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April 29, 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
Have an External Award? Monitor Financial Risk
The financial challenges U-M faces under COVID-19 highlight the importance of continually monitoring the financial health of your sponsored research. UMOR has posted FAQ guidance to especially monitor Industry-Sponsored projects as it relates to progress to date and remaining project work. But, these concepts are equally applicable to all awards.

The Grant Services & Analysis team is asking all faculty, with support from their departments and research administrators, to actively monitor the expense and revenue on each award, and watch for any outstanding invoices that are with the sponsor. Key factors to consider when evaluating the financial health of a project, and the risks associated in fulfilling the aims and scope of a project include:

  • Are you monitoring revenue received against expenses to ensure correct pacing of expenses?
  • Do your project expenditures, to date, significantly exceed revenue received?
  • Are invoices current and paid in full?

Projects with expenses that significantly exceed the amount of revenue received, have delinquent payments, or have outstanding invoices, all pose a higher risk for uncompensated work.

CLICK HERE for further guidance - this webpage will be updated with links to resources and institutional reports to help with evaluation as they arise. Questions? Contact msgrants@umich.edu.
Post Your COVID Study on UMHealthResearch.org
Researchers who are working on studies to understand and combat COVID-19 can gain access to potential study participants who self-identify as having the virus or having been diagnosed and recovered, by posting their studies on UMHealthResearch (UMHR).

Volunteers have already registered on UMHealthResearch.org and indicated “Coronavirus infection 2019 (COVID-19),” as a past or present medical condition. The MICHR Participant Recruitment Team is working on the launch of a robust social media campaign targeting individuals who currently have, or whom have recovered from, the diagnosis. These ads will run in areas heavily impacted by COVID-19 and drive interested participants to UMHR to raise awareness about studies they may qualify to participate in.
HPC & Cloud Computing Funding to Accelerate Your Research
Funding opportunities are available to researchers to leverage U-M’s high performance computing cluster and cloud computing. Learn how the Research Computing Package (RCP) can help you better manage data through the campus computing cluster. And, find out more about funding opportunities for COVID-19 researchers from AWS, Google Cloud, and more.

Not familiar with high-performance computing? With RCP your team can also receive help getting acquainted with the right resources and tools for your analysis. Contact  HPC-support@umich.edu with questions or for more information about how RCP and the campus computing cluster can accelerate your research.
Animal Care & Use - AAALAC Site Visit Update
U-M’s AAALAC 2020 Site Visit was originally scheduled to occur in either May, June, or July. Unfortunately, the disruption caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic has also affected the timing of the Site Visit. The university is now planning for the AAALAC Site Visit to occur in either July or August 2020.

Members of the U-M animal care and use community are encouraged to CLICK HERE to download the AAALAC 2020 Site Visit Plan to Stay Engaged & Stay Prepared resource.

Additionally, the Animal Care & Use Program will also be hosting short 30-minute virtual chats to answer questions and provide a quick overview of various topics of interest to the U-M research community. CLICK HERE to suggest topics and questions for those chats.
Regulatory Affairs Supports Researchers
Although working remotely during the pandemic, Regulatory Affairs is still available to researchers and project teams. Some of the things the Regulatory Affairs team has been doing while we’re physically apart include:
  • Assisting with development of procedures for expedited review and approval of COVID-related research projects,
  • Participating in COVID-related expanded access Emergency Use Authorization treatment decision making,
  • Providing input on when it is appropriate to release COVID-related data to outside companies,
  • Assisting with expedited review of COVID-related research protocols,
  • And continuing to answer questions and provide guidance to faculty and study teams regarding conflict of interest, lab safety, ClinicalTrials.gov, and a myriad of other regulatory issues.

Connect with Regulatory Affairs via Zoom, Skype, Facetime, BlueJeans, and as always via e-mail at UMMS-RegAffairs@med.umich.edu. They're standing by to help.
Text ‘UMICH’ to 741741 for Free Support to Reduce Stress
During the COVID-19 pandemic, some faculty, staff, and learners may be struggling with feelings of isolation, anxiety, or depression. A number of support services are available to our community through the COVID-19 Stress Resource Team, including in-person support in the health system and virtual support to individuals and groups.

Now, the Michigan Medicine Wellness Office and Office of Faculty Development are giving members of our medical community access to a free text support service at their fingertips any time, day or night. They have partnered with the Crisis Text Line to provide access to free, 24/7 support during this stressful time via text.

By texting “UMICH” to 741741, participants will connect to a trained crisis volunteer, who will introduce themselves, reflect on what you’ve typed, and invite you to share at your own pace. Text responders are there for support, and to help you sort through your feelings by asking questions, empathizing, and actively listening. You need not be in crisis to use this service for support.

Questions? Call the Office of Counseling and Workplace Resilience 24/7 at (734) 763-5409 or email  counseling@med.umich.edu.
Funding Opportunities
Funding Resources for COVID-19 Projects

In addition to these websites, below you'll find this week's roundup of funding opportunities.
Rolling
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Frankel Innovation Initiative -DEADLINE EXTENDED-
June 1, 2020
June 1, 2020
June 15, 2020
June 26, 2020
Virtual Events
12:00PM-1:00PM, Thursday, April 30
CLICK HERE for login and more details.
12:00PM-1:00PM, Friday, May 1
CLICK HERE for login and more details.
12:00PM-2:30PM, Thursday, May 7
CLICK HERE for login and more details.
Looking for additional information about changes to training & events? Visit...
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 .