Office of Research update: March 2023

March 6, 2023

Check out upcoming research activities, see who recently received funding, and learn more about research resources like the Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv), which is a researcher profile system.

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

Principal Investigator: Hugo Casquero, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Project Title: Removing locking from spline-based discretizations
Funded by: Ansys, Inc.
Award Amount: $90,000

This project seeks to extend CAS elements to remove volumetric locking existent in the spline-based discretizations of nearly incompressible solids that are currently implemented in LS-DYNA. The development of efficient spline-based discretizations that overcome volumetric locking is key for the deployment of IGA technology into biomechanics applications (e.g., soft biological tissues) as well as conventional engineering applications that involve plasticity.


2023 UM-Dearborn - UM-Flint Collaborative Research 

Grant Guidelines & Application Portal Now Available

Register for the 2023 UM-Dearborn – UM-Flint Collaborative Research Series hosted by the University of Michigan-Dearborn Office of Research and the University of Michigan-Flint Office of Research & Economic Development. 

The series’ three events include research lightning talks by faculty from both campuses and networking, to help participants find potential research collaborators. At the conclusion of the series, teams led by PIs from both campuses (one PI from Dearborn and one PI from Flint) will have an opportunity to apply for collaborative research grants ranging from $20,000 to $40,000. The award criteria will focus on developing cross-campus research collaborations with potential for external funding. The grant guidelines and application portal are now available. 

Please use the RSVP form to register to attend any of the networking events and/or to create a research profile. A Research profile database of other participants is available to help find collaborators. Attendance to one of the networking events is strongly encouraged but not required to apply for a grant. To attend one of the events registration is required and only registered participants will receive the events' call-in information. 

Networking Events:

  • March 17, noon-1:30 p.m.: Health, Engineering and Analytics. Lightning Talks Speakers include:
    • Alireza Mohammadi, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UM-Dearborn
    • Khalil Khanafer, Assistant Professor of Engineering, UM-Flint
    • Mathumai Kanapathipillai, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, UM-Dearborn
    • Charlotte Tang, Associate Professor of Computer Science, UM-Dearborn
    • Antonios Koumpias, Assistant Professor of Economics, UM-Dearborn
    • Amy Yorke, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, UM-Flint
  • March 24, 10-11:30 a.m.: Community Engaged Research, Equity, Education and Urban Living. Lightning Talks Speakers include: 
    • Jennifer LaCosse, Assistant Professor of Psychology, UM-Flint
    • Jacob Napieralski, Professor of Geology and Geographic Information Systems, UM-Dearborn
    • Heather Dawson, Professor of Biology, UM-Flint
    • Fred Feng, Assistant Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, UM-Dearborn
    • Kazuko Hiramatsu, Associate Professor of Linguistics, UM-Flint
    • DeLean Tolbert Smith, Assistant Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, UM-Dearborn

New IRB Liaison & Upcoming Human Subjects Information Session

Effective February 1, 2023, Elizabeth Molina became the new IRB-HSBS staff liaison for UM-Dearborn. 

Elizabeth will hold regularly-scheduled virtual sessions for anyone interested in learning more about working with human subjects and/or the IRB application and approval process. The first session will be held on March 15 from 2-3:30 p.m. You do not need to register, this is a drop-in session that can be accessed by following this link, so be sure to mark your calendar!

Any UM-Dearborn faculty, staff, or students with questions about the IRB process can contact Elizabeth by email at [email protected], by phone at 734-936-1943 or by dropping into the monthly Zoom sessions offered. Additional information about working with human subjects can be found at the IRB Health Sciences and Behavioral Sciences website.

OVPR to host ARPA-H information session

OVPR is hosting a virtual information session on March 16, 3-4 p.m., on the funding opportunities expected from the newly launched Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H).

ARPA-H supports transformative research to drive biomedical and health breakthroughs – ranging from molecular to societal – to provide transformative health solutions for all. The program works to advance high-potential, high-impact biomedical and health research that cannot be readily accomplished through traditional research or commercial activity. Register for the webinar

OVPR’s Bold Challenges Initiative - New Events & Programs Launched

Bold Challenges, an Office of Vice President for Research initiative, leads events and programs to empower researchers to create dynamic teams, produce transformative discoveries, and improve the quality of life for our communities, state, nation, and world. Two upcoming events have been announced for this month:

March 10, 10 a.m.: New Opportunities from Bold Challenges: Programs, Funding Opportunities, and Better Ways to Meet Collaborators

Learn more about the opportunities offered by the U-M Bold Challenges Initiative for researchers to meet collaborators, build great teams and develop competitive proposals for external funding. Bold Challenges programs provide expertise and financial support for cross-disciplinary teams with large-scale funding goals. Events offer skill-building, networking, communication, and leadership activities for the entire U-M community. Register for the March 10th Bold Challenges Event.

March 31, 10 a.m.: How to build a great proposal and communicate with funders

Are you looking for advice on how to develop a grant proposal that is more compelling to funders and more competitive for funding? Bold Challenges brings together two national experts on these topics. Each expert will give a presentation with powerful pointers and strategies for success. The Q&A sessions will provide an opportunity to seek additional insights and advice. Register for the March 31st Bold Challenges Event.

More information is available on the Bold Challenges website. Questions may be directed to [email protected].

Competitive Campus Grants Update

The Office of Research is currently reviewing Competitive Campus Grant Applications submitted prior to the February 15, 2023 deadline. Award decisions are anticipated in mid-May. If you submitted an application, we appreciate your patience as we go through our review process. 

This was the final cycle for Research Initiation & Development Grants and UM-Dearborn Scholar Grants for this fiscal year. If funding is available, Thematic Research Planning Grants will have a third cycle with a June 15th, 2023 5:00PM submission deadline. If funds are exhausted, the next cycle of Competitive Campus Grants will open again in fiscal year 2024 for the fall and winter cycles.

We will continue to accept applications for the Open Invitation Campus Grants until the end of the fiscal year, through June 30, 2023 or until funds are exhausted. For more information about all of our Campus Grants programs (competitive and open invitation) and eligibility information, please visit our Campus Grants webpage. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].

Research Events in March:

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: SciENcv

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 and information about creating a biosketch in SciENcv.

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:

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.