News from the Office of Research: December 2020

December 9, 2020

See whose work is getting funded, read-up about new funding opportunities, and get in your proposals soon if you want to submit prior to the holiday break.

External Funding Received

The Office of Research would like to congratulate the following faculty on receiving external funding:

• Kristin Poling, Assistant Professor of History received $20,000 from the Ravitz Foundation in order to work on Digitizing History 387: Aspects of the Holocaust project.


Summer Planning Grants to Catalyze Faculty Research Innovation and Collaboration Awardees

We are pleased to announce that eight teams led by UM-Dearborn researchers received the new Office of Research campus grant. Awards totaled $78,838.

The Planning Grant for Catalyzing Faculty Research Innovation and Collaboration was designed to support the development of cross-disciplinary research proposals that addressed four major research areas:

  • COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Ending Structural Racism (systemic or institutional racism)
  • Protecting Democratic Processes
  • Urban Futures

The funding was open to research teams with faculty working closely together to solve problems that transcend the traditional boundaries associated with programs, departments, and colleges. The aim of this one-time program was to provide support to teams to develop competitive proposals for submissions to external funding programs. 

Project title: “Center for Community Health and Equity Research”
Amount: $9,968
PI: Carmel Price, Behavioral Sciences, CASL
Team: Sally Howell, Social Sciences, CASL
Fred Feng, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, CECS
Sara Gleicher, Beaumont Health

Project Title: “Future of Motor City: “Rotor City”- Initiative Research on UAM in terms of Human-Centered Design”
Amount: $9,928
PI: Kim, Sang-Hwan, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, CECS
Co-PI: Kyungwon Lee, Department of Management Studies, Marketing, COB

​​​​​​​Project Title: “Present and Counted: Better Data on Arab and MENA Students”
Amount: $9,984
PI: Rose Wellman, Behavioral Sciences, CASL
Team: Carmel Price, Behavioral Sciences, CASL
Matthew Stiffler, Arab American National Museum

Project Title: “NHE9 mediated regulation of endosomal pH as a new target for SARS-CoV-2 therapy”
Amount: $10,000
PI: Kalyan Kondapalli, Natural Sciences, CASLTeam:

Project Title: “The Impact of COVID On Research Capacity, Capability and Career Outcome and Potential Of Women And Minorities In STEM Fields”
Amount: $9,970
PI: Marilee Benore, Natural Sciences, CASL
Team: Amanda Esquivel, Mechanical Engineering, CECS
Simona Marincean, Natural Sciences, CASL

Project Title: “Reduced-order modeling of airborne transmission of SARS-COV-2”
Amount: $9,992
PI: Oleg Zikanov, Mechanical Engineering, CECS
Co-PI: Cheol Lee, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, CECS

Project Title: “Urban Futures: Alley Activation and Rainwater Harvesting in Local Neighborhoods”
Amount: $9,996
PI: Christopher Pannier, Mechanical Engineering, CECS
Team: Paul Draus, Behavioral Sciences, CASL
Jacob Napieralski, Natural Sciences, CASL

Project Title: “Use of Metal Nanostructures to Create Microspectroscopic Application for Direct Antigen Detection”
Amount: $10,000
PI: Nilay Chakraborty, Mechanical Engineering, CECS
Co-PI: Krisanu Bandyopadhyay, Natural Sciences, CASL

Congratulations to all awardees!

November 19 Inaugural Provost’s Research Dig “How I Turned My Research Project into a Successful Tenure Case"

The inaugural event from the Provost’s Research Dig series featured four speakers—one from each of the four Dearborn colleges—and included 32 other participants in attendance. Special thanks to the speakers and the audience for a lively and interesting discussion!

Expect the next event of the series in early spring, 2021. Details, when available, will be shared on the Office of Research website, in the Upcoming Events section.

Campus Grants Programs to Reopen for Winter Cycle

The Office of Research is pleased to announce the partial reopening of the Campus Grants Programs in January 2021. Due to COVID-19 Research Operations guidelines set forth by the University, some programs will remain suspended. A list of the programs to be reopened and their detailed descriptions will be posted soon on the Office of Research Campus Grants page


Season Days and Proposal Deadlines

As granted by the university this year, the UM-Dearborn Office of Research and ORSP will observe additional season days on December 23 & 24, and the offices will be closed on these dates. These season days will impact internal proposal submission deadlines, and keep in mind that our offices may be working with limited staff as we approach the break. In addition, many sponsors' offices may also have limited staff and closings during this season. 

Upcoming Funding Opportunities

Please contact the UM-Dearborn Office of Research if you would like more information about submitting a proposal to any of the following programs. You will find a more comprehensive list of funding opportunities on our website:

Funding Entity

Program Title & Links





The Economics program supports research designed to improve the understanding of the processes and institutions of the U.S. economy and of the world system of which it is a part. It supports research in almost every area of economics, including econometrics, economic history, environmental economics, finance, industrial organization, international economics, labor economics, macroeconomics, mathematical economics, and public finance.

January 18, 2021

August 18, 2021


Decision, Risk and Management Sciences  (DRMS)

The Decision, Risk and Management Sciences program supports scientific research directed at increasing the understanding and effectiveness of decision making by individuals, groups, organizations, and society.

January 18, 2021

August 18, 2021


Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science

The FOA aims to represent unique opportunities to position our Nation at the cutting edge of global science and engineering leadership by bringing together diverse disciplinary perspectives to support convergence research.

January 26, 2021


Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics  (MMS)

The Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics (MMS) Program is an interdisciplinary program in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences that supports the development of innovative analytical and statistical methods and models for those sciences. MMS seeks proposals that are methodologically innovative, grounded in theory, and have potential utility for multiple fields within the social, behavioral, and economic sciences.  

January 28, 2021

 August 26, 2021


Science of Organizations  (SoO)

The Science of Organizations (SoO) program funds basic research that yields a scientific evidence base for improving the design and emergence, development and deployment, and management and ultimate effectiveness of organizations of all kinds. SoO welcomes any and all rigorous, scientific approaches that illuminate aspects of organizations as systems of coordination, management and governance. 

February 2, 2021

    February 2, Annually Thereafter

    September 3, 2021

    September 3, Annually Thereafter


2021 Empowering Communities to Address Behavioral Health and Chronic Pain through Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Programs

This funding opportunity has two goals: 
Goal 1: Through robust partnerships, develop a result-based, comprehensive strategy for addressing behavioral health and/or chronic pain among older adults and adults with disabilities living in your community.
Goal 2: Significantly increase the number of older adults and adults with disabilities who participate in evidence-based self-management education and/or self-management support programs to empower them to better manage these chronic condition(s), while concurrently pursuing the sustainability of these programs beyond the end of the grant period.

February 2, 2021



A Multidisciplinary Approach to Study Vaccine-elicited Immunity and Efficacy against Malaria (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The purpose of this initiative is to support research to advance understanding of the underlying immune mechanisms that contribute to malaria vaccine-elicited protection or vaccine hypo-responsiveness in endemic regions by capitalizing on recent research advances in systems vaccinology and systems immunology as well as emerging opportunities in data science and informatics.

February 8, 2021


Summer Institute for Research Education in Biostatistics and Data Science (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The overarching goal of this program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs.

Letter of Intent due February 8, 2021 

Full proposal March 8, 2021


ROSES 2020: Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science - 2020

Program covers the wide range of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences supported by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.

February 14, 2021


(FY20) Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR)

The aim of DEPSCoR is to improve the research capabilities at institutions of higher education (IHE) in eligible States/Territories to perform competitive basic research in science and engineering that is relevant to the DoD mission and reflect national security priorities.

February 15, 2021


Smart Health and Biomedical Research in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Data Science

The purpose of this interagency program solicitation is to support the development of transformative high-risk, high-reward advances in computer and information science, engineering, mathematics, statistics,behavioral and/or cognitive researchto address pressing questions in the biomedical and public health communities.

February 16, 2021


NIH Small Research Grant Program (Parent R03 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The NIH Small Research Grant Program supports discrete, well-defined projects that realistically can be completed in two years and that require limited levels of funding. This program supports different types of projects including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Pilot or feasibility studies;
  • Secondary analysis of existing data;
  • Small, self-contained research projects;
  • Development of research methodology; and
  • Development of new research technology.

February 16, 2021

June 16, 2021

October 16, 2021


Research Grants to Develop or Identify Effective Strategies to Prevent Overdose Involving Illicit Stimulants and Polysubstance Use Involving Stimulants

The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) is soliciting investigator-initiated research that will support the identification of effective strategies for state, community, and systems-level implementation to prevent fatal and nonfatal overdoses involving illicit stimulants as well as polysubstance use and overdose involving illicit stimulants.

February 18, 2021 (estimated)


Smart and Connected Communities

The goal of the NSF Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) program solicitation is to accelerate the creation of the scientific and engineering foundations that will enable smart and connected communities to bring about new levels of economic opportunity and growth, safety and security, health and wellness, accessibility and inclusivity, and overall quality of life.

February 24, 2021


Academic Research Enhancement Award for Undergraduate-Focused Institutions (R15 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The three objectives of this FOA are: (1) provide support for meritorious research at undergraduate-focused institutions or institutional components; (2) strengthen the research environment at these institutions/components; and (3) give undergraduate students an opportunity to gain significant biomedical research experience through active involvement in the research.  

February 25, 2021

June 25, 2021

October 25, 2021


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