Office of Research update: August 2023

July 31, 2023

See whose work is getting funded, browse new funding opportunities and learn about services that can advance your own work in the August update from the Office of Research.

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The Office of Research is pleased to announce and would like to congratulate our Dearborn faculty members on receipt of the following external funding:

U-M Principal Investigator: John Chenoweth, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Project Title: River Raisin Battlefield Archaeology Project
Direct Sponsor: Department of the Interior-National Park Service
Total Sponsor Authorized Amount: $107,321

This project seeks to provide a basis for the sustainable preservation and stewardship of the War of 1812 River Raisin Battlefield in Monroe, MI, through archaeological evaluation combined with community engagement and educational activities. Despite their enormous impact on the course of the war and events that followed, and their accounting for a fifth of all US combat casualties from the war, the January 1813 Battles of the River Raisin and the entire War of 1812 are often neglected and under-recognized, even by local populations. With potential development pending, analysis is needed to evaluate current subsurface preservation, locate features associated with the settlement where the battle took place, and lay groundwork for establishing its extent and layout, a vital step for preservation and development planning. These excavations will meet preservation and planning needs that would not be otherwise addressed, and will be supported by analysis of “orphaned” collections from previous but inconclusive excavations, archival work, and GIS analysis. 


U-M Principal Investigator: Xuan Zhou, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Project Title: Fuel Cell Short Stack Durability Testing Sample Analysis and Engineering Service on Fuel Cell System Development
Direct Sponsor: Hyzon Motors
Awarded Amount: $134,120

Hyzon Motors is a leading supplier of zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells work by converting hydrogen into electricity through a chemical reaction, producing only water as a byproduct. To ensure the optimal performance and reliability of its fuel cell systems, the company will work with researchers at UM-Dearborn to conduct extensive testing and diagnosis of its PEM fuel cell technology.


U-M Principal Investigator: Shan Bao, Associate Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Project Title: User-Centered and Data-Driven Real-Time Charging Station Recommendation
Direct Sponsor: Ford Motor Company
Awarded Amount: $55,000

This project’s objective is to develop a novel user-centered charging station (CS) recommendation system. Dr. Bao will use data-driven methods to calculate and provide personalized charging station recommendations that minimize total charging time and account for user preferences. 

U-M Principal Investigator: Xuan Zhou, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Project Title: Fuel Cell bipolar plates examination and diagnosis
Direct Sponsor: Hyzon Motors
Awarded Amount: $9133

Hyzon Motors is a leading supplier of zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. To ensure the optimal performance and reliability of its fuel cell systems, the company will work with researchers at UM-Dearborn to conduct extensive examination and diagnosis of its bipolar plates material composition and thickness. 


Innovation Partnerships - Celebrate Invention Event on Sept. 14
Celebrate Invention is an annual event that honors University of Michigan inventors and the growing impact of U-M innovations hosted by Innovation Partnerships. The U-M community is invited to attend the Celebrate Invention event on Sept. 14 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Michigan Union, 530 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. 

The annual event will feature demonstrations from promising U-M projects and startups, a presentation of this year’s Distinguished University Innovator Award, networking opportunities and also kicks off this year’s Ann Arbor SPARK’s a2Tech360. Celebrate Invention is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Learn more and register.

Reminder: Resources for Using SciENcv
Effective Oct. 23, 2023 NSF will require all biosketch and current & pending support documents for senior personnel to be prepared using SciENcv. The fillable pdf forms will not be accepted after this date. We recommend that you take the time to register with ScieENcv and begin to create your documents in that system if you expect to be involved in a proposal to NSF in the near future.

U-M Library Services has put together this guidance page to help you get started. You can also request a one-on-one Zoom session with Dearborn Office of Research staff to walk you through this process. Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) is a researcher profile system for all individuals who apply for, receive or are associated with research investments from federal agencies. SciENcv allows researchers to document their education, employment, research activities, publications, honors, research grants, & other professional contributions to create multiple SciENcv profiles in official biographical sketch formats funding agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). In addition, the SciENcv application can be used to create the official NSF Current and Pending Support document.

Any researcher can register for SciENcv and create multiple biosketches, for different research projects or different funding agencies. You can find much more information about how to use SciENcv on their FAQs page. The central Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and U-M Library have resources and previous workshops available on how to create a biosketch in SciENcv specifically focused on NSF and NIH. These resources are available linked below:

If you have questions about SciENcv, need additional support, or would like to schedule one-on-one assistance with setting up your SciENcv profile and documents, please email our office at [email protected].

Research Events in August & September:

  • Teaching and Technology Collaborative Workshop, “Help! I Have To Share My Data: Preparation For Sharing and Choosing a Repository For Long-Term Data Storage” - Thursday, Aug. 10, noon to 1 p.m., virtual
  • The Ginsberg Center Learning in Community (LinC) Workshop, “Foundations of Community Engagement” - Thursday, Aug. 24, noon-1:30 p.m., virtual
  • Save-the-Date! UMMS Office of Research, “Researchpalooza 2023” - Wednesday, Sept. 13, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., in-person: 1150 West Medical Center Drive Driveway
  • MICHR Workshop, “Conducting and Obtaining Valid Informed Consent” - Wednesday, Sept. 13, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., virtual

The Office of Research website is also updated regularly with research-related events and announcements, so we would encourage you to bookmark our landing page and subscribe to our Research News email list

Research Resource Highlight: Mardigian Library Data Management Planning Support

Every month, the Office of Research will feature a resource and/or tool that is available for researchers. This month we are featuring the resources for data management planning available from the UM-Dearborn Mardigian Library.

Data management planning is often required by funders in the form of a document called a Data Management Plan (DMP) that will describe the handling (collection, storage and archiving) of data collected during your project. A DMP may also need to include plans for the dissemination of your data, (sometimes referred to separately as a Data Sharing Plan). To help faculty navigate data management planning, the UM-Dearborn Mardigian Library offers both a subject guide on Research Data Management as well as a DMP review service. 

The UM-Dearborn Mardigian Library’s Research Data Management subject guide covers definitions, online tools for creating a DMP, guidance from ICPSR, example plans and more. Read the Research Data Management subject guide to learn more about DMPs.

UM-Dearborn librarians are also available to help answer questions and offer support to faculty improving their DMPs as a part of their DMP review service. To contact a librarian for a DMP review, fill in their DMP review request form.

Upcoming Funding Opportunities

The Office of Research publishes a list of selected funding opportunities, organized by college, every month on our website under Announcements. In addition, yearly grant calendars organized by subject area provided by Hanover Research are available there as well. Contact the UM-Dearborn Office of Research if you would like more information about submitting a proposal to any of the programs.