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JUNE 2019
Funding & Proposal Development
External Limited Submission
Monday, June 10, 2019
Award
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
External Limited Submission
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Pilot Grant
Friday, June 14, 2019
Pilot Grant
Friday, June 14, 2019
Bridging Support
Monday, June 17, 2019
Other Opportunity
Sunday, June 30, 2019
External Limited Submission
Monday, July 1, 2019
External Limited Submission
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Foundation Grant
Monday, June 17, 2019
Foundation Grant
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Foundation Grant
Thursday, August 1, 2019
Foundation Grant
Thursday, August 8, 2019
These are just a few highlights of upcoming funding opportunities. For more, visit...
Please contact your  Research Administrator  to apply.
RFP: Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation
The Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation will grant up to $180,000 ($60,000 per year over a three-year period) to support early stage investigators engaged in basic biomedical research that has the potential to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis, or treatment of disease.

The funds are designed to provide start‐up support to move a project forward to the point where R01 or other independent funding can be obtained. It is not intended to support projects already under way and already receiving significant grant support. This internal U-M competition will select only one nomination. The internal application deadline is Monday, June 10, 2019 at 5:00 PM.
RFP: Dr. Ralph & Marian Research Trust - Catalyst Award 2019
The Dr. Ralph and Marian Falk Medical Research Trust - Catalyst Award 2019 will grant up to $300,000 (one year, November 30, 2019 ‐ November 29, 2020). The Catalyst Research Award Program provides funding for high‐risk, high‐reward projects that address critical scientific and therapeutic roadblocks. The Program is designed to enable planning and development of projects, teams, tools, techniques, and infrastructure necessary to successfully compete for two‐year awards through the Transformational Research Awards Program. Applications should respond to the following:

  • Identification of biological markers of disease activity and progression
  • Identification of targets for therapeutic interventions
  • Development of therapeutic agents that will disrupt, arrest, or prevent the disease process

This internal U-M competition will select up to two candidates. The internal application deadline is Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at 11:59 PM.
Last Chance! Nominate Exceptional Staff
Please consider nominating an exceptional research staff member for the annual Camille Mrozowski Award for Service Excellence in Research, sponsored by the Medical School Office of Research.

The award is open to administrative staff (not classified as "managerial") who work outside of the Medical School Office of Research and support Medical School research. Applications should be submitted via Competition Space , and the nomination deadline is Friday, June 28, 2019.
2020 Searle Scholars Program Seeking Applicants
The Searle Scholars Program gives grants to support independent research in medicine, chemistry, and the biological sciences for exceptional early-career scientists who have recently begun their appointment at the assistant professor level, and whose appointment is their first tenure-track position.

Researchers interested in submitting an application for this competition are strongly encouraged to attend the information session, hosted by U-M Foundation Relations on Friday, June 14. The internal Application Deadline is Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at 11:59 PM.
U-M Therapeutic Innovation Fund -
Up to $150K to Support Drug Discovery
The Michigan Center for Therapeutic Innovation (MCTI) and Fast Forward Medical Innovation (FFMI) offer the U-M Therapeutic Innovation Fund, a five-year, $2.5 million fund created to accelerate the discovery and translation of therapeutic candidates at the University of Michigan. The fund supports the discovery and optimization of small molecule lead compounds for projects with a specific, novel, and testable drug discovery hypothesis. Selected projects receive funding and resources to support medicinal chemistry efforts through MCTI and funding for drug design, assay development, cell biology, structural biology, and pharmacology (up to $150,000 in value for each award for a period of 18 months with the funds being dispersed in two stages). The fund is jointly administered by MCTI and FFMI.
 
A pre-submission application and meeting must be completed on or before July 12, 2019. The submission deadline for the full proposal is Friday, July 26, 2019, at 5:00 PM. Apply today!
Sharpening Your Focus: Tips on Grant Proposal Preparation
It's a Match! Finding Research Collaborators
Did you know that it was reported by the National Research Council of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that 90% of all science and engineering publications are co-authored? Establishing meaningful collaborations is critical to achieving long-term research success. Whether you wish to establish collaborations across campus or across the globe, there are resources available to you both within the U-M Medical School and externally to help you identify that next collaborator. 

To identify a suitable collaborator, it is helpful to have information about publications, research interests, grant topics, and patents, when available. There are some tools available that can help you identify this information. These tools include:


For more information, read the full  Sharpening Your Focus article.
Leadership & Management
Request for Proposals: Lab 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. Final applications are due September 9, 2019.

Interested faculty are invited to a Q&A Session about the space and the RFP process on Wednesday, June 26.
Call for Nominations & Applications:
Associate Vice President for Research
The University of Michigan Office of Research (UMOR), whose mission is to catalyze, support, and safeguard U-M research, is seeking applications and nominations for two faculty to serve in Associate Vice President for Research positions. These positions will serve on the Office of Research Leadership Team, which oversees and sets the overall strategy for UMOR and its various academic and service operations. The two positions are:


Please send materials to Karen Houghtaling, for consideration. The deadline has been extended to Friday, June 7!
Regulatory Review & Compliance
New Proposal Submission Deadline Policy
The University of Michigan will roll out a clear and flexible external proposal submission deadline policy on January 6, 2020.

Under the new policy, one of the following levels of review will be provided depending on when the final version of the proposal and its accompanying finalized Proposal Approval Form (PAF) are received in the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP):

  • A full review if received at least 32 business hours prior to Submission Deadline entered on the PAF;
  • A limited review if received at least 15 business hours prior to the Submission Deadline.

ORSP will endeavor to submit proposals received less than 15 business hours prior to the deadline, but these proposals are at risk of not being submitted.
Cyber Safety - Review in 2: Secure Your Personal Device
Faculty, staff, and students can stay connected from wherever they are — and from whatever device they choose — by enrolling in Intelligent Hub.

Intelligent Hub empowers employees to use their own device to access Michigan Medicine networks, data, and applications. Previously known as AirWatch, this mobile device management solution ensures employees stay productive without unintentionally breaching university policies. 

Win a Breakfast Basket
Take our June quiz for a chance to win a breakfast basket delivered to your place of work! To win, name two things you can access from a personal device after installing Intelligent Hub. (TIP: Open the June Cyber Safety poster for the answer!) Email your answer to IAMM-Ed-Awa@med.umich.edu with “June Quiz” in the subject line.
Research Resources
DNA Sequencing Core Decommissioning the HiSeq4000
In order to focus on new and emerging technologies, the DNA Sequencing Core will be discontinuing HiSeq4000 services on
June 15, 2019. Samples requiring HiSeq4000 sequencing should be submitted as soon as possible to ensure adequate time for processing prior to instrument shutdown; samples will no longer be accepted after Wednesday, June 5. 

If you have questions, please contact the DNA Sequencing Core.
Clinical Research Studies Migrating to OnCore; MBECT to Sunset
Starting in June, Michigan Budget Enrollment Calendar Tool (MBECT) will begin to be sunset. MBECT runs on a platform that will no longer be supported after the end of this year due to security reasons. As a result, all studies (with billable items and services, ie. routable charges in MiChart) currently residing in MBECT must be moved to OnCore. These and select new studies, determined on a case by case basis, will now be supported administratively and receive some level of post-award support from the Clinical Trials Support Office.

After June 1, 2019, qualifying new research studies should be submitted to the Clinical Trials Support Office through the CTSU Intake Form. Current studies managed in MBECT will be migrated to OnCore by November 1, 2019. CTSO/CTSU Leadership will reach out to impacted study teams with additional information. For questions, contact MBECT-Sunset@umich.edu.
Central Biorepository Adds New Biospecimens for Researchers
The Central Biorepository receives and distributes biospecimens and data from University of Michigan contributors across the spectrum of medical research. This includes the recently added programs: U-M Gynecology Oncology Biorepository and Personalized Medicine through Integration of Immune Phenotypes in Autoimmune Skin Disease.

Learn more about these new contributing studies and learn how you can access these samples.
Training & Events
Explore New Technologies at the BRCF Genomics Showcase
Join the Biomedical Research Core Facilities (BRCF) for a Genomics Showcase on Thursday, June 13. Explore the rapidly evolving technologies, applications, and platforms available in the genomics space, including single cell analysis, ATAQ-Seq, epigenetics, high-throughput sequencing applications, and more!

The speaking sessions will occur from 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM and the information tables will be available from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM. RSVP to reserve your lunch!
Get a Deep Dive Into Data at the Lunch & Learn on June 19
Bring your lunch and learn more about available data resources at the University of Michigan in the latest installment of the Data Office Lunch & Learn series on Wednesday, June 19.

Josh Kettley, Clinical Business Analyst for HITS COA Med Use Informatics/CDS, will look at Beacon, an oncology and hematology specialty tool, and Meng Tan, M.D., Professor of Internal Medicine in U-M Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology, and Diabetes, will provide insight into the Diabetes Registry.
First Annual U-M Neuroscience Conference
On July 25 - 26, the first annual University of Michigan Neuroscience Conference will bring together neuroscientists from across all campuses and schools at the University of Michigan. This event focuses on cross-fertilization of ideas and social and scientific interaction for neuroscientists from the large number of departments participating in neuroscience research.

Registration is free, as well as meals and all activities for this event (courtesy of our sponsors) to members of the University of Michigan Neuroscience Community.
Save the Date! Researchpalooza is Thursday, August 15
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!

Are you interested in hosting a table? There's still time to register to exhibit at the Medical School's largest event of the year showcasing the services and offices that support biomedical research at the University of Michigan. Last year, over 3,500 faculty and staff attended Researchpalooza - will you be there on Thursday, August 15? Register for a table here.
Upcoming Training & Events
Friday, June 7
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel
Tuesday, June 18
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Pizza House, Ann Arbor
Wednesday, June 19
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
NCRC Building 10, Research Auditorium
Wednesday, June 26
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Taubman Library, Room 5000
Monday, July 1
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
MCHC Auditorium
August 8 - 10
Rackham Auditorium
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 .