February 18, 2021

In This Issue ...

Resource Spotlight
Funding Resources & Limited Submissions Opportunities
Events & Workshops


Register for the 2021 NSF CAREER Workshop

Applications are due TOMORROW, February 19, to take part in the 2021 NSF ENG CAREER Workshop to be held virtually April 21-23, 1-5 pm each day. The workshop aims to provide junior faculty who plan to submit a CAREER Award proposal to a program in the NSF’s Directorate for Engineering (ENG) with a CAREER proposal review experience and a forum in which they can interact with NSF Program Directors and recent NSF CAREER awardees.

Attendees of the 2021 NSF ENG CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop will benefit from:

  • Mock proposal reviews by panels
  • Interactions with ENG Directorate Program Directors
  • Focus sessions with recent CAREER awardees
  • Interaction across disciplines and engineering schools nationwide

The virtual Mock Panel Review session is limited to 300 participants; however, all other sessions will be open. Mock Panel participants will be selected from those who submit applications.

Visit for details and to submit a brief application.

U-M to host Burroughs Wellcome Fund

In an event sponsored by Michigan Medicine Corporate & Foundation Relations, leadership from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, including BWF President Louis J. Muglia, MD, PhD, will offer a firsthand look at funding opportunities designed to overcome the exceptional obstacles currently before our scientific community. Burroughs Wellcome accelerates discovery through various grant programs, including in biomedical research, diversity in science, infectious diseases and reproductive science. The event will be held virtually March 17, 1:30-3 pm. 

For more information and to register

NIH to publish new COVID-19 funding opportunities

NIH plans to publish Research Opportunity Announcements (ROAs) as part of its new Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Infection (PASC) initiative. The agency will solicit proposals for research that will improve understanding of and contribute to strategies to prevent and treat post-acute manifestations of SARS-CoV-2 infection across the lifespan. Projects will be funded using a mechanism that offers flexibility and the ability to engage partners in collaborative innovation and problem solving. The initial ROAs are expected to be published by mid-February 2021 and awards made in early March. We will issue broad notification to the community when the ROAs are published.

In the meantime, more information about these ROAs can be found at Information at the link should be helpful as you begin to prepare a proposal. You may direct any questions about these funding opportunities to

This is not a limited submission opportunity.

NASEM opens next cycle of New Voices initiative

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) has announced the next cohort application cycle for the New Voices initiative. During the course of this two-year program, a cohort of 18 mid-career experts will have the opportunity to bring their collective ideas about critical and emerging interdisciplinary issues to NASEM's work. Members are given an opportunity to work within an extremely diverse cohort of leaders to advance their ideas about the future of science, engineering and medicine. By design, the cohort's objectives are self-defined at the start of each program cycle.

Details & Eligibility:

  • Open to U.S. scientists, engineers, health professionals and related experts.
  • Applicants should be U.S.-based with primary affiliations with a U.S. institution.
  • Selected members are typically within 10-12 years of their advanced degrees.
  • Applicants from industry, academia, public service, non-profit and other sectors are eligible.
Applications are due March 31

New resource for reducing bias in internal nomination and peer review processes

Peer review is an essential component of many elements of the research enterprise, serving as the backbone of scholarly publishing and many external funding programs. It also plays an important role in internal funding programs and award nomination practices. Despite the longstanding importance of peer review, various forms of bias can impact its integrity and effectiveness. In response and as a contribution to the University's ongoing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, OVPR has developed a new resource that outlines some of the ways in which biases can influence the review process and offers strategies to help mitigate such biases. The guidance is informed by the best practices at funding agencies and scholarly publications, as well as the peer-reviewed literature itself. The materials were designed specifically for anyone managing or designing internal award nominations and funding programs, and anyone serving as reviewers themselves; however, the information may also be of interest to anyone, internal or external to U-M, who is involved in peer review and research funding more broadly. Please feel free to share broadly, or send feedback or questions about implementation to We hope this is the first step of many to help ensure that our internal practices are more equitable and transparent.

The information is available on the web or in a readily printable format. Find both versions on the UMOR website at, or download the pdf version directly at

Join the U-M Research Development team virtually on Tuesday, March 23, noon-1 pm, for an overview of this resource and Q&A.

Register here


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
Enabling Quantum Leap: Quantum Interconnect Challenges for Transofrmational Advances in Quantum Sciences (QuIC-TAQS)
Feb. 19, 2021- Internal Deadline
Apr. 12, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $2,500,000
Limit: 1
Apply to UMOR
Feb. 24, 2021- Internal Deadline
May 27, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $700,000-$900.000
Limit: 1
Breast Cancer Alliance (BCA) Exceptional Project Grants
Feb. 25, 2021- Internal Deadline
Apr.1, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $100,000
Limit: 2
Apply to UMMS
Feb. 26, 2021- Internal Deadline
Apr. 26, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: see FOA
Limit: 1
The Henry Luce Foundation's American Art Program
Mar. 1, 2021- Internal Deadline
Apr. 30, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: see FOA
Limit: 1
Declare Intent to Submit to UMOR

Mar. 1, 2021- Internal Deadline
Mar. 15, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $200,000-$500,000
Limit: 1 per school/college


Below are select external funding opportunities. For assistance finding additional federal and private funding opportunities, researchers may access:
William T. Grant Foundation Funding Opportunities
Mar. 11 & May 5, 2021- Application Deadlines
Funding: see FOA's
Microsoft Reimaging the Future of Accessible Education with AI
Mar. 12, 2021- Application Deadline
Funding: see FOA
NSF Designing Accountable Software Systems (DASS)
Apr. 19, 2021- Proposal Deadline
Funding: up to $750,000
NSF National Robotics Initiative 3.0 Innovations in Integration of Robotics (NRI-3.0)
May 3, 2021- Proposal Deadline
Funding: $250,000-$1,500,000


Broader Impacts 101

Advancing Research in Society (ARIS)
Wednesday, March 3, 3-5 pm ET, or
Tuesday, April 6, 1 pm-3 pm ET
$100 for non-members

SciTS 2021 Conference: Call for Abstracts 

Science of Team Science (SciTS) 2021 Conference, June 7-11
Abstract due February 28

Changing Times & Child Health Research

U-M Research Development presents Dr. Diana Bianchi, Director of NICHD
Thursday, March 11
Noon-1 pm

Managing Your Online Researcher Identity

Presented by Sara Samuel, Taubman Health Sciences Library
Thursday, March 11
1-2 pm

Quantitative Data Visualization for Academic Partners

Presented by the Ginsberg Center
Thursday, March 11
4-5:30 pm

Advanced Broader Impacts

Advancing Research in Society (ARIS)
Wednesday, March 17
3-5 pm ET, $100 for non-members

Digital Scholarship 101: Managing Your Data

Presented by Caitlin Pollock and Rachel Woodbrook
Wednesday, March 24
1-3 pm
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