March 18, 2021

In This Issue ...

Resource Spotlight
Funding Resources & Limited Submissions Opportunities
Events & Workshops


OVPR launches new internal funding programs

OVPR has launched the Research Catalyst and Innovation (RCI) Program, an annual $1.5 million internal funding program that aims to catalyze multidisciplinary research and drive innovation across U-M's three campuses.  RCI features four new funding mechanisms and OVPR support that will help teams leverage internal investments to pursue external funding.

RCI replaces the Faculty Grants and Awards Program, which OVPR managed for more than 20 years. Researchers across the three U-M campuses are eligible to apply.

Large-scale Planning Grants: In FY22, OVPR plans to award up to six grants that support research teams working on large-scale, external grant proposals. These grants each range from $50,000-$100,000; teams can use this support for advanced planning and proposal readiness in response to new calls for funding opportunities that exceed $5 million. The first of three FY22 deadlines is July 1.

Annual Theme Grants: RCI will offer funding for an annual research priority. FY21-22 funding will support research and scholarship that addresses racial inequality and racial justice. The theme grants will provide more than $750,000 in funding through FY22, with individual awards ranging from $25,000-$100,000. This year's theme is supported in collaboration with the Provost’s Office as part of its Anti-Racism Initiatives. The FY21 deadline is June 1.

Two other RCI opportunities involve collaboration between OVPR and the research associate deans representing schools and colleges across U-M. OVPR will provide funding to accelerate research and strengthen innovative methods of grant development activity within the schools and colleges, supporting research associate deans in working with their teams to identify critical needs that address their unit priorities.

OVPR RCI Website
Read the full announcement in The Record

Registration opens for 2021 MICHR Mentoring Academy

MICHR Mentoring Academy curriculum is based on the widely used Mentor Training for Clinical and Translational Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER).

Each 2-hour session is designed to develop and hone mentoring skills for mentors in clinical and translational research. Participants in the sessions will learn how to better coach and counsel other less-experienced mentors, as well as enhance their own interpersonal skills for mutually beneficial mentor-mentee interactions. Participants also will address challenges facing faculty mentors via case studies, group discussions and role-plays.

Classes are limited to 25 participants. More information and registration.

Funders to speak at Michigan Medicine

American Cancer Society: Michigan Medicine will host the American Cancer Society (ACS) for a virtual event on March 24, 2-3 pm. Speaker Lynne Elmore, PhD, Senior Scientific Director for Cell Biology and Preclinical Cancer Research, oversees peer review and grants management in the areas of cancer cell biology, metastasis and microenvironment.  She will provide a firsthand look at funding opportunities available to promote scientific advancement for the benefit of cancer patients and to enhance training opportunities for cancer leaders of the future. RSVP here
Pew Charitable Trusts: In a virtual event April 8, 2-3 pm, learn about Pew’s Biomedical Scholars Program and the inside track on what Pew looks for in a successful submission. Hear from Kara Coleman, PhD, Project Director of Biomedical Programs at Pew, and Sarah Keane, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biophysics and U-M's most recent Pew Biomedical Scholar. Gary Luker, MD, chair of the Biomedical Research Council, will discuss U-M’s internal selection process for this limited submission opportunity. RSVP here

Questions can be addressed to Joe Piffaretti, Sr. Director, Michigan Medicine Corporate & Foundation Relations.

Apply for Precision Health Investigators Awards

The 2021 Precision Health Investigators Awards program anticipates funding up to eight two-year awards to support the development of precision health science, tools and datasets. Funding available per project may total up to $200,000. The awards are open to U-M full-time faculty members with a primary appointment in research, instructional (tenure) or clinical tracks. Pre-proposals are due May 12

Learn more

RECAP for K-12 partnerships

In 2018, the U-M’s Center for Educational Outreach, the School of Education, and the Edward Ginsberg Center formed a partnership to strengthen and streamline their K-12 services and opportunities for the U-M community as well as provide clearer direction and guidance to K-12 schools and educational partners in Michigan. Later named “RECAP” to highlight the guiding principles for K-12 partnerships, these Centers’ collaboration shows the commitment to working with our U-M colleagues, K-12 schools and students to advance student learning and partnerships through the RECAP principles of Relationships, Equity, Compliance, Awareness and Power.

The RECAP portal highlights the services and support that each of the three U-M units offers to facilitate connections to K-12 communities.

Download the RECAP brochure


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
Scholarships in STEM Network (S-STEM-Net)
Mar. 24, 2021- Internal Deadline
Apr. 16, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: up to $45,000,000
Limit: 1
Declare Intent to Submit to UMOR
University Nuclear Leadership Program (IUP), Research & Development Grant FY21
Mar. 29, 2021- Internal Deadline
May 15, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: up to $6,000,000
Limit: 2
Screening for Conditions by Electronic Nose Technology (SCENT) (U01)
Apr. 2, 2021- Internal Deadline
June 10, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $800,000
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: see FOA
Limit: 2
Apply to UMOR
May 10, 2021- Internal Deadline
Sept.6, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: up to $3,000,000
Limit: 2 for U-M (all three campuses combined)


Below are select external funding opportunities. For assistance finding additional federal and private funding opportunities, researchers may access:
2022 Harrington Scholar-Innovator Award
Apr. 16, 2021- LOI Deadline
Funding: $100,000 for 2 years

SFARI 2021 Human Cognitive and Behavioral Science
May 3, 2021- Application Deadline
Funding: up to $750,000



Digital Scholarship 101: Managing Your Data

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

Software Development for Research: Team-Based Programming Practicies

Consulting for Statistics, Computing and Analytics Research
Wednesday, March 24
1-3 pm

Science Talk Virtual Conference

Professional society for science communicators
March 24-26

Broader Impacts 101

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

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

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

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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