The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs announces grant information and recent awards

1/24/2014

Apply Now for Campus Grants!

Applications for the second round of Campus Grants for this academic year are due to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (1055 AB) by February 17. A list and brief description of the specific grants being reviewed is below. The application form and guidelines for each of these grant programs are available on our website at http://www.research.umd.umich.edu/grants/campusgrants/.

  • 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 that 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).
  • Dearborn’s Rackham Grants for Faculty Research (Up to $15,000) – The objective of this program is to assist junior faculty in establishing an active program of research and scholarship, including creative activities in the arts. Senior faculty whose proposed research represents a new line of inquiry may also apply, providing they submit a statement describing the ways in which the proposed research is distinctly new.
  • Educational Enhancement Grants (Up to $1,500) – Enable faculty members to enhance the educational experiences of students through the development of new courses and curricula, or the purchase of one-time course materials or equipment. Unit match is strongly encouraged.
  • Faculty Research Initiation and Seed Grants (Up to $6,000) – Provide financial support for research and scholarship by full-time UM-Dearborn faculty to support projects that 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 UM-Dearborn faculty to support projects that 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 funds for independent research projects supervised by a faculty member and completed as part of a degree requirement.
  • Lecturer Professional Development Grants (Up to $900) – Awarded in support of professional development activities of UM-Dearborn Lecturers covered by the LEO contract.
  • Small Grants for Faculty Research (Up to $800) – Provide modest funds to full-time faculty members for projects that foster scholarship and research, and relate to the applicant’s scholarship goals. Faculty salaries may not be charged to these grants.
  • Step-2 Grants for Faculty Research (Up to $15,000) – Recognizing that a sustained research program often requires an initial investment larger than a standard Campus Grant, the Step-2 Grants provide an extra increment of internal support for research.
  • Student Group Travel to Present Research Results (Up to $1,500) – Grants support groups of students (from one lab, student club, or department) to cover some of the costs of traveling to national professional meetings to present papers based on research conducted at UM-Dearborn. Funds will normally not be provided for state or regional meetings. Due to limited funding, a given student may receive only one grant (group or individual) in a year and only one presenter of a multi-author paper may apply.
  • 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 adviser to conduct independent research under their direction.

NOTE:  All funds for Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty Professional Development Grants have been committed.

Dearborn Discretionary Grants
The following grants can be applied for at any time during the year, as long as funds are available. Guidelines for each of these grant programs are available on our website at http://www.research.umd.umich.edu/grants/campusgrants/.

  • Faculty Research Publication Costs (Up to $300) – Full-time faculty are eligible for support of non-commercial, scholarly publication costs, journal page charges, reprint expenses and presentation materials, posters and other preparation costs.
  • Lecturer Research Travel (To present a paper) (Up to $300) – Provided to cover some of the costs of traveling to professional meetings to present papers based on research conducted at UM-Dearborn.
  • Research Assistantship Grants (standard $500; seed $1,500) – Available to pay for student research assistants to work on research conducted by full-time UM-Dearborn faculty members.
  • Student Presentation Preparation Costs (Up to $200) – Dearborn students are eligible for support of presentation materials, posters and other preparation costs.
  • Student Research Grants (Up to $500) – For independent research projects by UM-Dearborn undergraduate and graduate students. The project must be supervised by a faculty member and the project will ordinarily be related to the student’s major field of study.
  • Student Research Travel (To present a paper) (Up to $300) – Available to assist individual students with travel costs to present papers at professional meetings and conferences.
  • Support for Travel to Develop a Grant Proposal (Varies) – Provide support to faculty for travel, room and meals to discuss a proposal or concept with a program officer. These awards may be used to supplement funds available from the department, school or college for this purpose.

External Grants Received

Affiliate Program for the GATE Center of Electric Drive Transportation: The Mathworks, Inc (Year 2)
Chris Mi, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received $2,500 from The Mathworks, Inc. as year two of a grant funding the annual affiliate membership of the university in the Center for Electric Drive Transportation.

Great Start Readiness Program 2013-2014
Seong Hong, Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC), was awarded a $177,625 grant from the State of Michigan Department of Education to support the ECEC preschool program for four-year-old children who have factors in their lives that place them at-risk for failure in school. This also provides valuable and diverse exposure to our pre-service teachers who gain experience working with children and families with disadvantaged backgrounds.

Dynamic Performance Investigation of Automotive Seating Foam
Zhimin Xi, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, received $5,000 from The Woodbridge Group to develop a valid model for investigating the seating comfort in dynamic driving conditions considering the uncertainty of foam material properties.

Volvo DTI Learning Tool Upgrade
Yi Murphey, Electrical and Computer Engineering, was awarded $4,000 from Volvo of America Automated Systems Division to update the Volvo DTI Learning Tool in order to work properly in the Windows7 and SQL Server 2008 environment.

Illegal Drugs in Spanish Film: Addiction in the Big Screen from the Closing of Franco Regime to the Early Stages of the 21st Century
Jorge Gonzalez del Pozo, Language, Culture and Communication, was awarded a $1,650 publication subvention grant from the Office of Research in Ann Arbor to assist with publishing expenses for his book.

Memoirs of the Maelstrom: A Senegalese Oral History of the First World War
Joe Lunn, Social Sciences, received a $5,000 publication subvention grant from the Office of Research in Ann Arbor to defray a significant portion of the costs of translating his book into French for publication.

Bill of Process Simulation
Armen Zakarian, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, received a grant of $30,000 from Ford Motor Company. This project will determine the effectiveness of utilizing the FAST simulation tool in North America with technical guidance from Europe to develop simulation models for Bill of Process lines.

Mechanical Behavior of Soy-Based Plastics and Rubber (2014)
Alan Argento, Mechanical Engineering, was awarded $87,301 from SmithBucklin Corporation representing the United Soybean Board to continue work on the development and design of soy-based foam for automotive driveshafts. This foam functions to dissipate vibration and noise in driveshafts made of aluminum commonly used by most manufacturers of trucks, vans and SUVs.

Spark Ignition Engine Combustion Modeling with Knocking Prediction Capability Associated with Experimental Analysis of Knocking Characteristics
Dohoy Jung, Mechanical Engineering, received a $240,732 grant from Hyundai Motor Company to develop a Spark Ignition Engine Combustion Model with knock prediction capability for the optimization of advanced engine design and control.

Dedicated Workstation for Data Analysis of a Photometric Survey of the Southern Galactic Bulge
William Clarkson, Natural Sciences, was awarded $2,899 from the Fund for Astrophysical Research, Inc. to purchase a workstation and external disk drive to be used by Astronomy researchers to analyze data from a major multi-year photometric survey of the Southern Galactic Bulge (itself a calibrator object for galaxy formation and development). Deliverables will include the largest contiguous, multi-color, zoomable map of the bulge yet taken at optical wavelengths.

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