News from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs: Third round of campus grant applications now available

12/4/2017

Applications for the third round of Campus Grants of the 2017-2018 academic year are now being accepted. Plus, learn more about nearly $300,000 in external funding awarded recently.

Call for proposals: campus grants

Applications for the third round of Campus Grants of 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, February 15. 

The specific grant programs being accepted now are listed below:

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 3 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 (1 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 4 awarded each cycle) for support and maintenance of existing activities
  • Level II - Provides up to $15,000 (up to 2 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 3 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 towards academic credit. Students must devote 320 hours to the project in the summer semester. Proposal must be written by an enrolled undergraduate student pursuing a degree at UM-Dearborn; advisor must be tenured or tenure-track faculty of UM-Dearborn.

Educational Enhancement
Educational Enhancement Grants provides up to 2 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.

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

A few important reminders about InfoReady:

  • The system will not accept applications after 5:00 pm on February 15
  • 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.

Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan Support of Public Allies Metro Detroit
Tracy Hall, PhD, Office of Metropolitan Impact, received a $43,500 from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan to support the UM-Dearborn Public Allies Metro Detroit Program. This program identifies, trains and supports young adult homegrown leaders from under-represented backgrounds who are passionate about making a positive difference in their Metro Detroit communities, matching them with local nonprofit organizations to serve in full-time stipended volunteer positions where they create, improve and expand services with measurable results.

MRI: Acquisition of a Mobile Manipulation Robot Platform for Research and Education
Yu Zheng, PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, was recently awarded a $250,000 grant by the National Science Foundation to acquire a Mobile Manipulation Robot Platform that will be used on the Dearborn campus for research and education relating to: 1) vision-based mobile robot navigation; 2) vision-guided autonomous object manipulation and application to assembly; 3) unified motion generation and control for locomotion and manipulation; and 4) robot-human interaction and collaboration.

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