An update from the Office of Research, May 2021

April 29, 2021

The Office of Research shares available campus grants, COVID-19 precaution updates, and national research grant deadlines from organizations like the National Science Foundation 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:

Tim Davis, Assistant Dean for Student Engagement and Success, College of Business received $2,000 from the City of Dearborn for his project entitled “EDDDA Business Community Study” to learn about the impact of the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic on Dearborn businesses.

Dr. Fred Feng, Assistant Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering received funding of $195,519 from Ford Motor Company for his project to develop  online driver models to help support shift schedule optimization and powertrain system improvements. 

Dr. Marouane Kessentini, Associate Professor, Computer and Information Science received funding of $199,684 from Ford Motor Company for his project entitled “AI-based Self-Healing Software on the Edge for Fully Connected Vehicles”. 

Dr. Weidong Xiang, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering received funding of $197,774 from Ford Motor Company for his project entitled “2nd Life Battery State-of-Health Wireless Array Tracker”.



COVID-19 Precautions 

COVID-19 cases remain high across the state, but over the past several months, there have been no reports of virus transmission in the laboratories and research spaces across our three campuses. Please note the following:

○      Researchers must continue to wear face coverings and maintain at least six feet of separation when working in laboratories and research spaces, regardless of their vaccination status.

○      When working in a laboratory or research space, teams are required to disinfect all surfaces and equipment before and after use. This important practice greatly reduces the risk of virus transmission.


New Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship Course Required by June 30

As announced last fall, an updated course in Responsible Conduct in Research and Scholarship is available andmust be completed by June 30, 2021 by all U-M employees and students who are engaged in any facet of research and scholarship, regardless of internal or external support

This expanded training course outlines important guidance about responsible conduct in research and scholarship, and is available through My LINC. Compliance with this requirement is necessary for the activation of any externally sponsored award and is designed to include recently expanded federal requirements.

You can learn more about RCRS training through the Office of Research Integrity’s website, and if you have any further questions, please contact

Reminder from the IRB:  Research Activation is Still Required

Researchers are reminded that if they plan in-person interactions with research participants they must still submit a Human Research Activation Checklist for approval to engage or re-engage with participants.  Amendments are required if any changes are made to IRB-approved study procedures to undertake in-person work. If you have any further questions, please refer to the Research Re-engagement webpage or contact the Human Research Activation Committee.

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

Department of Commerce

FY 2021 EDA University Center Competition 

This NOFO announces the availability of funding for EDA’s FY 2021 University Center Economic Development Program Competition. This program funds technical assistance provided by an accredited institution of higher education or a consortium of accredited institutions of higher education that is focused on one or more of the following program focus areas: advancing regional commercialization efforts, advancing high-growth entrepreneurship, cultivating innovation, encouraging business expansion in a region’s innovation cluster(s), developing a high-skilled regional workforce, and increasing the resiliency of a region. EDA solicits competitive applications from accredited institutions of higher education and from consortia of accredited institutions of higher education that are located in and have programs targeting only geographic areas served by EDA’s Chicago and Philadelphia Regional Offices.

June 4, 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


Building Resilience Against Climate Effects: Implementing and Evaluating Adaptation Strategies that Protect and Promote Human Health

Climate change intensifies existing climate-sensitive health threats and creates new challenges by exposing more people in more places to hazardous weather and climate conditions (National Climate Assessment). Increasing temperatures, frequency and intensity of heat waves, heavy precipitation and flooding affects health in a number of ways. Each region of the United States experiences climate change and its impacts on health differently, due to the regions’ location-specific climate exposures The changing climate also interacts with demographic and social determinants of health to influence the extent of consequences; that is, not everyone is affected equally. Examples of populations at high risk of exposure to adverse climate related heart threats include communities of color, older adults, groups that have been economically and socially marginalized and children (NCA).

Jun 18, 2021 


Racial Equity in STEM Education

Persistent racial injustices and inequalities in the United States have led to renewed concern and interest in addressing systemic racism. The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) seeks to support bold,ground-breaking,andpotentiallytransformativeprojectsaddressing systemic racismin STEM.Proposalsshouldadvanceracial equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce developmentthroughresearch(both fundamental andapplied)andpractice. Core to this funding opportunity is thatproposalsare led by, or developed and led in authentic partnership with, individuals and communities most impacted bytheinequities caused by systemic racism.

July 13, 2021


Engineering Research Initiation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Engineering (ENG) seeks to build engineering research capacity across the nation by investing in new academic investigators who have yet to receive research funding from Federal Agencies. The Engineering Research Initiation (ERI) program aims to support new investigators as they initiate their research programs and advance in their careers as researchers, educators, and innovators. This funding opportunity also aims to broaden the base of investigators involved in engineering research and therefore is limited to investigators that are not affiliated with “very high research activity” R1 institutions (according to the Carnegie Classification

July 18, 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


ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions

The NSF ADVANCE program contributes to the National Science Foundation's goal of a more diverse and capable science and engineering workforce.1 In this solicitation, the NSF ADVANCE program seeks to build on prior NSF ADVANCE work and other research and literature concerning gender, racial, and ethnic equity. The NSF ADVANCE program goal is to broaden the implementation of evidence-based systemic change strategies that promote equity for STEM2 faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession. The NSF ADVANCE program provides grants to enhance the systemic factors that support equity and inclusion and to mitigate the systemic factors that create inequities in the academic profession and workplaces. Systemic (or organizational) inequities may exist in areas such as policy and practice as well as in organizational culture and climate. For example, practices in academic departments that result in the inequitable allocation of service or teaching assignments may impede research productivity, delay advancement, and create a culture of differential treatment and rewards. Similarly, policies and procedures that do not mitigate implicit bias in hiring, tenure, and promotion decisions could lead to women and racial and ethnic minorities being evaluated less favorably, perpetuating historical under-participation in STEM academic careers and contributing to an academic climate that is not inclusive

August 6, 2021



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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