News from the Office of Research: January 2021

January 13, 2021

The Office of Research shares a vice provost of research announcement, recently awarded funding and free review services.

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 $49,964 from Ford Motor Company for his URP project in which he will investigate intelligent dynamic balancing and scheduling of software containers load in embedded devices.
Hugo Casquero, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, has been awarded $39,997 from Honda Motor Co., Ltd. to investigate seamless integration between design and analysis of thin-walled structures.

Externally Funded Collaborations
Natalie Sampson
, Associate Professor, Health & Human Services, will receive sub-project funding of $63,931 from the U-M School of Public Health for her role in their grant from the National Institutes of Health “Community Action to Promote Healthy Environments.” 


Welcome Dr. Armen Zakarian, Vice Provost for Research
The Office of Research is pleased to welcome Dr. Armen Zakarian as the new Vice Provost for Research (effective Jan. 1, 2021, pending regental approval.) In this role, Dr. Zakarian will oversee UM-Dearborn’s research and scholarship culture. He will work to set the strategic goals and direction for research development and administration on the campus, increase research opportunities, and improve success in attracting research support, as well as playing a key role in developing the Urban Futures initiative. Professor Zakarian will work closely with the provost and associate provosts, college deans, and the Office of Institutional Advancement, as well as with the U-M Office of Research in Ann Arbor and the Office of Research at UM-Flint to create a robust environment conducive to more active, engaged, and consequential research. Professor Zakarian joined UM-Dearborn in 1997, in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and was promoted to professor and chair in 2009. His research activities have been supported by grants from a wide range of federal and private sources; he has published more than 40 peer-reviewed journal papers and refereed conference papers. He is a senior member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE) as well as a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). 

We look forward to working with Dr. Zakarian in this new role, please join us in welcoming him to the Office of Research!

Campus Grants Programs Reopened Jan. 8, 2021 for Winter Cycle (Feb. 15 deadline)

The Office of Research is pleased to announce the partial reopening of the Campus Grants Programs in January 2021. (Due to COVID-19 Research Operations guidelines set forth by the University, some programs will remain suspended.) A list of the programs which reopened and their detailed descriptions are posted on the Office of Research Campus Grants page and applications can be submitted via the UM-Dearborn InfoReady page.

The deadline to apply for this cycle of Competitive Programs is 5 pm Feb. 15. Applications for Open Invitation Programs are accepted any time. All applications must follow the Standard Requirements listed on the Office of Research website.


The Office of Research congratulates Dr. Alex YaSha Yi, Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, for being elected to the 2021 Optical Society (OSA) Fellow Class, honoring his “significant contributions in integrated photonics and optoelectronics.” OSA is the leading professional association in optoelectronics and photonics, home to accomplished science, engineering, and business leaders from all over the world. Fellow in OSA is reserved for members who have served with exceptional distinction in the advancement of optoelectronics and photonics. 


Professional Writer Support for Collaborative Proposal Writing 
The Office of Research is 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 a limited number of selected teams.


  • 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.

First consideration will be given to applications received by Feb .1, 2021. 

Questions? Email Vess Vassileva-Clarke at <>

Free Professional Proposal Review and Copy Edit Services for UM-Dearborn Faculty

Proposal Review Service
A professional 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 Service
A professional editor will do a final review of the documents to ensure there are no typos or errors and the text is ready for submission.  The editor will *not* review the content or science of the text.  The edit should take place near the end of the writing process (just before submission).  Research proposals, journal articles, book chapters, etc. are all eligible for this service.

Questions? Email Vess Vassileva-Clarke at <>

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




Summer Institute for Research Education in Biostatistics and Data Science (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The overarching goal of this program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs.

Letter of Intent due February 8, 2021 

Full proposal March 8, 2021


ROSES 2020: Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science - 2020

Program covers the wide range of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences supported by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. 

February 14, 2021


Smart Health and Biomedical Research in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Data Science

The purpose of this interagency program solicitation is to support the development of transformative high-risk, high-reward advances in computer and information science, engineering, mathematics, statistics,behavioral and/or cognitive researchto address pressing questions in the biomedical and public health communities. 

February 16, 2021


NIH Small Research Grant Program (Parent R03 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The NIH Small Research Grant Program supports discrete, well-defined projects that realistically can be completed in two years and that require limited levels of funding. This program supports different types of projects including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Pilot or feasibility studies;
  • Secondary analysis of existing data;
  • Small, self-contained research projects;
  • Development of research methodology; and
  • Development of new research technology.

February 16, 2021

June 16, 2021

October 16, 2021


Research Grants to Develop or Identify Effective Strategies to Prevent Overdose Involving Illicit Stimulants and Polysubstance Use Involving Stimulants

The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) is soliciting investigator-initiated research that will support the identification of effective strategies for state, community, and systems-level implementation to prevent fatal and nonfatal overdoses involving illicit stimulants as well as polysubstance use and overdose involving illicit stimulants. 

February 18, 2021 (estimated)


Smart and Connected Communities

The goal of the NSF Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) program solicitation is to accelerate the creation of the scientific and engineering foundations that will enable smart and connected communities to bring about new levels of economic opportunity and growth, safety and security, health and wellness, accessibility and inclusivity, and overall quality of life.

February 24, 2021


Academic Research Enhancement Award for Undergraduate-Focused Institutions (R15 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The three objectives of this FOA are: (1) provide support for meritorious research at undergraduate-focused institutions or institutional components; (2) strengthen the research environment at these institutions/components; and (3) give undergraduate students an opportunity to gain significant biomedical research experience through active involvement in the research.  

February 25, 2021

June 25, 2021

October 25, 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


Vehicle Technologies Office Fiscal Year 2021 Research Funding Opportunity Announcement

Topic 1a: Next-generation Liquid Electrolytes for Li-ion Cells under Extreme Conditions

Topic 1b: Liquid Electrolytes for Li-S Cells Introduction
Topic 2: Development of State-of-the-art Lithium Sulfur and Lithium Air Battery Cells
Topic 3: High Power Density Inverters
Topic 4: Integrated Simulation of Combustion and Aftertreatment - Optimizing for Near-Zero Emissions (ISCA-ONE)
Topic 5: Demonstration of Lightweight Multi-Material Glider System
Topic 6: Low-cost Infrastructure-based Enablers for Cooperative Driving Automation
Topic 7: Implementation of Energy Efficient Mobility Systems Technologies into Real-World System Applications
Topic 8: Transportation and Energy Analysis

April 7, 2021

Concept Papers due February 2, 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



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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