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JULY 2019
Funding & Proposal Development
External Limited Submission
Tuesday, July 16
Foundation Grant
Tuesday, July 23
Foundation Grant
Thursday, July 25
Friday, July 26
Commercialization & Product Development
Thursday, August 1
Foundation Grant
Friday, August 2
Pilot Grant
Monday, August 5
Pilot Grant
Monday, August 5
Pilot Grants
Monday, August 5
Bridging Support
Thursday, August 15
Pilot Grants
Wednesday, September 4
Other Opportunity
Tuesday, September 10
Other Opportunity
Tuesday, September 10
Pilot Grant
Friday, September 13
Foundation Grant
Friday, September 27
Foundation Grant
Tuesday, October 1
Commercialization & Product Development
Thursday, October 10
These are just a few highlights of upcoming funding opportunities. For more, visit...

Please contact your  Research Administrator  to apply.
Apply Now for MICHR $100,000 Accelerate Synergy Award
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 (MICHR). A Letter of Intent is required and due by August 5, 2019 at 5:00 PM through UMMS Competition Space . Applications are due on September 9, 2019 at 5:00 PM. 
Available Funding From the Michigan Diabetes Research Center
The Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC) is offering three funding opportunities of varying amounts for instructional, research, or clinical track faculty at the University of Michigan. The application deadline for all three opportunities is Monday, August 5, 2019.

Biosciences Initiative Offering Funding Through New Ideas Lab
The University’s Biosciences Initiative is launching Ideas Lab, its latest funding opportunity based on critical pillars for advancing discovery — high-risk, high-reward research, and the freedom to pursue big ideas and multidisciplinary collaborations.

The Ideas Lab is designed to help catalyze innovative ideas and encourage researchers in diverse fields to collaborate on novel solutions. All U-M Ann Arbor faculty are encouraged to apply, specifically junior faculty and members of underrepresented groups in the sciences. For more information, attend the informational webinar on Wednesday, July 31. The application deadline is Thursday, September 5.
Requirements for Identifying Foreign Collaboration in Proposals to the NIH
The Office of Research & Sponsored Projects (ORSP) has made several announcements about the new NIH review of foreign entities providing any support to NIH-funded investigators. Please read the reminder from ORSP for more information.

If you have questions on where to start or have been asked to respond to NIH and you would like some guidance, you may contact Grant Services & Analysis or your ORSP project representative for help.  
2019 Precision Health Scholars Announced
Precision Health at the University of Michigan has selected nine recipients for its 2019 Scholars Awards. These grants of up to $80,000 each support the innovative projects of early-career researchers.

The 2019 Scholars Awards recipients are:
  • Lauren Beesley
  • Sarah Gagliano Taliun
  • Jessica Golbus
  • Alyse Krausz
  • Shariq Mohammed
  • Matthew Patrick
  • Yujing Song
  • Jeffrey Tosoian
  • Ziwen Zhu

Sharpening Your Focus: Tips on Grant Proposal Preparation
We're in This Together: NIH Applications & Multiple PIs
The decision to submit or participate in a multiple-PI application is up to the institution and to the individual investigators. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) intended the multiple-PI option to encourage collaboration among equals when addressing the scientific problem at hand. The NIH views all PIs equally, with shared responsibility to complete project goals. However, the PI who is listed first in the application will be recognized as the “Contact” PI who will be the main point of contact for communications between the agency and the leadership team.

For more information, read the full  Sharpening Your Focus article.
Leadership & Management
Request for Proposals! Make the Move to the Newly-Renovated Research Space at NCRC
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). Final applications are due on Monday, September 9.

“Over 3,500 research faculty and staff already call NCRC home,” said Steven Kunkel, Ph.D., Medical School Interim Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Associate Dean for Research. “Our goal is to bring together highly collaborative faculty and their teams, leveraging NCRC’s already robust research environment and Michigan Medicine’s strengths by aligning interests, expertise, and technologies.”
Dr. Runge Reappointed, & Other Leadership Updates Across Michigan Medicine
Regulatory Review & Compliance
ORSP Announces Deadline Policy
The Office of Research & Sponsored Projects (ORSP) has announced the ORSP Deadline Policy coming January 6, 2020. In preparation, we would like to underscore the highlights of their policy, implementation at the Medical School, and further information coming. We are providing the school implementation plan so that departments may formulate an individual approach on handling proposals to meet campus and school expectations.
Highlights of the ORSP Deadline Policy (in effect January 2020)
  • ORSP will provide a Full or Limited review based on when they receive a Dean’s Office signed and finalized application. (Received >4 day = full, <4 days = limited).  
  • ORSP requires all proposals to be approved by the Dean’s Office and finalized in the eRPM system a minimum of 15 business hours before the deadline.  
  • If a project is finalized or school approved less than 15 business hours before the deadline, the proposal will be considered “At Risk.” ORSP will strive to submit, but only after the Limited review is completed. If they do not have time to complete the Limited review, the proposal will not be submitted.

Keep in mind that the ORSP Deadline Policy will apply to projects due to a sponsor on a specific date. This policy will not include those that have target submission dates with flexibility.
We are also announcing the Medical School implementation and key points for faculty to embrace as the campus policy is rolled out. We have extended information about the policy at the Medical School, what you can do now, and what is coming. Please read the full announcement .

Reach out to the Grant Services & Analysis Office at with your questions and concerns. We would like to make the transition as transparent and easy as possible. We value your feedback that we may share with campus or use to further enhance our services within the Medical School to make the ORSP Deadline Policy implementation seamless.
Annual M-Inform Disclosure Period Began on July 1
The University's annual outside interest disclosure period began on July 1. All faculty, fellows, house officers, PAs, APRNs, and managerial staff are required to disclose their job-related outside interests in M-Inform annually and within 30 days of any outside interest changes.

For questions regarding the Medical School’s disclosure and conflict of interest policies and processes, contact For questions regarding hospital employee disclosures, outside activities, and conflict of interest policies, contact
Research Resources
Central Biorepository Lab Receives Re-Accreditation From CAP
The Biorepository Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) awarded accreditation to the Central Biorepository (CBR) again based on results of an on-site inspection conducted by CAP inspectors in April. The CBR is one of more than 8,000 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.

“We are thrilled to be re-accredited by the College of American Pathologists Biorepository program,” said Director Victoria Blanc, Ph.D. “The CBR operates at the highest standards, ensuring that the biospecimens under our care are secure and the molecular integrity remains intact. In this way, we are able to provide high-quality, highly annotated biospecimens suitable for basic, clinical, and translational research. I am proud of the CBR team for their commitment to the CAP standards and the support they provide our faculty.”
New PI Proxy Role Now Available in eRAM
In response to overwhelming feedback provided by the research community during Animal Care & Use Office (ACUO) Quality Assurance Visits, the ability to assign an individual to act on behalf of the Principal Investigator (PI) on a protocol in the eResearch Animal Management (eRAM) system was launched on Monday, June 10.

The new PI Proxy Role allows a PI to delegate authority to another individual for the purposes of performing certain actions that were historically designated as ‘PI only’ in eRAM. Learn more about the specific functions a PI Proxy can perform, as well as how to assign an individual to this new role, by visiting the Animal Care & Use Program website.

If you have additional questions or concerns about how this functionality may impact your research and/or protocol(s), contact your Research Compliance Associate in the ACUO.
Post-Award Procedures Manual for Research Administrators
You're invited to check out the newly designed interactive Post-Award Procedures Manual!
The Grant Services & Analysis team maintains the Post-Award Procedures Manual, which was developed to guide research administrators in providing post-award support to faculty in the pursuit and conduct of research. The manual outlines post-award expectations and offers guidance on procedures, best practices, and resources. Previously a PDF document, the manual recently received a content update and transitioned to a web-based platform to better serve research administrators across Michigan Medicine.
CTSO is the New Home of the Michigan Clinical Research Unit
As of July 1, 2019, MCRU will be under the administrative control of the Clinical Trials Support Office (CTSO), with Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) as a supportive partner.

Njira Lugogo, M.D. has also agreed to serve as Medical Director of MCRU starting August 1, 2019. We thank Dr. Eric White for his leadership in the last few years. The strategic evaluation and decision making between the CTSO and MICHR has been highly collaborative and positive. Working together, we anticipate that the transition will be similarly smooth. During this transition, all MCRU operations will remain the same. We all look forward to better serving the community of clinical and translational researchers at the University of Michigan, and we will keep you apprised of further developments.
MBECT Sunset Update: Pricing Tool Shut Down Underway
As of June 1, we have begun the process of sunsetting the Michigan Budget Enrollment Calendar Tool (MBECT) with a deadline of a complete retirement by November 1, 2019. All new research studies with items and services that require charge routing to a study account or third party payer should be submitted to the Clinical Trials Support Office through the CTSU Intake Form. If you currently have studies in MBECT, please continue to maintain your information. A CTSU representative will reach out to provide you with your study migration date.

The next step of the MBECT Sunset entails shutting down the MBECT Pricing Tool. Starting July 1, 2019, if you require assistance in pricing outpatient-care items to build your initial budget or proposal, contact the Calendar Review & Analysis Office (CRAO) by emailing the specifics of your request to following this format.
Training & Events
DataDirect: Discover Clinical Data on July 10
DataDirect is a user-friendly, self-serve tool that provides aggregate counts for cohort discovery and enables access to clinical data such as diagnoses, encounters, procedures, medications, vitals, and labs, on nearly 4 million unique patients from across the Michigan Medicine enterprise.

Members of research teams across the University of Michigan campus 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 Wednesday, July 10. Access link and instructions will be sent directly to participants who RSVP.
Researchpalooza on Thursday, August 15
Researchpalooza is the perfect opportunity for colleagues and friends to have a great time and meet, mingle, and learn more about many of the organizations that offer their stellar services to faculty, students, and staff -- all at one convenient time and location. Does your unit still need to register for a table? Register here.

New this year, Researchpalooza will be a Zero Waste Event in support of U-M’s sustainability goal of reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills by 40% by 2025. On the day of the event, we will provide compost and recycling disposal bins, environmentally conscious giveaways, and sustainable serving ware in collaboration with our food vendors. We invite you to help us achieve this goal by brushing up on proper disposal practices.

We look forward to seeing you there on Thursday, August 15 from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM.
Questions? Contact Ann Curtis.
Learn How to Manage Your Michigan Research Experts Profile
Michigan Research Experts is a searchable database of research expertise across the University of Michigan, developed by the Medical School Office of Research and custom-tailored for our research community to foster collaboration on campus and around the world.

Is your profile up-to-date? Michigan Research Experts faculty profiles are auto-populated by various electronic records, but it’s also easy to customize your listing. Attend this drop-in editing workshop on Monday, August 19, to learn how to curate your profile, and have your questions answered by the Michigan Research Experts help team.
Upcoming Training & Events
Tuesday, July 16
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
NCRC Building 520, Room G142
Wednesday, July 31
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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 .