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Funding & Proposal Development
November 1
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Foundation Grant
November 4
Foundation Grant
November 13
November 15
Foundation Grant
November 19
Foundation Grant
November 19
Pilot Grant
December 6
Foundation Grant
December 31
These are just a few highlights of upcoming funding opportunities. For more, visit...

Please contact your  Research Administrator  to apply.
Call for R01 Bootcamp Coaches and Mentees
Join a Team Achieving Major Impact

R01 Boot Camp is an intensive mentorship program designed to help early career faculty receive their first NIH Research Project Grants (R01, or equivalent).

The U-M Medical School Office of Research is currently accepting applications for the 2020 Cohort of its R01 Boot Camp program.

Applications for both mentees and coaches due October 14, 2019.
Innovators in Science Award in Rare Diseases
Limited Submission Opportunity for Award from Takeda Pharmaceuticals & New York Academy of Sciences

This is a global award which recognizes a promising early-career scientist's and an outstanding senior scientist’s contributions to biomedical science and is intended to support their commitment to innovative, impactful research in rare diseases.

Each award winner will receive $200,000. The internal U-M competition will select ONE early career nomination and ONE senior scientist nomination.

Applications due October 15, 2019.
Depression Research Awards Accepting Applications
The Depression Center is currently accepting applications for the Rachel Upjohn Clinical Scholar, Strategic Translational Research Awards, and the Eisenberg Collaborative MIP Scholars Award. These award opportunities are in the $50K-100K range.
Leadership & Management
Steven Kunkel, Ph.D., Confirmed as Michigan Medicine Chief Scientific Officer and Executive Vice Dean for Research
Steven Kunkel, Ph.D., has been appointed as the permanent executive vice dean for research and chief scientific officer for Michigan Medicine, effective Sept. 1.

Dr. Kunkel has served in this role in an interim capacity since October 2018. He will be instrumental in collaborating with the research community to develop long-term strategies to grow and advance discovery science at Michigan Medicine. This will include partnerships across the U-M campus to further initiatives like precision health and the biosciences. 
Srijan Sen, M.D., Ph.D., Appointed Associate VP for Research in UMOR
Rebecca Cunningham, Interim Vice President for Research in the U-M Office of Research (UMOR), recently announced that Srijan Sen, M.D., Ph.D., had been confirmed by the Regents as the new associate vice president for research - health sciences.

Dr. Sen has served as associate chair for research and faculty development in the Department of Psychiatry, as well as associate director of the U-M Comprehensive Depression Center. As associate vice president for research, he will support research efforts of faculty and collaborate with the UMOR Leadership Team to foster interdisciplinary initiatives.
Search for New Faculty Director for the Microscopy Core
Microscope at Microscopy and Image Analysis Laboratory
The Microscopy Core’s services are becoming increasingly critical to many biomedical research projects at U-M. The Core is currently seeking a new Faculty Director who will foster and lead the unit in a continuously evolving field.

The Biomedical Research Core Facilities is conducting the search for a faculty director (20% total effort) who will collaborate with the Core's managing director in the strategic direction of the Core.

Applications, including a cover letter expressing interest and qualifications, may be sent to

Application deadline Friday, October 11th, 2019.
R01 Boot Camp Soliciting Applications for Coaches
Be part of leading early career investigators through the R01 preparation and submission process. The UMMS Office of Research is looking for senior faculty who have been through the application and study section process to help the next R01 Boot Camp cohort achieve great things. 

Time commitments include meeting with individual teams of mentees monthly, attending large-scale events to augment the information, and generally being available to encourage and guide the new R01 applicants to success.   

Applications due October 14, 2019.
Michigan Postdoctoral Pioneer Program Call for Applicants
In an effort to support innovative and collaborative work within the U-M Medical School, the Michigan Postdoctoral Pioneer Program has been established by the Endowment for Basic Sciences to provide financial and mentoring support to highly motivated and accomplished post-doctoral fellows.

Any postdoctoral fellow who has been in rank for 12 months or less at the time of award activation, and is not externally funded, is eligible for this program.

Open for applications beginning Tuesday, October 15, 2019.
Upcoming Informational Open Houses for Research Administration Fellowships
Are you a Ph.D. graduate or current postdoctoral trainee in a biomedical or life science-related field currently at the U-M?

The Medical School Office of Research , in collaboration with the  Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies , offers postdoctoral training that prepares fellows for a successful career in biomedical research administration.

Learn more about applying for the upcoming cohort at these open houses!
Thursday October 10, 2019
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Med Sci II, Buhl Conference Room 5915
Lunch Provided

Thursday October 17, 2019
12:00PM - 1:00PM
BSRB, Kahn Auditorium
Lunch Provided
Wednesday October 23, 2019
3:00PM - 4:00PM
NCRC Bldg 10, Research Auditorium
Snacks Provided

Thursday, January 31, 2020
9:00AM - 10:00AM
Taubman Library, Room 2955
Snacks Provided
Know a Super Human Doing Super Animal Care?
The Animal Care & Use Program has established a new Excellence in Research Animal Care & Use Awards Program to celebrate staff excellence in the humane care and use of animals in research within the U-M animal research community.

Two recipients will be selected each year and will be awarded a commemorative plaque and $200.00 honorarium. Inaugural award winners will be announced prior to January 2020.

Nomination deadline Friday, October 25, 2019.
Announcing 2019 Camille Mrozowski Award Recipient
The Medical School Office of Research has announced that the recipient of the 2019 Camille Mrozowski Award for Service Excellence is Melissa Schon, Senior Pre-Awards Grant Specialist, Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The award was established to honor a beloved colleague who embodied optimism, compassion, enthusiasm, and a special care taken in her support of the Medical School’s research mission. Melissa has been recognized for her exceptional job performance, and her deep commitment to the success of the research mission and the goals of the ObGyn faculty as she helps ease the administrative burdens through the challenges and hurdles of the submission process.

Award Reception at 3:30PM on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.
Research Resources
Fisher Scientific Contract Extension
Procurement Services recently announced that U-M has extended its strategic agreement with Fisher Scientific as primary supplier of laboratory supplies and equipment for an additional five years.

Under the agreement, the University community will benefit from new lower pricing on thousands of products, the convenience of ordering through Fisher Scientific's M-marketsite catalog, free standard shipping, and dedicated onsite customer service and sales support.
REMINDER! MiChart Upgrade Arriving October 20
The next MiChart upgrade is planned for Sunday, October 20. This will be the second planned upgrade for 2019 with a goal to reduce downtime duration and impact to the organization. 

The October upgrade will include updates, system maintenance, and new features to the MiChart application. The most notable enhancement that will touch every MiChart user is the Storyboard, a redesigned workspace for users that replaces the Patient Header and provides quicker access to key details and common actions without switching screens.
Over 5,000 Hybridomas Available from the DSHB
The Developmental Studies Hybridoma Bank (DSHB), a national resource created by the NIH at the University of Iowa, distributes monoclonal antibodies and hybridoma cell lines to researchers across the U.S. at cost, $40 per ml of supernatant.

They are currently in the process of upgrading their website, and have issued a call for unpublished images of DSHB mAb applications to contribute to their new catalog. Interested researchers should contact Dr. Karla Daniels at the DSHB ( ). Input from other institutions will help ensure the ongoing viability of the DSHB.
Training & Events
6th Annual Protein Folding Disease Symposium
Faculty and staff are invited to attend the 6th Annual Protein Folding Disease Initiative Symposium on Monday, October 7, 2019, in the Kahn Auditorium at BSRB.

Keynote speakers are Xiangdong William Yang, M.D., Ph.D., Professor at the California Institute of Technology, Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior, University of California, Los Angeles and Ron Kopito, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Biology at Stanford University.

8:30AM-4:00PM, Monday, October 7, 2019.
Medical Devices Academic Research Summit
Medical devices drive clinical care, whether in the form of a surgeon’s scalpel, a simple blood test, or a complex imaging machine. With the technological innovation and advances made in precision medicine, 3-D printing, and mobile medical applications, these devices are now a large part of the research landscape here at Michigan Medicine. 

Join investigators, regulatory experts, and study teams to learn about new developments in the medical device regulatory landscape and discuss the benefits and challenges that this technology has brought to investigator initiated research. This symposium is a new event hosted by MICHR's Investigator Assistance Program .

8:00AM-4:30PM, Monday, October 16, 2019.
Collecting Data? Learn More at EMERSE 101
Join the Data Office for a live online tutorial that will cover the basics of EMERSE (the Electronic Medical Record Search Engine), an easy-to-use, self-service search engine for the free text documents coming from Michigan Medicine's electronic health record systems. 

Participants will learn how to a ccess data like millions of progress notes, history and physicals, outpatient clinic visit notes, radiology reports, pathology reports, and even older CareWeb notes for your research.

10:00AM-11:00AM, Wednesday, October 16, 2019.
Working with Industry - Finance and Clinical Research
What is study startup and closeout, and how do you determine the cost to carry out each step? What are the fees associated with the Clinical Trial Support Unit, and how do they assist in negotiations to recover those fees? How can you tell if study finances are on track or are in danger of going into the red? Why is the billing calendar and entering study visit occurrences so important? 
Learn the answers to these questions and more at the final session of the Clinical Trial Support Office 's "Working with Industry" Series. Presenters will include Amy Oliver, Pre-Award Finance Process Lead and Sheree Temple, Post-Award Finance Manager.

5:00PM-6:30PM, Wednesday, October 16, 2019.
Take a Deep Dive Into LabVantage and Biospecimens
Bring your lunch and learn more about how the Central Biorepository and the information management system, LabVantage, enable your biospecimen research.

Savanna Sneeringer, Business Systems Analyst for LabVantage and HITS, will provide a thorough overview of the features and benefits of the application, taking a closer look at details like participant enrollment, inventory management, patient consent tracking, chain of custody, and more!

11:00AM-12:30PM, Thursday, October 17, 2019.
2019 Joyce Massey Traumatic Brain Injury Summit
Investigators from all disciplines and career levels are invited to join MCIRCC for the 2019 Joyce Massey Traumatic Brain Injury Summit at the U-M Golf Course Postma Family Clubhouse. The annual event brings together leading scientists and key opinion leaders to present cutting-edge research, exchange ideas, and discuss the future of traumatic brain injury research.

Keynote speakers will be David Menon, M.D., Head of the Division of Anaesthesia at the University of Cambridge, and David Woodruff, Co-founder and Chairman of the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

8:00AM-4:00PM, Friday, October 18, 2019.
Eminent Obesity Researcher to Speak on October 22
Professor Sir Stephen O'Rahilly, M.D., an endocrinologist whose paradigm-shifting work addresses the genetic causes of obesity and its adverse effect on metabolic health, will deliver the Taubman Prize lecture at 10:00AM on October 22 at the BSRB. All are welcome; breakfast and poster session precede the talk starting at 8:30AM.

The Taubman Prize was established in 2011 by the late A. Alfred Taubman, who created the Taubman Institute in 2007 to support the work of clinician-scientists at U-M. Mr. Taubman’s aim with the prize was to recognize physician-researchers’ work outside Ann Arbor, and to bring the thought leaders in medical science to campus for collaboration with peers at the University of Michigan.

10:00AM, Tuesday, October 22, 2019.
Celebrate Invention!
U-M Tech Transfer Office is hosting its 19th Celebrate Invention, the annual showcase at the Michigan League that honors U-M inventors and recognizes our ever-expanding innovation ecosystem.

Highlights will include the 2019 Distinguished University Innovator Presentation, as well as a Translational Funding Fair and Startup Funding Fair featuring the Medical School's own Fast Forward Medical Innovation team.

11:00AM-6:00PM, Tuesday, October 22, 2019.
Exercise & Sport Science Initiative Symposium
The Exercise & Sport Science Initiative at the University of Michigan hosts its annual symposium, featuring presentations and panel discussions related to new research in topics including gender equality in sports, inclusive recreation, physical activity in children, and health and wellness among middle-aged and older adults.

8:00AM-3:00PM, Tuesday, November 14, 2019.
Upcoming Training & Events
Thursday, October 7
8:30AM - 4:00PM
BSRB, Kahn Auditorium
Wednesday, October 16
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Wednesday, October 16
8:00AM - 4:30PM
NCRC Building 10, Research Auditorium
Thursday, October 17
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
NCRC Building 10, Research Auditorium
Friday, October 18
8:00AM - 4:00PM
U-M Golf Course, Clubhouse
Wednesday, October 21
8:00AM - 5:00PM
Michigan League, Ballroom
Monday, October 21
8:00AM - 11:30AM
Taubman Library, #2903
Tuesday, October 22
10:00AM - 11:00AM
BSRB, Kahn Auditorium
Tuesday, October 22
11:00AM - 6:00PM
Michigan League, Ballroom
Wednesday, December 4
3:30PM - 5:00PM
Towsley Center, Dining Hall
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 .