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Research Administration News & Updates Sponsor News and Resources
Call for Nominations
Professional Development & Events Funding Opportunities

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Research Administration News and Updates

Refreshed Job Aids for Uniform Guidance Monitored Costs

Two refreshed job aids have been produced by Sponsored Programs and are now available on the Finance website at the links below.

We think you will find these extremely helpful.
  1. Review of Uniform Guidance Monitored Budgets presents the accounts and budget lines Sponsored Programs reviews and monitors pursuant to the Uniform Guidance. 
  2. Review of Uniform Guidance Reports presents the criteria Sponsored Programs uses to review Uniform Guidance Reports. 

Note: If you get an "Page not Found" message, be sure to login with your U-M credentials as some of the Finance pages are behind a firewall. 
Sponsored Programs always appreciates your diligence on reports. If you have any questions, please contact the Customer Service Coordinator for your Department.

eResearch Award Management Project Manager Announced!

Reducing the administrative burden of all who use the eResearch Proposal Management (eRPM) system is a high priority. That's why a working group was formed to gather system requirements for an Award Management tool that will improve the eRPM post-award user experience.

This group has been able to meet intermittently over the past two years, and we are now happy to announce a dedicated resource to this effort. ORSP has created the position of a full-time Award Management Project Manager. We are further pleased to announce that Kate Strzempek has accepted our offer to take on this role.

Kate is uniquely qualified for this position with a deep understanding of research administration business processes and the eRPM system. Congratulations, Kate!

Because Award Management is a significant undertaking and will take 100% of Kate's time, she will eventually be co-located in the Boyer Building with other eResearch ITS staff. Kate will still report to Craig Reynolds, but will work closely with ITS to help put the Award Management system in place. She begins the transition to this role on February 1, but will retain many of her current duties during the transition period in the next few months.

Assistant Director Search to Begin

Additionally ORSP will be posting a newly created ORSP Assistant Director position (to be found on the U-M jobs site). In addition to supervising the ORSP Support Staff, the Assistant Director will develop and execute a plan to fully utilize UMOR's new human resources and budget shared services function, and support Craig in his duties (leading ORSP's day-to-day operations, providing university-wide leadership in ensuring compliance with sponsor requirements and U-M administrative policies and procedures). Additionally, the Assistant Director will oversee communications, training, and data/reporting initiatives. As a result, Constance Colthorp, Amanda Coulter,and Dan Stanish will now report to the Assistant Director, with a dotted line to Daryl Weinert, Associate Vice President for Research.

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Sponsor News and Resources

National Institutes of Health

NIH Updates

The following are intended to be brief summaries of Health and Human Services (HHS) and NIH sponsor updates. Please be sure to read the entire Notices for all details. If you would like more alerts from ORSP Communications on Health Sciences Research, and you are not getting them, be sure to modify your subscription preferences. Our next NIH RAPid will go out this week!

NIH will fully fund most FY16 awards.
NIH Salary Cap has increased for grants and cooperative agreements. 
The cap, which was formerly $183,300, increases to $185,100 - NOT-OD-16-045 View a history of Salary Caps.

NIH Grants Policy Statement

With the revised NIH Grants Policy Statement (NIHGPS) and the summary of significant changes, be sure to read the documentation shared and note that with the exception of K awards or other grant programs that require a specific effort level, or where terms and conditions prohibit such reductions, NIH will not require prior approval for the reduction in effort for Senior/Key personnel during a No Cost Extension Period. Please read the Notices in their entirety for details. Thank you!

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Call for 2016 Nominations

Research Staff Recognition Awards

Annual Research Faculty Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the annual Research Faculty Awards, established by the U-M Office of Research to recognize the achievements of research faculty at all levels. For detailed nomination guidelines and a list of recipients from previous years visit

Nominations are due on February 17, 2016.

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Professional Development & Events


Register for RAN!

Join us February 2nd with our guest emcee, Cathy Handyside!

Date: February 2, 2015
Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Place: Michigan League Ballroom

Register now!

We'll have reports from ORSP, Sponsored Programs, and ITS, along with a Professional Development Spotlight! Special Presentations will include:
  • OSEH, Jonah Lee, Laboratory Safety Project Manager
  • Library Funding Website, Judy Smith, Informationist, Research & Informatics
  • Public Access Compliance, Jean Song, Assistant Director, Research & Informatics

If you would like to attend virtually, you can participate via webcast as follows:
1. Just prior to the meeting start go to:
2. Select "Enter as a Guest."
3. Type your unique name, then click "Enter Room."
4. Type questions in the chat pod.

AAHRPP is Coming! 

AAHRPP will visit the U-M campus March 30-April 1

We view this as a chance to demonstrate to AAHRPP and to ourselves that we can conduct important research while providing superior protection to our human subjects! 

AAHRPP, the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, is an independent organization that reviews and accredits institutions engaged in human subjects research to protect the rights and welfare of the research participants. U-M has been accredited since 2008 and is scheduled for a re-accreditation visit on 
March 30, 2016.

Accreditation bolsters the university’s reputation as a leader in human subjects research. Research sponsors and other research partners increasingly consider AAHRPP accreditation before pursuing collaborations, or providing funding, for research. 

Who’s involved? 
   Anyone involved in human research, including: 
   • PIs and their study teams; 
   • IRB members and staff; 
   • U-M HRPP representatives; and 
   • The Vice President for Research 
What’s expected? 

You may be selected by site visitors for an interview. It’s never too early to prepare for an AAHRPP site visit! Re-familiarize yourself with U-M’s Human Research Protections Program (HRPP). To start, we recommend reviewing the:  Questions?  Contact us at

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Funding Opportunities


Be sure to also check the University of Michigan Find Funding Portal:




National Comprehensive Cancer Network®


NCCN has received a grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to support NCCN investigator initiated studies for the performance of preclinical, clinical, and correlative studies of afatinib containing combinations in the treatment of lung and head and neck cancers. It is the first project approved for the NCCN which incorporates collaborations with multiple pharmaceutical companies. 

A Request for Proposals (RFP) can be accessed online by signing in as a member.

February 19, 2016
2016 Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center Pilot Grant Program

Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center


UMHS Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center 

Funding Available: Up to $50,000 per year. Investigators can seek a competitive renewal for a second year of funding.

Number of potential Awardees: 2-3

For additional information and to apply, please visit:

April 1, 2016 (Internal Deadline)

MICHR’s Pilot Grant Offerings 

The Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) offers funding to facilitate and support innovative research across the translational spectrum. We encourage interdisciplinary collaborations that promote the development of transformative solutions for improving patient outcomes.  March 11, 2016

American Heart Association, Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences) and AstraZeneca (AZ) 

These three groups have initiated the single largest research project in the fight to cure coronary heart disease.

Submissions for the One Brave Idea™ award will be anything but traditional – anyone, regardless of professional background or affiliation, can apply by filling out a very short online form describing their idea.

Funding to support a collaborative research project to address shared community health priorities.

Share one brave idea before:

February 14, 2016


Pathways to Science

Paid Summer 2016 Undergraduate Research Placements

Fellowships and graduate programs in a wide variety of STEM disciplines.
Over 800 programs -- NSF REU, NASA and other paid summer research opportunities for undergrads.

February 1, 2016

L'Oréal USA for Women in Science Program
L’Oréal USA for Women in Science Program February 5, 2016
Young Investigator Grant for Probiotics Research Application
 Probiotics Research
Young investigators committed to basic research on gastrointestinal microbiota, probiotics and their role in health and wellness. Grant will start on July 1, 2016. Three grants in the amount of $50,000. February 12, 2016

Burroughs Wellcome Fund


Third Round of Career Guidance for Trainees

March 16, 2016

The RAP is a joint communication effort from:



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