January 21, 2021

In This Issue ...

Resource Spotlight 
Funding Resources & Limited Submissions Opportunities
Events & Workshops


U-M to host NICHD Director

U-M Research Development will welcome Dr. Diana W. Bianchi, Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) for a virtual event on March 11, noon-1 pm. Dr. Julie Lumeng, Director of MICHR and Assistant Vice President for Clinical and Human Research, will  facilitate Q&A.

Dr. Bianchi oversees an annual budget of approximately $1.5 billion in support of NICHD’s mission to lead research and training to understand human development, improve reproductive health, enhance the lives of children and adolescents, and optimize abilities for all. She will discuss NIH child health research, the 2020 NICHD Strategic Plan, and what the Biden Administration and new Congress might mean for child health.

Register and submit questions in advance, or contact Jill Jividen, Director of Research Development, with questions.

OVPR calls for 2021 Research Awards nominations

The annual OVPR Research Awards recognize excellence among research faculty and research staff. Review the three awards in each category, and consider nominating your outstanding and talented research colleagues. Applications are due February 15

NIH launches new website on COVID-19 research

NIH launched a new website to provide a central location for trusted, up-to-date & accurate information about COVID-19 research at NIH and the agency’s role in the pandemic. The site contains COVID-related content on NIH’s strategic response, including information about key programs such as the Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines public-private partnership (ACTIV) and the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative to develop state-of-the-science diagnostic tests. Users also can find information on funding opportunities, funded projects by state and congressional district, and resources from NIH’s Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other federal agencies.

Internal Funding Highlights

U-M Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program is calling for letters of interest from U-M faculty who are interested in working collaboratively with the program to develop medical device concepts. 
Applications are due February 12, 2021. For questions or more information, contact Thomas Marten, Managing Director, Coulter Program: or (734) 647-1680.

Michigan Center for Integrated Research in Critical Care will kick off the 2021 Massey TBI Challenge for multidisciplinary research teams developing diagnostic, device, therapeutic or health IT solutions that address the initial "golden hours" of care after severe traumatic brain injury. The program is awarding up to $900K to teams this year.
More information and registration for the March 9 kick-off event; 2-page proposals are due April 5.

Finding external funding

While this newsletter promotes limited submission opportunities (below) and links to Research Commons (your one stop to find internal funding opportunities; see below), we only highlight a handful of new external opportunities in each issue--that's only a few of the hundreds or thousands of funding opportunities open at any one time. And the world of research funding is bigger than what you find at

It's important, especially for early career researchers, to be proactive about seeking external opportunities to increase chances of funding from diverse sponsors and to broaden networks and experience. For established investigators, diverse funding portfolios might help weather downturns in federal funding or delays in getting renewals.

Help finding opportunities:


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
Disparities in Cardio-Oncology Strategically Focused Research Network
Jan. 22, 2021- Internal Deadline
Feb. 9, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $2,925,000
American Glaucoma Society - Research Grants 2021
Jan. 26, 2021- Internal Deadline
Feb. 3, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $40,000
Limit: 2
Apply to UMMS
DHS S&T Engineering Secure Environments from Targeted Attacks (ESE) Center of Excellence (COE)
Jan. 27, 2021- Internal Deadline
Mar. 10, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: up to $3,650,000
Vascular Cures Wylie Scholar Program
Jan. 29, 2021- Internal Deadline
Mar. 1, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $50,000-$150,000
Limit: 1
Evidence Based Telehealth Network Program
Feb. 1, 2021- Internal Deadline
Apr. 2, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: up to $350,000/yr
Limit: 1
Feb. 8, 2021- Internal Deadline
Jan. 31, 2022- Sponsor Deadline (anticipated)
Funding: $2,000,000-$4,000,000
Limit: 2
NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)
Feb. 12, 2021- Internal Deadline
Apr. 7, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: see FOA
Limit: 1
Declare Intent to Submit to UMOR
Feb. 15, 2021- Internal Deadline
May 25, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: up to $250,000
Limit: 1


Below are select external funding opportunities. For assistance finding additional federal and private funding opportunities, researchers may access:
Gilbert Family Foundation Gene Therapy Initiative
Feb. 28, 2021- LOI Deadline
Funding: see FOA
NSF Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Core Research (FW-HTF)
Mar. 23, 2021- Proposal Deadline
Funding: see FOA
NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity FY2021
Mar. 26, 2021- Proposal Deadline
Funding: see FOA


Everything You Need to Know about Copyright

Hosted by U-M Library
Wednesday, January 27
10-10:50 am

NORDP: Great Lakes Region Virtual Retreat

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

Copyright Essentials

Hosted by U-M Library
Tuesday, February 2
3-3:50 pm

Funding International Research for Graduate Students

Hosted by U-M Library
Wednesday, February 3
3-4 pm

Broader Impacts 101

Advancing Research in Society (ARIS)
Thursday, February 4
1-3 pm, $100 for 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


Advancing Research in Society (ARIS)
Thursday, February 18
2-4 pm, $100 for non-members

Managing Your Online Researcher Identity

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