coordinate federal interactions for the U-M research enterprise, keeping Congress, the executive branch, federal agencies, research organizations, professional societies and public policy organizations apprised of the achievements, needs and opportunities arising from the U-M research community. 

The office also helps assess the need for, and development of, policy/political strategy for university priorities; provides congressional testimony support; and informs and advises U-M faculty and administrators on federal legislative, regulatory and research policy developments that affect the conduct of research on campus, and works with other institutions to develop appropriate responses.

More information
Subscribe to the DC Research Report


Internal Funding

​All currently open U-M campus-wide internal funding programs are posted in Research Commons.

Following is a select list of Calls for Intent to Submit and Limited Submissions internal competitions, coordinated by the U-M Office of Research (UMOR) and the Medical School. For a comprehensive list of currently open opportunities, visit the UMOR Limited Submissions Homepage
Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM)
Nov. 30, 2020- Internal Deadline
Feb. 5, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: up to $700,000
Limit: 1
Declare Intent to Submit to UMOR
Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Professionals
Dec. 3, 2020- Internal Deadline
Jan.21, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: up to $480,000/yr
Limit: 1 
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award
Dec. 3, 2020- Internal Deadline
Feb. 4, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: up to $100,000
Limit: 1
Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2)
Dec. 11, 2020- Internal Deadline
Feb. 22, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: up to $600,000
Limit: 1
W.M. Keck Foundation Science & Engineering and Medical Research
Dec. 11, 2020- Internal Deadline
May 1, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: see FOA
Limit: 8 concept papers
Apply to UMOR
2021 Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering
Jan. 15, 2021- Internal Deadline
March 16, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: see FOA
Limit: 2
P30 Administrative Supplement: Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award 20201 (CCITLA)
Nov. 20, 2020- Internal Deadline
Jan. 11, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $120,000
Limit: 1
Apply to UMMS
NCCN Foundation: 2021 Young Investigator Award (YIA)
Nov. 20, 2020- Internal Deadline
Jan. 25, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $150,000
Limit: 1
Below are select external funding opportunities. For assistance finding additional federal and private funding opportunities, researchers may access:
Spencer Foundation Racial Equity Special Research Grants
Dec. 15, 2020- LOI Deadline
Funding: up to $75,000
Health and Environmental Sciences Institute's THRIVE Program
Dec. 31, 2020- LOI Deadline
Funding: up to $50,000
Racial Equity 2030
Jan. 11, 2021- Internal Deadline
Jan. 28, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: see FOA
Declare Intent to Submit to UMOR
William T. Grant Foundation Research Grants
Jan. 13, 2021- LOI Deadline
Funding: see FOA


2020 Impact Workshop Series: Are You Ready?

Hosted by MICHR
TODAY, November 18
2-4 p.m.

Introduction to LabArchives for Educators & Researchers

Electronic Research Notebooks intro, hosted by HITS
Various dates 

Broader Impacts: Resources for Planning a Successful Proposal & Project

Hosted by OVPR Research Development
Friday, November 20
1-3 p.m.

Broader Impacts 101

Advancing Research in Society (ARIS)
Thursday, December 3
2-4 p.m.

CFA: NORDP 2021 Conference

Virtual event to be held early May 2021
Abstracts due Monday, December 14

K Writing Workshop

Hosted by MICHR
Registration limited to K applicants
Classes held Jan. 20, Feb. 10 &  Mar. 3
REGISTER by January 4

2021 Communicating Science Seminar

AAAS Center for Public Engagement with S&T
Friday, February 5
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