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October Featured Funding Opportunities

Please review the following featured funding opportunities. Be sure to also check the University of Michigan Find Funding Portal for 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


Internal University of Michigan Funding Opportunities

Association of Research Libraries

Open Access Monograph Publication Subvention Publication Subvention 

To increase engagement with U-M faculty members’ humanistic research by communities beyond and within the academy and 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.

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

U-MIntegrative 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 U-M.

Contact: Sharon Vaasseen at svaassen@med.umich.edu 

October 20, 2017

Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR)

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 may apply.

October 30, 2017

University of Michigan Poverty Solutions

Community-academic partnership.

Joint funding program between
U-M Poverty Solutions and the Detroit Urban Research Center.

Action-based research focused on preventing and alleviating poverty. Must equitably involve community and academic partners in all aspects of the research process.

Amount: Up to $220,000

Research Areas: Evaluating and strengthening interventions, programs and policies in the State of Michigan.


Faculty Project Development


Eligibility: Faculty at the U-M Ann Arbor Campus.Applies to projects in and outside of the State of Michigan.

Amount: Up to 5 awards of up to $20,000

Research Areas: Self-contained research projects or as seed funding to pursue larger external awards.

November 13, 2017

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

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



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

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

NIH Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO)

Letter of Intent

The Child Health Advances from Research from Women (CHARM) is announcing two grants up to $37,500 per grant for two one-year pilot studies that make use to any of the three cohorts (ARCH, MMIP, and MARCH) to local scientists. 

All scientists affiliated with Henry Ford Health System, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan State University, University of Michigan, and Wayne State University.

MI ECHO-specific Criteria:

  • Responsiveness to letter of intent feedback.
  • Feasibility of completion (less than or equal to 1 year).
  • Degree of fit with MI ECHO aims.
  • Potential for development into NIH-funded investigator-initiated research projects.
  • Inter-institutional collaboration. Applications that make use of investigators from more than one of our participating institutions will receive priority in funding.
November 15, 2017
The U.S. Air Force Research Lab

Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (SFF)

Qualified faculty members interested in conducting research at Air Force (AF) Research Labs/Centers.

Research Areas:
U.S. colleges and universities to perform high-quality and meaningful research at AFRL Directorates, the Air Force Test Center (AFTC), the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), or the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) during the summer months (May-September) for full-time research in the science, technology, mathematics, and engineering fields.


Contact: Mr. Clarence Brown (AFSFFP.PMO@Sysplus.com)

November 30, 2017 (early application encouraged)

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)

Request for Applications

The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) announces the 2018 Pilot and Research Awards. The grants are intended to provide funding for investigators conducting bold, creative and rigorous research into the underlying biology, causes and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

Pilot Awards: Investigators who are requesting support for small-scale projects or early-stage experiments that will build on preliminary data or a prior track record and lead to competitive applications for funding. $330,000 for two years.

Research Awards: Investigators with demonstrated experience who are requesting support for compelling, high-impact research on an experimental hypothesis for which preliminary data have already been gathered.

Amount: $975,000 for three years.

For more information and to apply go to SFARI website.

December 1, 2017
The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience

Letter of Intent

The 2018 McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Awards
Research Areas:
Novel and creative approaches to understanding brain function. How a new technology may be used to monitor, manipulate, analyze, or model brain function at any level, from the molecular to the entire organism. Technology may take any form, from biochemical tools to instruments to software and mathematical approaches. Research based primarily on existing techniques will not be considered.
Eligibility: Collaborative and cross-disciplinary applications are explicitly invited to foster collaboration between the neurosciences and other disciplines.
Descriptions of Previous Awardshttps://neuroscience.mcknight.org/award-recipients/technology-awards  
Eligibility: Full-time appointments at the rank of assistant professor or higher, e.g., associate professor or professor. 
Not Eligible:

  • Research professor, adjunct professor, professor research track, visiting professor, or instructor 
  • Employees of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Scientists within the Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health.
  • Holders of other McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience awards that would overlap with the Technological Innovations award. 

Amount:  Up to $100,000 per year for two years. 

  • LOIs are due on December 4, 2017 
  • Full proposals will be due April 23, 2018
  • Funding begins on August 1, 2018. 

Application and Instructions:
(You must copy and paste this URL for it to work.)

December 4, 2018
The Office of Naval Research (ONR)

Request for Application

The ONR Summer Faculty Research Program announces the opportunity for the faculty member to participate in research for 10-weeks at one of the 20 participating ONR facilities.


U.S. citizens who hold teaching or research appointments at U.S. colleges and universities. Travel, housing, and a competitive stipend are provided for awardees. All work must be completed on-site at the sponsoring U.S. Navy Laboratory.

For more information visit the website: (http://onroutreach-summer-faculty-research-sabbatical.com).

December 8, 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

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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