An update from the Office of Research, August 2020

August 7, 2020

The Office of Research shares available campus grants, recently awarded funding and national research grant deadlines from organizations like the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense.


Campus Grants—Open Applications

Reminder: The university has suspended non-essential expenditures, including travel, hosting, and conferences. 

Urgent Remote Instruction Professional Development Fund For Leo Lecturers - provides up to $250 to Lecturers for expenses related to the urgent transition to remote instruction necessitated by the COVID-19 Pandemic.Applications accepted through October 15 or until all funds are awarded. 

New to the Campus Grants Application System?
If you are new to our web-based application system, you must create a new user profile in order to apply.  Here’s how to log in and set up your profile. You may also find this step-by-step guide for proposal submission helpful in navigating the application process.

External Grants Received

The Office of Research would like to congratulate the following faculty members on receiving external research funding:
Probir Roy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Computer and Information Science, was recently awarded $249,885 from the National Science Foundation to work with College of William and Mary to study and explore optimization in the cloud environment.

Upcoming Funding Opportunities

Please contact the UM-Dearborn Office of Research if you are interested in submitting a proposal to any of the following programs:

Funding Entity




Department of Defense

Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI)

The MURI program supports basic research in science and engineering at U.S. institutions of higher education that is of potential interest to DoD. The program is focused on multidisciplinary research efforts where more than one traditional discipline interacts to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the DoD.


National Science Foundation

Disaster Resilience Research Grants

With this joint solicitation, the National Science Foundation and the U.S Department of Commerce (DOC) National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) call for proposals for research to advance fundamental understanding of disaster resilience in support of improved, science-based planning, policy, decisions, design, codes, and standards.



Women’s Preventive Services Initiative

Seeks to improve women’s health across the lifespan by engaging a coalition of provider, academic, and patient-focused health professional organizations to 1) Identify and recommend evidence-based updates to the HRSA-supported Women’s Preventive Services Guidelines (Guidelines); 2) Raise awareness and knowledge of these Guidelines; and 3) Increase clinicians’ adoption and utilization of these Guidelines.


National Science Foundation

Discovery Research PreK-12

Seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science (STEM) by preK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of STEM education innovations and approaches.


National Science Foundation

PFE: Research Initiation in Engineering Formation

The PFE: Research Initiation in Engineering Formation (PFE: RIEF) program has two goals: 1) Support research in the Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE), and 2) Increase the community of researchers conducting PFE research.


National Science Foundation

Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems

The DISES Program supports research to advance basic scientific understanding of integrated socio-environmental systems and the complex interactions within and among the environmental and human components of such a system.


National Science Foundation

Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases NSF 20-585

The multi-agency Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases program supports research on the ecological, evolutionary, and social drivers that influence the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. The central theme of submitted projects must be the quantitative or computational understanding of pathogen transmission dynamics. The intent is discovery of principles of infectious disease transmission and testing mathematical or computational models that elucidate infectious disease systems. Projects should be broad, interdisciplinary efforts that go beyond the scope of typical studies.

November 18, 2020

National Science Foundation

Division of Materials Research: Topical Materials Research Programs: Biomaterials (BMAT), Condensed Matter Physics (CMP), Metals and Metallic Nanostructures (MMN), Polymers (POL) NSF 20-589

Research supported by the Division of Materials Research (DMR) focuses on advancing fundamental understanding of materials, materials discovery, design, synthesis, characterization, properties, and materials-related phenomena. DMR awards enable understanding of the electronic, atomic, and molecular structures, mechanisms, and processes that govern nanoscale to macroscale morphology and properties; manipulation and control of these properties; discovery of emerging phenomena of matter and materials; and creation of novel design, synthesis, and processing strategies that lead to new materials with unique characteristics. These discoveries and advancements transcend traditional scientific and engineering disciplines.

November 02, 2020
November 1, annually thereafter

National Science Foundation

Division of Physics: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects

The Division of Physics supports physics research and the preparation of future scientists in the nation’s colleges and universities across a broad range of physics disciplines that span scales of space and time from the largest to the smallest and the oldest to the youngest. 


National Science Foundation

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


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