Featured Calls for Internal and External Opportunities.

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


Description & Research Areas


Internal Funding Opportunities
University of Michigan Graham Sustainability Institute logo

Final Call:
October 8, 2018 (LOI)

November 12, 2018 (RFP)

The Graham Sustainability Institute Catalyst Grants catalyzes and facilitates sustainability-focused collaborations involving faculty, students, and external stakeholders.

Research Areas: Support collaborative sustainability research planning and partnership development or enhance the real-world application of 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.

University of Michigan MICHR logo

October 15, 2018

Accelerating Synergy Award

Are you positioning your interdisciplinary research team to be competitive for an external large-scale grant? Do you need funds to pursue final data collection/analysis to publish with your collaborators, or to support resources for grant development? If so, MICHR, hosted in partnership with the Medical School Office of Research and the Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation, is seeking applications for the Accelerating Synergy Award through the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research.

Research areas: Three Accelerating Synergy Awards: 1) Basic Research, 2) Translational Research, and 3) Health Services Research.

Amount: $100,000, coupled with tailored MICHR support, will provide the foundation for future large-scale grant submissions.

Eligibility: University of Michigan faculty from all schools and colleges, with mechanism-specific requirements noted in the guidelines.

Details are available on the website.

For questions, contact: MICHR-PilotGrants@umich.edu.

University of Michigan Poverty Solutions November 12, 2018

Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan is offering two new funding opportunities: Research on Strategies to Prevent and Alleviate Poverty in Michigan, and Research on Strategies to Prevent and Alleviate Poverty.

Research areas: Secondary quantitative data analysis, simulations of the effects, evaluation, or existing intervention to prevent poverty, etc.

Eligibility: Faculty at U-M Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses that serve as a Principal Investigator with partnerships with faculty across multiple campuses are strongly encouraged.

Amount: A new round of more than $200,000 in total funding is now open to faculty at U-M’s Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses through two funding mechanisms: community-academic partnership and faculty project development.

See the website for more information.

Michigan Implementation Science Cancer Control Center to Improve Symptom Management

Final Call: Proposals due Friday October 12, 2018 at 6pm EST(pilot proposals)

December 14, 2018 (full proposal)

Background. In June, the National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Advisors approved a new concept: Implementation Science Centers for Cancer Control (IS-C3). IS-C3 is intended to bridge existing research and practice gaps identified in the Biden Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel. Between four and five centers are planned.

Guidance. We solicit implementation science pilot proposals from U-M faculty across all ranks, tracks, and disciplines. Pilot proposals should advance the science of implementation and also focus on improving symptom management for patients with cancer and their loved ones. The planning committee will review submitted proposals and select projects for inclusion in the P50 application.

Pilot proposal PIs will be notified by October 17, 2018. Full proposals, including budgets, will be due by December 14, 2018.

View instructions for more details, and submit an application.

Questions: Contact Dr. Christopher Friese (cfriese@umich.edu) with questions.

Planning Committee: Drs. Christopher Friese, Sarah Hawley, and Marita Titler.

University of Michigan MICHR logo November 14, 2018

MICHR is offering two new funding mechanisms - Pathway to First Grant and Pathway to Independence to support investigators who need to collect additional data to competitively pursue their first extramural grants (such as NIH K or R21) or larger independent grants (such as NIH R01 or similar).

Research areas: Addressing an important area of clinical and translational science or a community-identified health priority. Applications are encouraged for projects at all stages of translation (T1-T4) that use one of the following approaches to research: investigator-initiated research, collaborative research, or community-based participatory research. Details are available here.

Eligibility: Faculty from all campuses, schools and colleges at U-M, as well as partners affiliated with community and patient coalitions and groups, nonprofit organizations, government, and other agencies outside U-M.

Submission Information: Submit applications via UMMS Competition Space.

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

Internal Events

October 9, 2018


Come to U-M Precision Health's inaugural seminar!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Biomedical Science Research Building
Seminar Rooms ABC 
Jenna Wiens, PhD and James Moon, PhD
Two outstanding speakers will kick off Precision Health's educational programming:
Jenna Wiens, PhD, Assistant Professor, Computer Science & Engineering, U-M College of Engineering, will speak on "AI for Health: Augmenting Clinical Care."

James Moon, PhD, John Gideon Searle Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, U-M will present "Toward Personalized Cancer Immunotherapy."

This free event is open to students, faculty, staff, and the general public.
More event details

Lunch will be provided to those who register by Friday, October 5
Register for event

The Precision Health Seminar Series invites expert speakers to share meaningful, late-breaking research on varied aspects of precision health. The interdisciplinary educational series, which takes place monthly during the academic year, features topics ranging from genetics to big data to health implementation (and much more). Our goal is to increase understanding of precision health data, tools, and applications, to engage the academic community to enhance precision health research, and to support the implementation of precision health to health systems.


External Funding Opportunities

Open Philanthropy Project

October 13, 2018

The Open Philanthropy Project is promoting exploratory research into novel or atypical biological processes that have the potential for application in human medicine or design of new tools or materials.

Research Areas: The objective is to demonstrate significant innovative potential of biological processes, mechanisms, and components that may provide new insights or experimental tools of broad utility.

Eligibility: Researchers from the following disciplines: chemistry, chemical engineering, biophysics, epidemiology; computational biology; bioengineering, molecular biology, and other life sciences; infectious disease; animal health; ecology; biosecurity; weapons of mass destruction security; disaster management, risk assessment; and any other relevant disciplines.

Amount: Up to $150,000, with the potential for future funding.

See website for additional details.

National Comprehensive Cancer Network logo 

October 24, 2018 (LOI)

January 23, 2019 (full proposals)

National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) is collaborating with Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly) and seeking proposals to bridge gaps in care for gastric and gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) cancer patients in the United States

Eligibility: Open to investigators within the United States and is not limited to NCCN Member Institutions. Investigators from community settings, support organizations, patient advocacy organizations, and other forums are encouraged to apply. Only project specific to the care of gastric GEJ patients will be considered.

Amount: Individual projects requesting up to $250,000 will be considered; smaller, lower-cost projects are strongly encouraged.

For more details and information please see Request for Proposals (RFP) that clearly outlines the scope and the process that will be followed for the submission of Letters of Intent (LOIs). Please note that this document can also be accessed online.

If you have any questions regarding this RFP, please direct them in writing to Nicole Kamienski at kamienski@nccn.org with the subject line, “2018 Gastric Project.”

U.S. Air Force logo November 30, 2018

The FY2019 U.S. Air Force Research Lab is accepting applications for the Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (SFFP) in conducting research at Air Force (AF) Research Labs/Centers.

Eligibility: Open to faculty members nationwide. Faculty members from Historically Black Colleges and University, Minority Institutions, American Indian Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HBCU/MI/TCU/HIS) as designated by the U.S. Department of Education are especially encouraged to apply.

Click Here to Apply Now – Early application is encouraged. Please review Eligibility Criteria and connect with an Advisor on a selected Research Program Topic prior to applying.

Please direct any questions regarding the program to AFSFFP.PMO@Sysplus.com or by phone at 301-948-4232.

Office of Naval Research
December 12, 2018

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Summer Faculty Research Program is accepting applications for faculty members to participate in research of mutual interest to the faculty member and professional peers at U.S. Navy Laboratories.

Research Areas: Conduct research for 10-weeks at one of 20 participating ONR facilities.

Eligibility: U.S. citizens who hold teaching or research appointments at U.S. colleges and universities.

Amount: Travel and housing allowance and competitive stipend are provided.

See website for more information and how to apply.

Toyota material handling logo

December 15, 2018

Toyota Material Handling North America's University Research Program is accepting proposals that innovate and elevate the material handling industry.

Research areas: See the list of various areas of material handling.

Eligibility: Full-time professors or researchers in North American university.

For questions, please contact info@tmhna.com. Visit the University Research Program website for more information and proposal details.

International Opportunities

October 19, 2018

In partnership with University Paris-Saclay, the Parish Institute for Advanced Study has launched a call for applications for a 6-month Parish-Saclay Jean d'Alembert Research Chair in 2019-2020.

Research Areas:  

  • markets, business, work, and innovation
  • heritage, culture, and knowledge, or
  • sciences and society.

Eligibility: High-level international researchers in humanities and social sciences during the academic year 2019-2020.

For questions please contact candidature@paris-iea.fr.

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

External Events

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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