Office of Research April 2021 Update

April 7, 2021

Browse the latest funding opportunities, see whose work is getting funded, and stay up to date on important COVID-related research guidelines.

External Awards Received

The Office of Research would like to congratulate the following faculty on receiving external funding:

Dr. Junho Hong, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received funding of $61,667 from Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute for his project entitled “Development of group-key management algorithm for IEC 61850 based process bus.” This project will develop cybersecurity of the process bus network in the substation automation system (SAS), allowing intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) within the SAS to securely exchange secret keys for communications.

Dr. Hafiz Malik, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received an award of $476,490 from the National Science Foundation for his project “Security of In-Vehicle Networks via Source Identification.” This project will address security vulnerabilities in vehicle control systems.


Second Round of Competitive Campus Grants Now Open

The Office of Research is glad to announce one additional round of Competitive Campus Grants programs for FY2021. Applications can be submitted to the Research Initiation and Development and the UM-Dearborn Scholars competitive programs. For this round only, PIs who have a competitive program project, which received a COVID extension and is still open, are eligible to apply.

Applications for Open Invitation Campus Grants programs will continue to be accepted until the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2021. Please visit our Campus Grants webpage for more information and useful links. Applications are accepted via InfoReady.

Three-Day Virtual Workshop Dedicated to the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities Programs

The UM-Dearborn Office of Research and CASL invite all interested UM-Dearborn parties to a three-day virtual workshop dedicated to the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities programs. The workshop covers the following topics and activities:

Day 1: April 7, 2021, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
"Strategies For Federal Humanities and Arts Funding"
UMOR Research Development Webinar (recorded)
Presenter: Jesse Johnston, MSI, PhD
See recording here:

Day 2: April 9, 2021, 11:00 a.m.-Noon
"Meeting-discussion of NEA/NEH programs and funding opportunities"
Presenter: Jesse Johnston,  MSI, PhD
An open discussion of NEA-NEH programs and opportunities of interest to CASL faculty. Jesse will answer questions and will be ready to present additional NEA-NEH information, based on faculty requests collected during Day 1 of the workshop. 
Register here:

Day 3: Early May (TBD)
A 2-hour limited-seat workshop focusing on specific proposal ideas to NEA-NEH programs. Participants will be asked to prepare and submit in advance a one-page proposal outline for a funding opportunity in the arts or humanities of interest to them. Advanced registration will be required. Preference will be given to participants who attended Day 1 and/or Day 2 of the workshop.

For more information, visit the Office of Research website: 

Save the Date! IRB and Human Subjects Presentation: May 4, 2021, 9:30 a.m.

Adam Mrdjenovich, from the Office of Ethics and Compliance, will provide a live Zoom presentation for UM-Dearborn researchers interested in learning more about research with human subjects. This presentation will be geared toward new faculty or anyone interested in guidance on working with human subjects, and an overview of the IRB application and approval process. A Q&A will follow the presentation. Register here.

OVPR Launches New Internal Funding Program, Open to All Three Campuses

The U-M Office of the Vice President for Research has rolled out a new funding program that aims to catalyze research and spur innovation across the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses. The Research Catalyst and Innovation Program replaces the former Faculty Grants and Awards Program, and features four mechanisms to provide more than $1.5 million in annual research support to drive innovation and catalyze multidisciplinary research.

Office of Research Offers Department Presentations

The UM-Dearborn Office of Research would like to visit YOU! If your group or department is interested in having our staff provide a 30-45 minute presentation (via Zoom) about working with our office, please contact Pat Turnbull ( and suggest some dates that might work for your department. We would be happy to meet with your group and discuss the services we have available to support faculty in their research and scholarly endeavors.


New COVID-Related Research Guidelines Effective April 1

Laboratories and research spaces across the three U-M campuses may now operate at a density capacity that safely allows for at least six feet of social distancing between personnel; there is no longer a mandate to maintain 144 square feet per person but face coverings are still required. In addition, human research studies categorized as Tier 3, which had been paused since last spring, were allowed to resume in-person activity, contingent on first applying for re-activation. For detailed information, please refer to the U-M Research Reengagement webpage


Professional Writer and PM Support for Collaborative Proposal Writing 

The Office of Research opportunity for support for the writing and submission of a collaborative research proposal is still open! We are 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 selected teams. This is a limited-time, limited-availability opportunity.


  • 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 three 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.

Questions? Email Vess Vassileva-Clarke:

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

Through our continued partnership with McAlister & Quinn (M&Q), a grants and government relations company, the Office of Research provides free of charge the following services to UM-Dearborn faculty:

Proposal Review
A McAllister & Quinn 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
A McAllister & Quinn editor will do a final review of the documents to ensure there are no typos or errors and looks ready for submission. The editor does not review the content or science of the documents. The edit should take place near the end of the writing process. The service is available for research and planning proposals, journal articles, book chapters, etc.

If interested, email Vess Vassileva-Clarke:

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




Research and Development

National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Preservation and Access is accepting applications for the Research and Development program. The purpose of this program is to support projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources. Research and Development offers two funding tiers in order to address projects at all stages of development and implementation.

May 18, 2021


Humanities Initiatives

National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Education Programs is accepting applications for the five Humanities Initiatives programs: Humanities Initiatives at Colleges and Universities, Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Humanities Initiatives at Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges. The purpose of these programs is to strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities at institutions of higher education by developing new humanities programs, resources (including those in digital format), or courses, or by enhancing existing ones.

May 20, 2021


NSF Convergence Accelerator Phases I and II for the 2021 Cohort

The NSF Convergence Accelerator program addresses national-scale societal challenges through use-inspired convergence research. Using a convergence approach and innovation processes like human-centered design, user discovery, and team science and integration of multidisciplinary research, the Convergence Accelerator program seeks to transition basic research and discovery into practice—to solve high-impact societal challenges aligned with specific research themes (tracks).

This solicitation for FY 2021 invites proposals for the following Track Topics:

  • Networked Blue Economy (Track E)
  • Trust & Authenticity in Communications Systems (Track F)

May 5, 2021
Letter of Intent 

June 14, 2021
Full Proposal Deadline


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


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.

July 12, 2021

November 12, 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



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


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

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 research to address pressing questions in the biomedical and public health communities. Transformations hinge on scientific and engineering innovations by interdisciplinary teams that develop novel methods to intuitively and intelligently collect, sense, connect, analyze and interpret data from individuals, devices and systems to enable discovery and optimize health.  Solutions to these complex biomedical or public health problems demand the formation of interdisciplinary teams that are ready to address these issues, while advancing fundamental science and engineering.

November 10, 2021

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