Office of Research Update: January 2022

January 10, 2022

Learn about external grants that your colleagues received and tools that can help enhance your research — like the University of Michigan Library’s 2022 Research Impact Challenge and a UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint Collaborative Research Series.

External Awards Received

The Office of Research is pleased to announce and would like to congratulate these faculty members on receipt of the following external funding:

Hugo Casquero, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, was awarded $199,914 through the National Science Foundation’s new Engineering Research Initiation program for his project “Seamless integration between CAD and FEA of thin-walled structures using splines with extraordinary points.” This project will significantly advance our understanding of which particular EP construction is more suitable to achieve a seamless integration between computer-aided design software and finite element analysis software.

Alex Ya Sha Yi, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received $550,896 from Yangzhou Qunfa Heat Exchanger Co for his project “Understanding of two-dimensional Photonic Phased Arrays for Lidar Beam Steering.”

William Clarkson, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, received $14,502 for his project “Preparing the Galactic Science community for LSST.” This project, funded by Las Cumbres Observatory, will enable efforts of The Stars, Milky Way & Local Volume Science Collaboration to maintain operations while supporting initiation of the new Rubins Observatory.


New UM-Dearborn UM-Flint Collaborative Research Series & Funding Opportunity

A new collaborative research initiative supported by Chancellor Grasso and Chancellor Dutta will be hosted by the University of Michigan Dearborn’s Office of Research and the University of Michigan Flint’s Office of Research & Economic Development in early 2022. The initiative will include a series of four Zoom events, each one consisting of  lightning talks & networking opportunities, to help participants find potential research collaborators.  At the conclusion of the series, teams led by PIs from both campuses (one PI from Dearborn and one PI from Flint) will have an opportunity to apply for collaborative research grants ranging from $20,000 to $40,000. The award criteria will focus on developing cross-campus research collaborations with potential for external funding.  

Events Topics, Dates and Times:

  • Urban Arts & Culture and Sustainability: January 28, 2022, 12 - 1:30 p.m.
  • Health and Engineering: February 18, 2022, 12 - 1:30 p.m.
  • Educational Innovation, AI and Computer Science: March 11, 2022, 12 - 1:30 p.m.
  • Social Justice & Community Engagement: March 25, 2022, 12 - 1:30 p.m.

More information about the UM-Dearborn – UM-Flint Collaborative Research Series and Grants will be shared as it becomes available.  Subscribe to our Research News email list to receive updates by email and check the Office of Research website, Research and News Announcements and Events sections.

Upcoming Research Events in January and Early February:

More events and announcements can be found on the UM-Dearborn Office of Research website. For regular updates and research announcements, subscribe to our Research News email list!

Resources & Tools for Researchers

Every month, the Office of Research will feature a resource and/or tool that is available for researchers!

This month we are featuring the University of Michigan Library’s 2022 Research Impact Challenge.

Join this year's U-M Library's two-week research impact challenge to receive one challenge from the Library in your email inbox every business day from January 17 - January 28. Each email will describe one activity that you can do that day to improve your online scholarly presence, better understand and communicate the impact of your research, or reach new audiences for your work. The activities will vary, but are designed to take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes. Sign up for the 2022 Research Impact Challenge here!


Competitive Campus Grants Now Accepting Applications

As of December, the second cycle of Competitive Campus Grants have been open for submissions. This award cycle application closes on February 15, 2022 at 5 p.m. This is the final cycle for Research Development & Initiation Grants and UM-Dearborn Scholars Grants for this fiscal year. Thematic Research Planning Grants will have one final cycle with a due date of June 15, 2022. 

Faculty can apply to one of our three available competitive programs: 

For more information about all of our Campus Grants programs (competitive and open invitation) and eligibility information, please visit our Campus Grants webpage. We will continue to accept applications for the Open Invitation Campus Grants until the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2022. 

To apply to any of the Campus Grants Programs of interest to you, go to our InfoReady portal and log in through the University of Michigan Weblogin. If you have any questions, please email us at

Upcoming Funding Opportunities

The Office of Research publishes a list of selected funding opportunities, organized by college, every month on our website. View the January selection of upcoming funding opportunities and contact the UM-Dearborn Office of Research if you would like more information about submitting a proposal to any of the programs.

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