May 20, 2021

In This Issue ...

Resource Spotlight
Funding Resources & Limited Submissions Opportunities
Events & Workshops


New OVPR unit informs, supports U-M research mission with data

OVPR has launched a new unit that will analyze and integrate many types of data to serve, support and strengthen U-M’s research, scholarly and creative enterprise.

The Research Analysis & Data Integration Office (RADIO) already has played a key role in assessing university financial metrics to measure how the research enterprise is recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused a decline in spending and productivity. Research spending data recently culled by RADIO demonstrates the university is moving in a positive trajectory.

In his new role as executive director of RADIO, Jason Owen-Smith and his team will continue to partner with university leaders to identify critical challenges and use data to identify potential solutions. One of those critical challenges involves equity across the research enterprise.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused and exacerbated a multitude of challenges and disparities across the U-M research community, so RADIO is analyzing award, submission and publication data across all three U-M campuses to measure equity across gender, race and discipline.

RADIO also will continue to analyze the university’s vast research portfolio in order to help position the university and its faculty to remain competitive at the frontier of human knowledge, which includes measuring how U-M compares with other peer institutions regarding externally sponsored awards and expenditures.

Read the full article in The Record

Internal funding deadlines approach

Visit Research Commons for a full list

OVPR seeks AVP for Health Sciences

OVPR is seeking nominations for the position of Associate Vice President for Research, Health Sciences. The Associate Vice President works closely with the Vice President for Research and other members of the OVPR Leadership Team, along with university leaders, to catalyze, support and safeguard research and scholarship across the three U-M campuses.

This is a 50 percent appointment anticipated through August 30, 2024. Interested candidates must be a U-M faculty member with an appointment at the full professor level or equivalent, and hold a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent terminal degree.

To be considered for the position, please submit a letter of interest and resume to Karen Houghtaling at

Communications & Public Engagement

The Office of the Vice President for Communications (OVPC) provides a wide range of communication expertise and services for the campus community in support of the advancement of U-M’s reputation locally, nationally and internationally. That includes tools and resources to help researchers disseminate news about their work to broad audiences, as well as for engaging the public in support the University's mission to serve society. OVPC provides policies on and resources for branding and design (e.g., logos, templates, Zoom backgrounds). The #UMSocial team offers best practices for social media use. Michigan News provides media training for faculty who will interact with journalists and a broadcast studio for on-air radio or television interviews. Explore the creative services that support your vision for communications and marketing, or let the Public Engagement & Impact team know that you're interested in sharing your work.


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 the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and the Medical School. For a comprehensive list of currently open opportunities, visit the OVPR Limited Submissions Homepage
Schmidt Science Fellows
May 27, 2021- Internal Deadline
July 1, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $100,000
Limit: 7
Apply to UMOR
NEH Summer Stipends
June 1, 2021- Call for Intent Deadline
Sept. 22, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $6,000
Limit: 2
W.M. Keck Foundation Science & Engineering and Medical Research Program
June 7, 2021- Internal Deadline
Nov. 1, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: from $500,000 to $5M
Limit: up to 8
Apply to UMOR
June 8, 2021- Internal Deadline
July 15, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $45,000 - $180,000
Limit: 3
Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation Grant Program 2021
June 23, 2021- Internal Deadline
Aug. 1, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: $180,000
Limit: 1
Apply to UMMS
Aug. 2, 2021- Internal Deadline
Sept. 30, 2021- Sponsor Deadline
Funding: see FOA
Limit: up to 4


Below are select external funding opportunities. For assistance finding additional federal and private funding opportunities, researchers may access:
NSF Launching Early-Career Academic Pathways in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences (LEAP-MPS)
June 14, 2021- Application Deadline
Funding: $2,500,000-$5,000,000
Facebook Research: 2021 Statistics for Improving Insights, Models, and Decisions
June 30, 2021- Application Deadline
Funding: $50,000 range


SciTS 2021 Conference

Science of Team Science Virtual Conference
June 7-11

Storytelling via #SciArt: Crafting an Audio Story

American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Thursday, June 10
2-3 pm ET

Data Management Workshop

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

Storytelling via #SciArt: Telling Stories via Science Films

American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Thursday, July 15
2-3 pm ET
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