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March 25, 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
Guidance on Considering the Coverage of Research Salaries during COVID Pandemic
As the "ramp down" of biomedical and clinical research operations has progressed, research faculty and staff have been seeking clarity regarding how work performed relates to salary charges to grants, faculty discretionary accounts, or how projects ultimately relate to the hours in the COVID-19 benefits bank or regular exception time.

Medical School research leadership has compiled the information disseminated by campus offices into guidelines, an example, and additional information. This resource will be continuously updated as institutional policies may change to reflect our work environment during the COVID-19 ramp down.

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Activities for Research Staff During the Assignment to Remote Work
Many faculty and staff have expressed concern over the identification of productive remote work during the ramp down of research labs, clinical studies, and the displacement of employees from campus.  

The Medical School Office of Research and Associate Chairs for Research have compiled a list of activities that investigators may consider completing or deploying to staff that are in remote work situations. Completing any of these activities could be done without use of the established 80-hour campus bank.

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COVID-related Research Prioritization Form for UMOR
All investigators who wish to carry out new or modified research projects related to COVID-19 that involve human subjects, basic laboratory or animal research, or require significant university resources to stand up, must submit a COVID-related Research Prioritization Form to UMOR’s COVID-19 committee.

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FDA Guidance on Conduct of Clinical Trials of Medical Products during COVID-19 Pandemic
IRBMED has shared that on March 18, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued guidance for industry, investigators, and institutional review boards conducting clinical trials during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Questions? Contact
Studies Impacted by COVID-19 - OnCore User Updates
Due to COVID-19, the Clinical Trials Support Office has worked across business partners to ensure uninterrupted support to research study work conducted at the University of Michigan. Resources have been developed for topics such as:

  •    Minimum Footprint: Emergency Protocol and Subject Management Duties during COVID-19
  •    Changing Protocol Status to "On Hold" or "Suspended" due to COVID-19
  •    Using Subject Calendars
  •    Guidance on Subject Status Changes

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Central Biorepository Only Accepting "Critical" Shipments
In their most recent update, the Central Biorepsotitory (CBR) announced that until further notice, they are no longer receiving regular shipments of biospecimens. However, certain projects are operating with critical status, and the CBR has made arrangements with those teams to continue to receive shipments from them.

CBR critical staff will continue to manage all controlled temperature units. Activities include ensuring delivery of liquid nitrogen to cryogenic freezers, supply of compressed gas as backups to mechanical freezers, and local and remote monitoring of temperatures. As a reminder, all critical systems in CBR are connected to the emergency power grid at NCRC, should we experience a power failure in primary systems.

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Complying with the NIH Public Access Policy
Team members from the Taubman Health Sciences Library are available to help with NIH Public Access Policy compliance. They offer web-based consultations and workshops, and email assistance to help with manuscript deposit, and managing My Bibliography accounts, or RPPR publication compliance issues.

Questions? Contact Merle Resenzweig at
Helpful Grant Resources During COVID-19 Ramp Down
While labs have ramped down operations for the time being due to COVID-19, working on grant submissions, progress reports, manuscripts, or financial reviews will be activities you can work through while being hunkered down at home. There are several resources available to support you through the Grant Services & Analysis and UMOR websites.
IHPI Launches New Webpage for COVID-19
IHPI has a new web page that serves as a compilation of information and updates from institute experts. The web page also houses a quick directory of health services research experts who can provide expertise in and around COVID-19 and pandemics.
REMINDER: HITS Guide to Working Remotely
Just a reminder that Health IT Services created a resource to make remote life simpler with the Tech Guide to Working Remotely . It summarizes the tools available to faculty and staff, including how to access Michigan Medicine email and files remotely, get remote desktop access, videoconferencing options, online learning tools, and much more .
Help Share Our Research Stories
Michigan Medicine Department of Communications team members are looking for photos and stories about researchers and staff who have pivoted their work during the COVID-19 ramp down.

Can you talk about a COVID-related project you're working on? Did your lab donate masks and materials to the hospital? Or perhaps you're finding new, creative ways to collaborate remotely with colleagues on campus and across the country? Your stories can offer our community, in Michigan and beyond, a behind-the-scenes perspective on how biomedical researchers at U-M are meeting the challenge of COVID-19.

Contact Kara Gavin at with your stories and photos. The communications team may select your story to tell on various Michigan Medicine channels, now or in the future.  
Funding Opportunities
April 13, 2020
April 15, 2020
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation -DEADLINE EXTENDED-
April 19, 2020
April 20, 2020
April 20, 2020
Pew Biomedical Scholars Program -DEADLINE EXTENDED-
April 27, 2020
May 4, 2020
May 4, 2020
May 7, 2020
May 18, 2020
May 20, 2020
Frankel Innovation Initiative -DEADLINE EXTENDED-
June 1, 2020
Virtual Events & Scheduling Changes
10:00AM-11:00AM, Wednesday, April 15
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10:00AM-11:00AM, Wednesday, April 22
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The Central Biorepository has canceled the Open House of their facility scheduled for March 26. The event will be rescheduled at a later date.
Fast Forward Medical Innovation's "Pharmaceutical Industry: Trends, Opportunities, & Challenges" event featuring Paul Hudson, CEO of Sanofi, and scheduled April 2 has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. Please CLICK HERE for more details.
The "International Mock Board Examination and Laboratory Animal Seminar Series" scheduled for April 15-17 has been postponed. CLICK HERE for more details.
The "Fifth Annual Science of Enrichment Symposium" scheduled for April 22 has been postponed. CLICK HERE for more details.
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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 .