An update from the Office of Research, January 2020

January 17, 2020

There are new people joining the team, a call for campus grant proposals, and a list of recent external grant recipients.

Office of Research Staffing Updates

The Office of Research is pleased to welcome two new staff members:

Michael Hudson, Lead Contract & Grant Specialist: Michael joined our team on December 18, and comes to us from the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) in Ann Arbor where he worked as a Contract & Grant Specialist for just over two years. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Valley State University, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Michigan, and is currently a law student at Wayne State University. Michael will provide the campus with pre-award support, Campus Grants services, and general guidance related to sponsored projects. We are delighted to have Michael as part of our team and encourage you to stop by our offices in IAVS to say hello and introduce yourself!

William Messics, Project Coordinator: Bill joined our office on January 15 and will assist the Interim Vice Provost for Research with a variety of special projects related to research development and building up the research environment on our campus. Prior to this role, Bill worked as an Administrative Associate in the UM Department of Pediatrics Research Office. We are excited to have Bill joining our staff and hope you’ll stop by the Dean’s Suite in HPEC to welcome him!

Call for Proposals – Campus Grants Competitive Programs

Applications for the Feb. 17 Competitive Programs deadline are now being accepted. The links to each program below will take you to the guidelines, which includes a link to the application website where you can complete and submit your application. All proposals must be submitted via our web-based portal by 5:00 pm on Friday, Feb. 17, 2020. There will be no extensions and applications not received by the deadline will not be considered for funding. 

Research Initiation and Development - provides up to $6,000 or $15,000 for projects designed to lead to a proposal for external funding with a strong potential of being awarded.

UM-Dearborn Scholars - provides up to $6,000 or $15,000 to support research and scholarship, including creative activities in the arts, for projects with funding needs not addressed by other support programs within or outside the University.

Faculty Professional Development - provides up to $900 for activities that include, but are not limited to, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) courses, workshops, seminars, and travel to professional conferences. (Availability of funds is limited; applications will be accepted until all funds are awarded.)

Lecturer Professional Development - provides up to $1,000 for activities that include, but are not limited to, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) courses, workshops, seminars, and travel to professional conferences. (Availability of funds is limited; applications will be accepted until all funds are awarded.)

Open Invitation Campus Grants Programs

Proposals for the following programs are accepted throughout the fiscal year. Availability of funds is limited; applications will be accepted until all funds are awarded.

Grants for Faculty:

Faculty Research Mini Grant - provides up to $800 for non-salary resources that enable faculty research and other scholarly activities.

Faculty Proposal Development Travel provides up to $750 in support to faculty for domestic travel, hotel, and per diem to discuss a proposal or concept with a sponsor's program officer. 

Faculty Research Publication and Dissemination - provides up to $300 per year for peer-reviewed scholarly publication costs. 

Lecturer Research Travel - provides up to $300 per person are provided to cover some of the costs of traveling to professional meetings to present papers based on research conducted at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. 

Faculty Research Copy Editing Support - provides up to $200 per year for copy editing peer-reviewed scholarly publications, limited to editing required by publisher. Applicant must secure a match of $1 for every $2 of ORSP-Dearborn requested funds. 

Grants for Students:

Graduate Student Independent Research - provides up to $2,500 for independent research projects conducted by UM-Dearborn graduate students as a part of a course for credit and supervised by a faculty member. 

Undergraduate Student Independent Research - provides up to $500 for independent research projects conducted by UM-Dearborn undergraduate students as a part of a course for credit and supervised by a faculty member.

Student Conference Presentation - provides up to $300 for travel-related expenses and/or $40 for presentation materials per student toward costs of traveling to regional and national professional meetings to present papers based on research conducted at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. 

New to the Campus Grants Application System?

If this is your first time using 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 and Sponsored Programs would like to congratulate the following faculty members on receiving external funding for their research.

Mohamed Abouelenien, Assistant Professor, Computer & Information Science, was awarded $45,000 from Educational Testing Service. The goal of this project is to develop computer vision approaches that can automatically detect different shapes in images by extracting construct-relevant features. Machine learning algorithms can then be trained to map these features from students’ drawings with a scoring rubric based on a learning progression framework.

Laura Cotton, Art Curator and Gallery Manager, was awarded $30,000 from The Kresge Foundation to support the Art Collections & Exhibitions Department at UM-Dearborn for their arts and cultured organization of all disciplines. 

Tracy Hall, Executive Director of the Office of Metropolitan Impact, was awarded $150,000 from the Skillman Foundation to support the Public Ally Program. 

Junho Hong, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, was recently awarded by LS Industrial Systems Co. in order to address recent cybersecurity challenges, device security robustness testing needs to be considered from product design phase as a part of the product development. Every new function, major changes and product design have to go through a complete cybersecurity test before release to the market. As a result of this project, LSIS will establish an independent device security assurance as a security testing guideline.

Yi Murphey, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, was awarded a $18,206 planning grant from Nissan North America for her research in diver route and driving speed predictions.

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