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DECEMBER 2019
Funding & Proposal Development
External Limited Submission
January 8, 2020
External Limited Submission
January 9, 2020
Foundation
January 10, 2020
Pilot Grant
January 13, 2020
Foundation
January 15, 2020
Other Opportunity
January 20, 2020
Pilot Grant
January 31, 2020
These are just a few highlights of upcoming funding opportunities. For more, visit...

Please contact your  Research Administrator  to apply.
Funds Available for Musculoskeletal Research
The U-M Integrative Musculoskeletal Health Core (MiMHC) Center announces the availability of two grants, $40,000 each, to support pilot research projects.

Funding is provided by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) via the MiMHC Center. This program aims to support either multidisciplinary teams of basic science and clinical investigators to conduct translational research in musculoskeletal biology or collaborating scientists exploring interactions between tissues (e.g. muscle-tendon, bone-ligament). 

DEADLINE: December 16, 2019
 L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship
The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program honors female scientists at a critical stage in their careers with grants of $60,000 each.

Since 2003, L’Oréal has awarded 80 postdoctoral women scientists over $4 million in grants. L’Oréal is now seeking five exceptional female scientists looking to advance their research and serve as role models for the next generation of girls in STEM.

DEADLINE: January 31, 2020
Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program 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
EVOQ Therapeutics Wins Accelerate Michigan Competition
EVOQ Therapeutics , a startup that received early support from Fast Forward Medical Innovation and the Michigan Biomedical Venture Fund , was recently selected as the top winner at the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition . The company was chosen from 24 semi-finalists as the winner of the $350,000 grand prize at the annual pitch competition. 
    
EVOQ is pioneering the development of cancer vaccine nanodiscs that evoke an immune response 30 times more powerful than other cancer vaccines. It was founded in 2017 by U-M faculty James Moon, Ph.D., John G. Searle Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences & Biomedical Engineering, and Anna Schwendeman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Holiday Hours
Biomedical Research Core Facilities
As in past years, many staff in the Biomedical Research Core Facilities (BRCF) will be using university season days between December 25th and January 1st. CLICK HERE for a schedule for individual Cores during the holidays.
Calendar Review & Analysis Office
CRAO will be closed 12/25/2019 thru 01/01/2020. The office will re open on 01/2020. CRAO wishes all of their colleagues and customers the very best during this holiday season.
Central Biorepository
The Central Biorepository (CBR) will be closed December 25 - January 1. CBR staff will be contacting study teams directly about individual holiday schedules and to agree on how biospecimens should be managed during this time. The last day to receive specimens at the CBR is Monday, December 23. CBR staff will be on-call to respond to emergencies.

Questions? Contact Kristin Krach by email at  cbr.requests@umich.edu  or call 717-475-0075.
Clinical Trials Support Office
Clinical Trial Support Office (CTSO) administrative operations will have abbreviated hours on Tuesday, December 24 and officially close at the end of the business day. The CTSO will re-open at the start of the business day on Thursday, January 2, 2020, to allow our staff to take advantage of the University of Michigan Season Days. 
    
Each Clinical Trial Support Unit (CSTSU) may have alternate hours to accommodate study teams. If this is the case, CTSU staff will reach out to study teams they are supporting to make individual arrangements during this time. 
    
To ensure that your research needs are met quickly and efficiently before the end of the calendar year, please review and share these schedules with your team, plan ahead, and act early.
Data Office for Clinical & Translational Research
The Data Office will be closed December 25-January 1.
Grant Services & Analysis Office
The Grant Services & Analysis staff will be out of the office from Wednesday, December 25 through the start of business Thursday, January 2, 2019. 
    
If you have an emergency proposal for institutional review, you will be able to reach the Grants staff by phone. "Emergencies" are proposals that need to be submitted by Friday, January 3, or sooner. Please leave a message at the main Grant Office phone number (734-763-4272), which will be monitored. If needed, Grant staff will facilitate contacting ORSP.
Michigan Clinical Research Unit
The Michigan Clinical Research Unit (MCRU) will have abbreviated hours Tuesday, December 24, and will have minimal staff to accommodate visits that occur on Season Days.

MCRU asks study teams to do their best to use the protocol defined visit windows to schedule visits outside of the Season Days but understand this may not be possible for all visits. Visits that must occur on a Season Day need to be requested in the MCRU scheduling portal by December 13 to ensure appropriate staffing.
Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine
Several service areas in ULAM will be closed or operating at limited capacity during the upcoming holiday season. Please review and share the ULAM Winter 2019 Holiday Hours schedule, plan ahead, and act early. Specific questions should be directed to the ULAM Business Office at  ulam-questions@umich.edu  or (734) 764-0277.
Leadership & Management
U-M Ranked #1 in Research Spending for the 9th Consecutive Year
Earlier today, the central campus Office of Research announced that the University of Michigan is once again ranked No. 1 in research volume among the nation’s public universities, with $1.62 billion in research expenditures during Fiscal Year 2019. Medical School research accounts for 43% of that total.

Federal research expenditures last year totaled $888 million across U-M, supporting 54% of the university’s research volume in FY19.
U-M Training Program in ELSI Research Seeking Pre- and Post-Doctoral Fellows
Significant advances in genetics and genomics promise to enhance medicine and public health, while also posing important ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI).

The University of Michigan Training Program in ELSI Research, funded by the National Institutes of Health, seeks to prepare the next generation of ELSI scholars for success as innovative, impactful investigators. Applications are being accepted for open pre- and postdoctoral fellowship positions to begin September 2020.

DEADLINES: January 15, 2020
Research Administration Fellowships 2020
Are you a Ph.D. graduate or current postdoctoral trainee in a biomedical or life science-related field currently at the U-M?

The  Medical School Office of Research , in collaboration with the  Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies , offers postdoctoral training that prepares fellows for a successful career in biomedical research administration.

DEADLINE: January 20, 2020
Regulatory Review & Compliance
Need FDA Approval for Your IND or IDE? See MICHR First
Researchers seeking an FDA investigational new drug (IND) or investigational device exemption (IDE) should first receive oversight and support from the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR). 
 
MICHR provides comprehensive regulatory support, guidance, and educational services to investigators active in FDA-regulated clinical research. Oversight from MICHR’s IND/IDE Investigator Assistance Program (MIAP) is now required, per Medical School policy. CLICK HERE to read the complete policy.

MIAP services include IND/IDE consultation and development, application preparation and submission, sponsor-investigator training, and lifecycle maintenance. Expanded access to investigational products is also offered by MICHR’s MIAP.
Sharing Data or Biospecimens with Industry, Non-Academic, and Non-Governmental Entities?
What to Know about U-M Sharing Policy

University of Michigan Medical School’s policy is that patient/participant data and biospecimens should be collected under transparent, informed consent that permits and promotes the maximal use and value of the data and biospecimens consistent with the permission of the donors.

In addition, application of the policy ensures that the approach to sharing with industry is thoroughly documented and consistent across the organization.
Research Resources
Updated Central Biorepository Grant Language Now Available
Need information for your research grant? The Central Biorepository  is happy to provide support to faculty preparing grant applications with a biorepository component. The team has updated its biorepository facilities and services description and it’s now available online. 

These boilerplate descriptions are meant to be adapted by the user to fit his or her needs, e.g., writing grant proposal resource sections, marketing, recruiting. Simply copy the description, paste it into your document, and revise the text as needed.
Be On the Lookout for the CTSO Service Survey
To better serve the clinical research community, the Clinical Trials Support Office implemented an ongoing satisfaction survey on November 1, 2019, to obtain information from clinical research team members in real-time. 
    
This survey tracks service satisfaction at three study status points in OnCore: When your study is Open to Accrual, Last Subject Off Treatment, and IRB Study Closure/Terminated.

Principal Investigators, study coordinators, and department research administrators will receive an automatically generated notification of their study status change along with a URL to complete the two-minute survey.
Training & Events
Making the Case for Surgical Palliative Care
Dr. Zara Cooper, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, will present "Making the Case for Surgical Palliative Care" as part of the IHPI Seminar Series at 4:00PM on Thursday, December 12 at NCRC in the Research Auditorium

Dr. Cooper's research aims to improve palliative and geriatric care for older seriously ill surgical patients. A national leader in surgical palliative care and geriatric trauma, she has authored over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, chapters, and abstracts, and lectures nationally about surgical care in complex older patients.
LHS Collaboratory Holiday Luncheon December 12
Open to frequent LHS Collaboratory attenders or those who are interested in engaging with learning health systems development at U-M, the Department of Learning Health Sciences partners with the Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation and the U-M Office of Research to convene the LHS Collaboratory several times a year.

The LHS Collaboratory serves as a hub for advancing interdisciplinary research and development of learning health systems at the University of Michigan.
Learn How to Write Winning NIH R01 Grant Proposals
Previously available only to R01 Boot Camp participants, all UMMS researchers are invited to this annual grant writing workshop on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 .

The Medical School Office of Research welcomes back John Robertson, Ph.D., of Grant Writers' Seminars & Workshops, who will be presenting "Write Winning NIH R01 Grant Proposals." 
    
The $329 registration fee includes the workshop manual, session materials, a light breakfast, and lunch.
Improve Your Career Development Grant Application at K Writing Workshop
Are you preparing a career development grant application (such as NIH K or VA CDA) for submission in 2020?

Join the MICHR K Writing Workshop program for valuable peer critiques and feedback from senior faculty who are experienced in NIH study section thinking. The workshop takes place on February 12, March 4, and March 25 , from 5:30PM–8:00PM at the North Campus Research Complex.

Registration is required, and there is a fee of $150 for U-M registrants and $195 for others. (MICHR will refund $100 to U-M registrants who attend all three sessions.)
10th Annual CBSSM Research Colloquium Save the Date & Call For Abstracts
The Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM) Research Colloquium will occur on March 11, 2020, at Forum Hall, Palmer Commons. The CBSSM Research Colloquium brings together presenters highlighting research related to bioethics, health communication, and medical decision making.
    
The CBSSM Research Colloquium will feature the 10th Annual Bishop Lecture in Bioethics as the keynote address. Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, will present a talk entitled: "The Amygdala and the Stethoscope: Do Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine?"

Abstract submissions are welcome from all disciplines within U-M.
Save the Date! Pediatric Research Symposium May 28, 2020
The Department of Pediatrics will host the 30th Annual Pediatric Research Symposium on May 28, 2020 in the Towsley Center. The Symposium will feature a poster session, an awards ceremony, guest speakers, and break-out sessions with clinical, basic science, and health services research presentations. 

Abstracts are invited from all investigators in Pediatric/Children's Health Research.
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 .