December 2, 2020

In This Issue ...

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


Early Planning: 2022 Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) 

In anticipation of a FY22 FOA for Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) from the Department of Energy (DOE), OVPR is partnering with schools and colleges to provide an opportunity for teams to receive early feedback from faculty peers in advance of a Spring 2021 internal competition. Commonly known as "pink team" reviews, the goal is to increase competitiveness of U-M teams in the national competition. Interested teams are not required to participate in the early feedback process, but they are strongly encouraged. This step, prior to an accelerated Spring 2021 internal competition, is intended to help shape and strengthen proposals, and provide sufficient time for coordination with external partners. 

Details about the expected EFRC opportunity and more information about internal competition plans can be found HERE.

Campus Eligibility: Per guidance from DOE, we will not know more about the consideration of Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint as separate campuses until the FOA is released. Therefore, teams from all three campuses will compete in the Spring 2021 internal competition. 

Key dates:

  • February 8, 2021: Early feedback materials due to OVPR (via the submission portal) (optional but strongly encouraged)
  • Week of February 22, 2021: Short presentations to faculty panel, feedback provided on project plans (optional but encouraged)
  • April 12, 2021: Spring internal competition deadline
  • May 2021: Notification of the two selected teams
  • Fall 2021: EFRC FOA released (expected)
  • January, 2022: EFRC deadline to DOE (expected)

Finding Funding workshop to offer grantseeking strategies

Hosted by U-M Research Development, Library experts Judy Smith and Paul Barrow will present a virtual workshop, "Finding Funding: Identifying Opportunities and Scoping the Grants Landscape," on January 13, noon-1 pm, to help investigators at all levels be proactive in using tools to identify federal, state, and foundation research funding. Topics covered will include efficient searching of funding databases and setting up funding alerts through examining the special features of Foundation Directory Online and Pivot. The workshop also will direct researchers to units at U-M that will support their grantseeking endeavors.

This event is open to anyone in the U-M research community.

Internal Competition: 2021 Packard Fellowships for Science & Engineering

The David & Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowships for Science and Engineering program invests in future leaders who have the freedom to take risks, explore new frontiers in their fields of study, and follow uncharted paths that may lead to groundbreaking discoveries. Nine current or former U-M faculty members have received Packard Fellowships, most recently Corinna Schindler (LSA Chemistry), Bhargav Bhatt (LSA Mathematics) and Dan Rabosky (LSA Ecology and Evolutionary Biology).

Limited Submission process & key dates:

  • December 4, 2020: Packard Information Session, hosted by Foundation Relations via Zoom, 3-4 p.m.
  • December 15, 2020: Fellowship guidelines are posted online
  • January 15, 2021: Internal competition materials are due to UMOR (via the submission portal) by 5 p.m.
  • Early February: Selection of institutional nominees will be announced
  • April 20: External applications to Packard are due; 50 universities submit 2 nominees
See the U-M Foundation Relations Packard website for more information and tips for developing a competitive proposal.

2021 Packard Fellowship PowerPoint

Data Management Plans

Jake CarlsonDirector of Deep Blue & Research Data Services, U-M Library

If you have submitted a grant since 2013, it is likely that you have been required to submit a data management plan (DMP) along with it. The specific information expected in DMPs varies by agency, but they usually require a description of the data that will be generated over the course of the research project and a statement on how the data will be shared once the award has come to an end.

Managing data in ways that enable them to be shared with others may be unfamiliar to many researchers and so coming up with a solid, actionable DMP can be challenging. In addition, expectations around the DMP are evolving as granting agencies refine their expectations and step up their enforcement. The NIH, for instance, recently announced their new policy on Data Management and Sharing with the aim of better integrating effective data management and sharing practices into research. 

Fortunately, there are resources available to help researchers develop a strong DMP. PLoS Computational Biology published an excellent article “Ten Simple Rules for Creating a Good Data Management Plan“ that contains practical advice for researchers. The U-M Library has guides for the STEM fields and Health Scientists, and ICPSR’s guide on preparing and archiving data provides a section on DMPs for the Social Sciences. The Library also offers consultations to help you write a DMP that reflects your environment and needs, as well as agency requirements. Contact the information specialist librarian serving your department or the Deep Blue Repository and Research Data Services department for assistance.


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 Research (UMOR) and the Medical School. For a comprehensive list of currently open opportunities, visit the UMOR Limited Submissions Homepage
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award
Dec. 3, 2020- Internal Deadline
Feb. 4, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $100,000
Limit: 1
Apply to UMOR
Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Professionals
Dec. 3, 2020- Internal Deadline
Jan. 21, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: up to $480,000/yr
Limit: 1
Apply to UMOR
W.M. Keck Foundation Science & Engineering and Medical Research
Dec.11, 2020- Internal Deadline
May 1, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: see FOA
Limit: 8 concept papers
Dec. 11, 2020- Internal Deadline
Feb. 22, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: see FOA
Limit: 1
Breakthrough Science Initiative Awards Program (Ono Initiative)
Dec.14, 2020- Internal Deadline
Feb. 18, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $300,000/yr
Limit: 2
Mary Kay Foundation Cancer Research Grant 2021
Dec.14, 2020- Internal Deadline
Feb. 5, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $100,000
Limit: 1
Dec. 14, 2020- Internal Deadline
Feb. 15, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: up to $1,750,000
Limit: 1
Creating Opportunity and Independence Project Grants
Dec. 11, 2020- Internal Deadline
Feb. 1, 2021- Sponsor LOI Deadline
Funding: up to $100,000
Limit: 1
Declare Intent to Submit to UMOR


Below are select external funding opportunities. For assistance finding additional federal and private funding opportunities, researchers may access:
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Data for Action: Data Access Award
Dec. 17, 2020- Application Deadline
Funding: see FOA
The Branco Weiss Fellowship
Jan. 15, 2021- LOI Deadline
Funding: ~$110,000 USD



Faculty Forum: Sustainable Funding

Engaging Directly with Foundations
Hosted by the Center for Educational Outreach
Thursday, December 3
2-3:30 pm

Introduction to LabArchives for Educators & Researchers

Electronic Research Notebooks intro, hosted by HITS
December 2, 16, 18, 29 & 30

CFA: NORDP Conference

Virtual event to be held early May 2021
Abstracts due Monday, December 14

Mentoring in a Time of COVID-19

Hosted by MICHR
Thursday, December 17
11 am-noon

K Writing Workshop

Hosted by MICHR
Registration limited to K applicants
Classes held Jan. 20, Feb. 10 &  Mar. 3
REGISTER by January 4

Responsible Conduct of Research

Hosted by MICHR
5 sessions, January 5-February 5
Registration priority given to K awardees & applicants

2021 Communicating Science Seminar

AAAS Center for Public Engagement with S&T
Friday, February 5

Digital Scholarship 101: Understanding Accessibility

Hosted by U-M Library
Tuesday, February 16
1-2:30 pm
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