An update from the Office of Research, February 2021

February 10, 2021

See whose work is getting funded, read-up about new funding opportunities, and nominate a colleague for a U-M research recognition award.

External Awards Received

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

Sally Howell, Associate Professor, Social Sciences and Director of the Center for Arab American Studies received the following awards in support of her ongoing project Halal Metropolis: Exploring Muslim Visibility in Detroit:
●      $15,000 from the El-Hibri Foundation
●      $95,807 from the Doris Duke Foundation

Yi Lu Murphey, Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering received funding in the amount of $30,358 from Nissan North America. Dr. Murphey will conduct preliminary research in navigation system driving speed predictions


Office of Research Department Presentations

The UM-Dearborn Office of Research would like to visit YOU! If your group or department is interested in having our staff provide a 30-45 minute presentation (via Zoom) about working with our office, please contact Pat Turnbull (pawatson) and suggest some dates that might work for your department. We would be happy to meet with your group and discuss the services we have available to support faculty in their research and scholarly endeavors!

UMOR Research Recognition Awards

The U-M Office of the Vice President for Research is accepting nominations from across all three campuses for its research awards program. The U-M community is encouraged to nominate individuals from any UM campus for the annual Research Faculty Awards and Research Staff Awards. Nominations for the following categories are being accepted through February 15:

●  Collegiate Research Professorship Award
●  Research Faculty Achievement Award
●  Research Faculty Recognition Award
●  Research Technical Staff Recognition Award
●  Research Administrator Recognition Award
●  UMOR Exceptional Service Award

Reminders & Updates

Campus Grants Update

The Office of Research is pleased to announce the opening of two special campus grants programs for students. The programs will support student independent research and online student conference registration throughout the remainder of fiscal year 2021. You can see more details on the Office of Research website, Campus Grants page. We will be accepting  applications via InfoReady throughout the current fiscal year, ending Jun 30, 2021.

Professional Writer and PM Support for Collaborative Team Work

The Office of Research opportunity for support for the writing and submission of a collaborative research proposal is still open! We are looking for teams with interesting and fundable proposal ideas, to connect them 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 selected teams. This is a limited-time, limited-availability opportunity.

●  The team leader/s (PIs) must be members of the tenured or tenure-track faculty of UM-Dearborn
●  Proposals with budgets under $600K and/or from individual PIs will *not* qualify for this opportunity.
●      The team applying for support should have a clear idea of the research they would like to propose and a specific funding opportunity to pursue.

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

●  The funding opportunity that you would like to pursue- please include a link to it. You should have at least 3 months to work on your proposal before it is due for submission.
●  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 project aims, objectives, method/s and expected/desired outcomes. Limit to one (1) page.
●  A list of all 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.
●      Optional: a list of research collaborators and partners you would like/need to be involved for a strong proposal and a successful completion of the project (if funded). It is acceptable to list an expert in a certain area without specifically naming a person.

Questions? Email Vess Vassileva-Clarke. 

Proposal Review and Documents Copy Edit Services

Through our continued partnership with McAlister & Quinn (M&Q), a grants and government relations company, the Office of Research continues to provide 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.

If interested, email Vess Vassileva-Clarke.

 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 Selected Solicitations List on our website in the Research & News Announcements section.

Funding Entity

Program Title & Links




Mid-Career Advancement  (MCA)

The MCA offers an opportunity for scientists and engineers at the Associate Professor rank (or equivalent) to substantively enhance and advance their research program through synergistic and mutually beneficial partnerships, typically at an institution other than their home institution. Projects that envision new insights on existing problems or identify new but related problems previously inaccessible without new methodology or expertise from other fields are encouraged.

Annually  1st Monday in February


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


SF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program

The main goal of the S-STEM program is to enable low-income, talented domestic students to pursue successful careers in promising STEM fields. Ultimately, the S-STEM program wants to increase the number of low-income students who graduate and contribute to the American innovation economy with their STEM knowledge.

April 07, 2021


The CDC National Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention (YVPCs): Rigorous Evaluation of Prevention Strategies to Prevent and Reduce Community Rates of Youth Violence

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention?s (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC or Injury Center) is soliciting research proposals to expand the evidence base for the primary prevention of youth violence. The purpose of this announcement is to fund the National Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention (Youth Violence Prevention Centers or YVPCs) to continue to build the evidence-base for violence prevention strategies and approaches that reduce community rates of youth violence within one or more geographically defined communities with high rates of youth violence. Applications for YVPCs supported under this announcement must describe 5 core elements: (1) an administrative infrastructure to support implementation, evaluation, and dissemination activities; to foster necessary local collaborations to achieve the YVPC's goals; and to work with other funded YVPCs as part of the YVPC Network; (2) the selected community or set of communities with high rates of youth violence as the focus of all proposed YVPC activities; (3) a rigorous evaluation of at least two distinct prevention strategies related to at least two of the four research areas outlined in this NOFO that are designed to reduce community rates of youth violence in the selected community or set of communities; (4) a youth advisory council to provide input on the selection, implementation, and evaluation of youth violence prevention strategies; and (5) integrated training activities for early career and junior researchers in youth violence prevention to complement the implementation, rigorous evaluation, and scholarship activities of the YVPC.

April 21, 2021


Defense Sciences Office Office-wide

The mission of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is to identify and create the next generation of scientific discovery by pursuing high-risk, high-payoff research initiatives across a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines and transforming these initiatives into disruptive technologies for U.S. national security.

June 11, 2021


Independent Research Scientist Development Award (K02)

The purpose of this program is to foster the development of newly independent, outstanding scientists who can demonstrate the need for a period of intensive research, to enable them to expand their potential to make significant contributions to their field of research.

June 12, 2021


October 12, 2021


Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research

July 26, 2021


Fourth Monday in July, Annually Thereafter




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. This program also strengthens both empirical and theoretical economic analysis as well as the methods for rigorous research on economic behavior. 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.

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. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, doctoral dissertation research improvement grants (DDRIGs), and conferences are funded in the areas of judgment and decision making; decision analysis and decision aids; risk analysis, perception, and communication; societal and public policy decision making; management science and organizational design. The program also supports small grants that are time-critical (Rapid Response Research - RAPID) and small grants that are high-risk and of a potentially transformative nature (EArly-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research - EAGER).

August 18, 2021



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