Featured Calls for Internal and External Opportunities.

February 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
Michigan Medicine-PKUHSC Joint Institute

February 22, 2019

For researchers interested in collaborations in China, the Michigan Medicine-Peking University Health Science Center (PKUHSC) Joint Institute is now accepting proposals from investigators partnering across both institutions. 

Research Areas: Diseases relative to both countries.

Eligibility: Research Investigators.

Amount: Discovery awards are available (up to $100,000/year for two years) for new, early-stage collaborations. Larger Pilot awards (up to $300,000/year for two years) will support projects between investigators with an established track record of collaboration.

For further information go to JI website (http://puuma.org/).
MTRAC Innovation Hub for Advanced Transportation
March 15, 2019

The University of Michigan MTRAC Innovation Hub for Advanced Transportation is pleased to announce the 2019 Full Award. This program targets transportation technologies that address future or poorly met market needs in areas including mobility solutions robotics and autonomy electric vehicle drivetrain/propulsion software/controls/data sensors advanced transportation materials advanced manufacturing processes. 

Research: This program targets innovative transportation technologies that address future or poorly met market needs in areas including (but not limited to): mobility solutions robotics and autonomy electric vehicle drivetrain/propulsion software/controls/data sensors advanced transportation materials advanced manufacturing processes.

Eligibility: Open to all institutions of higher education, hospital systems, and non-profit research centers in the State of Michigan.

Amount: Awarded projects are financed through a 12-month grant of $100,000, and mentored by a team of industry experts and investors. Proposals must have clear objectives with well-defined milestones and success metrics. 

Visit the MTRAC webpage for full details and to apply. For questions or information, contact MTRAC Program Director, Eric Petersen (ericp@umich.edu).

The Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer's Disease (MCCFAD)

April 16, 2019

The Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease (MCCFAD), a National Institute on Aging funded Alzheimer’s Disease-related Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (AD-RCMAR), announces a research career enrichment program involving seminar participation and mentoring in AD-relevant research. Funds are available for investigator-initiated research projects that support the development of independent NIH-funded projects.

Research: Enhancing knowledge of contextual factors in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD) advancing research on ADRD disparities, especially among Arab Americans and Latinos.


  1. Investigators must come from an underrepresented background, defined as an underrepresented ethnic group (e.g., African American, Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native), first-generation college, socioeconomically disadvantaged or person with disabilities, and/or demonstrate a sustained interest in advancing scientific research on the health of disadvantaged group(s).
  2. Investigators must be in a faculty (including non-tenure track) position OR an approved postdoc-to faculty transition position.
  3. Investigators must be in an early-career stage, defined as pre-tenure and no previous R01 (or equivalent) level funding OR propose a project that reflects a clear transition into ADRD or ADRD disparities research.

Amount: Three proposals will be selected to receive funds of up to $30,000 for one year.

See the announcement for full details. For questions email Nour Fakhoury.

External Funding Opportunities
Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Various - February 15, 2019 and March 7, 2019

Burroughs Wellcome Fund has the following grant opportunities:

February 15, 2019: Physician-Scientist Institutional Award

Research area: For MDs to pursue training that will enable them to launch and continue a successful career as independent investigators.

Eligibility: MDs

Amount: Provides $2.5 million grant.

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March 7, 2019: Career Guidance for Trainees Grant

Research area: Support demonstration projects that will model affordable, transferable approaches to improving trainees' readiness for stable, fulfilling careers.

Eligibility: Trainees

Amount: Provides grants of $30,000 - $50,000 over a one-year period.

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The Parkinson's Foundation

The Parkinson's Foundation
February 22, 2019

The Parkinson’s Foundation is now receiving Letters of Intent (LOIs) to be considered for the Center of Excellence designation.

Research area: Medical centers that excel in the utilization of a specialized, multi-disciplinary team of Parkinson’s specialists to provide the highest level of evidence-based patient-centered care; conduct relevant clinical research that is representative of patient priorities; demonstrate leadership in professional training; and conduct impactful patient education and community outreach.

Eligibility: Private or public healthcare facilities in the US, including those based in academic institutions, may apply for designation as Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence. All Centers must demonstrate a core focus on Parkinson’s and meet the application criteria provided in the attached documents.

Priority will be given to medical centers located in geographic areas where there is not currently a designated Center of Excellence; serve recognized underserved communities and provide clinical care, professional training, and patient education to bordering cities and states.

Please submit your letter of intent through the Parkinson’s Foundation Grant Portal

If you have any research grant questions, please contact grants@parkinson.org. If you have any community grant questions, please contact us at programs@parkinson.org.

Global Probiotics Council and Yakult and Danone Nutricia Research

March 6, 2019

The Global Probiotics Council is announcing two grants for Probiotics Research. Young investigators committed to basic research on gastrointestinal microbiota, probiotics and their role in health and wellness should apply.

Research area: Gastrointestinal microbiota, probiotics, and role in health and wellness.

Eligibility: Young research investigators.

Amount: Two grants in the amount of $50,000.

For more information or to submit an application visit the website. For questions, email gpc@probioticsresearch.com.

The Orphan Disease Center and the Loulou Foundation

Orphan Disease Center         Loulou Foundation

March 8, 2019

The Orphan Disease Center (ODC) at the University of Pennsylvania and the Loulou Foundation are pleased to announce the 2019 Pilot Grant Program for CDKL5 Deficiency Disorder (CDD). CDD is a monogenic disorder characterized by treatment-resistant epilepsy and severe cognitive and motor disability. 

Research area: We are seeking grant applications that progress the discovery or development of treatments or cures for CDD. We recognize, however, that many gaps exist in the basic understanding of CDKL5 and its role in neurologic development.  Therefore, basic science projects that address these gaps are welcome, as long as they are tethered to the development of a potential therapy.

Eligibility: All individuals holding a faculty‐level appointment at an academic institution or a senior scientific position at a non-profit institution or foundation are eligible to respond to this RFA. Biopharmaceutical companies are not eligible to apply; however, we will consider applications from contract research organizations.

Amount: One-year grant for $150,000.

Full application guidelines including the Loulou Foundation Patent Policy are located on the website.

NIH Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO)


March 15, 2019

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 two cohorts (MARCH and ARCH), singly or in combination, to local scientists.

Eligibility: 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 the 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.

For questions and to apply email Charm at charmstudy@epi.msu.edu).

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and Eli Lilly and Company

National Comprehensive Cancer Network         Eli Lilly

March 22, 2019

National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) is collaborating with Eli Lilly and Company seeking proposals for the design and performance of preclinical, clinical and correlative studies of abemaciclib in the treatment of breast cancer.

Research area: Develop innovative studies (preclinical, clinical, and correlative studies) to help determine the role of abemaciclib in the treatment of breast cancer.

Eligibility: Investigators from NCCN Member Institutions.

Amount: $2,000,000.

For more information see the Request for Proposal. For other questions please email Patricia Esposito with the subject line, "2019 Abemaciclib Project."

The World of Children

The World of Children
March 31, 2019

The World of Children, a global organization that funds, elevates and educates nonprofit leaders running high-impact programs that exclusively serve the needs of vulnerable children.

Research area: World of Children offers awards in the categories:

  • Education Award - Honors an individual making extraordinary contributions to children in the field of education and learning
  • Health Award - Honors an individual making extraordinary contributions to children in the fields of health, medicine, or the sciences
  • Humanitarian Award - Honors an individual making extraordinary contributions to children in the fields of social or humanitarian services
  • Protection Award (Underwritten by Garcia Family Spotlight Foundation) - Honors an individual making extraordinary contributions to protect children from fear, abuse, and exploitation (including, but not limited to, trafficking, slavery, and sexual imposition)
  • Youth Award (minimum $25,000 grant) - Honors a young person under the age of 21 who are making extraordinary contributions helping other youth

Amount: Award benefits include a minimum $75,000 multi-year cash grant provided to the individual’s organization, media, and educational opportunities, and recognition at the Awards Ceremony & Benefit in New York City in November 2019.

Nominations will be accepted online only at worldofchildren.org/nominate.

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

International Opportunities
Sorbonne University and Paris Institute for Advanced Study

Sorbonne Universite
February 22, 2019

In partnership with Sorbonne University, the Paris Institute for Advanced Study is offering a 10-month chair or two 5-month chairs for high-level international researchers in the humanities and social sciences (HSS) during the academic year 2019-2020.

Research: The Sorbonne University – Paris IAS Chair gives a researcher the possibility to work on an innovative project advancing knowledge on the societal impacts and ethical dimensions of major, global changes, more specifically environmental transition or artificial intelligence. S/he will benefit from the outstanding work conditions and the scientific environment of the Paris IAS and will collaborate chiefly with Sorbonne University’s research teams and Interdisciplinary Institutes.

Eligibility: Researchers from all countries are eligible. Applicants who have spent more than a total of 12 months in France during the 3 years prior to the application are not eligible.

  • Senior university professors or researchers holding a position in a university or research institution or emeritus and having a minimum of 10 years of full-time research experience after their Ph.D. (at the time of the application). To be considered a senior, the applicant must have received her/his Ph.D. before January 1, 2009.
  • Junior scholars having the status of a postdoctoral researcher or holding a position in a university or research institution, and having a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 9 years of research experience after the Ph.D. To be eligible and considered a junior, the applicant must have received her/his Ph.D. between January 1, 2009, and January 1, 2017.

The institute is bilingual. Knowledge of English is required. The applicants are also expected to understand written and spoken French, as scientific and social activities are held in French and English.

Amount: Travel costs to Parish and back are covered by the IAS (economy class).

Any question can be sent to candidature@paris-iea.frFor more information see the website.

CRDF Global and the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine (MES)

CRDFGlobal logo
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.

The Yidan Prize
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

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 the schedule of events and register here.

Email NHA with questions.

Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer's Disease (MCCFAD)

March 15, 2019

The Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease (MCCFAD), a National Institute on Aging funded Alzheimer’s Disease-related Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (AD-RCMAR), announces a Summer Data Immersion program at the University of Michigan June 10-13 in Ann Arbor. 

The Summer Data Immersion program provides hands-on training in the use of publicly available data resources to address important research questions relevant to Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD). The theme of the 2019 program will be "Modeling Cognitive Aging in Context," in line with MCCFAD’s focus on contextual factors. 

Event Title: Modeling Cognitive Aging in Context
Date: June 10-13, 2019
Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Eligibility: Expertise in statistics or ADRD is not a prerequisite, and we value participation from quantitatively- minded individuals who seek to expand their research focus to ADRD and/or ADRD researchers interested in advancing their skills in large-scale data analysis. An important aspect of the program is an emphasis on small group collaboration to initiate and pursue publications that advance research on contextual factors in cognitive aging and foster the development of new research networks.

Please see the attached announcement for full details. Interested individuals should complete the application and upload a CV/Biosketch using this link

For questions, please contact mccfad.isr@umich.edu

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.

Organic and Inorganic Chemistry 2019

July 22-23, 2019

Organic Chemistry 2019 is glad to welcome you to attend the 2nd International Conference on Organic and Inorganic Chemistry 2019.

Event Title: Organic and Inorganic Chemistry 2019
Date: July 22-23, 2019
Location: Brussels, Belgium.

See the website for more information and to register.

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