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Funding & Proposal Development
Thursday, August 15
Bridging Support
Thursday, August 15
External Limited Submission
Tuesday, September 3
Foundation Grant
Tuesday, September 3
Pilot Grant
Wednesday, September 4
Pilot Grant
Friday, September 13
Other Opportunity
Monday, September 16
Pilot Grant
Monday, September 16
Other Opportunity
Tuesday, October 1
Other Opportunity
Tuesday, October 1
Foundation Grant
Tuesday, October 1
Pilot Grant
Wednesday, October 2
Foundation Grant
Wednesday, October 9
Commercialization & Product Development
Thursday, October 10
Foundation Grant
Thursday, October 31
These are just a few highlights of upcoming funding opportunities. For more, visit...

Please contact your  Research Administrator  to apply.
MICHR $100K Accelerating Synergy Award
Support for Large-Scale Grant Submissions

Are you interested in positioning your interdisciplinary research team to be competitive for an external multi-component NIH large-scale grant (i.e., U- and P-series mechanisms)? Do you need funds to pursue final data collection/analysis, to publish with your collaborators, or to support resources for grant development? If so, you are encouraged to apply for the Accelerating Synergy Award through the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research
Hosted in partnership with the Medical School Office of Research and the Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation, the Accelerating Synergy Award offers three mechanisms: 1) Basic Research, 2) Translational Research, and 3) Health Services Research.

Awardees will receive up to $100,000 to tackle significant and complex research questions. This funding, coupled with tailored MICHR support, will provide the foundation for future large-scale grant submissions.

Applications due September 9, 2019.
Funding for Innovative Data Science
The Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) recently announced their next round of funding for innovative data science, in areas including: 

  • Developing the theoretical foundations of data science; 
  • Developing data science methodology and tools; 
  • Innovative application of data science methods in any research area; 
  • Examining and managing the implications of data science for society and the public interest; 
  • Especially encouraged are proposals that combine a data science methodology component and a clear research question.

Pre-submission information is due by Tuesday, September 10, and the proposal deadline is Friday, September 20, 2019.
RFP: Next Round for Mi-TRAC for Life Sciences Funding
Have a hot concept in the realm of biomedical devices, diagnostics, therapeutics, or digital health/IT that would be a great candidate for commercialization? Mi-TRAC Awards are part of the MTRAC for Life Sciences Innovation Hub. Made possible by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), and co-managed by FFMI
and the U-M Office of Technology Transfer, the awards provide mid-stage, translational research funding and resources for proof-of-concept and late-stage translational studies with a high potential of commercial success.

Innovators from all schools at the University of Michigan, other institutions of higher education, non-profit research centers, and hospital systems across Michigan are eligible to submit projects for funding consideration. The application deadline is Thursday, October 10, 2019.
RFP: Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award 2020
The Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award 2020 supports outstanding, independent young physician-scientists conducting disease-oriented research that demonstrates a high level of innovation and creativity, with the aim of improving the practice of cancer medicine.

This internal U-M competition will select only one nomination. For additional information and to apply, see UMMS Competition Space. The internal application deadline is Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
$750 Faculty-Student Travel Grant Available
$750 travel awards to help faculty engage students in ongoing global health initiatives

Engaging medical students firsthand in ongoing global health collaborations can not only help advance the partnership and collaboration, but can also be a meaningful educational experience for the student.

New from Global REACH , Faculty-Student Travel Grants are intended to increase the number of opportunities for medical students to engage in short-term international learning experiences to benefit ongoing projects and partnerships. Get up to $750 to engage UMMS students (M.D. or Ph.D.) in your ongoing global health collaboration.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Sharpening Your Focus: Tips on Grant Proposal Preparation
Mind Your F's & K's: ORCID Revisited & Required
We shared information about ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identification) in Sharpening Your Focus, NIH & ORCID: Connecting Productivity back in December of 2017. To review, ORCID iDs are unique, persistent digital identifiers that distinguish individual investigators, and connect researchers with their contributions across changes in names, location, and institutional affiliation.

Why are we revisiting this now? The NIH recently announced that beginning with grant receipt dates on or after January 25, 2020, applicants for individual fellowship and career development awards, including F and K mechanisms, will be required to have an ORCID iD. This requirement has been established to simplify applicant reporting, including improving tracking of career outcomes.

For more information, read the full  Sharpening Your Focus article.
Leadership & Management
Call for Proposals! NCRC Lab Space RFP Due Sept 9
Michigan Medicine is now accepting submissions for research programs to take advantage of 75,000 square feet of newly renovated space at the North Campus Research Complex (NCRC).

The goal for the new space is to bring together highly collaborative faculty and their teams, leveraging U-M’s biomedical research strengths by aligning interests, expertise, and technologies from multiple Medical School departments to enhance the already robust research environment at the NCRC. Final applications are due on Monday, September 9.
Anna Lok, M.D. Named Distinguished University Professor
Anna Lok, M.D., Assistant Dean for Clinical Research, along with five other faculty members, has received one of the University of Michigan's top honors as Distinguished University Professor.

Distinguished University Professorships, established in 1947, recognize senior faculty with exceptional scholarly or creative achievements, national and international reputations for academic excellence, and superior records of teaching, mentoring, and service. The Board of Regents approved the appointments on July 18, and are they are effective September 1.

Join us in congratulating Dr. Lok in receiving this honor!
Take the Research Communications Survey
You Could Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

The  Medical School Office of Research (OoR) is committed to providing high quality, customer-focused communications. To better understand the needs and usage habits of the biomedical research community, the OoR communications team has crafted a brief survey.

The time you spend completing the survey will help the OoR provide more effective communications that meet your daily needs. And to thank you for sharing your feedback, there will be a drawing for a $50 gift card. To enter, simply remember to include your contact information at the end of the survey.

Questions? Contact
Update! Oncology CTSU OnCore Migration
As August progresses, the OnCore Clinical Trials Management System (CTMS) implementation continues with the migration of Oncology CTSU industry trials. This is the first large wave of Oncology CTSU trials that will exercise new workflows to improve research patient billing and allow for future success with a more integrated institutional platform. 

Notable changes: 

  • Investigators and study teams will start receiving more notifications from the OnCore system after the August migration
  • Study teams will be more engaged tracking patient activity in the OnCore CTMS and associating upcoming scheduled visits with subject timelines in MiChart as part of the new billing workflow

Questions? Contact
Regulatory Review & Compliance
NIH Clarifies International Collaboration Policy
The Office of the Vice President for Research recently sent an email to the U-M research community reminding those who receive funding from the NIH to pay special attention to the agency’s updated reporting requirements regarding international partnerships.

Amid growing federal concerns regarding "foreign influence" on research activity, some federal agencies have issued statements emphasizing the need for increased transparency with respect to international collaborations. The NIH recently clarified its reporting policies for "Other Support, Financial Conflicts of Interest, and Foreign Components" ( NOT-OD-19-114 ).
Research Resources
Submit Your UROP Research Proposal by August 9
Would you like help getting a new research project started or expediting a project currently in progress? Do you want to gain experience mentoring undergraduates? Do you have a project you want to start but need someone to do some preliminary exploration?

In September, the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program will have over 1,400 students eager to get involved in research. Faculty, postdoctoral fellows and research scientists are all eligible to be UROP research mentors.

Project proposals are due by Friday, August 9, 2019.
Training & Events
Researchpalooza is Next Week!
In collaboration with the annual Michigan Medicine Employee Appreciation Day, the Medical School Office of Research will once again be hosting Researchpalooza! This is a fun event that spotlights the labs and offices here to serve you at U-M. There will be ice cream, popcorn, games, and lots of giveaways!

We'll see you there on Thursday, August 15, and don't forget, we're social at the big event! Share your fun experiences on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #researchpalooza. Questions? Contact Ann Curtis.
Stream Live! Machine Learning for Healthcare Conference
The Machine Learning for Healthcare Conference is a national research meeting that attracts clinicians and data scientists with machine learning and big data expertise. The Conference will take place on August 8 - 10.

The event is sold out, but you can access the livestream here .
Expand Your World: Global Health Research Certificate Program
Intended to help faculty incorporate global health into their research portfolios, the Global Health Research Certificate Program is open to advanced trainees, junior faculty, and more senior-level who have an interest in global health.

The application deadline for the 2019-20 session is Friday, August 16.
Sujal Symposium to Focus on Disparities, Advocacy
This year's student-organized Sujal Symposium will examine the role that providers and researchers play in advocating for health equity and social justice at home and abroad. Registration and abstract submissions are now open for the September 14 event.

Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun, Chief Medical Executive (CME) and Chief Deputy Director for Health with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, will deliver the event's keynote address. There will also be a panel discussion on connecting research to advocacy, a poster session, essay and photo competitions, and more. Attendance is free and lunch will be provided. Abstracts are due by Friday, August 16, 2019.
Learn More About Clinical Trial Data Monitoring Committees
Join MICHR's Applied Biostatistical Sciences Network on September 12, 3:00PM to 4:00PM at Danto Auditorium for "Clinical Trial Data Monitoring Committees: The Basics and Some Controversies," presented by Dr. Susan Ellenberg, Ph.D., Professor of Biostatistics, Perelman Medical School, University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Ellenberg will discuss the role of data monitoring committees, taking a closer look at which clinical trials need data oversight, and how this can sometimes result in controversy.
Saltiel Life Sciences Symposium 2019 on September 25
This year's Saltiel Life Sciences Symposium will take place on Wednesday, September 25 at Palmer Commons. The Symposium will offer new insights into the latest technologies, methodologies and broad applications of protein engineering — from basic research to drug discovery. The symposium also will include a poster session featuring protein engineering research occurring across the University of Michigan.
Orientation for Clinical Investigators on October 21
Orientation for Clinical Investigators is designed for early-career faculty or experienced researchers new to clinical research at U-M. This 3.5-hour session will provide participants with: 

  • Orientation to information, resources, and tools necessary to navigate the university's research enterprise.
  • Basic understanding of what is needed to comply with regulations related to clinical research.

Participants will learn information about IRBMED, regulatory affairs, conflict of interest, audits and monitoring,, and U-M resources for clinical trials research.
Upcoming Training & Events
Saturday, September 14
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday, September 25
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Palmer Commons, Forum
Wednesday, September 25
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
NCRC Building 10, Research Auditorium
Monday, October 21
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Michigan League, Ballroom
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 .