News from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs: Campus grant proposals due Oct. 16

10/2/2017

Plus, learn about recent campus grant and external funding awards.

REMINDER: Call for Campus Grants Proposals - Deadline October 16, 2017

Applications for the second round of campus grants for ​the 2017-2018 academic year now are 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 Monday, Oct. 16

  • 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.
  • EIC Environmental-Sustainability Research - provides one award of up to $12,000 to full-time UM-Dearborn faculty members with an EIC Faculty Associate appointment for projects related to sustainability, conservation, and/or environmental education that build upon previous Campus Grants or other grant support and lead to a tangible scholarly outcome or external funding.
  • CASL Faculty Summer Research - provides up to $7,000 for projects conducted by CASL faculty that lead to a tangible scholarly outcome.
  • CASL Tenured Faculty - provides 2 awards (one to an associate professor and one to a full professor) annually for one course release for projects that lead to a tangible scholarly outcome. The award consists of a 3- or 4-credit course release (Fall or Winter term) OR $3,500 to be used in the summer for project expenses.
  • Undergraduate Research Fellowship - provides $2,750 to hire a student to assist full-time UM-Dearborn faculty members with work on summer research and scholarly projects not counting towards academic credit. 
  • 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.
  • Lecturer 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. 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 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. 

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

$10,567 in Campus Grants Awarded

The following Professional Development Grants were awarded to provide funds to enhance and strengthen the academic programs of UM-Dearborn by supporting the professional and personal growth of our faculty and lecturers.

            Faculty Professional Development Grants Totaling $7,179

                      John Abramyan, Natural Sciences $896

                      Pamela Aronson, Behavioral Sciences $900

                      Jessica Camp, Health & Human Services $900

                      John Chenoweth, Behavioral Sciences $883

                      Paul Draus, Behavioral Sciences $900

                      Jorge Gonzalez Del Pozo, Language, Culture & Communication
                      $900

                      Mathumai Kanapathipillai, Mechanical Engineering $900

                      Julie Roddy, Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies $900

            Lecturer Professional Development Grants Totaling $3,388

                      Judith Bazzi, Natural Sciences $688

                      Jill Darling, Language, Culture & Communication $900

                      Timothy Davis, COB iLabs $900

                      Mohammad Harati, Natural Sciences $900

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.

Development of 3D tumor angiogenesis model for pre-clinical drug screening
Gargi Ghosh, PhD, Mechanical Engineering, was recently awarded a $37,769 grant by the Alternatives Research and Development Foundation to develop 3D tumor angiogenesis modelmimicking tissue extracellular matrix that is compatible to high-throughput drug screening.

Great Start Readiness Program 2017-18
Seong Hong, director of the Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) and professor of Early Childhood Education, was awarded $116,000 in continued funding for the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) grant by the State of Michigan Department of Education for the 2017-18 school year to pay tuition for 16 children to attend the ECEC. The Early Childhood Education Center is a teacher education site, and applies the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy that views young children as researchers and focus on nurturing children’s critical thinking and problem solving skills. This award has allowed the ECEC to support the families and children who are in need and has provided diverse teaching opportunities for college students.
Fatigue Testing for Laser Butt Weld of Steels

Developing Numerical Model for Prediction and Analysis of Engine Cooling Technologies
Dewey Jung, PhD, Mechanical Engineering, recently was awarded $128,370 by the Hyundai Motor Company to to offer the visiting scholar research experience and training for one postdoctoral scholar to acquire knowledge of new technologies and engineering tools in a fast-paced, global environment. The program will provide educational and research opportunities related to gasoline engine combustion, engine thermal management system, and numerical modeling tailored for the visiting scholar.

Hong-Tae Kang, PhD, Mechanical Engineering, was awarded a total of $70,000 by the General Motors Corporation to perform fatigue testing and analysis for various laser welded joint geometries for steel-to-steel and steel-to-ductile iron.

Integrated micro-lens for concentrating photovoltaics
Alex (Ya Sha) Yi, PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received a $70,000 contract from Demetra Energia SRL to develop a specific topology of integrated micro-lens and nanowires that will capture sun light abroad a wide incident angle and wavelength. This bridge fund will be used to secure a next 3-year phase project to meet the large scale manufacturing compatibility.

Maize and Blue Math Circle (Year 4)
Yunus Zeytuncu, PhD, Math and Statistics, was awarded a fourth year of funding in the amount of $450 by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute to expand the Maize and Blue Math Circle program. The program is designed to deepen the skills in math and problem solving of students on campus through the use of educational games and puzzles.