January 2020

In This Issue...

Select Funding Opportunities
Resource Spotlight: Foundation Relations
Research Development in Practice
Events & Workshops


UMOR launches RD webpage and new resources, services

Refreshed for the new year, U-M Research Development's webpage promotes the new services and resources the RD team now provides to support researchers. Visit to connect to internal funding opportunities, sign up for limited submissions announcements and inquire about proposal development and editing services.
Online Resources
Working with Foundation Relations, the RD team has compiled a new Proposal Library that features a variety of grant proposals donated by U-M faculty, so new proposal writers can observe the style and format of successful proposals. The library features several federal sponsors, including NSF, DoD and NOAA, and a host of foundation and private funders, such as the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. When possible, we have included reviewer comments. This is a growing resource, so please contact us if you have examples to contribute.
Other new resources include an NIH S10 Toolkit and a new List of Freelance Editors.
Facilitation Services
To catalyze and support innovative research, the RD team now offers services to help teams of researchers work together efficiently and effectively. Grant Sprints are customized sessions that guide a team of collaborators through ideation and proposal planning processes. This activity is ideal for teams of 3-6 collaborators who have a good idea of what sponsor and grant mechanism they want to pursue. In 2-3 sessions, a team will generate a rough draft of an innovative, collaborative grant proposal.
Another method, called Strategic Doing, is a facilitation service that helps diverse teams discover where they want to go and how they get there. The process teaches participants how to form collaborations quickly, move toward measurable outcomes and make adjustments along the way. Use this service for long-term or complex planning, such as for developing strategic research plans, planning a center proposal, or mobilizing for an urgent response.
For more information about any of these new resources or services, please contact Jill Jividen, Director of Research Development, at or 4-9444.

New fellowship program to support faculty public engagement

The Center for Academic Innovation is offering a new Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship to support faculty who want learn more about public engagement or who are interested in expanding their current engagement practices. The program includes a Studio Experience comprised of workshops, consultations with experts and short engagement opportunities. Upon completion, fellows can apply for up to $10,000 in funding and in-kind support for a proposed project. Applications for the inaugural cohort are due February 3; learn more here.

W.T. Grant Foundation to visit campus

Kimberly DuMont, Senior Program Officer from the William T. Grant Foundation, will be on campus January 22, 2020, to speak about the foundation and its funding for research on youth ages 5-25. She will focus on key program areas, Reducing Inequality and Improving the Use of Research Evidence, as well as the foundation's Scholars Program and Institutional Challenge Grant.
9:30-10:45 am: Presentation and Q&A, Reducing Inequality and Improving the Use of Research Evidence, and Institutional Challenge Grant Program
10:45-11:30 am: Presentation and Q&A on the W.T. Grant Scholars Program.
Please register here by January 15; the event will be held in the School of Social Work Educational Conference Center, 1080 S. University Ave., room 1840.

MICHR offers Responsible Conduct of Research seminars for K awardees

In Spring 2020, MICHR will offer the popular Responsible Conduct of Research for K Awardees (RCR4K) Seminar Series, which is designed to meet the requirements of the NIH  K-23, or any federal or non-federal career development grant. The 5-session (10-hour commitment) seminar is mostly interactive, practice-based, and focused on addressing RCR issues (ethics, integrity, and regulatory matters) that have arisen in the course of your own funded research. It's relevant, hands-on, and includes mentoring from experienced faculty.
The five-part series begins March 5. Participants should register only for the sessions they wish to attend. Open to U-M faculty and staff. Current K scholars and K applicants will be given registration priority. Register here for this event. 

Updated NIH policy statement emphasizes "Other Support" reporting

All faculty who serve as the Principal Investigator or one of the key personnel on an NIH award or pending proposal are required to review guidance and address the information below, as appropriate, by January 20:
  • Part 1: Amend, as necessary, their "Other Support" documents for submission to the National Institutes of Health, and
  • Part 2: Update, as necessary, their outside interests through the University of Michigan's Conflict of Interest disclosure system, M-Inform.
More information is available here.

Medical Schools seeks nominations for associate deans for research

The U-M Medical School Office of Research announced the search to fill two associate dean for research positions. Both of these positions will report to Chief Scientific Officer Steven Kunkel, PhD, and will participate in shaping the vision for the
Medical School research mission, as well as advising on enterprise-wide policies, procedures, and operations. Each appointment is up to 50% effort.
CLICK HERE  for full position descriptions; applications are due to by 5:00 PM, January 13, 2020.


Internal Funding

U-M Injury Prevention Center 2019 Exploratory Project Request for Applications Full Application Deadline January 13, 2020
Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies (LRCCS) Research Grants Full Application Deadline January 15, 2020
Michigan-Dearborn Collegiate Lectureship Award 2020 Full Application Deadline January 24, 2020
MDiabetes Clinical/Translational Research Scholar Program Full Application Deadline February 1, 2020
Rogel Cancer Center: The Donald and Patricia Roof Fund for Skin Cancer Research Award Full Application Deadline February 6, 2020

Limited Submissions

HRSA Black Lung Data and Resource Center Call for Intent
January 10, 2020
Dr. Scholl Foundation Grant Call for Intent
January 13, 2020
NIH Immune Tolerance Network (UM1 Clinical Trial Required) Call for Intent
January 13, 2020
NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM) Call for Intent
January 13, 2020
Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering Internal Competition Deadline January 17, 2020
NIH Type 1 Diabetes in Acute Pancreatitis Consortium - Clinical Centers (T1DAPC-CCs) (U01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Call for Intent
January 20, 2020
NIH Type 1 Diabetes in Acute Pancreatitis Consortium - Data Coordinating Center (T1DAPC-DCC) Call for Intent
January 20, 2020

External Opportunities

SFARI 2020 Research Award Full Application Deadline January 10, 2020
Arthritis Research Grants Full Application Deadline January 17, 2020
Simons Foundation Collaboration Grants for Mathematics Full Application Deadline January 30, 2020
L'Oreal USA for Women in Science Fellowship Program Full Application Deadline January 31, 2020
NSF Growing Convergence Research (GCR) Full Application Deadline February 3, 2020
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Essential Open Source Software for Science Full Application Deadline February 4, 2020
Rita Allen Foundation Award in Pain Full Application Deadline February 19, 2020
Lyle Spencer Research Awards to Transform Education Letter of Intent Deadline February 27, 2020
Samuel H. Kress Foundation Digital Art History, History of Art, and Conservation Grants Letter of Intent Deadline March 1, 2020
SFARI 2020 Bridge to Independence Award Letter of Intent Deadline March 2, 2020
Wellcome Research Development Awards in Humanities, Social Science and Bioethics Letter of Intent Deadline March 3, 2020
Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Guidance for Trainees Full Application Deadline March 13, 2020
International Research and Education Network Connections (IRNC) Full Application Deadline April 1, 2020
Spectrum and Wireless Innovation enabled by Future Technologies (SWIFT) Full Application Deadline April 3, 2020

To explore further internal funding opportunities,


U-M Foundation Relations


The Foundation Relations team includes fundraisers from across U-M schools, units and campuses. These enthusiastic professionals are available to assist faculty, staff and leadership in pursuing private grant funding to support research, scholarship and public engagement. We work with UMOR, ORSP, the Library and Research Development colleagues to support the efforts of faculty and staff by learning about their work, their vision for its outcomes, and their immediate and long-term goals; helping identify potential funders in the private sector; and designing and implementing strategies for securing grants to help fund mission-critical medical research, make cutting-edge discoveries, and execute high-impact community-based projects. As a broad-based and collaborative team, we leverage our collective expertise about each foundation or association so we can provide faculty with the best information.
Our services include helping faculty:
  • frame and edit proposal submissions,
  • make connections to program officers,
  • identify funders whose interests align with their work, and
  • learn more about select competitions via information sessions.
We connect faculty to funding opportunities via e-mail, as well as our website, which has a comprehensive list of more than 100 open grant opportunities at any time. Our Michigan Medicine team also maintains a database of funding opportunities in medical and life sciences.  
Please reach out to us at – we are always happy to assist.


Accentuate the positive

A recent article in The British Medical Journal iterates long-known truths about gender disparities in research—women faculty are underrepresented in academic medical and life science fields, earn lower salaries, receive fewer grants and get fewer citations than their male colleagues. But the authors describe how the language researchers use in their papers may exacerbate those gender disparities.
The team analyzed the titles and abstracts of more than six million life science articles (published 2002-2017). The findings:  male-led scientific teams were up to 21% more likely than women-led teams to use positive adjectives to frame their outcomes—words like “novel,” “innovative,” “remarkable” or “unprecedented.”
Using compelling language and “selling” the research matters. As the authors explain in a December opinion piece in The New York Times, scientists use titles and abstracts to decide what they will read. Papers compete for readers. Confident words like “robust,” “unique” and “promising” catch readers’ attention and ultimately lead to more citations.
Similarly, the researchers describe an analysis of 7,000 grant proposals to the Gates Foundation. Even in blinded reviews, women received significantly lower scores than their male counterparts, and the authors of that study point to communication style (“broad” v. “narrow” words) as a key driver of the gender score gap.


MICHR K Writing Workshop

Registration Deadline: January 15, 2020                            LEARN MORE

Write Winning NIH R01 Grant Proposals

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
7:30 am-5 pm
Great Lakes Room, Palmer Commons
Register by January 20; $329 fee
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U-M Library Research Impact Challenge

Online January 20-31; register now   

                                                                                               LEARN MORE

Creating Effective Presentations with PowerPoint or Google Slides

Thursday, January 30
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
206 Hatcher Library                                                             RSVP HERE

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