News from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs: Campus Grant applications due Feb. 15

2/5/2018

Applications for the fourth round of Campus Grants of the 2017-2018 academic year are being accepted through Feb. 15. Plus, learn more about more than $400,000 in external funding awarded recently.

REMINDER: Call for Proposals – Campus Grants

Applications for the fourth round of Campus Grants for the 2017-2018 academic year are now being accepted. Simply enter the InfoReady site by selecting the applicable program below, review the guidelines and submit your complete proposal by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15. 

Research Initiation & Development
Research Initiation and Development Grants provide financial support for faculty research projects designed to lead to a proposal for external funding with a strong potential of being awarded.

  • Initiation - Up to $6,000 (up to three awarded each cycle) for seed funding of new research projects. (These grants are intended for junior faculty, or senior faculty starting on a new line of inquiry.)
  • Development - Up to $15,000 (one possible award each cycle) to support existing research projects that are one step beyond start-up or feasibility studies.

UM-Dearborn Scholars
UM-Dearborn Scholars grants are intended to support faculty research and scholarship, including creative activities in the arts. This program is primarily for projects with funding needs not addressed by other support programs within or outside the university.

  • Level I -  Provides up to $6,000 (up to four awarded each cycle) for support and maintenance of existing activities.
  • Level II - Provides up to $15,000 (up to two awarded each cycle) to assist in establishing a new program. (these grants are intended for junior faculty, or senior faculty starting on a new line of inquiry.)

Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Undergraduate Research Fellowships provide up to three awards each funding cycle in the amount of $2,750 each to hire a student to assist full-time UM-Dearborn faculty members with work on summer research and scholarly projects not counting toward academic credit. Students must devote 320 hours to the project in the summer semester. Proposals must be written by an enrolled undergraduate student pursuing a degree at UM-Dearborn; adviser must be tenured or tenure-track faculty of UM-Dearborn.

Educational Enhancement
Educational Enhancement Grants provides up to two awards in the amount of $1,500 each to enable faculty members to enhance the educational experiences of students through course and curriculum enhancement or investment in course materials.

Faculty Professional Development
The purpose of these funds is to enhance professional growth of UM-Dearborn tenured and tenure-track faculty. Professional development activities include, but are not limited to, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) courses, workshops, seminars and travel to professional conferences.

Lecturer Professional Development
The purpose of these funds is to enhance professional growth of UM-Dearborn faculty covered by the LEO collective bargaining agreement. Professional development activities include, but are not limited to, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) courses, workshops, seminars and travel to professional conferences. Per LEO contract, the total amount available is $10,500 annually.

Proposals for the following programs are accepted throughout the fiscal year.

Grants for Faculty:

Research Assistant - provides up to $750 or $1,500 to hire a student to assist full-time UM-Dearborn faculty members with work on research and scholarly projects.

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 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. 

InfoReady Proposal Submission System

If you have not had a chance to use the InfoReady system, instructions on how to log in and update your profile, and submit a proposal will assist you with using the system. 

  • The system will only accept applications until 5:00 pm on the stated program deadline
  • Complete proposals will be electronically routed to for Faculty Advisor, Chair, and Dean approval by ORSP (as required) 
  • You must log in as a UMich User and authenticate
  • You must update your profile and Add Primary Organization to be eligible to submit a proposal
  • PDFs and paper applications are not accepted

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.

Power Electronics and Mechanical Packaging Concept Design for Electrical Drive Systems
Kevin Bai, PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, recently received a $77,501 contract from Broad Ocean Technologies, LLC to design power electronics and a mechanical packaging concept design for electrical drive systems.

REU Site: Undergraduate Research in Sustainable Energy (U-RISE)
Wencong Su, PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, was recently awarded $359,905 by the National Science Foundation to fund a summer research program to educate a new generation of engineers and scientists by conducting research in sustainable energy–based electric power systems. Student participants work in teams on research projects with a special emphasis on sustainable energy-related technology and engineering that aim to promote economic efficiency; improve social welfare; reduce energy cost; support plug-and-play of distributed sustainable energy; and improve the capability, adaptability, scalability, resiliency, safety, security, and usability that our nation’s power grid infrastructure can provide. The program places an emphasis on exposing undergraduates to cutting-edge sustainable energy technology by letting them solve real-world engineering problems together with UM-Dearborn faculty, UM-Dearborn graduate students and industry mentors.

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