An Update from the Office of Research: June 2023

June 5, 2023

See who is getting funded, learn about new grant opportunities and find useful tools to advance your work in the Office of Research June update.

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: Xuan (Joe) Zhou, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Project Title: Electrical architecture design and testing for automotive lighting system
Direct Sponsor: HVA Electronics, Inc.
Awarded Amount: $84,799
HVA Electronics Inc. is a comprehensive high-tech enterprise, a collection of independent research and development, manufacturing, sales and service with its focus on automotive electronics for automotive lighting systems. HVA is partnering with UM-Dearborn in this project to improve electrical architecture design and testing for automotive lighting systems.   

U-M Principal Investigator: Charu Chandra
Project Title:  IPA agreement - Charu Chandra (Managing Priority Supply Chains)
Direct Sponsor: Small Business Administration
Awarded Amount: $126,640
This grant is in support of the recent announcement by the Office of Management and Budget, Washington, D.C., of a commitment to identify government-wide supply chains that should be prioritized due to diversity, economic, or national security risks. It is sought to establish general principles and a repeatable process for identifying priority supply chains and steps for strengthening them through the use of Federal procurement. Professor Chandra’s supply chain expertise will help them to identify priority supply chains for small businesses by analyzing the use of new and emerging technologies in SBA’s operations, and to identify areas of impact for SBA’s procurement programs.

U-M Principal Investigator: Jian Hu, Associate Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Project Title:  Machine learning misclassification error detection to enhance safety of Level 3 autonomous driving
Direct Sponsor: Ford Motor Company
Awarded Amount: $199,953
Self-driving cars highly rely on machine learning (ML) to learn from data and make predictions about the surrounding environment.  Accordingly, any prediction failures endanger passengers and others on the road. The Safety of the Intended Functionality (SOTIF) requires recognizing the performance limitation of the ML components on self-driving cars, particularly facing unsafe-known and unsafe-unknown scenarios. It is highly likely that ML algorithms fail when meeting exceptions uncovered with the training and test datasets. A critical issue to consider in our research is to reduce hazards due to inadequate performance functionality and insufficient situational awareness of the ML components. This project aims to develop an online error detector to monitor the ML components, find their misclassifications, trigger appropriate warning, and inform drivers to take back control in a timely manner. The achievement of this project can greatly improve the safety of level 3 autonomous driving systems.

U-M Principal Investigator: Yulia Hristova, Associate Professor of Mathematics & Hyejin Kim, Associate Professor of Mathematics
Project Title: GirlsGetMath@Dearborn
Direct Sponsor: Mathematical Association of America Inc.
Awarded Amount: $6,000
This funding will supports the GirlsGetMath@Dearborn summer program which is open to rising 10th to 12th grade students who live in the Metro Detroit area, and allows them to explore topics in applied mathematics such as image processing, graph theory, mathematics of voting, recommendation systems, and cryptography. Engaging and expert mathematical instruction expands participants' understanding and knowledge of mathematics through fun games, interactive lectures, experimentation and daily computer lab activities. In addition, the non-competitive and affirming environment supports participants' confidence and interest in the mathematical sciences. Students are introduced to a variety of career opportunities in which sophisticated mathematical ability plays a key role. The program provides a support group and expert mentors who are successful undergraduate, graduate students, and professionals from the STEM workforce.

U-M Principal Investigator: Xuan (Joe) Zhou, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Project Title: Solid state battery fabrication and testing
Direct Sponsor: Camel Energy, Inc.
Awarded Amount: $69,984
Solid-state batteries offer excellent properties including high safety and high energy density, and the technical strategies for developing these batteries have been well-documented. However, the development and research of solid-state batteries are still very mysterious to the public in the industry. Dr. Zhou will lead this work in the battery laboratory to provide data for future judgment on the strategic investments of solid-state battery technology by exploring and verifying the manufacturing scheme and process flow of all-solid-state Li-ion batteries.  

U-M Principal Investigator: Michael Dabkowski, Associate Professor of Mathematics
Project Title: Math Corps Summer Camp UM-Dearborn 2023
Direct Sponsor: Math Corps
Awarded Amount: $15,000
The UM-Dearborn Math Corps Summer Camp serves students who will be entering the 7th or 8th grade, providing them with instruction from University faculty and a variety of learning activities in both fundamental and advanced math. High school students entering the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade serve as paid Teaching Assistants and serve as role models for the middle school students. 


Competitive Campus Grants Update

Congratulations to the winter cycle Competitive Campus Grant awardees! For a list of the awardees and projects that were funded, visit our Previously Funded Projects webpage.

Funding for FY23 Campus Grants has been exhausted. Fiscal year 2024 Competitive Campus Grants will launch in the fall semester and FY24 Open Invitation Campus Grants will open in July 2023. 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 [email protected].

Consultation & Writing Services Available

As a reminder, free Consultation and Writing Services are available to all UM-Dearborn faculty provided through the Office of Research by a third-party consulting company.

The full list and descriptions of the consultation and writing services are available to view on the Office of Research website. Services are intended to strengthen research proposals and documents. Please note services may require an application, have limitations and time requirements in order to be provided.

Services include:

  • Proposal Content Review: The review is designed to identify strengths, weaknesses, and areas requiring improvement or clarification with a focus on the alignment with the funding opportunity and the funder’s priorities.
  • Copy Edit/Proofreading: The edit will identify any typos, errors or other items that need correction.
  • Graphic Design: The graphic designer will work on images or graphics that require edits, redesign or creation. (Limited to graphics for proposals submitted to external funders).
  • Professional Writer (limited availability, approval required): If approved, the professional writer will work collaboratively with a PI and team to write the project description/narrative with consideration of the funder’s requirements. (Limited service, requires application for prior approval).
  • Coach: The team will receive guidance, support and feedback on general proposal questions or drafts of the proposal components and will create them on their own.

For detailed information, service terms and minimum time requirements, please review the service descriptions on our Consultation and Writing Services page.

Reminder: Resources for Using 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:

Research Events in June & July:

  • Teaching and Technology Collaborative Workshop, “Be Prepared! Writing a Data Management or Data Sharing Plan” - Wednesday, June 14, noon-1 p.m., virtual

  • NIH Webinar, “NIH Research Enhancement Award (R15)...What You Need to Know!” - Thursday, June 15, 2:30 p.m., virtual

  • Teaching and Technology Collaborative Workshop, “Data, Data Everywhere! Managing and Organizing Data” - Thursday, July 13, noon-1 p.m., virtual
  • Hanover Research Webinar, “Developing Great Proposal Aims and Objectives​” - Thursday, July 27, noon, 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: Alternative Metrics

Every month, the Office of Research will feature a resource and/or tool that is available for researchers. This month we are featuring the U-M Library’s research guide on Alternative Metrics.

Alternative metrics (altmetrics) are public engagement indicators that measure interactions with publications in non-scholarly venues like blogs, tweets, article downloads, and shares. Altmetrics can help researchers to tell a story about how people are engaging with their research outside of traditional academic paths such as citations and conferences. Altmetrics, such as mentions of research articles in YouTube videos, Wikipedia pages, tweets, or major news outlets, provide a qualitative complement to traditional quantitative measures like citation counts.

There are many resources to track alternative metrics, such as:

  • Paperbuzz: Enter a paper's DOI to see how a paper is being talked about online. Note that results are incomplete for articles published before 2017.
  • ImpactStory Profiles: Track your buzz on Twitter, blogs, news outlets and more.
  • Plum Analytics: Now owned by Elsevier and integrated into their platforms, Plum Analytics gathers data about usage of data sets, open access publications, presentations, blogs, and other types of scholarly communication.
  • Snowball Metrics: A research metrics initiative led by research universities around the world working to establish global standards to enable institutional benchmarking. The University of Michigan is a member of the Snowball Metrics United States Working Group.
  • Altmetric Explorer: Browse, search, and query "mentions" on the web of publications etc. by researchers at U-M and elsewhere.

 For more information about altmetrics and how they can inform research impact, visit the U-M Library’s Alternative Metrics Research Guide page.

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.