An update from the Office of Research, March 2021

March 9, 2021

Check out upcoming research opportunities, which include a variety of funding from external sources like NASA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

External Awards Received

The Office of Research would like to congratulate the following faculty on receiving external funding:
Marouane Kessentini, Associate Professor, Computer and Information Science recently received $50,000 from National Science Foundation for his I-Corps project Intelligent Software Quality Monitoring and Improvement Technology. This project will focus on improvement of the software and systems that underpin the national infrastructure and drive our economy, and will provide training opportunities for students in technological innovation and entrepreneurship.


Proposals sought for 2021 Propelling Original Data Science (PODS) grants

The Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) is pleased to announce the next round of pilot funding. MIDAS will fund research in any area of data science and artificial intelligence (AI), including the theoretical foundations, methodology and tools, the innovative application of the methodologies in any research area, and their implications for society and the public interest.  For more information, please visit

Office of Research Offers 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!


The following COVID-related research guidelines took effect February 16:

  • The subset of Tier 2 human research studies (those classified as an observational study or Benefit Level 4 on the human research activation checklist that have been paused since November were approved to resume in-person activity.
  • All students must complete weekly COVID-19 testing through the Community Sampling and Tracking Program in order to participate in in-person research and scholarship activity.


The Office of Research would like to commend Dr. Wencong Su, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, on receiving the 2021 Distinguished Research Award. Congratulations!


Apply to a Campus Grants Program 

The Office of Research is accepting applications to a number of Campus Grants Programs. Check out the Office of Research website, Campus Grants page for details and a link to the InfoReady applications! If you have questions about eligibility/match, email Vess Vassileva-Clarke at

Professional Writer and PM Support for Collaborative  Proposal Writing 

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.

Free Professional 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.

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




AHRQ Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award (K01)

The primary purpose of the AHRQ Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Awards (K01) program is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available in appropriate scientific disciplines to address the Nation's health services research needs. This AHRQ program provides support and protected time to individuals with a research doctoral degree for an intensive, supervised research career development experience in health services research.  The K01 award can be used both by individuals who propose to newly embark in heath services research training and those who had a hiatus in their research careers because of illness or family circumstances.

Mar 12, 2021

July 12, 2021

November 12, 2021


Early Career Faculty ECF)

The Space Technology Research Grants (STRG) Program within STMD seeks proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of their outstanding new faculty members who intend to develop academic careers related to space technology. NASA is seeking proposals that plan to pursue innovative, early-stage space technology research in the topic areas specifically enumerated in the solicitation.

The following topics are anticipated for the final appendix:

  • Topic 1 – Advanced Computational Techniques for the Development of Cryogenic Refrigeration Systems
  • Topic 2 – High-Fidelity Emulation of Full-Physics Models in Earth Science
  • Topic 3 – Joining Processes for Shape Memory Alloys to Enable Advanced Structural Applications 

Mar 24, 2021


Office of Naval Research

FY21 Young Investigator Program

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving proposals for its Young Investigator Program (YIP). ONR's Young Investigator Program seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment, who have received their PhD or equivalent degree on or after 01 January 2013, and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. The objectives of this program are to attract outstanding faculty members of Institutions of Higher Education (hereafter also called "universities") to the Department of the Navy's Science and Technology (S&T) research program, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers. Individuals who are holding U.S. non-profit equivalent positions are also encouraged to apply.

Proposals addressing research areas (as described in the ONR Science and Technology Department section of ONR's website at which are of interest to ONR program officers will be considered. Contact information for each division (a subgroup of an S&T Department) is also listed within the S&T section of the website.

Applicants are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to contact the appropriate Program Officer who is the point of contact for a specific technical area to discuss their research ideas. A list of most Program Officers and their contact information can be found at: or at:

Mar 26, 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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