April 8, 2021

In This Issue ...

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


NSF announces 2021 Convergence Accelerator tracks

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has launched its 2021 Convergence Accelerator program for Phase I and Phase II proposals. LOIs for Phase I proposals are due May 5. The newly announced tracks are:

  • Networked Blue Economy,  which aims to create a smart, integrated, connected and open ecosystem for ocean innovation, exploration and sustainable utilization. It will provide a highly innovative set of interconnected tools, techniques, methods and educational resources, as well as improve human engagement with ocean resources. 
  • Trust & Authenticity in Communications Systems, to develop prototype(s) of novel research platforms forming integrated collection(s) of tools, techniques and educational materials and programs to support increased citizen trust in public information of all sorts (health, climate, news, etc.), through more effectively preventing, mitigating and adapting to critical threats in our communications systems.
NSF will host informational webinars for academic submitters:
  • TODAY, April 8, 2:30-4 pm ET
  • Tuesday, April 20, 2;30-4 pm ET
Register here

Internal funding highlights

The MICHR Catalyst Award supports early career faculty in advancing their translational research careers. Applicants should propose a research plan that will help them to generate the data needed to strengthen hypotheses for subsequent extramural applications. Applications are encouraged for innovative projects at all stages of translation (T1-T4) that use one of the following approaches to research: investigator-initiated research or community-based participatory research (CBPR). Due April 19

Michigan Drug Discovery has launched funding opportunities for Project Grants and Screening Grants. Presubmission meetings are required prior to the proposal deadline. Due April 19

Precision Health Investigators Awards are open to full-time U-M faculty members with primary appointments in research, instructional (tenure), or clinical tracks. Up to eight two-year awards in will be funded in 2021, for up to $200,000 per project. Due May 12

The Michigan-Israel Partnership for Research and Education is pleased to announce a request for letters of intent to the 2021 Michigan-Israel Partnership for Research and Education Grant Competition. Up to $100K is available for each awarded collaborative project. Due May 15

The MNORC 2021-22 Call for Pilot & Feasibility Proposals aims to foster all types of research addressing key questions in the pathogenesis, diagnosis, prevention or control of obesity; obesity co-morbidities; and/or nutrition and energy metabolism. Due May 28

Apply for the R01 Boot Camp

The U-M Medical School Office of Research is currently accepting applications for the 2021-22 Cohort of its R01 Boot Camp, an intensive mentorship program designed to help early career faculty receive their first NIH Research Project Grants (R01, or equivalent). Applications for both mentees and coaches are due on April 12.

Precision Health launches video resources

U-M Precision Health is offering an expanded selection of video tutorials for beginning to experienced users, providing an opportunity for remote research options for students and trainees over the summer or during the academic year. The tutorials help new users gain access to data resources through DataDirect, and provide guidance on how to obtain additional research support. 

To learn more about what's available through Precision Health's Analytics Platform, check out the Data, Tools & Resources page. For a snapshot of every resource, view the table of All Analytics Platform Offerings.
Precision Health is currently holding a spring membership drive

Who reads applications?

Jesse Johnston, PhD, Sr. Research Development Officer
After the intense hours of preparing, completing and submitting a grant proposal, you probably want to “submit it and forget it.” But have you ever wondered what happens after pressing submit? Knowing what happens after a proposal is submitted should inform your proposal preparation early on. 

Most grant and fellowship proposals are evaluated via peer review. Generally, program staff conduct an initial review, to confirm eligibility, compliance with budget rules and other technical aspects. A second audience that may read applications are oversight advisors, such as board members of a foundation, or federal oversight boards, who ensure that funded projects advance the funder’s mission. (If you’re applying to a competition that does not use a peer review process, try to find out from the funder how proposals are evaluated.)  

The most crucial audience to consider as an applicant is that in the peer review step. These readers are generally knowledgeable about particular disciplines, project methods or research approaches, or other areas that require specialist review. It is in this step that your proposal will be evaluated most critically to ensure that it is making significant contributions to the program area.

Federal funders frequently seek peer reviewers, which offers an opportunity to get involved as a subject specialist. Each agency has a different process and may be looking for slightly different information. Here is a selected list of resources to help you indicate interest:

To get an idea of the general types of readers a particular funder may recruit, look at annual reports or other publications from the funder. Most applications to federal agencies are evaluated by federal advisory panels, which may be listed in agency reports, the Federal Register, or in the federal advisory committee database

Knowing more about who will read your application is a great way to be involved in the research process and raise your understanding of the funding landscape.


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
Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)
Apr. 16, 2021- Call for Intent Deadline
July 14, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: up to $550,000
Limit: 1
Declare Intent to Submit to UMOR

Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) new solicitation to be announced Fall 2021
Apr. 19, 2021- Internal Deadline
January, 2022- Sponsor Deadline (anticipated)
Funding: $2,000,000-$4,000,000
Limit: 2
Pew Biomedical Scholars 2022
Apr. 21, 2021- Internal Deadline
Sept. 1, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $300,000
Apply to UMMS
Apr. 26, 2021- Call for Intent Deadline
July 7, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: up to $350,000
Limit: 1 per major school/college
NSF National Research Traineeship Program (NRT)
May 10, 2021- Internal Deadline
Sept. 6, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: up to $3,000,000
Limit: 2 for U-M
Apply to UMOR
May 27, 2021- Internal Deadline
July 1, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $100,000
Limit: 7 for Ann Arbor


Below are select external funding opportunities. For assistance finding additional federal and private funding opportunities, researchers may access:
Facebook Research- 2021 Privacy Enhancing Technologies
Apr. 21, 2021- Application Deadline
Funding: $100,000 range

Amazon Research Awards 
Apr. 23, 2021- Application Deadline
Funding: up to $80,000 cash grant and AWS Promotional Credits up to $40,000
NSF Boosting Research Ideas for Transformative and Equiable Advances in Engineering (BRITE)
May 25, 2021- Application Deadline
Funding: $100,000-$200,000 per yr

2021 Michelson Prizes: Next Generation Grants
June 18, 2021- Application Deadline
Funding: $150,000 research grants



A Conversation with the Pew Charitable Trust 

Michigan Medicine Corporate & Foundation Relations
TODAY, April 8
2-3 pm

Enriching Science, Education, Practice & Policy with Narrative and the Humanities

Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation (IHPI)
Thursday, April 15
4-5 pm ET

Digital Scholarship 101: Finding Funding & Resources

Hosted by U-M Library
Tuesday, April 13
1-2:30 pm 

Compliance with NIH Public Access Policy

Hosted by Taubman Health Sciences Library
Friday, April 23
1-2:30 pm 

Conducting & Obtaining Valid Informed Consent

Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research
Thursday, April 29
11:30 am-2 pm 

2021 NORDP Virtual Conference

National Organization of Research Development Professionals
May 3-6 

SciTS 2021 Conference

Science of Team Science Virtual Conference
June 7-11
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