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May 28, 2020
Virtual Research Town Hall on Tuesday, June 2
The entire biomedical research community is invited to a virtual U-M Research Town Hall hosted by UMOR, featuring updates on research reactivation for the entire U-M from Dr. Rebecca Cunningham, Dr. Steven Kunkel, and other research leadership.

Tuesday, June 2
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Members of the research community are encouraged to  CLICK HERE to submit questions prior to the event.

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Research Reactivation at BSRB Has Begun
Late last week, BSRB was the first building to be reactivated, proceeding under the U-M Research Re-engagement Guidelines established for reopening. This first phase of reactivation allows for 30% of personnel to re-enter the building, and as of yesterday 480 had successfully completed the MyLinc training module " COVID 19: Working Safely in U-M Research Areas," a prerequisite for entry.

CLICK HERE for details specific to reactivation at BSRB, and CLICK HERE for reactivation FAQs.

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U-M Health Screen App for Entry to Research Buildings
ITS has developed a new online tool ( that features four quick, health-related questions.

Using a smart phone, research personnel complete the anonymous online health screen prior to entering a building anywhere on campus that has been approved for research reactivation (as of today, BSRB on the Medical campus). If they receive a green checkmark on the screen at the end, they can show the greeter. If employees do not have a mobile device, greeters will continue to ask the necessary screening questions verbally.

As with the verbal health screen questions, personnel will need to complete and show the green checkmark every day at initial entry to the research building.
Animal-Related Projects in Reactivated Phase 1 Buildings
On Tuesday, the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM) sent an announcement outlining important information and guidance on managing animal-related projects in the buildings designated for Phase I re-activation as part of the university’s Research Re-Engagement Plan.

ANY individual who has been approved to re-engage in research activities in ANY Phase I building should review the ULAM Research Re-Engagement and Vivaria Traffic Plans (or paste into your web browser) PRIOR TO building re-entry. Please note that only personnel listed on active animal use protocol(s) in the building(s) designated for Phase I re-activation will have access to these protected documents.

When reviewing the plans, please pay special attention to the new outlined traffic patterns, donning of PPE, and sanitation practices. 

Questions? Contact regarding facilities and/or day-to-day husbandry operations, or for questions regarding billing, procurement, and animal ordering.
COVID-19 Support for Community Partners
With Michigan communities facing devastating impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Engagement (CE) program at MICHR focused its efforts on assessing and addressing the needs of its community partners. This resulted in a digital toolkit that acts as a landing page for its numerous services and resources. This toolkit includes:
  • three-minute needs assessment;
  • special editions of CE’s newsletter;
  • community-focused flyers developed in partnership with the onWHARD Collaborative and community partners;
  • flyers published by various community organizations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19;
  • details about hand sanitizer donations and deliveries;
  • CE Studios for COVID-19-related research;
  • and various local, regional, and national resources for basic necessities and other important COVID-19 updates, especially for Michigan’s most vulnerable populations.
Important Zoom Upgrade Set for May 30
Zoom has addressed privacy concerns by adding encryption for meetings and webinars. On Saturday, May 30, Zoom will require encryption, and you will not be able to join Zoom meetings until you upgrade to version 5.0 or higher (which has encryption built-in).

To confirm that you have the right Zoom version, open the Zoom application installed on your computer, click on the icon with your initials in the upper right corner, and then select Help > About Zoom.
Funding Opportunities
Funding Resources for COVID-19 Projects

In addition to these websites, below you'll find this week's roundup of funding opportunities.
May 29, 2020
May 30, 2020
May 31, 2020
May 31, 2020
Frankel Innovation Initiative -DEADLINE EXTENDED-
June 1, 2020
June 5, 2020
June 10, 2020
June 15, 2020
June 16, 2020
June 17, 2020
June 24, 2020
June 26, 2020
June 30, 2020
June 30, 2020
July 1, 2020
July 14, 2020
July 15, 2020
July 16, 2020
July 31, 2020
September 1, 2020
September 15, 2020
Virtual Events
Small Group Discussions: Coping with COVID-19
The Office of Faculty Development is continually creating workshops to help faculty cope with the stress of COVID-19. Topics include parenting help, stress management/self-reflection, managing the "new normal," dual-frontline families, meditation, and more.
Research Jams Help Take Teams from Ideation to Funding
MICHR’s new Research Jams are designed to assist groups of faculty surface cutting-edge research ideas, build collaborations, create shared research agendas, and develop strategic action plans or grant proposals.

Engaging virtual or in-person workshops, tailored to needs and goals, will immerse research teams in a creative and collaborative environment that fosters ideation and drives productivity.

This service is ideal for both loosely formed or well-established groups.
Clinical Research Town Halls Postponed
The upcoming Clinical Research Town Halls for Faculty and Study Teams scheduled for later today and June 1 have been postponed. The Clinical Trials Support Office will announce the rescheduled dates as soon as they are determined.

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12:00PM-1:00PM, Friday, May 29
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1:00PM-2:00PM, Friday, May 29
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7:00PM-8:00PM, Friday, May 29
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2:00PM-3:30PM, Tuesday, June 2
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10:00AM-12:00PM, Wednesday, June 3
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11:00AM-12:00PM, Friday, June 12
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12:00PM-1:00PM, Thursday, June 25
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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 .