Office of Research update: July 2024

July 8, 2024

See whose work is getting funded, browse new funding opportunities, learn about services that can advance your work and check out this month’s research events.

External Awards Received

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: Areen Alsaid, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Project Title:  Longitudinal Vehicle Operation
Direct Sponsor: Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
Awarded Amount: $399,595.00
This project aims to enhance customer safety and comfort by integrating various longitudinal vehicle operation (LVO) features such as adaptive cruise control, proactive driving assist, and BEV one-pedal driving. The primary objective is to assess how these LVO features interact and empirically evaluate their impact on driver performance in diverse scenarios. The project will also generate design recommendations and evaluate human-machine interface (HMI) concepts to ensure a cohesive and user-friendly experience for drivers.

U-M Principal Investigator: Joe Zhou, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Project Title:  Supplement: Fuel Cell Testing and Modeling: Sample Analysis and Engineering Services for Fuel Cell System Development
Direct Sponsor: Hyzon Motors USA Inc.
Awarded Amount: $134,504 
Proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells operate by converting hydrogen into electricity through a chemical reaction, with water as the sole byproduct. This project aims to ensure the optimal performance and reliability of Hyzon's fuel cell systems. By leveraging end-of-test (EOT) cells from durability-tested short stacks, along with beginning-of-test (BOT) cells for baseline comparisons, this collaborative effort focuses on analyzing specific sections of the cell, including the cross sections of the bipolar plate and the membrane electrode assembly (MEA).

U-M Principal Investigator: Maggie Wang, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Project Title:  Integrated Three-level GaN Inverter and PMsyn RM Motor for Electric Passenger Vehicles and Medium/heavy duty Trucks
Direct Sponsor: University of Tennessee - Knoxville (U.S. Dept of Energy prime)
Awarded Amount:  $300,000
The objective of this project is to develop and integrate an 800V/200kW Gallium Nitride (GaN)-based three-level high-power-density inverter and Permanent Magnet assisted synchronous Reluctance Motor (PMsynRM). The inverter will meet the performance targets of high power efficiency, high power density, and low cost, and conform with related vehicle standards. The novel PMsynRM using alternative magnet material and liquid cooling will achieve more than 55kW/l at <$3.3/kW. Together, this innovative, integrated electric traction motor and drive will meet the aggressive, >33 kW/L volume density and <$6/kW cost system targets.

U-M Principal Investigator: Wencong Su, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Project Title:  HEVI-LOAD Augmentation for National-Scale Infrastructure Assessment
Direct Sponsor: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (U.S. Dept of Energy prime)
Total Sponsor Authorized Amount: $25,000.00

Dr. Su will assist the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory team (LBNL) to enhance the HEVI-LOAD model fidelity to identify optimal grid interconnection topology and configuration to support future high-power charging medium and heavy-duty (MHD) electric vehicles (EVs). This work will support the development of a national-scale charging infrastructure assessment for future MHD EVs.


Mardigian Library Support for Data Management Plans 
Data management plan support 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.

REMINDER: New NSF Requirements for Biosketch, Current & Pending Forms
The newest NSF PAPPG is in effect for all proposals submitted effective May 20 includes a requirement to use an updated version of both the Current & Pending Support form as well as the Biosketch form from the SciENcv tool. In addition, significant changes have been made to the biographical sketch required for all senior personnel. The biosketch will no longer include the section for “synergistic activities” and instead this will become a separate required document. Instructions for the new Synergistic Activities document are available in our shared folder of Standard NSF Proposal guides & templates resource for faculty.

Effective Oct. 23, 2023, NSF requires all biosketch and current & pending support documents for senior personnel to be prepared using SciENcv. SciENcv offers researchers the option to create a new Current & Pending form or Biosketch for proposals submitted after 5/17/24. It will also allow you to migrate your data from the old form to the new form. In addition, the 3-page limitation of the biographical sketch has been removed–there is no longer any page limitation for this section of the proposal.

Resources for Using SciENcv
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. 

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 has recorded 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 July

Research Resource Highlight

Every month, the Office of Research features a resource and/or tool that is available for researchers. This month we are featuring Michigan Research Cores

The University of Michigan Research Cores website provides a catalog of equipment available in core facilities across campus that are available for use by a researcher or investigator. The Medical School Office of Research, in partnership with the University of Michigan Biosciences Initiative, developed this university-wide research core services directory in response to feedback from research faculty that the University offers rich core infrastructure but it is hard to easily identify the breadth of cores available that can support their research. 

To learn more about the Research Cores, sign up for the quarterly At The Core Newsletter, delivering news, events, and more directly to your inbox. 

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. 

Use the updated UofM Research Commons to look up internal (to UofM) funding opportunities and Limited Submission opportunities open to Dearborn researchers.

Contact the UM-Dearborn Office of Research if you would like more information about submitting a proposal to any of the programs.