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Research Administration News & Updates  Sponsor News and Resources
Professional Development Funding Opportunities

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Research Administration News and Updates

Your Help with December Financial Status Reports and Invoices

The University has financial reports and invoices due to our sponsors in December. We have a shorter working month to complete this, as we need to submit them to Shared Services by Friday, December 20, 2015.

Sponsored Programs always appreciates your diligence on these Financial Status Reports, and we ask for your continued responsiveness to our emails and questions this week so we can address issues appropriately.

eRPM Updates Support New Business Processes

The eResearch Proposal Management system (eRPM) will be updated on Monday, December 21, 2015 with changes to better support our work in research administration.

Space for U-M Investigators

In response to a request from the Research Administration Schools Committee (RASC), project teams will now have an option to indicate that adequate space is committed. The eRPM Space for U-M Investigators page will be redesigned to allow for one of three options:
  • No individual space required
  • Adequate Space Committed, No Additional Space Identified
  • Requested Room/Building

View the helpful What’s New page with additional information, step-by-step procedure, and video demonstration. Thank you ITS and RASC! 

Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) Form updated 

  • For easier data entry, the questions on the Material Details and Transfer Activity pages have been reformatted from Yes/No to Checkboxes.

Honest Broker Office is now UMMS Data Office

Sponsor User Type now in ORSP's eRA Commons Registration

Our updated eRA Commons NIH registration site now includes the role of Sponsor. If you need to add the Sponsor role to an existing account, please complete the registration for inclusion of the new role. If you are unsure about which "Type of User" to select please refer to the eRA Commons User roles (link is external) on the NIH website. Contact Laura Cifor at 734-764-7234 or via email at

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Sponsor News and Resources

NIH Grants Policy Statement

NIH Updates

NIH Grants Policy Statement Available

National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the publication of the revised NIH Grants Policy Statement (NIHGPS). You can view a summary of significant changes

There is one significant change: 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 personnelActive awards must have a measurable level of effort.
National Institutes of Health

2016 Changes to Policies, Instructions and Forms for Grant Applications

A number of changes are planned for 2016 (over two phases, as detailed NOT-OD-16-004) in the following areas:

Some of the new policies require additional data collection and updates to application forms. Determine which SF424 form to use between January 25, 2016 and May 24, 2016 on this handy chart

New parent Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) issued in spring will reflect these changes.

Keep apprised of this and other NIH issues on our Sponsor-Specific Resource pages.

NSF Updates

Reminders and Recent Updates

New for on or after January 25, 2016:

NSF Transition to

Post Award Change Process

NSF continues to transition post-award functions (called Notifications and Requests) on an ongoing basis from Fastlane to View a table listing of Notifications and Requests that have moved.

With this transition, NSF has reemphasized that Notifications and Requests is a function of a sponsored research office (such as ORSP). Therefore, as designed, the system does not allow princicipal investigators (PIs) to initiate Notifications and Requests in (as was allowed in FastLane)unless they are given Sponsored Research Office (SRO) privileges. ORSP is looking into these changes and will provide process details as we learn more.

The easiest way to process any post-award change at U-M is by using our helpful Post Award Change Request (PACR) Form, and your ORSP Project Representative (PR) will help you.

Keep apprised of this and other NSF issues on our Sponsor-Specific Resource pages.

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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


Finding Research Funding for Your Projects

Interested in being more organized and efficient about identifying research funding? Overcome some of the challenges of finding funding through taking this workshop, where you'll learn techniques for searching funding databases and setting up alerts. If you can't make the session, be sure to visit the Research Funding & Grants Guide to schedule a personalized research funding search consultation with the information experts at the U-M Library. 

Finding Research Funding
Friday 1/22/16, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
B001E NCRC Building 16, 2800 Plymouth Rd.

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Funding Opportunities


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




Michigan Mobility Transformation Center (MTC)

MTC is launching three pillar projectsConnected Ann ArborConnected Southeastern Michigan, and Automated Ann Arbor

For further information contact: Vicki Waters,

A wide array of research topics will be considered "beyond engineering" for these thrill pillar projects, including but not limited to: Automation; Business models; Congestion management and reduction; Connectivity; Cybersecurity; Data analytics; Energy; Human factors; Infrastructure design and urban planning; Insurance implications; ITS interoperability; Legal issues; Mobility/congestion; Public policy; Regulatory issues; Safety; Standards; and Social implications.

Submission Deadline: Proposals are due January 15, 2016, and should follow the prescribed structure found in the Request for Proposals document and should include the Proposal Cover Sheet provided.
January 15, 2016
(please note corrected date from previous communication)
National Comprehensive Cancer Network®

Develop innovative studies of afatinib in lung and head and neck cancers. This is the first project approved for the NCCN which incorporates collaborations with multiple pharmaceutical companies.

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

January 4, 2016
American Heart Association

Winter 2016 Opportunities

ORSP Deadline:

January 6, 2016

Communities Engagement Program

TeamWorks Collaborative Health Research Project Award (up to $40,000)

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

Intent to Apply:
January 8, 2016

February 5, 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

$30,000 - $50,000

Imaginative new ideas for how to better prepare doctoral and/or postdoctoral level trainees for success at the bench and beyond. Make an outsider think, “What a great idea! Could that work at my place?”

March 16, 2016

The RAP is a joint communication effort from:



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