June 17, 2021

In This Issue ...

Resource Spotlight
Funding Resources & Limited Submissions Opportunities
Events & Workshops


Planning ahead for NSF STC proposals

Representatives from U-M Federal Relations and OVPR, along with leadership from schools and colleges, will present an overview of the large NSF Science and Technology Centers (STC) opportunity; an RFP is expected soon from the agency. Speakers will discuss the STC timeline and award history, provide insight into federal funding priorities and emerging areas of research, and offer suggestions on working with schools/colleges and OVPR to develop a competitive proposal.

Friday, June 25
Noon-1 pm

TODAY: Searle Scholars Information Session

U-M Foundation Relations and Michigan Medicine Corporate & Foundation Relations representatives will host an information session on the prestigious Searle Scholars program TODAY, 3:30-4:30 pm.

The Searle Scholars program supports independent research in medicine, chemistry, and the biological sciences for exceptional early career scientists who have recently begun their appointment at the assistant professor level, and whose appointment is their first tenure-track position. Grant awards total $100,000/year for a three-year period.

Eligible candidates must hold a doctorate degree; have begun their appointments as independent investigators at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2020; and be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences.

Interested faculty and staff may join the meeting HERE or contact Paula Van Velden for more information.

The deadline for the internal competition for Searle Scholars is July 12

UROP soliciting 2021-22 projects

U-M researchers are encouraged to renew their projects or submit new projects by July 31 to participate in the 2021-22  Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP).

UROP creates research partnerships between undergraduate students and U-M researchers and local community partners and organizations. Students engage in research and creative projects with research mentors representing all 19 colleges/schools/units. UROP focuses on the skills, perspectives and resources that diverse students bring to higher education by encouraging them toward a life-long appreciation for discovery, building understanding across differences, and critically examining information in the world around them.
  • Researchers receive research support from undergraduate research assistants. UROP pays student wages for those who are eligible through the work-study program and provides academic credit options.
  • Supplementary funding is available for out-of-pocket expenses incurred by sponsoring a UROP student(s).
For more information visit UROP, or contact Associate Director Luciana Nemtanu (

Internal funding deadlines

Visit Research Commons for a full list

Deep Blue Repositories

U-M Library manages two repositories called Deep Blue, which offer safe and permanent access to the work that makes the U-M a leader in research, teaching, learning and creativity, whether that work is in the form of documents or data.

Deep Blue Documents include articles, dissertations, conference presentations, book chapters, media and other work produced by the U-M community. The majority of documents are searchable and viewable by everyone, though authors can apply some access restrictions. 

Deep Blue Data provides access to digital research data that were developed or used in the support of research activities at U-M. All data in the repository are available for anyone to discover and download in compliance with funding agency requirements.

By depositing your scholarship into Deep Blue Documents or Deep Blue Data you will receive:

  • A Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which serves as a persistent identifier to your work. DOIs enable work to be cited by others, ensuring that you get academic credit for your work. 

  • Increased Visibility and Impact: Metadata in Deep Blue is harvested and indexed by Google and Google Scholar, which makes work more discoverable to audiences worldwide.

  • Statistics about usage and engagement with the work, including view and download counts as well as alt-metrics.

In addition, every data set submitted to Deep Blue Data is reviewed and curated by a librarian. Researchers receive recommendations for making their data more findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR). 

Please contact with questions or to set up a consultation.


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
SVRI Research Grant
June 18, 2021- Call for Intent
Sept. 15, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: from $40,000-$200,000
Limit: 2
Declare Intent to Submit to UMOR
NEH Summer Stipends
June 28, 2021- Internal Deadline
Sept. 22, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $6,000
Limit: 2
Dr. Ralph and Marian Falk Medical Research Trust-Catalyst Award 2021
June 28, 2021- Internal Deadline
Aug. 3, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $300,000
Limit: 2
Apply to UMMS
June 30, 2021- Call for Intent
Oct.13, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $3,500,000
Limit: 1
Searle Scholars Program 2022
July 12, 2021- Internal Deadline
Sept. 30, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $300,000
Limit: 2
Apply to UMMS
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:
2021 Healthy Again Initiative (Michigan Health Endowment Fund)
July 8, 2021: Concept Papers Due
Aug. 10, 2021: Full Application Due
Funding: $100,000-500,000
Beckman Young Investigator Program
Aug. 2, 2021: LOI Due
Jan 10, 2022: Full Application Due
Funding: ~$600,000
NSF Program on Fairness in Artificial Intelligence in Collaboration with Amazon (FAI)
Aug. 2, 2021: Application Deadline
Funding: $600,000-1,000,000
July 28, 2021: Application Deadlines
Funding: See Program Description
Aug. 4, 2021: Application Deadlines
Funding: See Program Descriptions


Research Benchmarking: Flexibility & Function

Hosted by OVPR, presented by Elsevier
Tuesday, June 22
1-2 pm ET

Communicating Science & Public Engagement Fundamentals

AAAS Center for Public Engagement with S&T
Wednesday, June 23
1-4 pm ET; $125

Grant Applicant Metrics & Data

Hosted by OVPR, presented by Elsevier
Wednesday, July 7
11:30-12:30 pm ET

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

Engaging Policymakers Workshop

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

Communicating Science & Public Engagement Fundamentals

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