June 3, 2021

In This Issue ...

Research Development in Practice
Funding Resources & Limited Submissions Opportunities
Events & Workshops


NAS nominations open for 2022 awards

The National Academy of Sciences is now accepting nominations for the 2022 awards listed below. All nominations are due October 4, 2021

Behavioral & Social Sciences Biology & Medicine Earth & Environmental Sciences Engineering & Applied Sciences Physical Sciences & Mathematics General If you need assistance preparing any of these nominations for U-M faculty, please contact

Use SciVal to benchmark, gauge trends

Using advanced data analytics and super-computer technology, SciVal allows researchers to visualize their research performance, benchmark relative to peers, develop strategic partnerships, identify and analyze new, emerging research trends, and create uniquely tailored reports. SciVal is available to all U-M researchers via a campuswide license.

A new series of workshops will help researchers more effectively use the tools provided by SciVal. Webinars include: See the full list of online workshops

NIH kicks off Bridge2AI with team building events

The NIH Common Fund’s Bridge to Artificial Intelligence (Bridge2AI) program will propel biomedical research forward by setting the stage for widespread adoption of artificial intelligence that tackles complex biomedical challenges beyond human intuition.

Throughout June, NIH is holding informational and team building activities for potential applicants:
  • June 9: Bridge2AI Program Town Hall, 2-3:30 pm
  • June 14, 16 & 18: Data Generation Project Module Microlabs, 2-4 pm each day
  • June 23: Grand Challenge Team Building Expo, 11 am-5 pm
More information and registration

Internal funding deadlines approach

Visit Research Commons for a full list

Call for nominations: AVP for Social Sciences, Humanities & the Arts

OVPR is seeking nominations for the position of Associate Vice President for Research - Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts. The AVP works closely with the Vice President for Research and other members of the OVPR Leadership Team, along with university leaders, to catalyze, support and safeguard research and scholarship across all three campuses.

This is a 50 percent appointment anticipated through August 30, 2024. Interested candidates must be a U-M faculty member with an appointment at the full professor level or equivalent, with a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in a relevant discipline. Please review this position description for further details. To be considered for the position, please submit a letter of interest and CV to Karen Houghtaling at

Crafting your Broader Impacts statement

Investigators seeking funding from NSF are expected to describe how their research impacts the public good and benefits the economy, society or discovery itself, or what NSF calls Broader Impacts. The Broader Impacts statement is a critical component of research proposals, illustrating how an investigator's work will strengthen the relationship between science and society.

A recent Science Matters blog from NSF provides 5 tips to help researchers develop Broader Impacts statements:

  1. Understand what NSF means by Broader Impacts. The NSB's 2011 report on Merit Review Criteria outlines several examples of potential outcomes that might align with your work.
  2. Explore resources provided by professional societies, universities and nonprofits. The NSF-funded Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS) provides guidance and resources. U-M Research Development has collected campus-wide resources here.
  3. Align your statement with your interests, expertise and community needs. Activities and impact differ by discipline. Search recently funded NSF awards to see how others have approached Broader Impacts for specific programs or fields, or reach out to a program officer with questions.
  4. Know that "broader impacts" differs from "broadening participation." Broadening participation means helping to grow and diversify the STEM workforce by providing new outreach, training or collaboration opportunities that nurtures talent and increases innovation. While it may be a part of your Broader Impacts, broadening participation is not necessarily a required component and is likely not the only societal impact of your project.
  5. Know your audience. Reread the merit review criteria to understand how your peers will evaluate your Broader Impacts plan. Craft your Broader Impact with reviewers in mind and make the significance of your proposed work clear.


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 the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and the Medical School. For a comprehensive list of currently open opportunities, visit the OVPR Limited Submissions Homepage
W.M. Keck Foundation Science & Engineering and Medical Research Program
June 7, 2021- Internal Deadline
Nov. 1, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: from $500,000 to $5M
Limit: up to 8
Apply to UMOR
Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) Challenge Grant-Year 3
June 8, 2021- Internal Deadline
July 15, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $45,000 - $180,000
Limit: 3
NEA Our Town
June 10, 2021- Internal Deadline
Aug. 5, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $25,000  - $150,000
Limit: 2
Declare Intent to Submit to UMOR
June 18, 2021- Internal Deadline
Sept. 15, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $40,000 - $200,000
Limit: 2
Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation Grant Program 2021
June 23, 2021- Internal Deadline
Aug. 1, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $180,000
Limit: 1
Apply to UMMS
Aug. 2, 2021- Internal Deadline
Sept. 30, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: see FOA
Limit: up to 4


Below are select external funding opportunities. For assistance finding additional federal and private funding opportunities, researchers may access:
Racial Equity in STEM Education (EHR Racial Equity)
July 13, 2021- Application Deadline
Funding: See Program Description
Ethel & James Flinn Foundation Grants (Mental Health)
July 22, 2021- Application Deadline
Funding: $50,000-$100,000
2021 Instagram Request for Proposals on Safety and Community Health
July 13, 2021- Application Deadline
Funding: up to $50,000
American Slavery's Legacy across Space and Time: Small Grants Program
June 15, 2021- Application Deadline
Funding: up to $25,000


NSF Virtual Grants Conference

National Science Foundation
June 7-11

SciTS 2021 Conference

Science of Team Science Virtual Conference
June 7-11

Storytelling via #SciArt: Crafting an Audio Story

American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Thursday, June 10
2-3 pm ET

Data Management Workshop

Hosted by U-M Library
Tuesday, June 15
11 am-12:30 pm 

Finding Grant Funding

Hosted by U-M Library
Wednesday, July 14
11 am-12:30 pm 

Evaluating Broader Impacts Activities

Advancing Research Impact in Society
Wednesday, June 16
3-5 pm; $100 for non-members

Storytelling via #SciArt: Telling Stories via Science Films

American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Thursday, July 15
2-3 pm ET
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