February 2020

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Resource Spotlight: CSCAR
Research Development in Practice
Events & Workshops


OVPR to host international engagement town halls

International engagement helps researchers at the University of Michigan advance the frontiers of knowledge and discovery, and the ongoing success of these collaborations depends on the highest standards of integrity, transparency and trust. The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) will host three town halls that focus on best practices for international engagement.
  • February 17, 3:30-4:30 p.m., College of Engineering, LEC Johnson Rooms
  • February 19, 10:30-11:30 a.m., University Hospital, Ford Auditorium
  • February 20, 9:30-10:30 a.m., School of Dentistry, Room G550
The OVPR team also worked with units across campus to develop a web portal that features information and resources to promote successful research engagement with international collaborators in this evolving landscape.

Panel to offer perspectives on engagement in Detroit and K-12 outreach

The U-M Center for Educational Outreach (CEO) will host a Faculty Forum on Outreach and Engagement from 3-5 p.m. on February 26 in the Michigan League's Vandenberg Room. RSVP 

"Sustainable Funding: Engaging Directly with Foundations" will focus on the intersection of education, youth and key insights from leaders of foundations in Detroit and the K-12 space. Moderated by Rosario Ceballo, LSA Associate Dean for Research, the panel includes:
  • Punita Thurnman, Vice President of Program and Strategy, Skillman Foundation
  • Lynette Dowler, President, DTE Energy Foundation
  • Wendy Jackson, Managing Director of the Detroit Program, Kresge Foundation
  • Mike Schmidt, Director of Education and Global Development, Ford Fund
CEO also offers funding to support educational outreach. Applications for the Faculty Structured Outreach Support (SOS) Fellowship Program are due March 10.

Apply for the Michigan Integrative Well-Being & Inequality Training Program

Applications are due March 1 for the Michigan Integrative Well-Being and Inequality Training Program, coordinated by the U-M Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health. Scholars will attend a four-day summer institute in Ann Arbor, and receive ongoing mentorship to conduct innovative research on the intersection of mental and physical health with a focus on health disparities. Learn more and apply

Engineering team wins prestigious Keck Foundation grant

A team of U-M researchers recently received a $1 million W.M. Keck Foundation grant for its cutting-edge quantum materials and nanotechnology work.

Zetian Mi, Emmanouil Kioupakis, Mackillo Kira, Robert Hovden and Theodore Norris, all faculty from the College of Engineering, will use the funding to introduce atomically thin gallium nitride as quantum-ready semiconductors for a scalable quantum optoelectronics technology that functions at room temperature and operates on entanglement. Quantum materials and nanotechnology will advance transistors, detectors and lasers to become quantum-ready, so they operate on exquisite multi electron-light quantum states. This project could revolutionize quantum technologies by amplifying and extending quantum-coherent effects on a quantum-ready semiconductor platform, and at temperatures that enable widespread use.

Foundation Relations aided researchers in this funding pursuit. "The Keck Foundation's risk-taking approach is envisioned as a promising (and fun) counterpoint to more traditional funding mechanisms," said Maureen Martin, Executive Director of Foundation Relations. "They are open to new ideas and new people, which makes it fun for us to promote across campus."

MICHR launches facilitated brainstorming services

The Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) now offers customized ideation sessions to help research teams develop collaborations, strategic action plans or grant proposals. Engaging, productive workshops will be tailored to the needs and goals of participants. The services are ideal for diverse researchers, from new or loosely-formed teams to well-established groups. Services are free and available to any U-M researcher.

MIDAS announces Reproducibility Challenge

The Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) has launched the 2020 Reproducibility Challenge to collect examples of best practices in research reproducibility across diverse fields. The goal is to highlight high-quality, reproducible work at U-M, as well as provide templates that others might follow to adopt more reproducible approaches to their work. Learn more about the challenge and prize details. Entries are due March 15.


Internal Funding

Faculty Travel Support for National Service Engagement Full Application Deadline Rolling Submission
IRWG Faculty Seed Grant: Open Topic Full Application Deadline February 12, 2020
Coulter Translational Research Partnership - Biomedical Engineering Full Application Deadline February 14, 2020
2020 MICDE Catalyst Grants Call for Pre-Proposals Full Application Deadline February 14, 2020
MCCFAD 2nd Annual Summer Data Immersion Program Full Application Deadline February 15, 2020
Rackham Distinguished Faculty Achievement Awards Nomination Deadline February 17, 2020
Rackham Faculty Recognition Awards Nomination Deadline February 17, 2020
UMOR Collegiate Research Professorship Award Nomination Deadline February 17, 2020
UMOR Research Faculty Achievement Award Nomination Deadline February 17, 2020
UMOR Research Faculty Recognition Award Nomination Deadline February 17, 2020
Graham Sustainability Institute FY2020 Catalyst Grants Letter of Intent Deadline February 21, 2020
MICHR Building Capacity for Research and Action Award Full Application Deadline February 21, 2020
Michigan Medicine-PKUHSC Joint Institute Call for Proposals Letter of Intent Deadline February 28, 2020
Center for Japanese Studies Faculty Research Grants Full Application Deadline March 8, 2020

Limited Submissions

Opioid-Impacted Family Support Program Call for Intent
February 13, 2020
Children's Healthy Weight State Capacity Building Program Call for Intent
February 14, 2020
Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) Day of Service Grants Call for Intent
February 17, 2020
Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor 2020 Community Grant Funds Call for Intent
February 17, 2020
Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Digitizing Hidden Special Collections Call for Intent
February 19, 2020
Maximizing Access to Research Careers Call for Intent
February 21, 2020
Department of State Creative Arts Exchange
Call for Intent
February 24, 2020
Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHSCC) (P30 Clinical Trial Optional) Call for Intent
February 24, 2020

Jointly Sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (T32 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Call for Intent
March 6, 2020
Childhood Asthma in Urban Settings - Clinical Research Centers (U01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Call for Intent
March 16, 2020
Childhood Asthma in Urban Settings - Clinical Research Network - Leadership Center (UM1 Clinical Trial Required) Call for Intent
March 16, 2020

External Opportunities

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leaders Full Application Deadline February 19, 2020
Rita Allen Foundation Award in Pain Full Application Deadline February 19, 2020
Russell Sage Foundation 2020 Summer Institutes for Computational Social Science & Proposal Development Full Application Deadline February 25, 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
Partnerships for Clean Competition Grants Programs Pre-Application 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
Young Investigator Grant for Probiotics Research Full Application Deadline March 6, 2020
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Applications for Light-Sheet Instrumentation Capabilities Pre-Proposal Deadline March 6, 2020
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Full Application Deadline March 11, 2020
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Full Application Deadline March 11, 2020
Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Guidance for Trainees Full Application Deadline March 13, 2020
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP)
Full Application Deadline March 18, 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
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative 2020 Collaboration on Sex Differences in Autism Letter of Intent Deadline April 21, 2020
To explore further internal funding opportunities,


Consulting for Statistics, Computing & Analysis Research

CSCAR provides individualized support and training to U-M researchers in a variety of areas related to management, collection and analysis of data. They also support the use of technical software and advanced computing in research. CSCAR's scope is broad, including formal statistical analysis, management of large datasets, development and optimization of computing code, data visualization, predictive modeling, geographic information systems and text analysis, among other areas. The team serves the entire U-M research community and many of its services are free. Explore the CSCAR website or email with questions.


About Time

One of the perennial challenges of writing proposals is finding time to write proposals. Academic researchers are overwhelmed by competing obligations and priorities—teaching, experimenting, managing staff, publishing, mentoring, department meetings, conferences, family, and so on. And because writing is an activity that can often be done flexibly, it’s frequently one that is postponed or otherwise compromised.

Sally Schmall, founder of Academy Coaching, often gives workshops on proven strategies for protecting time for writing. She suggests the following tips: 
  • Use your calendar for more than meetings:  Schedule time for handling email and other office tasks, for personal activities like going to the gym, and for writing. Block off travel time for getting to and from activities. Treat your calendar as your actual plan for your time—if it’s on the schedule, stay committed to that activity.
  • Consider the need:  Classify activities by degrees of urgency and importance. Avoid getting sidetracked by urgent things that are not that important.
  • Customize:  Plan your schedule according to your personal rhythms, work style and goals (e.g., if you write better in the morning, preserve the early hours for crafting proposals).
  • Plan ahead:  Allow adequate time for thinking through the demands of a new project.
  • Be proactive:  Investing adequate time in advance planning improves discipline, balance and control, and minimizes the crises that infringe on scheduled activities. Spend time on important things before they become emergencies.
  • Reflect:  Are you setting the right priorities? What activities are (or are not) a valuable use of your time?


Copyright and Coffee: Copyright Myths and Facts

Tuesday, February 18
10-11:30 a.m.
806 Hatcher Graduate Library

Designing Your Research Trip

Tuesday, February 18
2-3:30 p.m.
Gallery Lab, 100 Hatcher Graduate Library

MIDAS-CSCAR Workshop Series on Large Datasets: CoreLogic

Thursday, February 20
4-5 p.m.
Weiser Hall, 6th Floor, 619

MICHR Responsible Conduct of Research for K Awardees

Several sessions, starting March 5
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