An Update from the Office of Research, December 2021

December 3, 2021

Learn about external grants that your colleagues received and services that you can use for your own grant work.

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:

Wencong Su, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received $26,835 to provide technical advice and assist on research and development efforts for the preliminary study entitled, “A machine learning-based approach to forecast power flows for the power markets,” funded by Greenwich Commodities, LLC.

Stein Brunvand, Professor of Education, received $18,000 from the Health Resources and Services Administration through a subcontract from Wayne State University to oversee UM-Dearborn’s participation in the Michigan Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorder Training Program (MI-LEND.) This program provides graduate-level training to improve the early and on-going health services for Michigan infants, children, and adolescents who have, or are at risk for, autism spectrum disorders or other neurodevelopmental disabilities (ASD/NDD).

Natalie Sampson, Associate Professor of Health and Human Services, received additional funding of $10,000 from the State of Michigan’s Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs in support of the Environmental Health Research-to-Action (EHRA) program. Co-led by Carmel Price, Associate Professor of Sociology, this program provides high school students with a community-based summer science experience to address environmental exposures and related health inequities in local communities.


Phasing out Fastlane: NSF Proposals Moving to

Several months ago, NSF announced the plan to transition all proposal and award activity from FastLane to by a target date of Dec. 31, 2022. In preparation, the UM-Dearborn Office of Research has begun using for NSF proposal preparation. Most NSF funding opportunities are now available in, and FastLane will continue to be incrementally removed as a submission option through Dec. 31, 2022.

What does this mean for you as a researcher? You may need to migrate your NSF profile from Fastlane to, as well as to update your PI Role to be associated with the new UM-Dearborn organizational account established last year. Please email our office at and Office of Research Administration staff will work with you to identify and make any necessary changes to your NSF account information.

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 Academic and Scholarly Publishing Research Guide provided by the Mardigian Library.

The Academic and Scholarly Publishing Research Guide will help you locate information, books and other materials on academic publishing, writing and research. The guide includes:

  • Books (print and eBooks) on scholarly and academic publishing
  • Journals on academic research and publishing topics
  • Blogs & websites on various research & academic writing topics
  • Grant Resources, including government websites and library databases


M&Q Professional Writer Service

Through our continued partnership with McAlister & Quinn (M&Q), a grants and government relations company, the Office of Research provides support with the writing and submission of (collaborative) research proposals. This is a limited opportunity and interested faculty must apply for consideration.

The Office of Research is inviting teams AND individual PIs with interesting and fundable proposal ideas to apply. Five finalists will be connected with a professional writer and a project manager who will support the team’s work during the proposal writing and submission. The service will be offered free of charge to the selected PIs. Please read the complete eligibility and application instructions below.

First consideration will be given to applications received by Dec. 20, 2021.


  • The team leader/s / PIs must be members of the tenured or tenure-track faculty of UM-Dearborn.
  • Proposals with budgets above $600K are encouraged but we will also consider proposals with budgets above $300K.
  • The applicants should have a clear idea of what research project they would like to propose and should specify a funding opportunity to pursue.
  • Applicants can list funding opportunities of interest with dues dates at least 15 weeks (more is better) from the time of their application.

Application Instructions: To be considered for this opportunity please send an email to with subject line "Professional Writer and PM Support Application" and the following information:

  1. The funding opportunity that you would like to pursue. Please include the name of the funder, the name of the program, and a link to the solicitation/program page.
  2. An outline of the research proposal idea. Explain why the idea is unique and/or how the project outcomes will solve an important problem or contribute to the field. Include the following (limit to one (1) page): Project aims, Objectives, Method/s, and Expected/Desired Outcomes.
  3. A list of all participating personnel and institutions (faculty, students, postdocs, etc. research collaborators and/or community/industry partners who are already involved in the discussion). For each participant, list first and last name, organization(s), and role in the project. If a single-PI proposal, type “Single-PI proposal. Requirement N/A.” Priority will be given to collaborative proposals which include multiple participants with clearly defined roles and contributions to the proposed project.
  4. Optional: a list of research collaborators and partners you would like/need to be involved for a strong proposal and successful completion of the project (if funded). It is acceptable to list an expert in a certain area without specifically naming a person, (e.g. an epidemiologist with experience in…).

Free Proposal Review and Copy Edit Services for UM-Dearborn Faculty

Through our continued partnership with McAlister & Quinn (M&Q), a grants and government relations company, the Office of Research provides free of charge the following services to UM-Dearborn faculty:

Proposal Review

A McAllister and Quinn reviewer will provide feedback on the content of the application with specific emphasis on the alignment with the funding opportunity and agency priorities.  The feedback will identify strengths, weaknesses and areas for clarification.

Copy Edit

A McAllister and Quinn editor will do a final review of the documents to ensure there are no typos or errors and looks ready for submission.  The editor does not review the content or science of the documents.  The edit should take place near the end of the writing process.  The service is available for research & planning proposals, journal articles, book chapters, etc.

For more information and to request an M&Q service, fill out the M&Q Service Request Form.

Questions? Email:


Open Invitation Campus Grants Accepting Applications; Next Competitive Campus Grants cycle opens in early January 2022

The Office of Research would like to remind you that applications for the Open Invitation Campus Grants are accepted until the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2022. Please refer to the Open Invitation Campus Grants eligibility chart for detailed eligibility guidelines.

Faculty can apply to any of our four Open Invitation grants:

  • Faculty Research Mini Grants provide up to $1,000 for non-salary resources that enable faculty research and other scholarly activities.
  • Special Circumstance Research Grants provide up to $1,000 for non-salary resources that enable research-related activities not supported by the Faculty Research Mini Grant.
  • Research Assistant Grantsprovide funds to hire a student to assist full-time UM-Dearborn faculty members with work on research and scholarly projects. The program provides two levels of support:
    • $750 for work leading to a scholarly product (data, book chapter, publication, etc.
    • $1,500 requires that a related proposal for external funding will be submitted within one year
  • Research Publication & Dissemination Grants provide up to $500 per year for peer-reviewed scholarly publication costs, limited to:
    • Journal page charges (including surcharges for graphics)
    • Publisher required expenses related to book publication
    • Article reprints (hardcopy or electronic) of your publication
    • Conference poster and presentation printing costs
    • Copy editing for peer-reviewed scholarly publications, limited to editing required by publisher

Competitive Campus Grants are currently under review from the Oct.15 application cycle. The next round of Competitive Campus Grants will be available in early January, 2022 with an application deadline of Feb. 15, 2022. Detailed guidelines for the Competitive Grants will be available once the grants are available to view and apply to on InfoReady, beginning in early January. Brief descriptions of all the Campus Grant programs and eligibility information can be found on our Campus Grants webpage

Upcoming Funding Opportunities

The Office of Research publishes a list of selected funding opportunities, organized by college, every month on our website. View the December 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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