10/26/10

Promoting Innovation in the Social Sciences

The Office of the Vice President for Research and the Rackham School of Graduate Studies is pleased to announce a request for proposals for a new program, the Social Sciences Annual Institute:  A Five-Year Experiment in Promoting Innovation in the Social Sciences.

The program is intended to support innovative proposals for new directions in the social sciences. The RFP can be viewed and downloaded from http://research.umich.edu/social-sciences-initiative/

Two-page pre-proposals are due November 12. Those who are invited to submit full proposals should plan to do so by December 10. Questions can be directed to Toni C. Antonucci at tca@umich.edu or Marvin Parnes at mgparnes@umich.edu

09/20/10

Request for Proposals (RFP): Bryer Medical Research Fund

Proposals are now being accepted for the Dr. Ben F. Bryer Foundation Medical Research Fund Fall for 2010. 

The Fund was established by the family of Ben F. Bryer to encourage and support the medical research endeavors of University of Michigan-Flint faculty.  This research fund honors the accomplishments of Ben Bryer, surgeon, scientist, educator, author, and humanist, in his pursuit of medical knowledge.  Special gratitude is extended to Dr. Bryer’s sister and foundation trustee, Bess Hurand, and her husband Arthur for making this fund possible.  

Funding is available, on an application basis, to full-time faculty of the University of Michigan-Flint to provide support for medical and biomedical research, with a priority given to research related to cancer. 

Proposals are due in the Office of Research by Friday, October 29, 2010 at 5:00 pm.  Proposals will be reviewed by the Research and Creative Activities Committee with funding decisions announced in mid-November.  Please note that all proposals must be submitted in hard copy and electronically.

Please follow the guidelines located at  http://www.umflint.edu/research/faculty_funding/bryer.htm.  Please review the guidelines carefully.  If you have any questions or need assistance please feel free to contact the Office of Research, 762-3383.

09/13/10

New NSF Program Aims to Accelerate Innovation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships has issued a new solicitation “to strengthen the U.S. innovation ecosystem.” Accelerating Innovation Research offers two options for applicants:

  • The Technology Transition Plan competition will encourage the translation of the numerous, technologically-promising, fundamental discoveries made by NSF researchers, while drawing upon and building the entrepreneurial spirit of the researchers and students. Proposals will include a Preliminary Technology Translation Plan, which will be reviewed by a panel of academic and business experts. Awards of up to $300,000 (with a third-party, one-to-one match required for awards over $150,000) will be made based on merit and the achievement of defined milestones. Awardees will later deliver a Final Technology Translation Plan that requests up to $50,000 and includes a technology demonstration suitable to attract subsequent funding for further development and commercialization.
  • Research Alliance awards of up to $1 million each over two years will accelerate the innovation of a product, a process, or system. This activity will foster connections between an existing NSF innovation research alliance (including consortia such as Engineering Research Centers, Industry University Cooperative Research Centers, Partnerships for Innovation, Science and Technology Centers, Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers, Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers grantees) and other institutions, whose complementary focus will spur the development of discoveries into innovative technologies through synergistic collaboration.

 Letters of intent for either type or proposal are required by December 1, 2010. Full proposals should be submitted between January 1 and February 1, 2011. A webinar for potential applicants will be held September 13, 2010, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern. Contact Rathindra DasGupta at 703/292-8353 or rdasgupt@nsf.gov for additional information.

09/13/10

Call for Proposals: Research and Creative Activity Awards

The Office of Research and The Research Creative Activity Committee (RCAC) would like to announce the Fall 2010 Call for Proposals! Proposals are due in the Office of Research by Friday, October 29th at 5:00 pm. 
 
Please note that all proposals must be submitted in hard copy and electronically.
 
Please follow the guidelines located on our website  at the following address: http://www.umflint.edu/research/faculty_funding/RCAC_guidelines.htm.  If you have any questions or need assistance please contact the Office of Research, 762-3383.

09/7/10

National Science Foundation Proposal Preparation Basics, Part 1 and 2

The Office of Research will be hosting free National Science Foundation webinars, themed “Proposal Preparation Basics 1 & 2″ on Tuesday, September 14, 2010.  The schedule for the day is below.  All sessions will be held in the Office of Research Seminar Room, 530 French Hall, and are free to all interested faculty and staff. 

NSF Proposal Preparation Basics, Part 1 (90 minutes)  11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

This first session will provide an introduction to the National Science Foundation, its mission, organization and overarching policy requirements.  We will also delve into the proposal preparation process as outlined in the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) including the types of funding opportunities used by NSF, components of an NSF proposal, budgetary guidelines and more.

Break (90 minutes)       12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

NSF Proposal Preparation Basics, Part 2 (90 minutes)     2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

This second session will cover the merit review process at NSF which ensures that proposals are submitted and reviewed in a fair, competitive, transparent and in-depth manner.  This session will also cover much of what you need to know when it comes to managing NSF awards including situations that require NSF approval, reporting requirements as well as other administrative, statutory and regulatory requirements.

Instructors: Jean Feldman, Head, Policy Office, Division of Institutional and Award Support; Office of Budget, Finance and Award Management

Content Geared Towards: Anyone in research administration wanting to learn the basics of preparing a proposal for the NSF.

08/17/10

Free External Funding Webinars: Grants Resource Center

On August 23, 24, and 25, the Office of Research will host a series of webinars with live feeds from the Grants Resource Center’s External Funding Conference in Washington, D.C.  There will be several sessions each day, listed below.  Please give us a call to let us know you’d like to attend –   810-762-3147 or research@umflint.edu.  These sessions are FREE of charge!

The sessions included:

Monday, August 23rd
9:15  am  –  10:15 am     Education Policy Overview
10:30 am  –  11:45 am    Science Policy and Funding
2:30 pm  –  3:30 pm       NSF Faculty Rotator Perspective
3:45 pm  –  4:45 pm       NIH Peer Review and Application Process

Tuesday, August 24th
8:15 am  –  9:15 am        Support for Nursing Programs
9:30 am – 10:30 am        Workforce Development Initiative
10:45 am  –  11:45 am    NIH  and NSF Social and Behavioral Sciences
1:30 pm  –  2:30 pm       Department of Energy – Office of Science:  Past and Future
2:45 pm  –  3:45 pm       National Endowment for the Arts:  Grants and Goals

Wednesday, August 25th
8:00 am  –  9:00 am        What’s New with the Department of Education’s TRIO:  member led Q & A

04/23/10

RCAC Recepients – Winter, 2010

The Office of Research and the Research & Creative Activity Committee are pleased to announce the results of the winter 2010 Request for Proposals.  Twelve proposals were received, requesting more than $198,000 in funding.   In total, 6 awards, totally $74,371, were distributed to the following researchers:

  • Jessica Anderson, Ph.D., Chemistry/Biochemistry Department, Principal Investigator 
    Prevention of Cancer and Immune Disorders with Sufficient Vitamin D
  • Gabriella Hristova, Ph.D., Music Department, Principal Investigator 
    Recording of Bulgarian Choral Music for Submission to Music Publishers
  • Janet Haley, MFA, Theatre, Principal Investigator 
    Restoration of Spirit:  The Glenwood Cemetery Site-Specific Theatre Project
  • Heather Dawson, Ph.D.,  Biology, Principal Investigator 
    Spatial distribution, movement and habitat preference of large and metamorphosing
    Sea Lamprey (Petromyzon marinus), a Great Lakes exotic species
  • Sy Banerjee, Ph.D.,  School of Management, Principal Investigator 
    Erin Cavusgil, Ph.D., co-Investigator
    Nikki Taylor, MBA, co-Investigator
    Understanding the Mobile Internet Needs for the UM Flint Campus Community
  • Dauda Abubakar, Ph.D., Africana Studies/Political Science,  Principal Investigator 
    Identity Politics, Citizenship and Violence in Post-Colonial Africa:  Nigeria in Comparative Perspective

Congratulations to the recepients!

02/9/10

Call for Proposals: Research and Creative Activities Awards

The Office of Research and the Research Creative Activity Committee (RCAC) would like to announce the Winter 2010 Call for Proposals.
 
Proposals are due in the Office of Research by Friday, March 12, 2010 at 5:00 pm. 
 
Proposals will be reviewed by the Research and Creative Activities Committee with funding decisions announced in mid-April.  Please note that all proposals must be submitted in hard copy and electronically. Please follow the guidelines located at:  http://www.umflint.edu/research/faculty_funding/RCAC_guidelines.htm
Please review the guidelines carefully. 

If you have any questions or need assistance please feel free to contact the Office of Research, 762-3383.

02/9/10

Energy Research Resources Available

The Association of Public Land-grant Universities held a workshop on peer review and best practices in energy efficiency and renewable energy research funding on January 26, 2010. Video recordings of the sessions and PowerPoint presentations delivered by representatives of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Office of Science, the National Science Foundation Office of Integrative Activities,  the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Office of Naval Research Naval Materials Division are available online.

02/9/10

Call for Proposals: Bryer Award

The Office of Development & Alumni Relations and the Office of Research are pleased to announce the Winter 2010 Request for Proposals (RFP) for The Dr. Ben F. Bryer Foundation Medical Research Fund.

The Fund was established by the family of Ben F. Bryer to encourage and support the medical research endeavors of University of Michigan-Flint faculty.  This research fund honors the accomplishments of Ben Bryer, surgeon, scientist, educator, author, and humanist, in his pursuit of medical knowledge.  Special gratitude is extended to Dr. Bryer’s sister and foundation trustee, Bess Hurand, and her husband Arthur for making this fund possible. 
 
Funding is available on an application basis to full-time faculty of the University of Michigan-Flint to provide support for medical and biomedical research, with a priority given to research related to cancer.  At this time, it is anticipated that one award in the amount of $5,000-$7,000 will be available.  As the fund grows, additional RFPs will be announced. 
 
Proposals are due in the Office of Research by Friday, March 12, 2010 at 5:00 pm. 
 
Proposals will be reviewed by the Research and Creative Activities Committee with funding decisions announced in mid-April.  Please note that all proposals must be submitted in hard copy and electronically.
 
Please follow the guidelines located at  http://www.umflint.edu/research/faculty_funding/bryer.htm.  Please review the guidelines carefully.  If you have any questions or need assistance please feel free to contact the Office of Research, 762-3383.