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April 15, 2020
The Medical School Office of Research has shifted from the monthly publication of “Research News” to a weekly edition. Please bookmark the important links below and consider setting up email alerts to stay abreast of the latest information not only from our organization, but from UMOR.

Events around us are continuously evolving, and our team is committed to keeping you informed and supporting our research community to the utmost of our ability.
News Affecting Your Research Operation
Research Town Hall Video
Yesterday, UMOR hosted a virtual Research Town Hall, which featured updates on the entire U-M research enterprise from Dr. Rebecca Cunningham, Dr. Steven Kunkel, and other U-M research leadership.

CLICK HERE to view the video recording of the virtual event in MBox (download if your connection is too slow to preview).

Questions? Contact
COVID-19 Clinical Research Biorepository
To coordinate COVID-19 patient sample collection, distribution, and tracking, the Clinical Trials Support Office is working with the Central Biorepository to centralize the collection of COVID-19 residual clinical samples and research blood draws and blood processing.

Principal investigators interested in obtaining access to these samples must submit proposals to the UMOR COVID-19 Research Prioritization Committee and receive IRB approval. For researchers interested in accessing samples:

  1. Submit a UMOR COVID-19 Research Prioritization form
  2. Submit an IRB application
  3. After UMOR priority designation, interested PIs will receive a form to provide details regarding sample needs and contact information
  4. After IRB approval, investigators can reach out for sample* pick up consistent with their IRB approval
*Samples are dependent on availability.

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Wu at
COVID-19 Trials Feasibility Review Committee Established
The Clinical Trials Support Office has announced the formation of the COVID-19 Trials Feasibility Review Committee to review and prioritize all COVID-19 trials at the U-M. COVID-19 trials will be prioritized according to those that have the greatest likelihood of providing benefit to patients or the scientific community, and those most feasible to implement logistically. Steps for a potential COVID-19 clinical trial:

  1. Submit to the UMOR COVID-19 Research Prioritization Committee
  2. Once that review has been completed, submit a Clinical Trials Support Unit Intake Form
  3. Submit the protocol and other documents to COVID-19 Trials Feasibility Review Committee

Questions about the Feasibility Review may be directed to Debra Tanton ( or Peter Higgins (
SignNow Software Now HIPAA and FDA 21 CFR Part 11 Compliant
SignNow Software is now HIPAA and FDA 21 CFR Part 11 compliant for patient signatures. Study Coordinators are no longer required to have patients sign the HIPAA Permission to Use SignNow form before signing informed consent documents.

Questions? Contact
OHRP Issues Guidance on COVID-19
On April 8, 2020, the federal Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) issued  guidance for institutional review boards (IRBs) and the research community on the coronavirus pandemic. The guidance provides information about the following topics:

  • Public health activities and clinical activities;
  • Excluded public health activities;
  • Legally required reporting;
  • Requirements when eliminating apparent immediate hazards to participants;
  • Proposing and reviewing study changes; and
  • Whether suspensions must be reported to OHRP.

The guidance indicates that previously issued U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  guidance on clinical trials during the COVID-19 pandemic is consistent with the regulations at 45 CFR 46, even if the research is not also regulated by the FDA. Additionally, it states that 2018 OHRP  guidance, “Effects of Disasters on Human Research Protections Programs,” may be applicable during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Commercialization Guide Offers Biomedical Researchers Online Support
The Fast Forward Medical Innovation team put together a list of resources that can help you continue to move your research project down the commercialization pathway while you’re not physically in the lab.

You’ll find instructional videos on commercialization concepts and industry interaction tips, funding opportunities, and links to websites that can help you continue to move your research project down the commercialization pathway.

Questions? Contact
Maintaining Compliance and Oversight During COVID-19 Pandemic
Researchers can utilize self-assessment tools to ensure research documentation is complete and complies with federal and institutional requirements. The Office of Research Compliance Review has a variety of self-assessment tools available on their website.

Contact the Office of Research Compliance Review ( for consultation on how to optimize the use of these tools.
Changes to ULAM Animal Husbandry Staffing
Consistent with practices that are already in place on the clinical side, the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM) initiated the division of husbandry staff into two teams on Monday, April 13, 2020. These changes will allow ULAM to maintain the same high standards of animal welfare, while further safeguarding our animal care staff from the spread of COVID-19.

Questions? Contact the ULAM Husbandry Management Team at
HITS Develops New Tools Supporting Remote Work
To reduce Service Desk wait times, HITS has created several tools to provide answers to common Work from Home questions:

Questions? CLICK HERE
New COVID-19 Well-Being Help Center
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important for Michigan Medicine faculty, staff, and learners, as well as members of the larger community, to take care of themselves.

A wealth of health and well-being resources is now available in the COVID-19 Well-Being Help Center on the new Michigan Medicine Wellness Office website.
Funding Opportunities
Fast Grants for COVID-19 Research
Foundation Relations has forwarded information about "Fast Grants" for COVID-19 research. These grants are $10k-$500k, and award decisions are made in under 48 hours. The principal investigator must already be working on a project that could help with the COVID-19 pandemic within the next six months.

Questions? Contact Joe Piffaretti at
Funding Resources for COVID-19 Projects
These web-based funding resources help researchers pursue funding related to COVID-19:

In addition to these websites, below you'll find this week's roundup of funding opportunities.
April 17, 2020
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation -DEADLINE EXTENDED-
April 19, 2020
April 20, 2020
April 20, 2020
April 20, 2020
Pew Biomedical Scholars Program -DEADLINE EXTENDED-
April 27, 2020
April 27, 2020
April 27, 2020
April 30, 2020
May 1, 2020
May 4, 2020
May 4, 2020
May 7, 2020
May 11, 2020
May 18, 2020
May 20, 2020
May 22, 2020
Frankel Innovation Initiative -DEADLINE EXTENDED-
June 1, 2020
June 26, 2020
Virtual Events
10:00AM-11:00AM, Wednesday, April 22
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12:00PM-12:45PM, Thursday, April 23
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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 .