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Funding & Proposal Development
Foundation Grant
March 1, 2020
Pilot Grant
March 5, 2020
March 5, 2020
Other Opportunity
March 13, 2020
March 27, 2020
March 27, 2020
These are just a few highlights of upcoming funding opportunities. For more, visit...

Please contact your  Research Administrator  to apply.
There's Still Time! Coulter Call for Proposals
The U-M Coulter Program brings biomedical innovations into healthcare through a commercial entity. The program funds 4-8 projects per year with typical funding ranging from $80,000 to $150,000. Departmental cost-sharing is not required.

Each project must involve a collaboration between U-M faculty from any College of Engineering department and from a clinical department. Each project aims to generate a new medical device, surgical tool, or clinical diagnostic test and is mentored by a team of industry experts to guide projects to the point of start-up, partnering with industry, and follow-on funding.

DEADLINE: February 14, 2020
MICHR Funding Opportunity for Flint Community Health Research
MICHR has partnered with Community-Based Organization Partners to establish a funding opportunity to address health consequences stemming from the Flint Water Crisis.

The Building Capacity for Research and Action Award will support community-engaged research partnerships and projects addressing community health priorities in Flint, Michigan.

DEADLINE: February 21, 2020
Michigan Medicine-PKUHSC Joint Institute Call for Proposals
The 2020 request for proposals for collaborative research through the Michigan Medicine and Peking University Health Science Center (PKUHSC) Joint Institute is now open.

Michigan Medicine’s largest international institutional partnership, the Joint Institute offers Discovery Awards (up to $100,000 a year for two years), Pilot Awards (up to $300,000 a year for two years), and Innovation and Bridge Awards for one-year grants (up to $100,000) to help investigative teams develop new technologies and accelerate translation of research into a product.

DEADLINE: February 28, 2020
New Partnership Provides $10 Million for Drug-Development Research
U-M and Sun Pharma Advanced Research Company (SPARC) have launched a partnership to accelerate the development of potential new medicines for a wide range of diseases. The new venture will provide up to a total of $10 million in financial support and in-kind industry resources to move various promising drug-discovery research projects within the university toward the ultimate goal of new therapies for patients.

Working with Michigan Drug Discovery, SPARC will support projects selected from across the U-M, with a focus on early-stage translational therapeutic work in the areas of oncology, neurodegeneration, inflammation, dermatology, and ophthalmology. Each selected project will have the potential to receive up to $1.5 million over a three-year period.

Frankel Innovation Initiative Kicks Off!
Dr. Runge and Dr. Kunkel, along with members of the Fast Forward Medical Innovation team, welcomed donors Stuart and Maxine Frankel to the kickoff event last week for the fund they recently gifted to the Medical School. The event was attended by over 200 research faculty and staff interested in learning more about the $20M donation.

The Frankel Innovation Initiative will fund five to seven projects annually, with each receiving between $250,000 – $1 million.

DEADLINE: April 1, 2020
2020 Massey TBI Grand Challenge Kickoff on March 5
The Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care (MCIRCC) is bringing together experts from across disciplines to shape the future care of the "golden hours" that follow a severe traumatic brain injury.

Up to $650,000, plus a $40,000 Accelerator Award, is available to teams developing high-impact proposals of a diagnostic, device, therapeutic, or health IT solution.

DEADLINE: April 2, 2020
Final Federal FY19 NIH Data Released
In January, the Grant Services and Analysis office released the U-M Medical School's rankings in final Federal FY19 NIH data, announcing that UMMS completed the year with an increase in award dollars and maintained its rank.

Overall NIH ranking stayed at 10th, with a market share of 2.68%. Medical School total funding increased by $25.6M, which is a 6.9% increase over Federal FY18.
Sharpening Your Focus: Making Impactful Statements About Your Research Impact
Regardless of sponsor or program, research impact plays a critical role in the grant world. Grant proposals should not only demonstrate brilliant ideas and peer-acknowledged methodologies but present as highly aligned with targeted sponsor’s mission.

Often, how to effectively present your research impact and convince funders that they should support your projects is not given deliberate attention. There are elements of the proposal that deserve that extra look.
Leadership & Management
New Strategic Research Plan Announced
In a message last week to the biomedical research community, Steven Kunkel, Ph.D., Executive Vice Dean for Research for the Medical School and Chief Scientific Officer for Michigan Medicine, recently announced the Medical School’s new strategic research plan, “ Great Minds, Greater Discoveries.” The multi-year plan will focus largely on people, who Dr. Kunkel notes are “our greatest resource.”

The objective of the new plan is to increase faculty competitiveness and their ability to pursue major scientific questions in a rich and diverse environment that leads to discoveries that inspire new preventions, treatments, and cures. Faculty and staff are invited to attend a kickoff event:

Great Minds, Greater Discoveries Kickoff
Wednesday, February 19
BSRB, Kahn Auditorium
Presentation & Networking Reception

“Our ultimate goal for ‘Great Minds, Greater Discoveries’ is to work together to create transformative knowledge that advances science and improves health,” says Dr. Kunkel. “I look forward to seeing everyone at the kickoff, and our entire research enterprise collaborating in the future on this exciting new initiative.”
New! Study Coordinator Career Ladder
The Clinical Trials Support Office (CTSO) recently announced the development of a new clinical research coordinator career ladder. The clinical research coordinator career ladder takes into account the key competencies required at each level, as well as leadership and management responsibilities. It aims to clarify the expected competencies, performance metrics, and certification requirements for each job classification.

Over the next six months, the CTSO will look for feedback from both coordinators and principal investigators that will be used to map all clinical research staff into the new clinical subject coordinator, clinical research coordinator, and clinical research project manager job classifications.
Nominate Your Mentor for Distinguished Clinical & Translational Research Award
Have you and your research benefited from the support of a mentor? Does your mentor have a track record of successfully mentoring students, fellows, or early-career faculty at U-M?

Consider nominating your mentor for MICHR's 2020 Distinguished Clinical & Translational Research Award, which recognizes the value of mentoring at U-M in helping early-career investigators to reach across disciplinary boundaries in pursuit of science. Nominees may come from any discipline in any school, department, or program at U-M and do not need to have any affiliation with MICHR.

DEADLINE: February 11, 2020
Regulatory Review & Compliance
Best Practices in International Engagement
In recent months, many federal agencies have emphasized the need for increased transparency around international activities that may unduly influence research or the peer review process. Failure to comply with these new and revised policies could jeopardize the ability for faculty and the university to receive federal research funding.

The entire U-M research community is invited by the U-M Office of the Vice President for Research to attend one of three town halls that will focus on best practices for international engagement:

  • February 17: 3:30PM-4:30PM, College of Engineering - LEC Johnson Rooms
  • February 19: 10:30AM-11:30AM, University Hospital - Ford Auditorium
  • February 20: 9:30AM-10:30AM, School of Dentistry - Room G550
Get a Head Start on AAALAC 2020 Site Visit Preparation
U-M's next re-accreditation site visit by AAALAC will take place sometime in the spring or summer later this year. To help research faculty and staff prepare, the Animal Care & Use Program will host two meetings to begin reviewing and disseminating updates and resources regarding the visit:

Wednesday, February 19
Research Auditorium, NCRC
Tuesday, March 31
M3330 Auditorium, Med Sci I

Hosted by Rebecca Cunningham, M.D., U-M Interim Vice President for Research, the meetings will outline expectations for laboratory preparation and participation, as well as important animal research program trends and insights.
Advance Notice: Changes in DEA Form-222
The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is currently updating their Form 222, which is used to order Schedule I and II controlled substances, from a carbon-copied triplicate form to a single-page form. The older triplicate version of the form will slowly be phased out through October 30, 2021, after which they can no longer be used to place orders.

The new single-page form must be used to obtain all Schedule I or II controlled substances after October 30, 2021. The new DEA Form 222 can be ordered now via the DEA website.
Research Resources
HITS Rolls Out New Research-Focused IT Resources
HITS recently announced that new online content developed specifically for medical school faculty and researchers is available at, in the newly created Research & Education section. It contains information about research-specific applications, general and high-performance computing, and consults for programming or orientation to the IT landscape.

In addition to the website, the Research IT Services Guide provides researchers with an overview of HITS’ core services.
New CTSO Recharge Rates As of February 1
The Clinical Trials Support Office announced that on February 1, 2020, new recharge rates will go into effect for all studies using a CTSU, with the exception of Oncology. All rates have either decreased or remained unchanged.

The new rates will be included in any current budgets that have not yet been finalized. They reflect the administrative costs of providing researchers with study coordinator and financial support, as well as portfolio coordination.
MICHR Launches New Facilitated Brainstorming Service
Do you have a brand new, loosely formed, or well-established group that wants to surface cutting-edge research ideas, build collaborations and shared research agendas, and develop strategic action plans or grant proposals? MICHR designs engaging, productive Facilitated Brainstorming Sessions that will immerse your group in a creative environment that fosters ideation.

Sessions are tailored to your needs and goals and are ideal for identifying wicked problems and developing strategies to address them.
Office of Research Training & Events
Collaboration Between the Central Biorepository & Precision Health

February 19, 11:30AM-12:30PM
Research Auditorium, NCRC

Bring your lunch and learn more about Precision Health at the latest Central Biorepository Lunch & Learn.

Janet Houghtby, M.S., Clinical Research Project Manager for the Michigan Predictive Activity & Clinical Trajectories study, will provide a thorough overview of Precision Health and offer insight into how it works with the Central Biorepository!
Rare Disease Day Conference

February 21, 9:00AM-4:00PM
Dining Hall, NCRC

Co-sponsored by Internal Medicine and Fast Forward Medical Innovation , this event aims to foster open communication and stimulate interdisciplinary research to accelerate the pace of discovery for those living with rare diseases.

Learn about the innovative research being done in precision health, cardiovascular medicine, drug discovery, metabolism/endocrinology, and industry. In addition to research presentations, there will also be patient and caregiver panels offering insight on living with rare diseases.
Using FIJI and FluoRender For Visualizing Fluorescence Images

February 24, 1:00PM-5:00PM
Room 2710, Med Sci II

The Microscopy Core, one of the Biomedical Research Core Facilities, hosts a practical, basic, and interactive introduction to how to use FIJI and FluoRender freeware for common image visualization and rendering tasks.

Attendees should bring a laptop to work along with the examples. No prior knowledge is required.
Designing Strong Pilot & Feasibility Studies

February 26, 12:00PM-1:00PM
Room 2817, Med Sci I

A feasibility study is an analysis of a project’s relevant factors to determine if it will be successful, while a pilot study is a small-scale clinical trial to evaluate its feasibility and to improve the trial design before it becomes a full-scale study.

This interactive workshop hosted by the Clinical Trials Support Office will take a closer look at the challenges and advantages of both.

FREE! Lunch provided, please RSVP.
EMERSE 101: Live Online Training

March 11, 10:00AM-11:00AM
Dial In

Join the Data Office for a live online tutorial that will cover the basics of EMERSE (the Electronic Medical Record Search Engine), an easy-to-use, self-service search engine for the free text documents coming from Michigan Medicine's electronic health record systems.

In this webinar, you'll learn more about how to access 172 million records, including progress notes, history and physicals, outpatient clinic visit notes, radiology reports, pathology reports, and even older CareWeb notes.
Key Concepts in Microscopic Optical Imaging

March 16-17, 1:00PM-5:00PM
Room 2710, Med Sci II

The Microscopy Core, one of the Biomedical Research Core Facilities, hosts an overview of the optical principles behind how common light and electron microscope designs create an image.

Intended for researchers who often use microscopes and would like to understand the physical principles behind how microscopes work so that they can use them more efficiently and effectively. No prior knowledge of imaging is required.
Working with Industry: Budgeting for Industry-Sponsored Studies

March 24, 5:00PM-6:30PM
Room 2901, Taubman Library

Join the Clinical Trials Support Office for the latest installment of their Working with Industry series, where faculty will learn how to become more involved in the budgeting process for industry-sponsored studies.

Faculty will receive a step-by-step guide on developing a budget by Anna Lok, M.D., Assistant Dean for Clinical Research.
Other Biomedical Research Events...
4:30PM-6:30PM, Kahn Auditorium, BSRB
1:00PM-5:00PM, Various Locations
4:00PM-5:00PM, Research Auditorium, NCRC
10:00AM-4:30PM, 10th Floor, Weiser Hall
12:00PM-1:30PM, Palmer Commons
12:00PM-1:00PM, Room 2817, Med Sci I
8:00AM-1:00PM, Danto Auditorium, FCVC
1:00PM-5:00PM, Room 2710, Med Sci II (continues on March 17)
5:00PM-6:30PM, Room 2901, Taubman Library
8:00AM-1:00PM, Dining Hall, NCRC
2:30PM-4:30PM, Great Lakes Room, Palmer Commons
3:00PM-4:00PM, Research Auditorium, NCRC
To better navigate the complexities of the U-M biomedical research enterprise, visit the Research Project Lifecycle . This interactive tool provides an overview of the resources available to you, not only within the Medical School Office of Research but also across the University. The "stops" along this lifecycle are highlighted above, and more information is available online .