December 17, 2020

In This Issue ...

Resource Spotlight
Funding Resources & Limited Submissions Opportunities
Events & Workshops


NSF solicits input for long-term planning

NSF has published a Request for Information seeking public comment to guide development of the agency's 2022-26 strategic plan. Respondents are invited to submit feedback on high-level questions concerning emergent science and policy issues, maintaining U.S. leadership in global research and education, and enhancing public understanding of fundamental research and its broad impacts. Comments are due by January 22.
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Applications open for Crosby Award

U-M's ADVANCE Program announces the 2020-21 Elizabeth C. Crosby Research Award to help meet career-relevant needs of individual instructional, research, and clinical track faculty in science and engineering, toward helping increase the retention or promotion of a diverse faculty in science and engineering. Several grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded. Applications are due at noon on January 12.

Opportunities around the state

Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR)
Funded by the National Institute on Aging, MCUAAAR has announced its 2021-2022 Junior Faculty Research Mentoring Funding Opportunity. The center is a collaborative effort between U-M's Program for Research on Black Americans, Wayne State University's Institute of Gerontology and Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine and School of Social Work. Applications are due January 19.

MTRAC Applied Advanced Materials Innovation Hub 2021 at MTU
The MTRAC Innovation Hub at Michigan Technological University aims to advance materials-based technologies that address poorly met market needs. This funding opportunity offers $50,000 (with matching funds) for technology development, to prepare for follow-on support and commercialization. Full proposals are due March 15.

ARIS announces 2021 Broader Impacts webinars

Advancing Research in Society (ARIS), an NSF-funded center and national leader in supporting broader impacts efforts, has announced 2021 dates for its Broader Impacts 101 workshops. The 2-hr webinar helps researchers and grant-writers make sense of NSF's broader impacts criterion and provides strategies for conceptualizing, developing, implementing and evaluating broader impacts activities. The earliest webinar is January 5; more 2021 dates and registration details can be found at

U-M resources for planning Broader Impacts activities

UMMS seeks Research Administration Fellows

The Medical School Office of Research, in collaboration with the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, offers postdoctoral fellowships that prepare recent PhD graduates for successful careers in biomedical research administration. PhD graduates and postdoctoral fellows in biomedical and life sciences fields from across campus are encouraged to apply. Applications for the 2021 cohort are due February 15.

U-M Museum of Natural History

For more than 15 years, the U-M Museum of Natural History (UMMNH) has supported broader impacts projects for university researchers. It currently plays a role in 26 funded projects, including several NSF CAREER awards. Through exhibits, outreach programs and science communication opportunities, UMMNH has the capacity to support a range of activities in diverse fields. PIs might engage visitors via research stations in the museum or plan a summer camp or virtual field trip. The 3-D digital fulldome technology in the planetarium and theater has expanded functionality to include geology, biology, archaeology and other disciplines, can host live lectures, colloquia or music, and can distribute content nationally or internationally. The Science Communications Fellows program guides researchers on how to share their work with the general public (2021 winter/spring applications are due January 10).

Find out more about how UMMNH can contribute to your research activities
Slide overview of broader impacts support


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
Scientific Discovery Through Advanced Computing: Partnerships in Basic Energy Sciences
Dec. 21, 2020- Internal Deadline
Jan. 19, 2021- Pre-Application Deadline
Funding: up to $2,000,000
Limit: 2
Declare Intent to Submit to UMOR
Reducing Inequities in Cancer Outcomes through Community-Based Interventions on Social Determinants of Health
Jan. 4, 2021- Internal Deadline
Feb. 10, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: up to $1,000,000
Limit: 1
Understanding the Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Gastroparesis in Adults and Children (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Jan. 8, 2021- Internal Deadline
Mar. 3, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: up to $250,000
Limit: 1
Jan. 8, 2021- Internal Deadline
Mar. 5, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $50,000-$3,000,000
Limit: 2
Jan. 15, 2021- Internal Deadline
Mar. 16, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: see FOA
Limit: 2


Below are select external funding opportunities. For assistance finding additional federal and private funding opportunities, researchers may access:
NSF Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR): Data Science Corps (DSC)
Feb. 12, 2021- Application Deadline
Funding: $1,200,000-$1,500,000
NSF Planning Grants for Engineering Research Centers (ERC)
Feb. 16, 2021- Application Deadline
Funding: up to $100,000
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Visual Proteomics Imaging
Feb. 17, 2021- Application Deadline
Funding: see FOA



Mentoring in a Time of COVID-19

Hosted by MICHR
Thursday, December 17
11 am-noon

Introduction to LabArchives for Educators & Researchers

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

K Writing Workshop

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

Finding Funding Workshop

Hosted by U-M Research Development, presented by U-M Library experts
Wednesday, January 13

Responsible Conduct of Research

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

NORDP: Great Lakes Region Virtual Retreat

Hosted by Indiana University OVPR
January 27-29
Free; open to members & non-members

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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