March 4, 2021

In This Issue ...

RD in Practice
Funding Resources & Limited Submissions Opportunities
Events & Workshops


Resources, support for NIH S10 proposals

NIH S10 Instrumentation Grants support purchases of state-of-the-art commercially available instruments to enhance research of NIH–funded investigators. U-M researchers are eligible for two S10 mechanisms: Shared Instrumentation Grants (SIG; PAR-21-127), for instruments $50K-$600K, and High-End Instrumentation (HEI; PAR-21-126), for instruments between $600,001 and $2 million.

While this opportunity is not limited, NIH does not allow multiple requests for similar instruments. Investigators must declare Intent to Submit to OVPR by April 14; OVPR will coordinate proposals for similar equipment.

U-M Research Development provides an S10 Toolkit that includes sample proposals, a summary of common reviewer critiques, and a recent workshop recording with slides. We are arranging peer review for teams that want feedback prior to submission; full proposal drafts are will be due to OVPR May 7 to receive comments.

NOTE: The 2021 S10 program no longer offers the Shared Instrumentation for Animal Research (SIFAR) option.


Applications open for IRIS summer workshop

For the second year, the Institute for Research on Innovation in Society (IRIS) will offer Join the Data Revolution: Big Data in Education and Social Science Research, an NSF-supported online workshop to help researchers in education and social science gain the tools and skills needed to secure grant funding for data-driven research.

Offered through the ICPSR Summer Program, the workshop will run from June 1-11, 1 - 5 pm ET. Hands-on activities will give participants training in using large-scale restricted-use data. No prior experience in quantitative data analysis is required.

Applications are due March 22.

New agreements offer no-cost publishing opportunities to U-M authors

The U-M Library, in partnership with the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA), has finalized two Open Access (OA) publishing agreements that provide U-M authors with a waiver of author processing charges (APCs) to publish in select OA journals. These agreements include two PLOS journals (PLOS Biology and PLOS Medicine) and most Cambridge University Press (CUP) journals.

  • PLOS Journals: The full waiver for the PLOS journals applies to manuscripts for which a U-M author is the corresponding author. For manuscripts with U-M co-authors who are not the corresponding author, a reduced APC is available.
  • CUP Journals: U-M corresponding authors who publish in select CUP journals will receive an APC waiver.

When a manuscript is accepted for publication in one of the included journals, the author will see a menu of options allowing them to either “seek” funding from the U-M to cover open access charges or agree to be billed; select the option to seek funding to apply the fee waiver. These agreements are in addition to other discount and funding fee deals already established by the Library. If you have any questions about these agreements, or library resources or services, including OA publishing, contact your library specialist or

Join U-M Precision Health 

When you become a member of U-M Precision Health, you will be part of a focused, driven community of research collaborators who see beyond the boundaries of department and field of study. Join by March 31 to become part of the Spring Cohort and be featured in the April Precision Health Update. Membership is available to all U-M faculty (all campuses), scholars (e.g., grad students, fellows, residents) and affiliate (non-U-M) faculty.

Support for Digital Scholarship across Campus

Anne Cong-Huyen, PhD, and Jesse Johnston, PhD

Since 2005, we have noted an increase in grant support for arts, humanities and social science projects that develop digital projects, tools or methods. These funding opportunities (e.g., from NEH or Mellon Foundation) parallel ongoing interest in digital humanities, and growing initiatives in data science and other digitally-focused work. U-M offers various supports for researchers interested in developing or proposal digital projects; some of the resources include:

The University Library:

  • Training and consultation resources from digital scholarship specialists, e.g., on project planning (from core research questions to sustaining and closing projects), project management, accessibility, data management and project funding. The Library has strengths in developing digital collections and online exhibits. Find out more here.
  • Home to the U-M Press, the Library can help connect researchers with editors interested in digital publications, especially those in the Fulcrum platform.
  • The Shapiro Design Lab offers resources for digital projects. Through a variety of workspaces and creative workshops, the lab can assist in projects that incorporate 3D printing, public scholarship, citizen science, oral history or podcasting.

For folks applying to foundation or federal grants, library experts can review proposal narratives, help with data management plans, plan project sustainability and preservation, and contribute subject matter expertise. 

The Duderstadt Center on North Campus offers services and tools for digital media projects. These include the Groundworks studios, media editing suites, and legacy media conversion lab. The building houses space and equipment to learn digital video techniques, state-of-the-art studios to support synchronous performance collaborations, facilities to explore and create extended reality (XR) environments, and the Computer and Video Game Archive, which holds hundreds of games, consoles and related equipment that may support studies in the history and culture of videogaming.

Additional entities on campus provide essential infrastructure and expertise for advanced computational work, including: 

Planning complex digital projects requires a constellation of people, skills, tools and infrastructure. While some of these services (particularly those requiring heavy computational resources) charge for their services, such computing costs can be integrated into proposal budgets in many cases. The bottom line is, always plan ahead!


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
NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program (PSIAP-PSRD)
Mar. 8, 2021- Internal Deadline
Apr. 6, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: up to $1,000,000
Limit: 1
Declare Intent to Submit to UMOR

Whiting Public Engagement Fellowships & Seed Grants
Mar. 22, 2021- Internal Deadline
June 1, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $10,000-$50,000
Limit: 2
Human Immunology Project (HIPC) Coordinating Center (U01)
Mar. 22, 2021- Internal Deadline
June 4, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: up to $1,200,000
Limit: 1
Declare Intent to Submit to UMOR
Mar. 22, 2021- Internal Deadline
June 4, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: up to $1,500,000
Limit: 1
Screening for Conditions by Electronic Nose Technology (SCENT) (U01)
Apr. 2, 2021- Internal Deadline
June 10, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: see FOA
Limit: 1
Declare Intent to Submit to UMOR

Apr. 5, 2021- Internal Deadline
May 27, 2021- Sponsor Nomination
Funding: $200,000 for each award
Limit: 1 for each award


Below are select external funding opportunities. For assistance finding additional federal and private funding opportunities, researchers may access:
James S. McDonnell Foundation - Opportunity Awards 2021 Call for Applications
Apr. 9, 2021- Application Deadline
Funding: $250,000

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Funding Opportunities
Apr. 19 & May 3, 2021- Application Deadlines
Funding: see FOA's
National Science Foundation
Future Manufacturing (FM)

May 14, 2021- Proposal Deadline
Funding: $500,000-$3,000,000



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

Burroughs Wellcome Fund at U-M

Hosted by Michigan Medicine Corporate & Foundation Relations
Wednesday, March 17
1:30-3 pm

Advanced Broader Impacts

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

Reducing Bias in Peer Review

Presented by U-M Research Development
Tuesday, March 23
Noon-1 pm

Digital Scholarship 101: Managing Your Data

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

Broader Impacts 101

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

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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