Office of Research update: November 2022

October 31, 2022

A colleague landed a $500,000-plus grant, application deadlines are coming up for research fundings programs and more.

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: Alex YaSha Yi
Project Title: Chip scale science and technology development

Sponsor: Invictus Innovation EV Technology LLC
Award amount: $525,417

The goal of this project is to enhance existing chip research programs, facilitate and promote new multidisciplinary research, and enrich the educational curriculum. The project will have great potential to bring more students to engineering and science areas reflecting interests in Michigan and nationally. It will serve as a unique resource to the institute’s constituencies in the heartland of the Southeastern Michigan area. Furthermore, the project is also an effort to respond to the increasing demands of emerging sciences, engineering, and technologies in an area where conventional industries are heavily populated. Due to our unique location and industrial collaborations, we are confident that this chip technology development will make a measurable contribution to the economy of Southeast Michigan, especially the greater Detroit metropolitan area.


Apply to the Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship Program (PEFF)

Applications for the 2023 cohort of the Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship are now open.

Led by the Office of the Vice President for Research in partnership with other public engagement units on campus, the Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship aims to enable exploration into the wide variety of avenues available to translate scholarly work into public impacts and support faculty in considering how their research, teaching, and engagement can align. The Fellowship involves a five-week intensive Studio Experience focused on community-building, exploration, and learning, and a Project Support phase with the opportunity to request in-kind support and up to $10,000 for an ambitious public engagement project.

Faculty from all three campuses and all disciplines, schools and colleges, career stages, and interests in public engagement are welcome to apply—including clinical and curatorial faculty, lecturers, librarians, research faculty, and tenured/tenure-tenure track faculty.

Applications will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. More information about this opportunity, including the application form, can be found on the Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship website.

Questions can be directed to

TOME Publishing Grants Available

TOME, a joint initiative of the Association of American Universities, the Association of Research Libraries and the Association of University Presses, promotes the digital dissemination of humanities scholarship by providing academic publishers with up to $15,000 to produce and distribute an open access edition of long-form scholarly works. TOME is supported by OVPR, the Library and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and open to faculty on all three campuses.

Learn more about eligibility and how to apply for TOME.

Competitive Campus Grants Update

The Office of Research is currently reviewing Competitive Campus Grant applications that were submitted by 5 p.m. Oct 17, 2022. Award decisions are anticipated in December/January. If you submitted an application, we appreciate your patience as we go through our review process.

The next cycle of Competitive Campus Grants will become available in January with a 5 p.m. Feb. 15, 2023 submission deadline. This will be the final application cycle for the Research Initiation & Development and the UM-Dearborn Scholars Grants for this fiscal year. Thematic Research Planning Grants will have a third cycle with a 5 p.m. June 15, 2023 submission deadline if funding remains available.

We will continue to accept applications for the Open Invitation Campus Grants until the end of the fiscal year, through June 30, 2023. To apply to an Open Invitation Campus Grant, go to our InfoReady portal and log in through the University of Michigan Weblogin.

For more information about all of our Campus Grants programs (competitive and open invitation) and eligibility information, please visit our Campus Grants webpage or email us at

Research Events in November:

The Office of Research website is also updated regularly with research-related events and announcements, so we encourage you to bookmark our landing page and subscribe to our Research News email list to stay up to date on research news, opportunities and events.

Research Resource Highlight: Innovation Partnerships

Every month, the Office of Research will feature a resource and/or tool that is available for researchers. This month we are featuring Innovation Partnerships.

Innovation Partnerships, a unit of the Office of the Vice President for Research and formerly known as Tech Transfer, serves as the primary gateway for researchers seeking to increase the impact of their work. They provide this service to U-M faculty on all three campuses by connecting with the private sector through corporate-sponsored research collaborations, licensing discussions, or connections with entrepreneurs and investors to support startup company formation. Their team of licensing, business development, and investment professionals provide comprehensive step-by-step service to faculty starting with invention assessment and intellectual property support, followed by business mentoring and connections to early-stage capital from the Accelerate Blue Fund.

Innovation Partnerships can help faculty and researches with:

  • Alliances by connecting faculty with commercial research opportunities, negotiating corporate sponsored research agreements and managing ongoing research alliances.
  • Licensing through invention intake support, Intellectual Property strategy and funding, and license agreement negotiation.
  • Ventures, including translational research funding, business mentorship, venture capital investors and connections to entrepreneurial talent.

Contact Innovation Partnerships to ask any questions about their work with Alliances, Licensing, and Ventures.

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.