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MAY 2019
Funding & Proposal Development
External Limited Submission
Monday, May 13, 2019
Other Opportunity
Monday, May 13, 2019
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Foundation Grant
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
External Limited Submission
Monday, May 20, 2019
Foundation Grant
Monday, May 20, 2019
External Limited Submission
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Foundation Grant: Fellowship
Friday, June 7, 2019
Foundation Grant
Monday, June 10, 2019
Bridging Support
Monday, June 17, 2019
Other Opportunity
Sunday, June 30, 2019
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Foundation Grant: Program Funding
These are just a few highlights of upcoming funding opportunities. For more, visit...
Please contact your  Research Administrator  to apply.
Pew Biomedical Scholars Program 2020
The University of Michigan anticipates being invited in early May to submit one institutional nominee for the Pew Biomedical Scholars Program 2020. This funding mechanism is designed to support young investigators of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health.

The program supports the independent research of exceptional individuals who are in their first few years of appointment at the assistant professor level. The award is intended to provide support for junior faculty as they establish their laboratories. The internal application deadline is Monday, May 20, 2019.
New Resource! Large-Scale Funding Opportunities
In an effort to facilitate large-scale proposal development, Grant Services & Analysis distributes large-scale funding opportunities to the research community. You can view these opportunities online, or sign-up to receive custom emails by selecting your NIH Institute or Center of interest.

Two recent announcements include:

Questions? Contact MaryJo Banasik J.D., Ph.D.
Nominate Faculty & Staff for the 2019 Dean's Awards
To honor the U-M Medical School’s best and brightest faculty and staff, the Office of the Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs/Dean is accepting nominations for the 2019 Dean’s Awards Program.

The deadline for nominations for faculty awards is May 24, and the deadline for nominations for staff awards is June 15. Faculty are awarded with $5,000 in discretionary academic support, and staff are awarded with a $1,500 prize. The winners will be announced in the summer, and they will receive their awards in the fall at the annual Dean’s Awards dinner.
Call for Nominations! Distinguished University Innovator Award
U-M Tech Transfer is seeking nominations for the 2019 Distinguished University Innovator Award, the University’s highest honor for faculty who have shown leadership in bringing new ideas to the marketplace.
Nominees can include a current faculty member of the tenured, tenure track, or research faculty track, or a team of up to three such faculty members. Nominations are due on June 11, 2019.
Nominate Exceptional Staff for the Camille Mrozowski Award
The Medical School Office of Research is proud to announce the third annual Camille Mrozowski Award for Service Excellence in 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.
Schedule a Research Funding Consultation
From internal funding tools like Competition Space to Pivot (a global subscription-based database of grants), there are dozens of resources for research funding information that can be confusing to find, let alone use. Taubman Health Sciences Library and other U-M Library grant specialists are available to provide custom consultations – whether in person or via email – to help researchers efficiently tap into those resources.

CLICK HERE to schedule a research funding search consultation with a Library Grant Specialist. And in addition to scheduling a consultation, check out the U-M Library’s Research and Funding and Grants Guide.
Sharpening Your Focus: Tips on Grant Proposal Preparation
Getting Personal: The NIH Biosketch
Through the Biosketch, investigators have the opportunity to showcase their suitability to serve as a principal investigator or co-investigator on a competitive research grant. The Personal Statement section provides important information that enables reviewers to assess your strengths and potential for success.

This section in the Biosketch is not one-size-fits-all, but should describe an investigator’s experiences and skills related to their role in the proposed research. This narrative helps reviewers evaluate whether an investigator is well-suited for the project, a scored review criterion. For more information, read the full  Sharpening Your Focus article.
Leadership & Management
Rebecca Cunningham Named Interim Vice President
for Research
Rebecca Cunningham has been appointed Interim Vice President for Research in the University of Michigan Office of Research.

Cunningham succeeds S. Jack Hu, current Vice President for Research, who has been named Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Georgia. As Interim Vice President for Research, Cunningham will assume overall responsibility for nurturing the excellence and integrity of research across the entire University, including research on the campuses of Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint.
Research Resources
New Transplant Data Available for Research
The Data Office aims to accelerate research by enabling secure access to patient data through investigator-friendly self-serve tools and custom data extracts

The Data Office has recently gained access to the database of the Organ Transplant Information System (OTIS), a repository of U-M solid organ transplant data. The data includes patient and donor information (including related donor labs), the transplant procedure, outpatient follow ups, and outcomes.
Access Michigan Genomics Initiative Biospecimens
The Central Biorepository enables access to the thousands of available Michigan Genomics Initiative (MGI) biospecimens from Michigan Medicine patients and offers secure linkage to laboratory and clinical data offered by the Data Office.  

The Biospecimens available include DNA and plasma. The study has more than 65,000 participants and more than 80,700 biological samples available! 
Training & Events
Inaugural Valerie P. Opipari, M.D. Endowed Lectureship
The Valerie P. Opipari, M.D. Endowed Lectureship invites a leader in Pediatric/Children's Health Research to give a lecture at the annual Pediatric Research Symposium. The purpose of the Symposium is to support and promote research in the department of Pediatrics. The visiting scholar will participate in mentoring panels with residents, fellows, and junior faculty to discuss pathways and issues of a career in academic research. The Valerie Opipari Lectureship will take place as a keynote presentation during the annual Pediatric Research Symposium

On May 13, 2019, Dr. D. Brent Polk of Keck School of Medicine, USC and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles will present "Cytokine Signaling Restrains Inflammatory Bowel Disease Development: The Bright Side of Cytokine Signaling."
Pitches for New MICHR-MCubed Diamond Program Due May 15
Are you interested in collaborating on a translational research project? Interdisciplinary research teams who seek to answer compelling questions in the area of translational research can pitch their ideas through the MCubed Diamond Program. 

Proposal pitches will be accepted through May 15, 2019. For questions about this opportunity, contact the MICHR Pilot Grant Program.
You're Invited! Biomedical Innovation Cup
On Wednesday, May 15, you're invited to join Fast Forward Medical Innovation and guest host, Kelly B. Sexton, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Research - Technology Transfer and Innovation Partnerships, for this annual event that helps prepare a select group of MTRAC for Life Sciences Innovation Hub teams for launch to market. The teams will take the stage to pitch their innovations to the "sharks" of the investment world at the Midwest Growth Capital Symposium.
Following the Biomedical Innovation Cup competition, there will be a poster showcase highlighting early-stage biomedical research projects from across the state of Michigan.
Upcoming Workshop: Who's Got Time for Time Management?
This popular workshop, previously only available to R01 Boot Camp participants, is now being offered to anyone interested in time management as it relates to your research.

On May 15, Sally Schmall, Career Coach, will offer proven tips & tricks to help you manage competing obligations and devote time to your research writing. Registration is not required. We look forward to seeing you there!
Register for CBSSM Research Colloquium & Lunch
Registration is now open for the May 22, 2019, Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM) Research Colloquium & Bishop Lecture in Bioethics. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited! Please register by Wednesday, May 15.

The CBSSM Research Colloquium will feature the Bishop Lecture in Bioethics as the keynote address. Ruha Benjamin, Ph.D., will present the Bishop Lecture with a talk entitled: "Black Afterlives Matter: Reimagining Bioethics for an Ailing Body Politic."
Register Today! Team Science Workshop With Faculty Panel
Research faculty interested in pursuing collaborative or large-scale funding opportunities are encouraged to attend the all new Team Science Workshop on May 23, 2019.
This workshop will provide foundational information about team science, a demonstration of the Michigan Research Experts database, an overview of Medical School and MICHR resources available for team science initiatives, and a discussion with an expert panel of faculty members who have successfully garnered collaborative or large-scale funding.
Central Biorepository Lunch & Learn: Request Biospecimens
Bring your lunch and learn how to request biospecimens from the Central Biorepository at the inaugural Lunch & Learn on June 4.

Zack Klug, Central Biorepository Business Operations Manager, will provide background information on the unit and walk through requesting resources for your research.
Connect with Genomics Experts at the 2019 BRCF Showcase
Join the Biomedical Research Core Facilities (BRCF), 10X Genomics, and Illumina for a Genomics Showcase on Thursday, June 13 to explore the rapidly evolving technologies, applications, and platforms available in the genomics space, including:
  • single cell analysis
  • ATAQ-Seq and epigenetics, cell sorting, and coverage variance,
  • emerging high-throughput sequencing applications,
  • and more!
Speaking sessions will occur from 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM, and strolling lunch tables will be available from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM. RSVP to reserve your lunch! For a full list of topics and speaking sessions, please visit the event webpage.
Upcoming Training & Events
Monday, May 6
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
NCRC Building 10, South Atrium
May 9-10, 2019
Registration discounts available
May 10-17, 2019
School of Nursing,
426 N. Ingalls St., Ann Arbor
Registration discounts available
Monday, May 13
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Palmer Commons, Forum Hall
Monday, May 13
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Dow Auditorium, Towsley Center
May 13 - May 14
Towsley Center
Tuesday, May 14
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
NCRC Building 10, Research Auditorium
Wednesday, May 15
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Danto Auditorium, CVC
Wednesday, May 15
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Shapiro Library, Room 4041
Friday, May 17
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
University Hospital, Floor 2 C224
Friday, May 17
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
NCRC Building 10, IHPI G079
Tuesday, May 21
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
University Hospital, Floor 2 C224
Thursday, May 23
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
NCRC Building 18, Dining Hall
Thursday, May 30
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
NCRC Building 16, Room 368C
Thursday, May 30
10:00 AM 11:00 AM
NCRC Building 16, Room 368C
Friday, May 31
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
University Hospital, Floor 2 C108
Wednesday, June 19
MSU College of Human Medicine
Grand Rapids, MI
June 19-21, 2019
Weber's Ann Arbor
3050 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor
Registration discounts available
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 .