News from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs: Campus grant applications due Oct. 15; $1.1 million in external funding received

October 2, 2015

Call for Proposals – Campus Grants

Applications for the first round of campus grants this academic year now are being accepted and must be received in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (2066 IAVS) by 5 p.m., Thursday, October 15. Completed applications, including department chair and dean signatures (if applicable), can be submitted by emailing a PDF to dbn-research@umich.edu (or submitting the paper version to 2066 IAVS) by the deadline.

The specific grant programs being reviewed this fall are listed below:

  • EIC Environmental-Sustainability Research Grants – (Up to $12,000) Provide funds to tenured or tenure-track faculty for research and scholarship related to sustainability, conservation, and/or environmental education and research. Awards are provided for projects that foster high quality scholarship and research, have the potential to be sustainable, will result in tangible products such as papers, presentations, or grant proposals, and will result in a proposal for external funding.
  • Faculty Research Initiation and Seed Grants – (Up to $6,000) Provide financial support for research and scholarship by full-time Dearborn faculty to support projects which foster high quality scholarship and research, relate to the applicant’s professional career goals, will result in a proposal for external funding, and have a strong possibility to be funded externally.
  • Faculty Research Support and Maintenance Grants – (Up to $6,000) Provide financial support for research and scholarship by full-time Dearborn faculty to support projects which foster high quality scholarship and research, relate to the applicant’s professional career goals, and are in fields, or for scholarly work, where external grant support is unlikely.
  • Graduate Student Research Grants – (Up to $2,500) Provide financial support for UM-Dearborn graduate students toward thesis or dissertation research projects.
  • Lecturer Professional Development Grants – (Up to $900) Awarded in support of professional development activities of Dearborn Lecturers covered by LEO contract.
  • Small Grants for Faculty Research – (Up to $800) Provide modest funds to full-time faculty for projects which foster scholarship and research, and relate to the applicant’s scholarship goals. Faculty salaries may not be charged to these grants.
  • Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty Professional Development Grants – (Up to $900) Awarded in support of professional development activities of Dearborn tenured and tenure-track faculty.
  • Undergraduate Research Fellowships – (Up to $2,500) Provide up to six fellowships to UM-Dearborn undergraduate students whose academic record demonstrates preparedness and commitment to excellence and who are invited by a UM-Dearborn faculty advisor to conduct independent research under their direction.
  • CASL Faculty Summer Research Grants – (Up to $7,000) The College of Arts, Sciences and Letters and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs provide funds to tenured or tenure-track faculty for research and other scholarly activities to support projects which foster high-quality scholarship and research, relate to the applicant’s professional career goals, and support work that will lead to a proposal for external funding (in disciplines where external funding is available).
  • CASL Senior Faculty Grants to Encourage and Reward Scholarship – (Up to $3,500) The College of Arts, Sciences and Letters and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs provide up to two awards to tenured CASL faculty – one to an eligible associate professor and one to an eligible full professor. The award consists of one course release (for a 3- or 4-credit course, Fall or Winter term of the academic year following the approval of the application) OR a stipend of $3,500. Stipends will be paid during the term the work is done – Fall, Winter, or Summer term of the academic year following the approval of the application.

The application forms and guidelines for each of these grant programs are available on our website at http://umdearborn.edu/research/campusgrants/. For specific questions, please feel free to contact Karen Alameddine at 313-436-9139 or the ORSP office at dbn-research@umich.edu or 313-593-5468.

External Grants Received

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs would like to congratulate the following faculty members on receiving external funding for their research.

GOALI: Nanoscale mechanisms of dynamic response in nanocellulose biocomposites
Alan Argento, PhD, Mechanical Engineering, was awarded a $379,714 grant from the National Science Foundation to study processing and modeling techniques that allow the mechanical potential of nanocellulosic composites to be fully realized.

Ford Community Corps Project Metrics Data Collection
Timothy Davis, Director of iLabs, received a $7,000 grant from the Ford Motor Company Fund to create an online form to collect program-specific data for the Ford Scholarship and Community programs to better measure and assess program-level impact.

MRI: Acquisition of a CONFOCAL microscope at UM-Dearborn
Gargi Ghosh, PhD, Alan Argento, PhD, Nilay Chakraborty, PhD, Joe Lo, PhD, and Pravansu Mohanty, PhD, of Mechanical Engineering, received a $294,324 grant from the National Science Foundation to purchase a laser scanning confocal microscope (LSCM) at University of Michigan-Dearborn campus. The microscope will be used for research in bioengineering, physiology, microbiology, toxicology, and materials science, as well as a resource for the new Bioengineering undergraduate program.

Building momentum that supports sustainability through professional learning communities focused on the content and pedagogy of the common core and school improvement goals
Angela Krebs, PhD, Mathematics Education, was awarded a $206,951 grant by the Michigan Department of Education through a federal Department of Education subcontract for the professional development of middle and high school mathematics teachers in the high-needs LEA Lincoln Park and River Rouge districts.

Wayne Schools Global Geography Project
Karen Thomas-Brown, PhD, College of Education, was awarded a $214,500 grant by the Michigan Department of Education to build the content knowledge and pedagogy of 6th, 7th and 9th grade social studies teachers within Wayne County in the subject areas of Eastern & Western Hemisphere Studies, Contemporary Global Issues, and Era 7-Global Crisis and Achievement 1900 – 1945.

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