April 22, 2021

In This Issue ...

Resource Spotlight
Funding Resources & Limited Submissions Opportunities
Events & Workshops


OVPR, Provost partner on anti-racism grants

As part of the new Research Catalyst & Innovation (RCI) program, OVPR, together with the Provost's Anti-Racism Initiative, has announced a call for anti-racism research proposals for the FY21-22 Annual Theme Grants RFP. This funding opportunity aims to catalyze innovative research and scholarship efforts that will advance knowledge and understanding around complex societal racial inequalities that can inform actions to achieve equity and justice. The Anti-Racism Grants program will award $900K in funds over the two-year period. For each program cycle, up to seven proposals will be funded – five at levels up to $50K and two at levels up to $100K. The FY21 deadline is June 1.

The RCI program also offers Large-scale Planning Grants. In the next year, OVPR plans to award up to six grants that support research teams working on large-scale, external grant proposals. Planning 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.

Explore Research Catalyst & Innovation Programs

More internal funding highlights

  • The Michigan-Israel Partnership for Research and Education 2021 Grant Competition will award up to $100K for collaborative projects. LOIs due May 15
  • Michigan-Pittsburgh-Wyss Regenerative Medicine Resource Center: Interdisciplinary Translational Project (ITP) Program seeks to identify promising regenerative medicine/tissue engineering technologies that address unmet clinical need with market potential in the dental, oral and craniofacial (DOC) space, and to catalyze the clinical translation of these technologies towards FDA submissions. The long-term goal is to achieve high impact outcomes in the clinical marketplace. Up to $300K for one-year projects. Pre-proposals due June 1

See Research Commons for a full list of internal funding opportunities

Fitbit to support health equity research

Fitbit and Fitabase are offering products, services and expertise to research teams investigating novel and promising approaches to health disparities research. The goals of the Fitbit Health Equity Research Initiative are to support underrepresented early career researchers who are actively investigating health disparities while aiming to improve health outcomes in underserved populations. By putting additional resources in the hands of health disparities investigators and encouraging wearable research in the field, Fitbit hopes to generate new evidence and methods for addressing health disparities while building trust in communities often absent from human health research.

There is no funding associated with this RFP. This program is intended to assist funded researchers with access to devices, health coaching and Fitabase data support. Applications are due July 16

An informational webinar will be held at 2 pm ET on April 28.

Applications open for Innovation Award

U-M Tech Transfer is seeking nominations for the 2021 Distinguished University Innovator Award, the University's highest honor for faculty who have shown leadership in bringing new ideas to the marketplace.

Nominations are due June 11. The award recipient will be announced in early September and will accept the award virtually, on October 6, as part of U-M's Celebrate Invention event.

NIH announces UNITE initiative to address structural racism

Last month, in response to the Biden Administration's Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities, NIH launched the UNITE initiative to address structural racism and promote racial equity and inclusion at NIH and within the larger biomedical research enterprise. UNITE has five committees with the following specific aims:

  • Understanding stakeholder experiences through listening and learning
  • New research on health disparities, minority health and health equity
  • Improving the NIH culture and structure for equity, inclusion and excellence
  • Transparency, communication and accountability with internal and external stakeholders
  • Extramural research ecosystem: changing policy, culture and structure to promote workforce diversity

As part of its overarching efforts to perform a broad, systematic self-evaluation to identify elements that may perpetuate structural racism and lead to a lack of DEI within the NIH and larger biomedical research community, UNITE plans to:

  • Collect and share information on relevant past, ongoing or planned activities at NIH to inform efforts that enhance DEI within NIH and across the biomedical research community.
  • Conduct listening sessions with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Publish a Request for Information to seek input on practical and effective ways to improve the racial and ethnic inclusivity and diversity of research-centered environments and workforce.
  • Work with the NIH Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives to develop a strategic plan to address racial, ethnic and gender disparities at NIH.
Related funding opportunities:
  • RFA-MD-21-004Understanding and Addressing the Impact of Structural Racism and Discrimination on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) (LOI due July 20, 2021)
  • RFA-RM-21-021: Transformative Research to Address Health Disparities and Advance Health Equity (U01 Clinical Trial Allowed) (LOI due April 28, 2021)
  • Notices of Special Interest from NIGMS to study and/or address the impacts of structural racism and discrimination on biomedical career progression (due dates through October 4, 2022)

Proposal Libraries

For early career researchers, or those seeking funding from new sources, planning a new grant proposal can be daunting. One valuable way to prepare to write is to look at examples of successful proposals, to see how awardees have approached various sponsors or funding mechanisms. See how to craft a strong specific aims page or project summary. See how they have organized proposals, addressed review criteria and incorporated preliminary data. For resubmissions, see how writers have responded to reviewer critiques.
The U-M Research Development team, along with colleagues from U-M Foundation Relations, maintains a Proposal Library in MBox, with dozens of examples, from federal agencies (e.g., NIH, NSF,  NOAA) to private funders (e.g., Gates, Packard, CZI).
Don't see what you're looking for? Let us know, and we'll try to find an example for you. 
Interested in donating your proposal to this resource? Contact Jill Jividen at
Part of Michigan Medicine? The Medical School Office of Research offers a Proposal Sampler for UMMS faculty and staff.


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
Takeda Pharmaceutical and the New York Academy of Sciences: Innovators in Science Award in Gastroenterology
May 3, 2021- Internal Deadline
May 27, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $200,000
Limit: 1
Apply to UMMS
William T. Grant Scholars Program
May 5, 2021- Call for Intent Deadline (extended)
July 7, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $350,000
Limit: 1 per major school/college
NSF National Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
May 10, 2021- Internal Deadline
Sept. 6, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $3,000,000
Limit: 2 for U-M
Apply to UMOR
May 27, 2021- Internal Deadline
July 1, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: up to $100,000
Limit: 7
NEH Summer Stipends
Jun. 1, 2021- Call for Intent Deadline
Sept. 22, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $6,000
Limit: 1
Declare Intent to Submit to UMOR
Jun. 7, 2021- Internal Deadline
Nov. 1, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: from $500,000 to $5M
Limit: up to 8


Below are select external funding opportunities. For assistance finding additional federal and private funding opportunities, researchers may access:
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation-Diagnostic Excellence Initiative
May 10, 2021- Application Deadline
Funding: see FOA
Facebook Research 2021 Networking: Internet and Web Services
May 24, 2021- Application Deadline
Funding: $50,000 


Compliance with NIH Public Access Policy

Hosted by Taubman Health Sciences Library
Friday, April 23
1-2:30 pm 

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 

ARIS Summit 2021

Advancing Research in Society
May 10-12

Data Visualization Workshop

Hosted by U-M Library
Monday, May 17
11 am-12:30 pm 

SciTS 2021 Conference

Science of Team Science Virtual Conference
June 7-11

Data Management Workshop

Hosted by U-M Library
Tuesday, June 15
11 am-12:30 pm 
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