April 2020

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Resource Spotlight: U-M COVID-19 Resources
Research Development in Practice
Events & Workshops


UMOR's COVID-19 Research Portal provides latest news, funding opportunities

To help the U-M research community better navigate news in a fast-evolving environment, the Office of Research has launched the COVID-19 Research Portal.
Faculty and staff can keep apprised of updates on policies and operations, track the latest research news and projects generated by U-M investigators, and find funding opportunities and other resources specific to COVID-19.
New or modified research: While most facilities are closed due to statewide shelter-in-place orders, those researchers who require University resources to pivot activity to COVID-19 related research, or begin new research projects in that area, must request approval through the Office of Research.
Index your project: If you are working on COVID-19 related research, please take a moment to index your work with UMOR to increase awareness and foster collaboration.

MICHR pools resources to combat COVID-19

Epidemiologists and researchers around the world are racing to find answers to stop COVID-19. Rather than working in isolation and duplicating effort, scientists are connecting across the globe, sharing research breakthroughs and lessons learned from treating patients, in an effort to save lives.
U-M recently launched in-house testing for COVID-19 patients. The U-M Center for Drug Repurposing (UM-CDR), Infectious Disease division, and other researchers across campus are exploring drugs that could be repurposed to help COVID-19 patients. To aid accessibility to crucial COVID-19 patient data, the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) launched a COVID-19 Rapid Response Research Registry to offer a centralized clinical characterization and management resource of what the scientific and health care community has learned through this public health pandemic.
With the launch of a new Coronavirus research registry, U-M readies a strong defense against COVID-19. The registry will gather data from coronavirus patients in order to inform front-line clinical care decisions in real-time, trends in treatments, hospital-level projections and future research designs. Learn more.

Internal funding to support cardiovascular, metabolic research on COVID-19

Two units are offering internal funding for COVID-19 research across campus. The Frankel Cardiovascular Center (FCVC) has announced a call for research projects that explore the cardiovascular impact of COVID-19. The COVID-19: CV Impact Research Ignitor Grant Competition is available to University-wide research projects in both clinical and basic sciences; applicants much have a primary appointment at the U-M and be a member of the FCVC. Projects may request up to $100,000; two-page proposals must be submitted to by April 17.
The MDiabetes COVID-19 and Metabolic Disease Grant Program is a collaboration between the Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC), Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research (MCDTR) and Michigan Nutrition and Obesity Research Center (MNORC). Applicants may request up to $50,000 to study the impact of COVID-19 on and improve the care of patients with diabetes and related disorders. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with funding available immediately.

NASEM provides expert consultations to fight pandemic

Many organizations must consider the short- and long-term impacts of COVID-19 and other emerging communicable health concerns. At the request of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) formed a standing committee to provide expert consultations in collaboration with federal government agencies and academia. The committee rapidly issued guidance relative to COVID-19 on social distancingsurface stability and incubationmodeling and decision-making, and crisis standards of care. The Transportation Research Board also has assembled information on transportation in the face of communicable disease. Along with many other publishers, NASEM is freely sharing research data and findings relevant to the pandemic.  

OSTP, tech community provide open datasets for COVID-19 research

The White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), along with the National Library of Medicine, academic institutions, technology companies and private funders, have released the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19) of scholarly literature about COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 and the Coronavirus group. The dataset represents the most extensive machine-readable Coronavirus literature collection available for data and text mining to date, with more than 13,000 full-text offerings among the 29,000 total articles. OSTP has issued a call to action for AI experts to develop new text and data mining techniques that will help the research community answer high priority scientific questions related to COVID-19. The CORD-19 dataset is hosted by the Allen Institute for AI, here.
Google also is partnering with academic institutions to make datasets available publicly. More information about the COVID-19 Public Dataset Program can be found here.

Pandemic changes how the world does research

The global COVID-19 crisis has created unprecedented challenges. Here, a sampling of news articles that discuss how research has adapted to the coronavirus outbreak and recent breakthroughs in the fight:


All internal and external funding opportunities specific to COVID-19 research may be found on UMOR's website:

Internal Funding

All current internal funding opportunities can be found at

Limited Submissions

DOJ Innovations in Community-Based Crime Reduction Program Call for Intent
April 10, 2020
NSF Navigating the New Arctic Community Office (NNA-CO) Call for Intent
April 10, 2020
NIH Centers for AIDS Research (P30 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) Call for Intent
April 13, 2020
NIH Development Centers for AIDS Research (P30 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) Call for Intent
April 13, 2020
William T. Grant Scholars Program Call for Intent
April 17, 2020
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation - Call for Ideas Internal Deadline April 19, 2020
NIH Population Dynamics Centers Research Infrastructure Program FY 2021 (P2C Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Call for Intent
April 24, 2020
NSF Engineering Research Visioning Alliance (ERVA): Future Research Directions for the Engineering Research Community Call for Intent
April 27, 2020
Pew Biomedical Scholars Program 2021 Internal Deadline April 27, 2020
Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research 2021 Internal Deadline April 27, 2020
Breast Cancer Alliance (BCA) Young Investigator Grants Call for Intent
May 20, 2020

External Opportunities

James S. McDonnell Foundation (JSMF) Opportunity Awards 2020 Full Application Deadline April 14, 2020
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Funding Opportunities Full Application Deadline Various Deadlines in April & May 2020
Facebook 2020 Networking Request for Proposals Full Application Deadline April 20, 2020
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) Funding Opportunities
Letter of Intent Deadline Various Deadlines in April 2020
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Grand Challenge Initiatives
Full Application Deadline April 22, 2020
National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Taiho Futibatinib Research Grant Opportunity
Full Application Deadline April 29, 2020
William T. Grant Foundation Research Grant Funding Opportunities Letter of Intent Deadline Various Deadlines in May 2020
PhRMA Foundation 2021 Research Awards Letter of Intent Deadline May 15, 2020


Campus resources for COVID-19 research support

U-M units are busy building opportunities with external partners and collating resources to support researchers. Below are examples of campus efforts:


Moving RD services online

While much research development work is unaltered as we settle into remote routines (e.g., proposal development, grant editing), activities like workshops, meetings and facilitations must take new forms.
Colleagues at KnowInnovation (KI), known for their innovative Ideas Labs, have much experience in coordinating virtual activities and recently offered advice on moving activities online:
Presentations: If possible, consider pre-recording your presentation and broadcasting via YouTube, Twitch or Vimeo. If presentations or workshops need to be streamed live, schedule a rehearsal in advance and make sure all speakers are familiar with the chosen platform (e.g., Zoom, Google Hangouts), have done a sound test, and have considered lighting and background for when they are on camera.
Team Science: For those coordinating team meetings or facilitations, like ideation sessions or strategic planning, Zoom offers helpful capabilities in its whiteboard feature and "breakout rooms." Alternatively, you could pair your meeting platform with an online tool like Mural (which mimics whiteboards, sticky notes and dot voting), with voting tools like Mentimeter or Poll Everywhere, or with project management tools like Asana or Trello.
Tips for online activities:
  • Don't call it a webinar. The term is overused, and promoting your session with that term might not grab (or sustain) audience attention.
  • Take a few moments to get everyone familiarized with the technology you are using; build that time into your agenda.
  • Don't forget the icebreakers to get everyone warmed up.
  • If you use breakout rooms, designate someone to lead the conversation in each room.
  • Avoid scheduling an event that's too long, or build in substantial breaks; it's difficult to keep participants on their devices for more than an hour or two at a time.
  • Keep the conversation going post-event on platforms like Slack or Twitter, or in the comments sections of platforms like Google slides or YouTube.



Research Town Hall

Hosted by Rebecca Cunningham, U-M Vice President for Research, and Steve Kunkel, Executive Vice Dean for Research, U-M Medical School
Tuesday, April 14
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Zoom link: HTTPS://UMICH.ZOOM.US/J/751417435
Zoom password: 004948
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