October 2019

Resource Spotlight: Edward Ginsberg Center

The Edward Ginsberg Center supports the University of Michigan research enterprise by connecting scholars with community organizations and institutions who are working on the front lines to address society’s most pressing social concerns. By fostering long-term partnerships with communities, we ensure a robust pipeline for current and future research, informed by community interests, needs and priorities.

Community-engaged research is increasingly understood as a valuable, high-impact methodology to contribute to the university's mission of developing new academic knowledge while advancing the public good. Community-engaged research encompasses a range of approaches, but what they share is substantive involvement of community partners in service to creating, translating and disseminating knowledge that strengthens the wellbeing of communities and broader society.

We advance U-M’s research capacity by:

  • Connecting scholars with social impact sector partners and supporting them to develop effective community-university partnerships
  • Consulting with researchers to support their development of equitable and feasible community-engaged research design, dissemination of academic research findings and translation of research to maximize community impact
  • Preparing students who support community-engaged research to work effectively with community partners
  • Disseminating community-engaged research through our journal, the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning 
  • Providing funding to support community-engaged research projects

UMOR welcomes new AVPs 

Professors Tabbye Chavous and Srijan Sen joined UMOR in September in the roles of associate vice presidents for research. Chavous, professor of psychology and education, will oversee research in the social sciences, humanities and the arts. Sen, the Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg Professor of Depression and Neurosciences, will serve as the AVP for health sciences. They will collaborate with members of the UMOR leadership team and members of the research community to foster interdisciplinary initiatives and provide support for campus-wide programs.

Increasing success of instrumentation grants

The Biosciences Initiative and UMOR will co-host
a workshop on best practices for developing NIH S10 proposals for large instrumentation grants. Presenters will discuss how these applications differ from other NIH mechanisms and offer tips
on proposal planning. A panel of faculty members who have successfully competed for S10s also will describe their experiences planning and managing these grants. This workshop will take place October 24, 9:30-11 am, at Palmer Commons Forum Hall; register here.

Select Funding Opportunities

Internal Funding

UMOR Faculty Grants & Awards Program
October 15, 2019

Limited Submissions
Moore Inventor Fellowships
10/14/19- Internal Competition Deadline
Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research 
10/25/19- Call for Intent Deadline
Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) (R38) 
10/28/19- Call for Intent Deadline
Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards
11/2/19- Internal Competition Deadline 

Select External Opportunities
National Science Foundation Alan T. Waterman Award
10/21/19- Sponsor Nomination Deadline
Facebook AI Research (FAIR) Visiting Researcher Program
10/21/19- Sponsor Application Deadline
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows
11/06/19- Sponsor Application Deadline
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Grand Challenge Initiatives
11/13/19- Sponsor Application Deadline

To search further opportunities in these categories, visit

Research Development in Practice

Full Team Ahead!
As modern research methods are increasingly specialized and problems increasingly complex, collaboration becomes critical for addressing big questions. Research teams can leverage the strengths and expertise of members trained in different fields. Innovations and advances can emerge from cross-disciplinary and collaborative teams that may not have developed in a single independent lab. Over the last decade, research funding opportunities also have reflected a necessary shift to team science to solve complex challenges.
Think of team science as a spectrum*:

Most researchers today will be asked to participate on or lead a research team at some point in their careers. Whether contributing or steering, it’s helpful to assess the advantages and the challenges of working collaboratively:
  • Can you thrive as a member of a highly collaborative team? To what extent?
  • What would you gain? Do you have anything to lose?
  • Are you willing to share data, resources, and/or credit with team members?
  • Are you willing to accept/provide constructive feedback from team members?
  • Can you openly discuss issues and concerns with your collaborators?
And if you’re interested in taking the helm, it’s worthwhile to evaluate leadership experience:
  • Are you a clear and decisive communicator?
  • Can you clearly articulate your vision?
  • Are you prepared to model a collaborative process and inspire team members toward a shared goal?
  • Are you willing to support team members and delegate roles and responsibilities?
  • Are you willing to manage expectations?
  • Can you choose team members who will thrive in the team’s culture?
*Adapted from Bennett, L. Michelle, et al, “Collaboration and Team Science: A Field Guide,” NIH, updated March 21, 2019.
Bennett, L. Michelle, and Howard Gadlin, “Collaboration and Team Science: From Theory to Practice,” J Investig Med. 2012 Jun; 60(5): 768-775.
International Network for the Science of Team Science:
National Research Council, “Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science,” 2015.
Team Science Toolkit, from NIH National Cancer Institute:

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