June 2, 2020
The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) developed this weekly e-newsletter to share important news, resources and funding opportunities related to COVID-19.

Research town hall today

Vice President for Research Rebecca Cunningham will moderate a virtual town hall this afternoon, 3:30-4:30 p.m., to discuss research re-engagement efforts across campus and plans for the gradual ramp-up, in accordance with state guidelines.

Campus research leaders who have been coordinating the pilot wave to restart research activity will be on hand to provide guidance and answer questions. The panel includes:
  • Steve Ceccio, College of Engineering
  • Roger Cone, Life Sciences Institute
  • Vicki Ellingrod, College of Pharmacy
  • Steve Kunkel, Medical School
  • Chris Poulsen, LSA
  • Michael Solomon, Rackham Graduate School
  • Geoffrey Thün, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
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FAQs are updated regularly on UMOR's COVID-19 Research Portal:  

NIH calls for emergency transformative research

NIH recently announced an RFA for the NIH Director's Emergency Transformative Research Award for R01 proposals that are specifically responsive to the COVID-19 public health emergency. With support from the CARES Act, NIH will fund 5-10 awards that bring new, innovative perspectives and approaches to the prevention of, preparation for, or response to coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, domestically or internationally. Any relevant area of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 research is welcome, including behavioral/social science research, research on health disparities, novel therapeutics and other related topics. Applications are due September 30, 2020.

The NIH Director's Emergency Early Independence Award (DP5) also will use CARES Act funding to provide funding for exceptional junior investigators who are doing high-risk, high-reward research related to COVID-19. Note that institutional submissions for this opportunity are limited; interested applicants must declare their intent to submit to UMOR by June 29, 2020.

CDR to share preliminary results of COVID-19 studies

The U-M Center for Drug Repurposing (CDR) has partnered with scientists across U-M to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, they have screened >1000 FDA-approved drugs that might be effective against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

This multidisciplinary U-M team has made rapid progress that has implications for COVID-19 therapy. The CDR team will share their preliminary findings in a town hall on Wednesday, June 3, 1-2:30 p.m., to help U-M investigators advance their own COVID-19 research. 

The event is sponsored by the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR), and will be limited to those affiliated with the University of Michigan and Michigan Medicine. 

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MIDAS announces Twitter COVID-CORE dataset

The COVID-CORE dataset, one of the COVID-19 Social Media datasets created by the U-M School of Information (UMSI) and MIDAS, contains a sequential sample of Tweets that have explicitly mentioned various synonyms, aliases, or hashtags of the COVID-19 disease, the SARS-CoV-2 virus, or the pandemic. The extracted Tweets start January 1, 2020. COVID-19 datasets filtered for medical/health and social/economic impact will be available soon. 

Please contact Dr. Xuan Lu ( or Dr. Qiaozhu Mei ( for questions about the use of the dataset, as well as for special needs of extraction. See the MIDAS website for more information.

Also from MIDAS: COVID-19 Data Science Research Webinar Series

NSF launches COVID-19 Global Research Registry for Public Health and Social Sciences

Researchers studying the human and societal impacts of the COVID-19 crisis are invited to register their projects and join international efforts to enhance coordination, collaboration and information sharing.

Registered projects should be focused on topics related to the social and behavioral consequences, policy responses, educational and economic impacts, and public health implications of COVID-19. Information will be made available for the public; audiences with particular interest may include researchers, funders, journalists, and scientific advisors for government, industry or non-profits.

This is a collaborative effort led by the NSF-funded CONVERGE facility at the University of Colorado Boulder and the Social Science Extreme Events Research (SSEER) Network, in response to a call from the NIEHS Working Group for Disaster Research at NIH; a dozen other partners include global, regional and national networks and associations dedicated to advancing public health and social science and reducing disaster risk.

Internal funding to support COVID-19 research

COVID-19 Research Index

U-M researchers across a variety of disciplines are using their expertise to address the global COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to increase awareness and foster collaboration among U-M researchers studying the novel coronavirus, OVPR created a COVID-19 Research Index that lists more than 250 projects in all stages of development — from planning to fully launched.

Access the research index

Index your COVID-19 research

RD support to help mobilize research teams

UMOR's Research Development team offers funding consultations and proposal development services for pulling together external applications, as well as virtual facilitation services for ideation sessions or project planning. The team can help you brainstorm with old and new collaborators, hone research questions, generate specific aims and develop plans for propelling the project forward.

Contact Jill Jividen, Director of Research Development, for more information (, or 803-429-6320).


Funding opportunities to support COVID-19 research are available at the link below:

Newest External Funding Opportunities

CDC: ATSDR's Partnership to Promote Local Efforts To Reduce Environmental Exposure - COVID-19 Supplement

Full Application Deadline
June 30, 2020

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Emergency Response for the Healthcare System Innovation Challenge

Phase I Application Deadline
June 12, 2020

SSRC: Social Data Research and Dissertation Fellowships

Full Application Deadline
June 16, 2020

NIH POCTRN: Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx): Fast-track Program for COVID-19 Development & Distribution

Full Application Deadline
Rolling deadline



A comprehensive list of U-M publications related to COVID-19 research is available here. The following have been published since May 14, 2020:
Ayyala, R.S., Garver, K.A. & Callahan, M.J. Wellness in pediatric radiology: lessons learned in a time of pandemicPediatr Radiol (2020).

Barnes, G.D., Burnett, A., Allen, A. et al. Thromboembolism and anticoagulant therapy during the COVID-19 pandemic: interim clinical guidance from the anticoagulation forumJ Thromb Thrombolysis (2020). 

del Rio, C., & Malani, P. (2020). Translating Science on COVID-19 to Improve Clinical Care and Support the Public Health Response. JAMA.

Dort, J., Romanelli, J., Choudhury, N., Flink, B. J., Lak, K., Levy, S., ... Tellum, D., … Asbun, H. J. (2020). SAGES primer for taking care of yourself during and after the COVID-19 crisis. Surgical Endoscopy.

Fuller, H. R., Ajrouch, K. J., & Antonucci, T. C. (2020). Original Voices The Convoy Model and Later‐Life Family Relationships. Journal of Family Theory & Review, jftr.12376.

Ganesh Kumar, N., Garfein, E. S., Cederna, P. S., & Vercler, C. J. (2020). Responding to the COVID-19 crisis: if not now, then when? Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Publish Ahead of Print.

Hoffman, G. J., Webster, N. J., & Bynum, J. P. W. (2020). A Framework for Aging-Friendly Services and Supports in the Age of COVID-19. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 1–10.

Nadar, S. K., Tayebjee, M. H., Stowasser, M., & Byrd, J. B. (2020). Managing hypertension during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Human Hypertension, s41371-020-0356-y.

Pandey, A. S., Ringer, A. J., Rai, A. T., Kan, P., Jabbour, P., Siddiqui, A. H., …, Thompson, B.G., Langer, D. (2020). Minimizing SARS-CoV-2 exposure when performing surgical interventions during the covid-19 pandemic. Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery, neurintsurg-2020-016161.

Rodoni, B. M., Eyrich, N. W., & Fessell, D. P. (2020). COVID-19 & the Residency Match: The Added Importance of Mentoring. Annals of Surgery, Publish Ahead of Print.

Schulz, A. J., Mehdipanah, R., Chatters, L. M., Reyes, A. G., Neblett, E. W., & Israel, B. A. (2020). Moving Health Education and Behavior Upstream: Lessons From COVID-19 for Addressing Structural Drivers of Health Inequities. Health Education & Behavior, 109019812092998.

Sevelius, J. M., Gutierrez-Mock, L., Zamudio-Haas, S., McCree, B., Ngo, A., Jackson, A., … Gamarel, K. (2020). Research with Marginalized Communities: Challenges to Continuity During the COVID-19 Pandemic. AIDS and Behavior, s10461-020-02920–02923.

Skali, H., Murthy, V. L., Al-Mallah, M. H., Bateman, T. M., Beanlands, R., Better, N., … Dorbala, S. (2020). Guidance and best practices for nuclear cardiology laboratories during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic: An Information Statement from ASNC and SNMMI. Journal of Nuclear Cardiology.

Smith, S. R., Jenq, G., Claflin, T., Magnant, C., Haig, A. J., & Hurvitz, E. (2020). Proposed Workflow for Rehabilitation in a Field Hospital Setting During the COVID ‐19 Pandemic. PM&R, pmrj.12405.

Truesdell, M., Guttman, P., Clarke, B., Wagner, S., Bloom, J., DuShane, J., Richardson, L., VanderElzen, K., Chetcuti, S., & Oral, H. (2020). Conversion of Positive Pressure Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Laboratories to a Novel 2‐Zone Negative Pressure System during COVID‐19 Pandemic. Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, jce.14579.
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