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MARCH 2020
Funding & Proposal Development
Foundation Grant
March 25, 2020
April 1, 2020
Pilot Grant
April 6, 2020
Foundation Grant
April 14, 2020
Pilot Grant
April 20, 2020
Foundation Grant
May 4, 2020
These are just a few highlights of upcoming funding opportunities. For more, visit...

Please contact your  Research Administrator  to apply.
Deadline Extended! Michigan Medicine-PKUHSC Joint Institute Call for Proposals
The 2020 request for proposals for collaborative research through the Michigan Medicine and Peking University Health Science Center (PKUHSC) Joint Institute deadline has been extended to May 1, 2020.

Michigan Medicine’s largest international institutional partnership, the Joint Institute offers Discovery Awards (up to $100,000 a year for two years), Pilot Awards (up to $300,000 a year for two years), and Innovation and Bridge Awards for one-year grants (up to $100,000) to help investigative teams develop new technologies and accelerate translation of research into a product.

DEADLINE: May 1, 2020
Sharpening Your Focus: In Science (and Football) – The Team, The Team, The Team!
Former University of Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler gave the now famous speech to his Wolverines, saying, “No man is more important than the team…”

And that same sentiment is being promoted widely in “Team Science," where scientists with diverse backgrounds and skill sets are encouraged to come together to leverage resources and cultivate ideas around a common research goal.

Are you new to Team Science and want to join a team or form your own? Consider using the Michigan Research Experts database to find collaborators around campus. You can also check out Mcubed, a seed-funding program that stimulates innovative research and scholarship by distributing real-time seed funding to multi-unit, faculty-led teams called “cubes." And MICHR and the Office of Faculty Development have created videos about two important aspects of Team Science: mentoring and diversity.
Leadership & Management
Great Minds, Greater Discoveries Kicks Off!
Dr. Runge and Dr. Kunkel, joined by a wide cross-section of faculty and staff from throughout the biomedical research community, came together on February 19 for the official kickoff of "Great Minds, Greater Discoveries," the Medical School's new strategic research plan.

The objective of the new plan is to increase faculty competitiveness and their ability to pursue major scientific questions in a rich and diverse environment that leads to discoveries that inspire new preventions, treatments, and cures.

CLICK HERE to view the slides from Dr. Kunkel's presentation.
Improve Your Mentoring Skills at MICHR Mentoring Academy
Do you want to develop and hone your mentoring skills? Consider applying for the MICHR Mentoring Academy.

The Mentoring Academy is designed for senior postdocs and faculty in clinical and translational research. Participants in this program will learn how to better coach and counsel other less-experienced mentors, as well as enhance their own interpersonal skills for mutually beneficial mentor-mentee interactions. Participants in the Mentoring Academy will address challenges facing postdoc and faculty mentors via case studies, group discussions, and role-plays.

DEADLINE: March 9, 2020
Regulatory Review & Compliance
NIH Requirement for Sharing Research Tools & Biomaterials
ORSP and Tech Transfer remind researchers that investigators and institutions that receive federal funding are expected to disseminate research tools and biomaterials broadly and in a timely manner.

Tech Transfer has agreements with third-party partners who can assist researchers with providing research tools to parties requesting access. By disclosing your research tool to Tech Transfer, you can off-load having to respond to future requests while better enabling the research community to access your tools.
Get Involved with Prep for the AAALAC 2020 Site Visit
In a recent email sent to the entire animal care and use community, Rebecca Cunningham, M.D. and U-M Interim Vice President for Research, outlined how individuals and laboratories can get involved in preparations leading up to the AAALAC 2020 Site Visit happening later this year. One way to get involved is to attend the upcoming preparation meeting:

Tuesday, March 31
M3330 Auditorium, Med Sci I

Full AAALAC accreditation demonstrates to our peers, collaborators, and funding agencies that the university adheres to the highest national and professional standards and ensures that our faculty remain eligible for research funding from several external agencies.
New! Self-Guided Protocol Content Evaluation Form from IACUC
To help mitigate the risk of protocol non-compliance, the Animal Care & Use Program has created a new Self-Guided Evaluation of Animal Activities & Protocol Content Form.

Developed by the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC), this form offers easy-to-follow steps for self-evaluation, and is designed to ensure that animal activities are being conducted in accordance with the IACUC-approved protocol and verify that all personnel are knowledgeable of the animal activities as described in the protocol.
Research Resources
Just Launched! Mcubed Communities to Catalyze Team Formation
A new program at the U-M aims to gather and mobilize groups of faculty across all three campuses so they can work together to solve complex challenges and develop innovative curricula.

Mcubed Communities is an online tool that encourages faculty to create or join groups around a common purpose, ranging from shared expertise and academic goals to research and scholarship themes.
Firearm Injury Prevention Effort Launches Central Website
A new website will serve as a central hub for the University of Michigan’s effort to generate new knowledge and advance solutions toward reducing firearm injuries, a public health crisis linked to more than 100 U.S. deaths per day.

The Firearm Injury Prevention Research Initiative, led by the Office of the Vice President for Research, launched to help partners across campus and beyond coordinate research, educational activities, and community outreach.
Pediatric Research Symposium, Abstract Deadline March 6
Abstracts for the 30th Annual Pediatric Research Symposium will be accepted through March 6, 2020.

The Symposium on May 28 will feature poster viewing, awards, and platform presentations of research in all areas. Dr. Maria Britto (Cincinnati Children's) will be the keynote speaker for the Valerie P. Opipari Lectureship.
Office of Research Training & Events
EMERSE 101: Live Online Training

March 11, 10:00AM-11:00AM
Dial In

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.

In this webinar, you'll learn more about how to access 172 million records, including progress notes, history and physicals, outpatient clinic visit notes, radiology reports, pathology reports, and even older CareWeb notes.
Key Concepts in Microscopic Optical Imaging

March 16-17, 1:00PM-5:00PM
Room 2710, Med Sci II

The Microscopy Core, one of the Biomedical Research Core Facilities, hosts an overview of the optical principles behind how common light and electron microscope designs create an image.

Intended for researchers who often use microscopes and would like to understand the physical principles behind how microscopes work so that they can use them more efficiently and effectively. No prior knowledge of imaging is required.
Working with Industry: Budgeting for Industry-Sponsored Studies

March 24, 5:00PM-6:30PM
Room 2901, Taubman Library

Join the Clinical Trials Support Office for the latest installment of their Working with Industry series, where faculty will learn how to become more involved in the budgeting process for industry-sponsored studies.

Faculty will receive a step-by-step guide on developing a budget by Anna Lok, M.D., Assistant Dean for Clinical Research.
Deep Dive into Data Lunch & Learn

March 25, 12:00PM-1:30PM
Research Auditorium, NCRC Bldg 10

Bring your lunch and learn more about available data resources at the U-M at the latest installment of the Data Office Lunch & Learn series.

Jeff Chin from the DataWorks/Health Information Exchange will highlight the Data Concierge, a service offering personalized assistance with locating data-related resources across Michigan Medicine. And David McClintock, M.D. and Associate CMIO, will take a closer look at Pathology informatics.
Central Biorepository Open House

March 26, 2:00PM-4:00PM
G631 & G661, NCRC Building 60

Join the Central Biorepository (CBR) team for a special Open House that will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the physical home for the UMMS CBR enterprise, located in the heart of the North Campus Research Complex.

Learn more about CBR's role in Michigan Medicine research, take a guided tour, enjoy refreshments, and have a chance to win a special Detroit Tigers baseball gift basket!
Other Biomedical Research Events...
2:30PM-4:30PM, Research Auditorium, NCRC Bldg 10
9:00AM-2:00PM, Forum Hall, Palmer Commons
1:00PM-5:00PM, Room 2710, Med Sci II (continues on March 17)
5:00PM-6:30PM, Room 2901, Taubman Library
8:00AM-1:00PM, Dining Hall, NCRC
3:00PM-4:00PM, ScholarSpace, 206 Hatcher Graduate Library
2:00PM-4:00PM, G631 & G661, NCRC Building 60
2:30PM-4:30PM, Great Lakes Room, Palmer Commons
3:00PM-4:00PM, Research Auditorium, NCRC
2:30PM-3:30PM, M3330 Aud, Med Sci I
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 .