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September Featured Funding Opportunities

Here is a sampling of funding opportunities. Be sure to also check the University of Michigan Find Funding Portal for more access to more comprehensive resources: http://funding.research.umich.edu. Email subscriptions to resources like Pivot or Grants.gov will yield more external opportunities specific to your research area.


Description & Research Areas


University of Michigan
Internal Funding Opportunities

University of Michigan Healthcare Policy & Innovation


MPrOVE Research Innovation Challenge providing planning funds (up to $75,000) to drive team science of interdisciplinary research projects focused on optimizing value in healthcare to advance the quality of healthcare, reduce costs, and help improve patient outcomes.

Contact: Emma Steppe (emsteppe@umich.edu).

September 27, 2017

Application due November 3, 2017

Depression Center


Rachel Upjohn Clinical Scholars Program

Support U-M early career faculty who are members of the Depression Center and interested in engaging in research in mood disorders.

Research Focus: Etiology & treatments that will impact the future care of depression, bipolar, & related disorders.  

Eligibility: Early career faculty members including clinical and research faculty members, lecturers, or any rank up to Assistant Professor who are members of the Depression Center.

Strategic Translational Research Awards (STAR)

Eligibility: STAR Awards of $10,000 are available to Depression Center members who are students, residents, fellows, or post-doctoral candidates.

Research Focus: Exploring or testing research ideas. Gather additional and new quantitative or qualitative pilot data, refine methodology, test tools, analyze data, or further any aspect of depression-related research.

Apply: InfoReady CompetitionSpace

   Contact:  Kim Weber, 

October 6, 2017

Association of Research Libraries

Open Access Monograph Publication Subvention Publication Subvention 

U-M is a charter participant in a digital monograph publishing initiative in order to increase engagement with U-M faculty members’ humanistic research by communities beyond and within the academy. 

The pilot 5-year program will complement rather than replace the existing opportunity UMOR and LSA offer that contributes up to $5,000 (a partial subvention) to the costs of traditional manuscript publication.

Instructional and Research Faculty, Librarians, Curators, and Archivists.

While funded through LSA, faculty authors of humanities and humanistic social science books across the U-M system are eligible.

Research Investigators, Fellows, Lecturers, and students are not eligible. 
October 15 and June 15
CHRTUniversity of Michigan

2018 CHRT Policy Fellowship Application Now Open to UM Researchers 

The Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation fellowship joins selected health services researchers and state policy-makers over four months to learn from healthcare experts and each other about policy-making, health services research, and the intersection between the two.  

Contact: Molly Welch Marahar at mowelch@med.umich.edu

October 16, 2017

University of Michigan Integrative Musculoskeletal Healthcore Center

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Announcing two funding opportunities available through a NIH-supported center (P30 AR-069620) to support musculoskeletal research.

Pilot & Feasibility (P&F) Grant Program to promote interactions between basic scientists and clinicians conducting translational research in musculoskeletal biology, with a particular interest in studies that might improve health and independence throughout life.

MSK-squared (MSK) program aims to promote investigations that explore interactions between at least two tissues (e.g. muscle-tendon, bone-ligament) or that pursue mechanisms of musculoskeletal health, injury, or disease arising between the sexes or as a function of age.

Funding: Two one-year P&F grants of $50,000 and one one-year MSK grant of $25,000.

Eligibility: Full-time faculty members at the University of Michigan.

Email Sharon Vaasseen at svaassen@med.umich.edu 

October 20, 2017

Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR)

The Promoting Progress in Statistics (ProPS) award promotes validity, accuracy, or efficiency of clinical and translational research; to foster faculty and trainees in developing new statistical methods; and to provide a resource for generating preliminary data as a foundation for external grant applications and publication success.

Eligibility: Faculty from all U-M schools and colleges. 


October 30, 2017

University of Michigan Poverty Solutions

Poverty Solutions supports action-based research focused on preventing and alleviating poverty. Up to $220,000 is available through two funding mechanisms:

Community-academic partnership - a joint funding program between U-M Poverty Solutions and the Detroit Urban Research Center focused on evaluating and strengthening interventions, programs and policies in the State of Michigan that seeks to prevent and alleviate poverty.

  • $120,000 (up to four awards of up to $30,000 each).
  • Must equitably involve community and academic partners in all aspects of the research process.
Faculty Project Development - invites faculty at the U-M Ann Arbor Campus to pursue research projects focused on informing strategies that seek to prevent and alleviate poverty.
  • Up to 5 awards of up to $20,000 each for self-contained research projects or as seed funding to pursue larger external awards.
  • Applies to projects in and outside of the State of Michigan.

Both projects are to be completed within one year (January 1, 2018, to December 31, 2018).

November 13, 2017

External Funding Opportunities

American Heart Association


American Heart Association

The American Heart Association new programs are open to all academic disciplines.

Eligible applicants: Biology, chemistry, mathematics, technology, physics, etc.) and all health-related professions (physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, dentists, physical and occupational therapists, statisticians, nutritionists, policy scientists, etc.). Clinical, translational, population and basic scientists are encouraged to apply. AHA strongly encourages women to apply, underrepresented minorities in the sciences, and those who have experienced varied and non-traditional career trajectories.

Award Offerings:

  • Institutional Undergraduate Student Award
  • AHA Predoctoral Fellowship
  • AHA Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • AHA Institutional Research Enhancement Award (AIREA)
  • Innovative Project Award
  • Transformational Project Award
  • Collaborative Sciences Award - Letter of Intent 11/1/17
  • Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine Grants - visit http://institute.heart.org to learn more.
  • Strategically Focused Research Networks

See AHA website for more information on the Award offerings and deadlines.

2017 - 2018 Offerings:

Various - see website


Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

The Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (CASI) provide $500,000 over five years to bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the early years of faculty service in the physical/mathematical/ computational engineering sciences whose work addresses biological questions. Preproposal due September 6, 017.

Physician-Scientist Institutional Program provides up to $30,000 for a five-month planning grant to create programs to increase opportunities for the physician interested in a research career.
Preproposal due September 28, 2017.

Career Awards for Medical Scientists provide $700,000 over five years for physician-scientists to bridge advanced postdoctoral/ fellowship training and the early years of faculty service. The focus is addressing the problem of increasing the number of physician-scientists to a career in research. Preproposal due October 3, 2017.

Eligible applicants: Accredited, degree-granting institutions in the U.S. or Canada.

Various - see website

Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC)

Semiconductor Research Corporation logo


Request for Proposals

The Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) nanoelectronic COmputing REsearch (nCORE) in collaboration with NIST is soliciting proposals from U.S. universities to develop key technologies to enable novel computing and storage paradigms with long-term impact on the semiconductor, electronics, computing, and defense industries.

For details visit src.org/compete/ncore.

September 29, 2017

Hilda and Preston Davis Foundation

Health Resources in Action

Request for Applications

The Hilda and Preston Davis Foundation Awards Program for Eating Disorders Research support innovative, clinically relevant research that seeks to understand the underlying biology of eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, leading to improved patient care.

Senior Postdoctoral Fellows: Two-year stipend to applicants who hold a Ph.D., M.D., or comparable degree and work in non-independent, mentored, training positions, at a nonprofit academic, medical or research institutions in the U.S. Must have completed at least three (3) years and no more than seven (7) years of full-time postdoctoral research experience.

Junior Faculty: Two-year awards of $200,000 (USD) who hold a Ph.D., M.D., or comparable degree and work at a nonprofit academic, medical or research institutions in the U.S. Must have a full-time independent faculty appointment and their first faculty appointment must have been received no more than five (5) years prior to the award's funding start date.

Contact: grants@hria.or

September 29, 2017


Request for Proposal (RFP)

NOTE: You must create a login to access RFP.

Cisco Research has released several new RFPs and seeks proposals from leading academic research groups to propose innovative approaches to address issues for hardware, software, firmware and architecture for Secure and Private Internet of Things (IoT).

Visit Cisco IoT site for additional information on innovative approaches.

Contact: research@cisco.com


Harrington Discovery Institute

Harrington Discovery Institute

Foundation Fighting Blindness

Foundation Fighting Blindness

The Gund-Harrington Scholar Award supports innovative research efforts that could prevent, treat, or cure blindness resulting from inherited retinal degenerative diseases with funding up to $900,000 over three years.

Eligible Applicants: U.S. and Canadian scientist at accredited medical centers, research institutions, and universities whose:

  1. discoveries show promise for novel treatments for inherited retinal degenerative diseases.
  2. multidisciplinary investigators outside the field of retinal disease developing a therapeutic strategy with a potential to benefit inherited retinal degenerative diseases.
October 25, 2017

Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC)

Semiconductor Research Corporation

and the National Science Foundation (NSF)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Request for Proposals

The Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are announcing a jointly funded program of Synthetic Biology (SemiSynBio). Proposals must first be submitted to NSF, and then follow steps to submit to SRC:

  • Only U.S. universities are eligible.
  • Proposals must be submitted to both NSF and SRC.
  • Proposals may be submitted beginning October 2, 2017.
  • The proposal must be submitted to SRC no later than October 30, 2017.

Proposals should address at least three of the five research areas:

  1. Advancing basic and fundamental research by exploring new programmable models of computation, communication, and memory based on synthetic biology.
  2. Enriching the knowledge base and addressing foundational questions at the interface of biology and semiconductors.
  3. Promoting the frontier of research in the design of new bio-nano hybrid devices based on sustainable materials, including carbon-based systems that test the physical size limit in transient electronics.
  4. Designing and fabricating hybrid semiconductor-biological microelectronic systems based on living cells for next-generation of information processing functionalities.
  5. Integrating scaling-up and manufacturing technologies involving electronic and synthetic biology characterization instruments with CAD-like software tools.

Contact: Victor Zhirnov victor.zhirnov@src.org, 919-941-9454

October 30, 2017
Partnership Opportunities
NEI Corporation

NEI Corporation is interested in partnership opportunities for the DoD & NASA SBIR / STTR topics listed below. NEI has domain expertise in the topics and can bolster your proposal in any one of the following ways:

  • Subcontractor to develop/provide specialty materials - coatings, powders, films, and bulk.
  • Use of NEI's facilities to produce and characterize materials.
  • Materials characterization and testing.
  • Battery fabrication and testing.

Please feel free to contact us via email: SBIR-NEI@neicorporation.com.


International Research and Studies
Funding Opportunities

Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST)

Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST)

The Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST) solicits applications for the annual Khwarizmi International Award.

The purpose of the award is to acknowledge different fields of science and technology.

For more details go to the IROST website.

October 10, 2017
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Foundation

Nominations for Programs and Opportunities:

Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers
from abroad to sponsor a 6 to 24-month research stay at a research institution in Germany. The value of the award: 2,650 EUR per month.

Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers
from abroad to sponsor a 6 to 18-month research stay at a research institution in Germany. The fellowship is flexible and can be divided up into as many as three stays within three years. The value of the award: 3,150 EUR per month.

Sofja Kovalevskaja Award
for successful top-flight junior researchers who may use the award to spend five years carrying out research of their own choice at research institutions in Germany and building up their own working groups. The value of the award: up to €1.65 million.

Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award
for researchers who have already gained international recognition in their fields. Award winners are invited to spend a period of six to twelve months on academic collaboration with specialist colleagues in Germany. The individual stays may be flexible. The value of the award: €45,000.

Humboldt Research Award
for outstanding researchers at the peak of their careers. Award winners are invited to spend a period of six to twelve months on academic collaboration with specialist colleagues in Germany. The individual stays may be flexible. The value of the award: €60,000.

Anneliese Maier Research Award
for internationally established researchers from abroad from the from the fields of the humanities and social sciences. Award winners are invited to spend a period of up to five years cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues in Germany. The value of the award: €250,000.

Eligibility: Doctorate (Ph.D., C.Sc. or equivalent) in any topic of research. Good knowledge of German required for Humanities or Social Science and Medicine; good German or English required for Natural Science and Engineering disciplines.


Submit Anytime

Dr. H.P. Heineken Foundation and Alfred Heineken Fondsend Foundation

Dr. H.P. Heineken Foundation and Alfred Heineken Fondsend Foundation

Nominations are being accepted for the prestigious Heineken Prizes 2018 biennial awards for internationally acclaimed scientists and scholars. These international prizes, worth $200,000 each, reward outstanding achievement in the fields of:

  • Biochemistry and Biophysics
  • Cognitive Science
  • Environmental Sciences
  • History
  • Medicine

These biennial prizes are intended explicitly for scientists and scholars who are currently active in their field and whose research still holds considerable promise for future innovative discoveries. Both institutes and individual researchers may nominate suitable candidates.

October 15, 2017


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