Featured Calls for Internal and External Opportunities.

January 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).
  • We sometimes learn of opportunities belatedly. We will do our best to announce it within a reasonable time. We include these references to allow for your planning purposes.
Browse this month's featured internal and external funding opportunities and webinars.


Description & Research Areas


Internal Funding Opportunities

University of Michigan - Center of Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM)

U-M Center for Bioethics & Social Sciences

January 11 - January 31, 2019

Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM) is now soliciting applications from qualified individuals for 1-2 postdoctoral research fellow positions for the 2019-2020 academic year: 

Research Areas:

Bioethics Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Active projects in bioethics at CBSSM currently include the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomic medicine, human subjects research ethics, empirical research with relevance to clinical ethics, global bioethics, gender equity, reproductive justice, deliberative democratic methods in bioethics, resource allocation, ethical issues associated with learning health systems, and the sociology of medical ethics/bioethics, among others. Candidates' area of focus must be in bioethics, although their backgrounds may be in social or natural sciences, humanities, medicine, or law. 
Decision Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellow - This fellowship focuses on understanding and improving health care communication and decisions made by both patients and providers. Past postdoctoral fellows have included scholars whose research in health care communication and decision making has been approached using theories drawn from social cognition, motivation and emotion, risk communication, human factors, ethics, and economics. 
One opportunity available through the CBSSM program is an NIH-funded T32 fellowship in research on the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of genomic discoveries. This two-year fellowship offers an integrated program of advanced coursework, research mentoring, and professional development, led by an interdisciplinary team of mentors with ongoing ELSI research programs. Each ELSI trainee participates in an individualized course of training that provides knowledge and skills in areas including the following: the current state of genomic science and medicine; application of bioethics frameworks to ELSI dilemmas; grant writing and scientific presentations; and implementation of interdisciplinary ELSI research projects.

Eligibility: All requirements of the Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree must be completed before the postdoctoral research fellow appointment can begin.

View website for full details and online application.

University of Michigan ELSI Research

U-M ELSI logo
January 31, 2019

Our NIH-funded University of Michigan ELSI Research Training Program is currently seeking applicants for a postdoctoral fellowship opportunity to begin Fall 2019. We are looking for scholars with interests in research addressing the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomic science and technology

The University of Michigan Training Program in ELSI Research (1-T32-HG-010030) is accepting applications for an open postdoctoral fellowship position to begin September 2019.

Research: Significant advances in genetics and genomics promise to enhance medicine and public health, while also posing important ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI). The University of Michigan (U-M) Training Program in ELSI Research, funded by the National Institutes of Health, seeks to prepare the next generation of ELSI scholars for success as innovative, impactful investigators.

The program offers an integrated program of advanced coursework, research mentoring, and professional development, led by an interdisciplinary team of ~20 U-M faculty mentors with expertise and resources in medicine, public health, public policy, and social and behavioral disciplines. 
Each trainee will participate in an individualized, 2-year course of training that will provide knowledge and skills in the following areas: 
   • the current state of genomic science and medicine 
   • application of bioethics principles and frameworks to genetics / ELSI dilemmas 
   • quantitative and qualitative (e.g., deliberative) research methods 
   • grant writing and manuscript preparation 
   • implementation of interdisciplinary ELSI research projects 
Eligibility: A U.S. citizen, noncitizen national, or permanent resident of U.S. with
completion of doctoral work (e.g., Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent) by fellowship start date with experience in ELSI-related research.

Amount: The position provides two years of funding including a stipend (~$50,000 annually), healthcare, and tuition support. 
Please visit the website to learn more information or to apply.    

University of Michigan Coulter Program - Biomedical Engineering

U-M Coulter Translational Research
February 4, 2019

The U-M Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program "Coulter Program" is looking for medical innovation that could improve patient care.

Research areas: The goal of the program is to accelerate the development and commercialization of new medical devices, diagnostics, and other medical product concepts that address unmet clinical needs and lead to improvements in healthcare. Projects are actively supported and mentored by Coulter Program Management and a team of industry-experienced experts who proactively work to accelerate Coulter Program objectives.

Eligibility: The Coulter Program funds collaborative translational research projects between Engineering and Clinical faculty co-investigators.

The Coulter Program objectives and metrics for success involve developing new product concepts to the point of partnering with industry or forming start-up companies with follow-on investor funding to commercialize new products envisioned from translational research efforts. 
Coulter funding does not require a departmental funding match or cost-sharing of salaries.

Distinctive aspects of the Coulter Program include business assessment work that dovetails with technical milestones for each project. Specific benefits to each project include: 
   • New product planning support 
   • Business development support 
   • Market research 
   • Regulatory guidance 
   • Follow-on funding guidance 
   • Mentorship from the Oversight Committee 
   • The C3i Commercialization Planning Program 
For more information, visit the website or contact Thomas Marten, Coulter Program Director, at tmarten@umich.edu or (734) 647-1680. Download Coulter proposal instructions and application forms here

The Michigan Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) U-M Coulter Translational Research February 11, 2019 (LOI)

March 11, 2019 (Final Application

The Michigan Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) Center announces support to initiate new research projects or to extend existing projects that aim to define, explain, or mitigate impacts of environmental exposures during vulnerable stages of life. Projects that aim to include, develop, or expand research-community partnerships are encouraged.

Budgets should be prepared with a start date of May 1, 2019, and an end date of March 31, 2020. Awarded funds must be spent by the end of the funding period.

Eligibility: Any member of the University of Michigan Faculty (tenure-track, research-track, clinical track) is eligible to apply for this support. A proposal should have only a single PI.

Amount: We estimate that 3-4 awards will be made of $25,000-$35,000 each.

Additional information about the M-LEEaD Center and this Pilot Project Program can be found on the Center’s website, mleead.umich.edu.

Please send Letter of Intent to Pilot Program Leader, Dr. Dana Dolinoy (ddolinoy@umich.edu) and Center Administrator, Michelle Daoud (lowdenm@umich.edu) by 5:00 pm on February 11, 2019. This is needed in order to secure reviewers for the review process.

Please follow this link for more details. Applications should be submitted electronically through the M-LEEaD website.

Graham Sustainability Institute

February 11, 2019 (LOI)

March 18, 2019 (RFP)

The Graham Sustainability Institute Catalyst Grants catalyzes and facilitates sustainability-focused collaborations involving faculty, students, and external stakeholders. The Emerging Opportunities Program supports collaborative sustainability research and assessment activities that span multiple disciplines and sectors and connect science to real-world decisions and actions.

Research Areas: Projects that support collaborative sustainability research planning and partnership development or enhance the real-world application of existing sustainability research.

Eligibility: Open to faculty from all U-M schools and colleges.

Amount: Up to $10,000 over 8-months.

Visit the Catalyst Grant webpage for full details and to apply.

External Funding Opportunities

National Science Foundation

January 17, 2019

The Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program at NSF offers researchers from all disciplines of science and engineering funded by NSF to perform translational research and technology development, catalyze partnerships and accelerate the transition of discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace for societal benefit.

Research Areas: PFI accepts proposals in two broad tracks:

Technology Translation (PFI-TT) track offers an NSF-funded researcher the opportunity to advance her or his prior NSF-funded research results toward developing technological innovations with promising commercial potential and societal impact.

PFI-TT supports commercial potential demonstration projects for academic research outputs in any NSF-funded science and engineering discipline. This demonstration is achieved through proof-of-concept, prototyping, technology development and/or scale-up work.

Research Partnerships (PFI-RP) track seeks to achieve the same goals as the PFI-TT track by supporting instead complex, multi-faceted technology development projects that are typically beyond the scope of a single researcher or institution and require a multi-organizational, interdisciplinary, synergistic collaboration.


  • Academic / Research U.S. institutions, including universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the United States, acting on behalf of their faculty members;
  • Public or non-profit, non-academic U.S. organizations located in the United States that are directly associated with technology transfer activities (“Technology Transfer Organizations”);
  • Non-profit U.S. organizations located in the United States that partner with an institution of higher education; or
  • A U.S. consortium of two or more of the organizations described above.

Technology Transfer Organizations interested in submitting proposals to PFI are strongly encouraged to partner with an academic / research U.S. institution to strengthen the technical component of their projects.


  • PFI-TT - up to $250,000 for 18 months.
  • PFI-RP up to $550,000 for 36 months. 

Visit the PFI website to learn if your team and technology are Eligible to apply, and for some tips on How to Design a PFI Project.

Arthritis National Research Foundation

Arthritis National Research Foundation
January 18, 2019

The Arthritis National Research Foundation is providing a variety of arthritis research grants for research scientists.

Research Areas: Researchers working on arthritis and related autoimmune diseases including but not limited to:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Juvenile Arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Scleroderma
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Uveitis (shown in relationship to autoimmune forms of arthritis)

Eligibility: Must be newer M.D. and/or Ph.D. in early stages of their career (equivalent to assistant professor/instructor/senior post-docs).

Amount: May request up to $100,000 in direct costs only for a period of one year, with an option to apply for a second year if significant progress is demonstrated.

View the website for more information and applying for a grant.

The PhRMA Foundation

PhRMA logo

February 1, 2019

The PhRMA Foundation offers three award programs:

The application portal is open. We offer:

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

Eligibility: The Foundation no longer requires that applicants be U.S. citizens, but requires a firm commitment from a U.S. university or institution.

For more information or to apply, visit the PhRMA Foundation website or call 202-572-7756.

The Delta Dental Foundation (DDF)

Delta Dental Foundation

February 1, 2019

The Delta Dental Foundation (DDF) is offering awards for its 2019 Building Brighter Futures Community Grants program.

Research area: Organizations across Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana working to improve oral health for children and adults, particularily for underserved and at-risk populations.

Eligibility: Local not-for-profit programs designed to promote oral health in Michigan, Indiana, and/or Ohio. Only one proposal per organization per year.

Amount: Up to $5,000 per grant for a total of $150,000 in grants.

For more information or to apply, visit DDF website.

L'Oreal USA For Women in Science Program

February 1, 2019

The L'Oreal USA For Women in Science fellowship program is seeking five exceptional female scientists looking to advance their research and serve as role models for the next generation of girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Research Areas: Life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics.

Eligibility: Women must have completed their Ph.D. and have started in their postdoctoral research position by February 1, 2019.

Amount: Up to five (5) grants of $60,000 each.

Visit LOrealUSA.com/ForWomenInScience to learn more and apply.

For questions or require additional information, please email Rachel.Pacifico@loreal.com.

National Center For Responsible Gambling (NCRG)

June 3, 2019

August 1, 2019

September 3, 2019

The Scientific Advisory Board of the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) is pleased to invite grant applications for research that explores the full spectrum of gambling behaviors from healthy to disordered.

Research Areas: Specifically interested in policy-relevant research in a wide range of disciplines including economics, public health, cultural anthropology, neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry, and public policy. This request for applications (RFA) is in effect for both Large Grant and Seed Grant applicants.

Eligibility: No geographic limitation.

View RFA document for more information on application forms and deadlines.

International Opportunities and Competitions
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

January 17, 2019

The American Technion Society has awarded the Harvey Prize in a variety of disciplines with breakthroughs in Science & Technology and Human Health.

Research Areas: Science & Technology and Human Health.

Eligibility: No restrictions to nationality, age, and sex. Recipients of the Nobel or Wolf Prizes are not eligible for the Harvey Prize unless they represent new or different work.

Amount: Two awards of $75,000 each are made annually in a five-year cycle. See website for details.

Merck KGaA Darmstadt Germany

Merck KGaA logo

January 31, 2019

The Merck KGaA Darmstadt is hosting the Merck Innovation Cup.

Research Areas: Graduate students interested in the pharmaceutical industry. Students will advance an idea to a full project plan with their teams.

Eligibility: Postdocs and graduate students on their way towards a Ph.D. in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, biotechnology, bioinformatics, computer sciences, data sciences, informatics, biochemistry, pharmacy, engineering, advanced MBA students or recent MBA graduates with an interest in the pharmaceutical business and a background in natural sciences, or related fields.

Amount: EUR 20,000 for the most convincing project plan.

For more information, see flyer. Applications are now possible at http://innovationcup.emdgroup.com (For U.S. and Canada).

CRDF Global and the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine (MES)
February 28, 2019

CRDF Global and the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine (MES) are currently accepting proposals from joint teams of U.S. and Ukrainian researchers for the 2019 U.S.-Ukraine Agricultural and Alternative Energy Research Competition.

Research Areas: CRDF Global is looking for solutions from U.S. and Ukrainian researchers focusing on agricultural sciences as it applies directly to the following:

  • Agricultural Biotechnology – including plant pathology, genetic engineering, molecular markers and diagnostics, and plant tissue culture among other agritech topics that may reduce and/or eliminate the presence of plant disease(s) that threaten food security.
  • Photovoltaic or Biofuel technology – including engineering, nanotechnology, biochemistry, microbiology and plant study research among other alternative energy topics that contribute to the development of photovoltaic and/or biofuel technologies

Amount: Up to $72,000 ($50,000 from CRDF Global and $7,000 USD equivalent paid in the national currency of Ukraine for the Ukraine sub-team and $15,000 from CRDF Global for the U.S. sub-team) will be made for 12 months.

For additional information and application forms see the CRDF website.

Yidan Prize logo March 31, 2019

The Yidan Prize is divided into two categories: The Yidan Prize for Education Research, which recognizes outstanding research that contributes in significant ways to education, and the Yidan Prize for Education Development, which recognizes innovative ideas that tackle important challenges in the field of education.

Eligibility: Nominate individuals or teams (up to three members on a team). Self-nomination is accepted only in exceptional cases.

Amount: Each Yidan Prize Laureate will receive around US$3.9 million worth of awards, which include a cash prize of around US$1.9 million.

See the FAQ for answers to questions, and on the amount of award and nomination information.

External Events

7th Heidelberg Laureate Forum

February 15, 2019

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) offers all accepted young researchers in computer science and mathematics from all over the world the great opportunity to personally interact with the laureates of the most prestigious prizes in the fields of mathematics and computer science. For one week, the recipients of the Abel Prize, the ACM A.M. Turing Award, the ACM Prize in Computing, the Fields Medal, and the Nevanlinna Prize engage in a cross-generational scientific dialogue with young researchers in Heidelberg, Germany.

Eligibility: Young researchers at all phases of their careers (undergraduate/pre-master, graduate Ph.D. or postdoc) in computer science and mathematics from all over the world can apply for one of the 200 coveted spots to participate in the HLF. 

The 7th HLF will take place from September 22-27, 2019 (with young researcher registration on September 21). This prominent, versatile event combines scientific, social and outreach activities in a unique atmosphere, fueled by comprehensive exchange and scientific inspiration. Laureate lectures, young researcher workshops and a structure welcoming unfettered discussions are the elements that compose the Forum’s platform.

For questions regarding requirements and the application process, please contact Young Researchers Relations at yr@heidelberg-laureate-forum.org. Please visit the website for more information.

Young researchers from the United States may apply for travel grants from ORAU. There will be a separate application process after nominees have been confirmed by the Heidelberg Laureate Forum selection committee in April 2019. If selected by HLF’s international committee, Ph.D. students from the United States will be contacted by the ORAU team to discuss the application process for available travel grants. 

Please email HLF@orau.org for more information about selection criteria. Travel grants for the Forum offered by ORAU are not guaranteed.

National Humanities Alliance Annual Meeting

March 10-12, 2019

Join us in Washington, D.C. in March to advocate for the humanities! This year’s event will provide ample opportunity to connect with a growing number of humanities advocates from around the country. Together, we will explore approaches to year-round advocacy on college campuses and in local communities while also preparing for Capitol Hill visits. On March 12, we will visit House and Senate offices to make a persuasive case for federal funding for the humanities.

This year’s Annual Meeting on March 10-11, 2019, will provide ample opportunity to:

  • Connect with a growing number of humanities advocates from around the country.
  • Explore successful strategies for recruiting undergraduates to study the humanities.
  • Discuss new approaches for documenting the impact of the humanities.
  • Prepare for Capitol Hill visits.

See schedule of events and register here.

Email NHA with questions.

World Biochem 2019 Conference

Allied Academies logo

March 25-26, 2019

Allied Academics would like to invite proficient delegates, scientists, professors, students, young researchers, business executives, scholars, chemists and professionals across the globe to be a part of World Congress on Biochemistry and Enzymology conference on March 25-26, 2019  to be held at Amsterdam, Netherlands. Keynote speech, exhibitions, oral and poster presentations outline the key attractions of the conference on the theme "Delve into the chemical concepts of biology.”

Event Title: World Biochem 2019
Date: March 25-26, 2019
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Register now for the conference by choosing appropriate packages suitable to you.

For more information about the conference see website.

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