An Update from the Office of Research: May 2023

May 1, 2023

Check out upcoming funding opportunities, learn about a new open access publishing partnership, and see which of your colleagues recently landed grants in the Office of Research May update.

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: Youngki Kim

Project Title: Optimal control and tradeoff analysis of one-pedal driving for ride comfort and energy savings of electric vehicles

Direct Sponsor: Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI)

Awarded Amount: $105,080

These funds will provide additional support for Dr. Kim’s project which aims to develop a framework for solving an optimal speed profile for an electric vehicle and to determine the tradeoff between a driver’s ride comfort and energy savings by one pedal driving.


U-M Principal Investigator: Junaid Farooq

Project Title: 5G Cybersecurity Reference Architecture

Direct Sponsor: Opex Systems, LLC 

Awarded Amount: $50,000

The primary goal of this project is to generate documentation on cybersecurity within 5G networks. Such cybersecurity systems will then be implemented with the MxD 5G testbed and facilities to demonstrate their usage in a 5G connected industrial architecture.


PI Name: Alireza Mohammadi
Project Title: I-Corps: Link2Source: Physics-based Automotive Cybersecurity

Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Award Amount: $50,000

The broader impact/commercial potential of this I-Corps project is the development of an embedded technology that may protect modern vehicles against automotive cybersecurity threats. The proposed innovation is expected to have impacts in several areas including security of modern connected vehicles, transportation safety, national security, and automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM). With the advent and proliferation of autonomous and connected vehicles, the market size for OEMs and their in-vehicle (IVN) technologies is rapidly growing and is expected to maintain a growth trajectory to about $46 billion dollars. Automotive cyberthreat analysis, detection, and localization is an integral component of this growing market. The proposed innovation has the potential to save about $300 million dollars for automotive suppliers and OEMs over the next 5 years. The benefits of the innovation to society at large are significant in the areas including transportation safety, automotive industry, and the cyber insurance business.

This I-Corps project is based on the development of security solutions to safeguard modern automobile in-vehicle networks (IVNs) against a wide array of cyberattacks. The proposed technology uses physics-based attack detection and localization in a simultaneous manner. Currently, using the existing engine control unit (ECU) diagnosis technologies, the vehicle ECU and in-vehicle cybersecurity engineers spend about 30 minutes to 1 hour for each vehicle to scan for potential security issues in IVNs. The proposed technology uses a physical fingerprinting framework consisting of embedded hardware devices and completely automatic in-vehicle network traffic analyzing algorithms to detect and localize malicious activities happening within the connected IVNs. This IVN cybersecurity tool, may protect the modern automobile IVNs against the ever-increasing number of cyberthreats and help the cybersecurity manager of OEMs and automotive suppliers to defend the IVNs of their products against the growing number of cyberattacks in a time- and cost-efficient manner.


U-M Principal Investigator: Wencong Su

Project Title:  Internet of things (IOT) safety device and system for early detection and warning of hazards in Micro mobility products

Direct Sponsor: Systems Research & Consulting LLC

Total Award Amount: $100,355.00

The broader impact/commercial potential of this Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project is the development of new technologies to enhance the safety of micro-mobility vehicles and fleets (bicycles, electronic bikes, and electric scooters). Micro-mobility has a high potential to reduce congestion, emissions, and noise pollution in urban settings. These vehicles can address many first- and last-mile transportation challenges. The technology developed in this project will integrate low-cost sensors, advanced machine learning and model-based algorithms with Internet of Things (IOT)-based technologies for micro-mobility safety devices. Furthermore, IOT-based early detection and warning systems can address safety concerns in the use of micro-mobility, resulting in the development of strong ecosystems.

This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project will develop and evaluate a cost-effective, innovative IOT technology and turn it into a product and service essential to the safety and reliability of micro-mobility vehicles and fleets. The technology involves predicting likely future failures in vehicle braking components and systems in advance of their occurrence as well as early detection of hazardous driving conditions (due to misbehavior of riders, road conditions, or weather conditions). The solution will issue warnings to the rider and proactive alerts with actionable recommendations (e.g., for proactive maintenance). The project will develop and evaluate model-based and machine-learning-assisted algorithms for the detection, isolation, and prediction of failures and hazardous driving conditions as well as the associated level of confidence in the accuracy of the decisions. The performance of the safety device and operation under experimental conditions and constraints will be evaluated using end-to-end simulation and a testbed.


Call for submissions: OVPR Anti-Racism Grants

OVPR is seeking proposals to the Anti-Racism Grants program, which launched in 2021 to advance knowledge around complex societal racial inequalities that can inform actions to achieve equity and justice. Funding is available at two levels: $25,000-$50,000 and <$100,000.

This program was developed in partnership with the Provost's Anti-Racism Initiative and is jointly administered with NCID's Anti-Racism Collaborative. During the first two cycles, OVPR awarded nearly $1 million total to support 16 interdisciplinary research teams.

Apply by June 1 for the Anti-Racism Grant.

Wiley Agreement Open Access Publishing Available to U-M Authors

A new agreement between Wiley, publisher of more than 1,600 academic journals, and the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) offers new open access publishing opportunities to the U-M community.

The three-year agreement allows unlimited open access publishing in Wiley journals without any cost to U-M authors. To qualify, articles must:

  • Have a corresponding author from a participating BTAA institution
  • Be primary research or review articles (which includes original articles, case studies, reviews and short communications)

Authors retain rights to their work under a Creative Commons license and articles are immediately open and available to anyone. Learn more about the BTAA agreement, including step-by-step guides and lists of Wiley’s hybrid journals and Wiley or Hindawi fully open access journals.

U-M authors also are eligible for open access waivers or discounts from other publishers. Questions about open access publishing agreements can be directed to [email protected].

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 May

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: National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (U-M Institutional Membership)

Every month, the Office of Research will feature a resource and/or tool that is available for researchers. This month we are featuring the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion and the Chief Diversity Officer.

The NCFDD is an independent center that offers a wide range of resources to support the professional development and successful transitions of faculty, post-doctoral scholars, and doctoral students throughout their academic careers. The resources are broadly applicable across academic disciplines and include webinars/workshops on topics such as how to develop a daily writing plan, strategies for increasing research productivity, managing time more effectively, how to write grant proposals, and maintaining work-life balance.

All U-M faculty can create a FREE U-M Institutional sub-account to the NCFDD that gives you access to:

Step-by-step instructions to activate for Your Free U-M Institutional Sub-Account:

  1. Go to the NCFDD website
  2. Click on “Become a Member” or “Join NCFDD”
  3. Go to the box under “Select your Institution” and scroll down or begin to type, “University of Michigan-Dearborn” and click “Continue”  
  4. On the next page that appears, click on “Activate My Membership”
  5. Complete the Account Information fields, and use your University of Michigan email address
  6. You will then receive an email to “Activate Your Faculty Diversity Account”
  7. After activating your account, you can begin fully using your new NCFDD membership

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.