July 8, 2021

In This Issue ...

RD in Practice
Funding Resources & Limited Submissions Opportunities
Events & Workshops


Grantsmanship 101 kicks off FY22 RD program

The U-M Research Development team has posted upcoming events for FY22, with workshops and information sessions lined up through September. Research Development programming includes wide-ranging sessions that help researchers improve the quality of grant proposals and increase competitiveness in pursuing external research funding.

This year's line-up will commence with two Grantsmanship 101 webinars: Opportunity Kick-off events are information sessions for annual federal funding programs--RD staff will provide an overview and best practices for developing strong proposals; a panel of faculty will describe their experiences as awardees and reviewers of these programs: Finding Funding: Identifying Opportunities & Scoping the Grants Landscape rounds out the first quarter of programming on September 23 (noon-1 pm), with more to be announced soon.

These events are open to anyone in the U-M community interested in learning the basics of research funding and grant writing, and about specific opportunities. Register through the links above. Events will be recorded and made available via our website. Contact with questions.

NSF announces Proposal Guide changes

NSF has issued a revised Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1) for proposals  due on or after October 4, 2021.
Significant changes include:
  • A new section covering requests for reasonable accommodations regarding the proposal process or for accessibility accommodations to access NSF’s electronic systems, websites and other digital content;
  • Increasing biosketch page limits from two to three pages; 
  • Updates to the current and pending support section of proposals to require that details are provided to help NSF and reviewers assess overlap/duplication;
  • Adding planning proposals and Career-Life Balance supplemental funding requests as new proposal types;
  • Updates to travel proposals will require AORs to certify that prior to the proposer’s participation in the meeting for which NSF travel support is being requested, the proposer will assure that the meeting organizer has a written policy or code-of-conduct addressing harassment.
Researchers are encouraged to review the by-chapter summary of changes provided in the Introduction section of the PAPPG.
NSF plans to conduct a webinar covering these changes. Visit the NSF policy outreach website to sign up for notifications about this and other outreach events. 

Register for MICHR's 2021 Mock Study Section

MICHR's annual Mock Study Section is an opportunity to learn how NIH grant reviewers, or “study sections,” think. As one of six grant reviewers participants will discuss actual twelve-page K and R grants (already submitted in some version to the NIH). Learn what happens behind the closed doors in a real K or R grant review. This true-to-life simulation will take place October 5, 3-5:30 pm.

This event is ideal for fellows and early career faculty who are writing career development and R01 grants. It simulates an NIH Study Section in every detail. Participants will be assigned a grant to review in either clinical and translational research or health services research.

Learn more and register

The pitfall of self-plagiarism

Rachel Wallace, PhD, Research Development Officer, OVPR

Researchers communicate the same information about their work in many different formats–publications, grant proposals, conference posters, etc. However, recycling text verbatim is generally discouraged and may in fact be labeled “self-plagiarism.”

Plagiarism is a sensitive and serious topic in academia, and researchers and editors often go to great lengths to avoid the perception of misconduct. Despite this, forcing authors to rewrite their own words, if only to avoid plagiarism detection software, can sometimes cause more harm than good. Some researchers spend decades working on the same topic with similar experimental methods across studies; they should be able communicate their work as clearly and accurately as possible. Rewriting may not allow for the best description of the research and can mislead about the novelty of the work.

Ethical questions aside, reusing text from journal publications raises issues of copyright infringement because publishers, not the authors, usually own the copyright. There may be exceptions for reusing text under “fair use” in copyright law, but authors should consult journal editors and legal experts and refer to their contract with the journal.
Attempting to provide guidance on these issues, Cary Moskovitz (Duke) created the Text Recycling Research Project (TRRP). The TRRP contains advice and resources for researchers on reusing text ethically and transparently in a variety of contexts. The project addresses issues such as recycling text from unpublished work (e.g., proposals, posters); repeating experimental methods across publications; and copying language across papers without the same author list. Based on the TRRP, Evan Kharasch (Duke) launched a new editorial policy in Anesthesiology allowing authors to reuse text if they cite the original source.

Read more:


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
GERMINATION: Germination of Research Questions for Addressing Critical Societal Challenges
July 12, 2021- Call for Intent
Aug. 27, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $550,000
Limit: 1
Declare Intent to Submit to UMOR
Searle Scholars Program 2022
July 12, 2021- Internal Deadline
Sept. 30, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $300,000
Limit: 2
Sloan Research Fellowship
July 26, 2021- Internal Deadline
Sept. 21, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $75,000
Limit: no more than 3 per department
Declare Intent to Submit to UMOR
July 28, 2021- Call for Intent
Aug. 27, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $225,000
Limit: 2
Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC)
July 30, 2021- Call for Intent
Oct. 8, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $3,000,000-5,000,000
Limit: 1
Declare Intent to Submit to UMOR
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:
Humanities Connections (National Endowment for the Humanities)
Aug. 3, 2021:  Optional Draft Due
Sept. 14, 2021: Full Application Due
Funding: $35,000 for planning; $150,000 for implementation

NIH Director's Transformative Research Awards (R01)
Sept. 1, 2021: Application Due
Funding: See Funding Opportunity Announcement
William T. Grant Foundation Institutional Challenge Grant
Sept. 14, 2021: Application Deadline
Funding: $650,000 over 3 yrs.


Conducting & Obtaining Valid Informed Consent

MICHR Education
Monday, July 12
11 am-1:30 pm 

Finding Grant Funding

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

Storytelling via #SciArt: Telling Stories via Science Films

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

SciVal: Showcasing strengths

Hosted by OVPR, presented by Elsevier
Tuesday, July 20
1-1:30 pm ET

Engaging Policymakers Workshop

AAAS Center for Public Engagement with S&T
Tuesday, July 20
1-4 pm ET; $125

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

SciVal: Competitive intelligence

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