Featured Calls for Internal and External Opportunities.

August Featured Funding Opportunities

Tips for Finding Funding
  • The website funding.research.umich.edu, curated by the U-M Library, provides a more comprehensive listing of funding resources.
  • Searching resources like Grants.gov or ProQuest's Pivot (a service which U-M provides for use by staff and faculty) will yield more external opportunities. Both resources offer options for automated email updates based on your preferences and research area(s).
  • Be sure to read the sponsor guidelines. If you have questions on whether to include a pre-proposal, consult the Pre-Proposal vs. Proposal Approval Form standard operating procedure.

Browse this month's featured internal and external funding opportunities.


Description & Research Areas


Internal Funding Opportunities

Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR)

University of Michigan MICHR logo

September 17, 2018

MICHR is seeking applications for the Promoting Progress in Statistics Award to develop a novel statistical methodology with high potential for advancing clinical and translational research.

Research areas: To enhance the 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 schools and colleges at U-M.

Submission Information: Submit applications via UMMS Competition Space.

For questions, contact MICHR-Pilotgrants@umich.edu. For more information, view MICHR website.

External Funding Opportunities


RFI: July 15, 2018 - September 15, 2018

Facebook is seeking a novel approach to perform noninvasive optical sensing of brain activity to advance the field of optical brain-computer interfaces.

Research areas: Brain-computer interface, non-invasive optics, diffuse optical tomography, random media, light diffusion, intrinsic optical signals, remote sensing, dynamic light scattering, diffuse correlation spectroscopy, computational optics, fluctuation analysis, intensity, phase, polarization.

Eligibility: Investigators

Submission Information: Submissions must not contain any Facebook, respondent, or third party (i) Intellectual Property, or (ii) confidential, proprietary, or privileged information. It is the respondent's responsibility to ensure that all submitted information has been approved for public release by the information owner. There is no formatting specification, nor limit on the amount of content that can be included. As a result, Facebook makes no assurances that submitted materials will be reviewed, nor that any feedback will be provided. Content that is excessive or of unclear relevance to the RFI topic is unlikely to be reviewed. 

U-M investigators should create a PAF or p re-PAF according to our Standard Operating Procedure 400.01.

Submissions should be sent to frl_academics@fb.com with the identifier RFI_BCI_002 in the subject line, or through https://fbresearch.wufoo.com/forms/facebook-request-for-information-rfi_bci_002/. Open discussions will be hosted on Workplace during RFI schedule.

2018 Sony Research Award Program

July 15, 2018 to
September 15, 2018

The Sony Research Award Program is intended to foster a partnership with university faculty and researchers for emerging and innovative technology research projects in collaboration with Sony's research division. The program is comprised of the Faculty Innovation Award and the Focused Research Award.

Research: Cutting-edge academic research to drive new technologies and industries in three broad subject categories: Information Technology, Devices & Materials, and Life Sciences.

Eligibility: Faculty and researchers in the U.S. and Canada.

Amount: Up to $150,000 per year.

To learn about the Sony Research Award Program register for the webinar on Monday, July 30, 2018.

Instructions and information for proposal submission are available here.

Semiconductor Research Corp. (SRC) Global Research Collaboration (GRC)

Semiconductor Research Corp. logo

July 23, 2018 (Call for Whitepapers)

September 18, 2018 (Request for Proposals)

Semiconductor Research Corp. (SRC) Global Research Collaboration (GRC) is soliciting white papers in the research program of Packaging. The principal goal of this program is to advance fundamental knowledge and innovations to create and explore advanced evolutionary, revolutionary, and transformative packaging technologies for reliably encapsulating and efficiently integrating microsystems, and enabling them to interface to the macro world.

The selection process is divided into two stages: submit a brief two-page white paper, and selected white papers will result in an invitation to submit a full proposal.

Eligibility: Universities worldwide, may be addressed by an individual investigator or a research team.

Amount: Expected $100,000 per year per task.

Instructions and information are available here.


Merck logo

August 15, 2018

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is celebrating its 350th anniversary to stimulate innovative research in challenging areas.

Amount: Up to EUR 350,000/year for 3 years.

Healthy Lives / Drug Discovery: Identify and characterize the next game-changing molecule or technology to help cure cancer or autoimmune disease.

University Research Association (URA)

Universities Research Assn. logo

August 27, 2018

The URA Visiting Scholars Program (VSP)

Purpose/ Research Areas: Work at Fermilab high energy physics experiments, astrophysics, theory, accelerator physics, materials science, and computer science, related to the Fermilab mission.

Eligibility: Researchers who are faculty, postdocs, or graduate students at URA-member universities.

Amount: Up to $50,000 per year. May include travel and local lodging expenses during a series of short visits or salary support and round-trip travel expenses for an extended visit. Not included are indirect costs, tuition, fees, and other administrative expenses.

Visit the website for additional information.

The PhRMA Foundation
PhRMA logo

September 1, 2018

The PhRMA Foundation offers grants and fellowships in Informatics, Pharmacology/ Toxicology, and Pharmaceutics. The application portal will be open July 9th. We offer:

  • Pre-Doctoral Fellowships
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowships
  • Research Starter Grants
  • Sabbaticals

Amount: $20,000/year for our Pre Doctoral Fellowships to $100,000 for our Research Starter Grants.

Eligibility: U.S. Citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. with a firm commitment from the university.



September 14, 2018

The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) announces the Winter 2019 Pilot Award.

Purpose/Research Areas: Grants are intended to provide early support for exploratory ideas, particularly those with novel hypotheses for autism. Appropriate projects for this mechanism include those considered higher risk with less assurance of ultimate impact, but with the potential for transformative results.

Eligibility: Investigators in the field of autism.

Amount: The total budget of a Pilot Award is $300,000 or less, including 20 percent indirect costs, over a period of up to two (2) years.

For additional details visit the website.



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