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MARCH 2019
Funding & Proposal Development
Foundation Grant
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Pilot Grant
Monday, March 18, 2019
Other Opportunity
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Monday, March 25, 2019
External Limited Submission
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Pilot Grants
Monday, April 1, 2019
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
External Limited Submission
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Bridging Support
Monday, April 15, 2019
Monday, April 15, 2019
Pilot Grant
Friday, May 3, 2019
Foundation Grant
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Pilot Grant
Monday, July 1, 2019
Learn More About the Biosciences Initiative Funding Opportunity
The Biosciences Initiative is hosting a workshop to discuss details regarding the second round of request for applications for cutting-edge, transdisciplinary biosciences research projects. The workshop for Central Campus will take place on Wednesday, March 6, and the workshop for North Campus will take place on Tuesday, March 12.

The Biosciences Initiative Coordinating Committee will be participating in the workshop to answer any questions potential applicants may have. All are welcome, and refreshments will be provided. 
Foundation Grant Opportunity: Cancer Research Awards
The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation will grant up to $200,000 ($100,000 per year, for two years, with 10% IDC’s) for the Cancer Research Awards. The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) is dedicated to conducting basic and translational cancer research with the intent of developing effective targeted treatments to prevent and treat cancer.

SWCRF seeks to identify and fund investigators interested in the areas of aging and cancer, or aspects of aberrant gene expression, differentiation, or epigenetic therapies that relate to cancer. This internal U-M competition will select only one nomination. The application deadline is Thursday, March 14.
Deadline Extended! MICHR 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 has been extended to Monday, March 18.
RFP: Global REACH Partnership Development Grant
Meaningful international collaborations and partnerships aren’t built overnight. They begin with face-to-face interactions, including firsthand observation of partner facilities and resources. The cost of travel can present a barrier to international collaboration, particularly in the critical early stages of a partnership.

Global REACH Partnership Development Grants provide travel funds to faculty (up to $10,000) to help them develop new collaborative relationships with colleagues at international institutions. The application deadline is Friday, April 12.
MICHR Pathway Awards
Do you need to obtain preliminary data that will strengthen an extramural grant application and help you establish your long-term research goals? To support faculty along their career trajectories, MICHR is offering two funding mechanisms – Pathway to First Grant and Pathway to Independence. These awards are intended to support investigators who need to collect additional data to competitively pursue their first extramural grants (such as NIH K or R21) or larger independent grants (such as NIH R01 or similar). 

Applications for these awards are open to faculty from all campuses, schools, and colleges at the University of Michigan, as well as partners affiliated with community and patient coalitions and groups, nonprofit organizations, government, and other agencies outside U-M.  The application deadline is Monday, April 15.
RFP: Michigan Nutrition Obesity Research Pilot/Feasibility Grant
The purpose of the MNORC Pilot/Feasibility Grant Program is to promote research on the biological and behavioral determinants of obesity, and to develop interventions to reduce obesity and its disease sequelae using basic, clinical, or population approaches. The Program’s aim is to enable both new and established University of Michigan investigators to generate sufficient preliminary information for a successful application for major research funding from NIH or other national granting agencies.

Grant proposals may be in areas of basic biomedical research or in clinical, epidemiological, or translational research (e.g. interventions in clinical or population-based setting). Animal or human models may be considered. Grant proposals involving cross-disciplinary expertise, faculty from different U-M schools, and core laboratories of the MNORC are especially encouraged. The application deadline is Friday, May 3.
$2.5M Awarded by MTRAC for Life Sciences Innovation Hub
From novel lung cancer therapeutics to a new device for blood clot removal in stroke patients, 12 new biomedical ideas that emerged from research across Michigan have received funding that could help them make the leap from lab to patient care.

Those selected for funding range from an imaging system that provides instantaneous histology during colonoscopies to a device to help transport patients between beds to a cell therapy device for treating premature ovarian failure in young cancer patients. Award amounts range from $150,000 to $250,000 per project, supporting mid-stage product development activities that are critical steps on the path to market. View all of the project award winners here.
Sharpening Your Focus: Tips on Grant Proposal Preparation
Proposal Innovation
The Innovation section of grant proposals is often the shortest section, but sometimes the most difficult to write. For one, it’s not always clear what “innovation” means, and if a proposed project is too cutting-edge, reviewers may be skeptical of feasibility. 

While your Specific Aims page will describe your project’s impact, think of impact in two parts. The impact your work will have on addressing an NIH-relevant problem is its Significance. But the impact your work will have on your scientific field (e.g., is unique, explores new scientific avenues, or will create new knowledge) is its Innovation. Read the full Sharpening Your Focus article for NIH guidance for Innovation and tips for tackling this section of your proposal.
Regulatory Review & Compliance
New Requirements
UMOR Research Compliance and Ethics has a new webpage outlining requirements for U-M investigator-initiated clinical trials.

The webpage offers useful information on what clinical trials need to register, who must register clinical trials, and how to register and report results on The webpage also includes contact information for U-M offices that offer support and resources.
Research Resources
New Database! Find a Michigan Research Core Across Campus
The University of Michigan’s Biosciences Initiative and Medical School Office of Research have partnered to create a powerful, searchable database with information on research cores across campus: Michigan Research Cores.

The university is full of rich core resources, but they are often challenging to find. The new Michigan Research Cores web portal enables researchers to easily find and identify the location and capabilities of 70 research cores across campus.

Cores are centralized facilities or labs that offer services, equipment, resources, and expertise on a recharge basis to scientific researchers. The directory continues to incorporate even more cores as the website expands in functionality and content. Visit the website to search for a core, to learn how U-M researchers are using core facilities, or to register your core.
Access Michigan Cutaneous Oncology Program Biospecimens
The Central Biorepository enables access to the hundreds of available Michigan Cutaneous Oncology Program biospecimens from Michigan Medicine patients and offers secure linkage to laboratory and clinical data offered by the Data Office

Biospecimens available include DNA, whole blood, serum, and frozen tissue. The study has more than 400 participants and they are enrolling patients over 18 years old who have any of these types of cancers: 
  • Melanoma 
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma 
  • Metastatic Skin Cancers 
  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma 
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma 
  • Other skin cancers
Help the ACU Program Reduce Administrative Burden
The U-M Animal Care & Use (ACU) Program is working to refine practices that reduce regulatory and administrative burden on U-M researchers while still achieving the highest animal welfare standards. To that end, the Animal Care & Use Faculty Advocacy Committee ( ACU-FAC), appointed by S. Jack Hu, U-M’s Vice President for Research, has drafted a short survey to identify areas of regulatory and administrative burden within the ACU Program.

The entire survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Results will be used to help the ACU-FAC focus their efforts on recommending changes to those aspects of the ACU Program that will deliver the greatest amount of impact/benefit(s) to the U-M research community. Thank you for your participation in this important initiative!
Available Data Services for Research, EMERSE Patient Lists
The pain scale, often called "the fifth vital," is an important data element frequently requested by researchers. It is documented in a collection of different templates in MiChart, based on unit, patient's age, and conditions. Did you know when you request pain scale data, the Data Office will identify the pain scale used based on your cohort and convert to the 0-10 scale when necessary? Check out the conversion map.

And did you know that EMERSE, a self-tool for text search, supports lists up to 100,000 patients with no limits on the number of lists you can create? Lists can be created from a search within EMERSE, sent directly from DataDirect, or simply by pasting in a column of medical record numbers from an Excel spreadsheet. Patients in the list can be labeled with comments and tags as you review their documentation, and the lists can be exported back to a password-protected Excel file along with the comments/tags.
Reminder: Purchase Your U-M Heart Heroes T-Shirt Today!
Be a University of Michigan "Heart Hero" and support cardiovascular research, education, and prevention by purchasing a charity t-shirt!

All proceeds go toward the U-M Heart Walk Team’s fundraising efforts and ultimately the American Heart Association. For the past four years, Heart Heroes t-shirt sales have helped the organization raise more than $50,000 for the American Heart Association. The fundraiser ends on Sunday, March 10.
Training & Events
IHPI/CCMR Visiting Professor: Dr. Carolyn Clancy, VHA
This Thursday, March 7, Dr. Carolyn Clancy, M.D., Deputy Under Secretary for Discovery, Education, and Affiliate Networks, for the Veterans Health Administration will present "New Directions in VHA Health Care: How Research Can Guide the Future."

Health care systems in the United States are facing many significant challenges—for example, improving patient safety, changing slow and cumbersome organizational structures, and eliminating health care disparities. Dr. Clancy will discuss how the Veterans Health Administration is approaching these challenges by integrating health services research into care delivery, so that decisions and medical care are driven by data and based solidly on evidence.
Call for Abstracts: Pediatric Research Symposium on May 13-14
The Department of Pediatrics invites researchers from across Michigan Medicine to submit abstracts of their research in Pediatric Medicine/Children's Health.

The Department of Pediatrics will host its annual Pediatric Research Symposium on May 13-14, 2019 in the Towsley Center. The Symposium will feature a poster session, keynote presentations, and break-out sessions. Awards will be presented for the best abstracts, and new this year, an additional award designation will be offered for abstracts with research focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.  The abstract submission deadline is Friday, March 15.
Healthier Together: Working to Transform Patient Care
What if we could create a better care system by harnessing inherent motivation and collective intelligence of patients, clinicians, and researchers? In every part of our lives, networks are having a profound effect.

How could networked organizations accelerate progress towards Learning Health Systems? On March 19, Peter Margolis, M.D., will describe how several large-scale learning health system networks are eliminating the artificial barriers between clinical care, improvement, and research while engaging all stakeholders as part of a single health system. The result is faster learning and better outcomes for large populations of patients.
One Day Closer: A Day of Science Discovery
Rogel Cancer Center is excited to announce the return of One Day Closer on April 20, 2019, for students of all ages, survivors, University of Michigan employees, and their families. The event aims to inspire our young future scientists and support their career paths in cancer research, care, and prevention.

Attendees will witness firsthand all that goes into translational research, from a cancer diagnosis and biopsy, through study and procedures in the lab, to a new drug treatment development and application.
Upcoming Training & Events
Wednesday, March 6
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Palmer Commons,
Great Lakes Room
Thursday, March 7
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
NCRC Building 520,
Research Auditorium
March 7 - 8
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Ross School of Business
Monday, March 11
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Duderstadt Center, Videoconference Suite 1180
Tuesday, March 12
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Palmer Commons, Forum Hall
Tuesday, March 12
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
NCRC Building 10,
Research Auditorium
Wednesday, March 13
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
University Hospital, B1C111
Wednesday, March 13
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
NCRC Building 10,
South Atrium
Wednesday, March 13
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Palmer Commons,
Great Lakes Room
Friday, March 15
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
1 Riverfront Plaza, Flint, MI
Friday, March 15
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Towsley Triangle
Tuesday, March 19
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
University Hospital, 2C224
Tuesday, March 19
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Palmer Commons, Great Lakes Room
Tuesday, March 19
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Pizza House, Ann Arbor
618 Church Street
Thursday, March 21
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
NCRC Building 10, G063
Friday, March 22
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
University Hospital, 2C108
Monday, April 1
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
4234 Med Sci I,
Pathology Classroom
Wednesday, April 3
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
BSRB, Seminar Rooms ABC
Thursday, April 18
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Palmer Commons, Great Lakes Room
Friday, April 19
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
University Hospital, 2C224
Saturday, April 20
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
NCRC Building 18, Lobby
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 .