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Funding & Proposal Development
Pilot Grant
Thursday, February 14
Bridging Support
Friday, February 15
Other Opportunity
Monday, February 18
Foundation Grant
Wednesday, February 20
Other Opportunity
Friday, February 22
Pilot Grant
Friday, February 22
External Limited Submission
Thursday, February 28
Pilot Grants
Thursday, February 28
Pilot Grants
Friday, March 1
Monday, March 4
Monday, March 4
Pilot Grants
Friday, March 15
Foundation Grant
Tuesday, April 30
M-LEEaD Traditional Pilot Project Funding
The Michigan Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) Center is offering support to initiate new research projects or to extend existing projects that aim to define, explain, or mitigate impacts of environmental exposures during vulnerable stages of life. Projects that aim to include, develop, or expand research-community partnerships are encouraged.

Budgets should be prepared with a start date of May 1, 2019, and an end date of March 31, 2020. Awarded funds must be spent by the end of the funding period.

Letters of intent are due by Monday, February 11, 2019. Please send letters to the Pilot Program Leader, Dr. Dana Dolinoy and the Center Administrator, Michelle Daoud by 5:00 PM on February 11, 2019. This is needed in order to secure reviewers for the review process.
New! Fellowship Opportunity for U-M Ph.D. Graduates or Current Postdoctoral Trainees
New this year in Michigan Medicine, the Medical School Office of Research, in collaboration with the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, is offering a new postdoctoral training opportunity to prepare fellows for a successful career in biomedical research administration.

The University of Michigan Medical School Research Administration Fellowship leverages the extensive biomedical research enterprise at the University of Michigan and the existing strengths of the Medical School Office of Research, in collaboration with other units within the Medical School, to provide professional experience and skill building in different aspects of research administration. The fellowship offers a unique experience to work closely with, and learn from, Medical School leaders to explore research administration and build an exceptional foundation to launch a career in research administration. Fellows will have the opportunity to immediately participate in, and directly add value to, the Medical School research enterprise. Applications for the two-year fellowship are due on Monday, February 18 (11:59 PM). Apply here!
Collaborate in China: Michigan Medicine-PKUHSC Joint Institute
The Michigan Medicine-PKUHSC Joint Institute is now accepting proposals for 2019 award funding. Now in its ninth year, the Joint Institute has, to date, funded nearly 50 projects co-led by investigators collaborating at both institutions across a variety of disciplines. This marks the first year that funding is available to faculty from all health science schools.

Discovery awards are available (up to $100,000/year for two years) for new, early-stage collaborations. Larger Pilot awards (up to $300,000/year for two years) will support projects between investigators with an established track record of collaboration. Letters of intent are due by Friday, February 22, 2019. Apply today!
Foundation Funding: HHMI Janelia Opportunity
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has announced an international search for a scientist, or team of scientists, to lead a new research area at its Janelia Research Campus.

They are looking for scientists with a vision to develop a research program that addresses major unsolved problems in the life sciences. Proposals from any scientific discipline relevant to the life sciences are welcomed, from those that tackle broad and significant unanswered questions to those that develop breakthrough tools and technologies. The chosen research area will be supported for 15 years, with an estimated total budget of roughly $250 million.

Pre-proposals are due by Friday, March 1, 2019. Questions about this, or any other foundation grants, should be directed to Joe Piffaretti, Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, by  email or by phone at 734-763-1318.
Distinguished Clinical & Translational Research Mentor 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 the University of Michigan? Consider nominating your mentor for the 2019 Distinguished Clinical & Translational Research Award. The award is part of MICHR's continuing efforts to foster a culture of learning, especially in the area of clinical and health research. 

This award 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. The nomination deadline is March 4. 
American Diabetes Association: Pathway to Stop Diabetes
The American Diabetes Association will grant up to $1.625M for the prestigious Pathway to Stop Diabetes award. Soliciting ideas from diverse investigators from all disciplines, the Pathway program seeks innovative perspectives to diabetes research. This funding opportunity is available to scientists at all career levels.

This internal competition will select only one nomination, which will come from one of the three available Pathway award types (not one from each):
  • Initiator Award (Researchers in postdoctoral training)
  • Accelerator Award (Early-career diabetes investigators)
  • Visionary Award (Established investigators new to diabetes research)

The internal application deadline is on Wednesday, April 10 at 11:59 PM EST. Apply today!
Sharpening Your Focus: Tips on Grant Proposal Preparation
Easy Feedback for a Strong Proposal
A recent NIH study indicated that consistency of proposal quality was a significant factor in steady funding success. From a Research Development perspective, this suggests that “getting feedback” is integral to obtaining and maintaining funding. A study section should never be the first review of your proposal, and investigators should seek more objective input than what project collaborators offer.

There are many options around campus for getting expert feedback:
Regulatory Review & Compliance
The Revised Common Rule - An Overview
On January 21, 2019, most provisions of the Revised Common Rule became fully effective.
  • Informed Consent Requirements were updated
  • Continuing Review was eliminated for some research
  • Exemption categories were modified
  • Human subjects definition was updated to include identifiable biospecimens
  • Activities not deemed to be research were updated
  • Single IRB for multi-site research will be required in January 2020

An IRBMED Transition to Revised Common Rule Grid has been developed to aid study teams in identifying the application of the revised Common Rule to research initially approved before January 21, 2019 and to research initially approved on or after January 21, 2019 - depending on funding source(s). The grid was updated on January 18, 2019. View the grid.
Last Chance! Take the Safety Culture Survey
As part of the U-M research community, you are keenly aware of how important reliable data is in determining the use and allocation of resources. In that spirit, the department of  Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) invites you to participate in their data collection on behalf of the University's  Research Smart Initiative.
Your opinions matter. Your participation in this second safety culture survey will help with strategic planning for research safety and enable EHS to develop programs, monitor progress, and support the needs of the U-M research community. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact

Training & Events
DataDirect: Discover Clinical Data
DataDirect is a user-friendly, self-serve tool that provides aggregate counts for cohort discovery, and enables access to clinical data (requires IRB approval) such as diagnoses, encounters, procedures, medications, vitals, and labs, on nearly 4 million unique patients from across the Michigan Medicine enterprise.

Members of a Michigan Medicine clinical research team who are new users of DataDirect, or users looking for more information on features and functionality of the tool, are invited to attend DataDirect 101: live online training on Thursday, February 14. Access link and instructions will be sent directly to participants who RSVP
Join the MNORC for Their Annual Symposium
The Michigan Nutrition Obesity Research Center (MNORC) Symposium provides a forum for intellectual exchange on topics related to obesity, nutrition, and metabolomics among established investigators, junior faculty, students, and other researchers at the University and surrounding area.

Both U-M and guest speakers will speak during this all-day symposium on Tuesday, March 12. Please register for CME credit and submit an abstract for the poster session online prior to Friday, March 1.
New Innovation Program for Frankel Cardiovascular Center
The Aikens Innovation Academy is a new program designed to create, nurture, and support a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship through education and mentorship customized for Frankel Cardiovascular Center faculty, staff, and trainees (individuals and teams are encouraged to apply). A collaboration between the Frankel Cardiovascular Center and Fast Forward Medical Innovation, the Academy is designed to support both clinical value and entrepreneurial innovations.

Meetings will take place from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM on Tuesdays from March 12 through May 14, 2019. Optional lectures will be available on Wednesdays (March 13 - May 1, 2019 from 5:30-7:30). These lectures will also be available online. If enrollment necessitates, some teams will be required to attend four workshops on Wednesdays instead of Tuesdays.
Sign Up Today for FFMI fast PACE
Do you have an innovative idea? Are you looking for funding, collaboration, and mentorship? The 10th cohort of the FFMI fast PACE course kicks off on March 15, 2019. The 4-week course is designed to equip biomedical faculty and researchers with the knowledge and tools to navigate the initial process of commercialization.
Contact Grace Murphy at 734-615-8977 or
Upcoming Training & Events
Tuesday, February 12
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Palmer Commons, Great Lakes Room
Tuesday, February 12
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
THSL, Room 2903
Lunch provided.
Wednesday, February 13
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Rackham, Amphitheater
Thursday, February 14
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Monday, February 18
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
NCRC Building 10, Research Auditorium
Thursday, February 21
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
NCRC Building 10, Research Auditorium
Thursday, February 21
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Danto Auditorium, CVC
Saturday, March 2
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
NCRC Building 18, Dining Hall
March 7 - 8
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Submit your pitch by February 15
Tuesday, March 12
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
BSRB, Seminar Rooms ABC
Friday, March 15
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Riverfront Banquet Center
Flint, MI
Tuesday, March 19
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Palmer Commons, Great Lakes Room
Monday, April 1
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
4234 Med Sci I,
Pathology Classroom
Thursday, April 18
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Palmer Commons, Great Lakes Room
Research Resources
Data, Biospecimens from Michigan Medicine Patients Support Sepsis Research
In an important study using whole blood from the Central Biorepository and clinical data obtained through DataDirect, Steve Kunkel, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for Research and Interim Chief Scientific Officer, and his lab were able to propose a molecular mechanism explaining the observation that septic-recovered patients have reduced vitality compared to patients at U-M who have never experienced sepsis.

The Central Biorepository serves as a central storage facility, point-of-research access, and administrative hub for research using biospecimens and data associated with or derived from them. No matter how cold it is outside, their freezers are still colder at -190˚C! Get more information on access and storage services online.
Connecting Research to Practice: LHS Journal Special Issue
Learning Health Systems is an international, open access, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the science, engineering, and design of continuous improvement of health and healthcare. Learning Health Systems is now indexed in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI).

The new Special Issue of the Learning Health Systems journal has been published: "Connecting Research to Practice Worldwide." All articles are freely available to read, download, and share.
Cyber Safety - Review in 2: Protect Yourself From Tax Fraud
Michigan Medicine's Information Assurance Education & Awareness Program has begun a campaign to publish monthly IT security awareness reminders titled “Cyber Safety – Review in 2.” The goal is to increase awareness of key cybersecurity topics by presenting important information on a fun info poster that can be reviewed in two minutes or less.

January's inaugural topic was on wiping personal devices of sensitive data before disposing of them. Merely deleting files doesn't completely remove them. Files that are moved to a trash can or recycle bin can be easily recovered using free file recovery software. Tips found on the Safe Computing website on how to wipe devices were included.

February promotes awareness of tax fraud and includes tips to keep in mind when preparing and filing tax returns. Readers can enter a drawing each month to win a breakfast basket by correctly answering a quiz question about the featured topic. Readers are encouraged to print and hang up the posters to share with others. All posters can be found on this Safe Computing page.
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 .