July 22, 2021

In This Issue ...

Resource Spotlight
Funding Resources & Limited Submissions Opportunities
Events & Workshops


Information sessions for instrumentation grants

Two upcoming sessions presented by U-M Research Development will provide an overview and best practices for developing strong proposals for federal instrumentation grants. At each webinar, faculty also will describe their experiences as awardees and reviewers of these programs: The events are open to anyone in the U-M research community interested in learning more about these funding programs. Events will be recorded and made available via our website. Contact with questions.

Funding highlight: Sony research awards

The Sony Research Award Program provides funding for cutting-edge academic research and helps build a collaborative relationship between faculty and Sony researchers. With awards up to $150,000 per year for each accepted proposal, both the Faculty Innovation Award and Focused Research Award create new opportunities for faculty to engage in pioneering research that could drive new technologies, industries and the future. 
  • Faculty Innovation Award: up to $100K, for research in broad areas of interest, including information technology, devices and materials, and digital health
  • Focused Research Award: up to $150K, for collaborations with Sony researchers on specific areas of focus (click through for opportunities)
Applications are due September 15.

Expand research networks at the 2021 NSF Convergence Accelerator Expo

NSF invites researchers to attend the 2021 Convergence Accelerator Expo, July 28-29. This virtual event is an opportunity to see use-inspired research solutions funded by the NSF Convergence Accelerator. Last year’s inaugural event drew more than 1,500 attendees from academia, industry, non-profit, and government across 25 countries; this year’s event is expected to be even larger. 

During the event, researchers will have the opportunity to connect with funded research teams and see live solution demos every 15 minutes across five research tracks, including AI-Driven Data Sharing & Modeling, Future of Work, Open Knowledge Networks, Quantum Technology and Eco-Manufacturing.

Expo 2021 is open to the public and media, but NSF encourages researchers, innovators, and tech and business practitioners from academia, industry, government, non-profits, and other communities to attend.

Learn more and register

ARIS calls for 2022 Fellows 

The Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS) fellows program is for professionals, researchers, faculty, educators, graduate students and others working to advance research impact practice.

The goal of the program is to increase the quality and availability of scholarship and resources about research impacts through two types of projects; projects should 1) synthesize existing scholarly work to package evidence into easily applied and digestible tools for the research community to improve research-impacts design and practice; and/or 2) small-scale innovative scholarship that explores new horizons and advances knowledge about research impact practices. Both types of projects require recipients to create products such as guidance documents, white papers, scholarly articles, decision support tools, multimedia supports, instructive videos, or other creative or scholarly outputs. 

Fellows are provided three types of support over the course of approximately one year:

  1. Participation in a community of fellows working to advance research impacts;
  2. Peer-review and editing of products under development along with publishing/production and dissemination support;
  3. A small stipend to offset the cost of fellowship work and/or fellowship-related travel.

ARIS will recognize the work of fellows on the Center website, at the annual Summit, and with a letter to your organizational leadership.

Applications are due September 30

Apply for MICHR's Study Team Working Group

Are you a study team member (faculty or staff) who does research on health or medicine or works in a non-MICHR research support office? MICHR's Education and Mentoring Group is now accepting applications for the Study Team Workforce Development Working Group.

Apply to serve on the Working Group to share your knowledge, experience and skills related to study team training and education at U-M. Applications are due September 10.

More information is available here. For questions, contact Nicole Exe.

M-REACH for community-engaged research

Michigan Research Engaging the Academy and Community in Health (M-REACH) is a centralized hub for investigators conducting and participating in community-engaged research across the state of Michigan. M-REACH was founded through a collaboration between the Community Engagement and the Design and Innovation Core in MICHR.
In community-engaged research (CEnR), academic institutions and communities work together throughout the entire research process. The CEnR model helps to ensure that the research is relevant to the community and informs practices and policies specific to the needs of residents.
M-REACH provides resources to U-M researchers and the local community to support CEnR projects. This includes training in CEnR best practices, events, webinars and networking. The M-REACH personalized profile allows researchers to connect with others with similar interests. Personalized consultations are also available. Take a product tour here.
Interested U-M researchers and community members can join M-REACH through their website.


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
Sloan Research Fellowship
July 26, 2021- Call for Intent
Sept. 21, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $75,000
Limit: no more than 3 per department
Declare Intent to Submit to UMOR
Susan G. Komen Career Catalyst Research (FY22)
July 26, 2021- Internal Deadline
Aug. 18, 2021- Sponsor LOI Deadline
Funding: $450,000
Limit: 1
Google PhD Fellowship
Aug. 2, 2021- Internal Deadline
Sept. 30, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: see FOA
Limit: up to 4
Apply to UMOR

Aug. 6, 2021- Internal Deadline
Sept. 20, 2021- Sponsor LOI Deadline
Funding: $14,000,000
Limit: 1
Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics
Aug. 6, 2021- Internal Deadline
Sept. 20, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: see FOA
Limit: 1
Apply to UMOR

Apple Scholars in AI/ML PhD Fellowship (see internal competition page for sponsor details)
Aug. 9, 2021- Internal Deadline
Sept. 30, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: up to $45,000
Limit: 3


Below are select external funding opportunities. For assistance finding additional federal and private funding opportunities, researchers may access:
Environmental Convergence Opportunities in Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (NSF)
Oct. 1, 2021: Preliminary proposal due (required)
Jan. 31, 2022: Full proposal due
Funding: $1.5-1.7M over 4 yrs.
Healthy Aging: Optimizing Physical and Mental Functioning Across the Aging Continuum (PCORI)
Oct. 5, 2021:  Letter of Intent due
Jan. 11, 2022:  Full application due
Funding: Up to $5M over 5 yrs.

Predictive Intelligence for Pandemic Prevention Phase I: Development Grants (PIPP)(NSF)
Oct. 1, 2021:  Full proposal due
Funding: See Program Solicitation details
Desalination and Water Purification Research Program FY 22 (Dept. of the Interior)
Sept. 09, 2021: Application deadline
Funding: $800,000 over 3 yrs.


SciVal: Identify research trends

Hosted by OVPR, presented by Elsevier
Wednesday, August 4
11:30-noon ET

Communicating Science & Public Engagement Fundamentals

AAAS Center for Public Engagement with S&T
Wednesday, August 4
1-4 pm ET; $125

Planning a Competitive Grant Proposal

U-M Research Development
Thursday, August 5
Noon-1 pm 

SciVal: Competitive intelligence

Hosted by OVPR, presented by Elsevier
Tuesday, August 17
1-1:30 pm ET

SciVal: Institutional strengths compared to others

Hosted by OVPR, presented by Elsevier
Wednesday, September 1
11:30 am-noon ET

Engaging the Public with Social Media

AAAS Center for Public Engagement with S&T
Thursday, September 16
1-4 pm ET; $125
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