News from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs: Campus grant applications and $85k in external funding

Call for Proposals: Campus Grants

Applications for the third round of Campus Grants this academic year are now being accepted and must be received in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (2066 IAVS) by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15. Simply enter the InfoReady site by selecting the applicable program below, review the guidelines and submit your complete proposal by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15.

If you have not had a chance to preview the recently introduced InfoReady system, instructions on how to log in and update your profile and submit a proposal will assist you with using the system. You must update your profile and add your unit as the primary organization prior to submitting your first proposal.

A few important reminders about InfoReady:
The system will only accept applications until 5 p.m. on the stated program deadline

  • Complete proposals will be electronically routed to for faculty adviser, chair and dean approval by ORSP (as required)
  • You must log in as a UMich User and authenticate
  • You must update your profile and Add Primary Organization to be eligible to submit a proposal
  • PDFs and paper applications will no longer be accepted

The specific grant programs being accepted now are listed below:

Research Initiation & Development
Research Initiation and Development Grants provide financial support for faculty research projects designed to lead to a proposal for external funding with a strong potential of being awarded.

  • Initiation – Up to $6,000 (up to 3 awarded each cycle) for seed funding of new research projects (these grants are intended for junior faculty, or senior faculty starting on a new line of inquiry)
  • Development – Up to $15,000 (1 possible award each cycle) to support existing research projects that are one step beyond start-up or feasibility studies

UM-Dearborn Scholars
UM-Dearborn Scholars grants are intended to support faculty research and scholarship, including creative activities in the arts. This program is primarily for projects with funding needs not addressed by other support programs within or outside the University.

  • Level I – Provides up to $6,000 (up to 4 awarded each cycle) for support and maintenance of existing activities
  • Level II – Provides up to $15,000 (up to 2 awarded each cycle) to assist in establishing a new program (these grants are intended for junior faculty, or senior faculty starting on a new line of inquiry)

EIC Environmental-Sustainability Research
The Environmental Interpretive Center and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs provide one award of up to $12,000 to a full-time UM-Dearborn EIC faculty associate for projects related to sustainability, conservation, and/or environmental education that build upon previous Campus Grants or other grant support and lead to a tangible scholarly outcome or external funding.

Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Undergraduate Research Fellowships provide up to 3 awards each funding cycle in the amount of $2,750 each to hire a student to assist full-time UM-Dearborn faculty members with work on summer research and scholarly projects not counting towards academic credit. Students must devote 320 hours to the project in the summer semester. Proposal must be written by an enrolled undergraduate student pursuing a degree at UM-Dearborn; advisor must be tenured or tenure-track faculty of UM-Dearborn.

Educational Enhancement
Educational Enhancement Grants provides up to 2 awards in the amount of $1,500 each to enable faculty members to enhance the educational experiences of students through course and curriculum enhancement or investment in course materials.

Faculty Professional Development
The purpose of these funds is to enhance professional growth of UM-Dearborn tenured and tenure-track faculty. Professional development activities include, but are not limited to, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) courses, workshops, seminars, and travel to professional conferences.

Lecturer Professional Development
The purpose of these funds is to enhance professional growth of UM-Dearborn faculty covered by the LEO collective bargaining agreement. Professional development activities include, but are not limited to, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) courses, workshops, seminars, and travel to professional conferences. Per LEO contract, the total amount available is $10,500 annually.

External Grants Received

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs would like to congratulate the following faculty members on receiving external funding for their research.

Effects of cooling and method of heating of HSAL
Ghassan Kridli, PhD, College of Engineering and Computer Science, received a $11,497 grant from the Ford Motor Company to study the effect of heat treatment schedules on the mechanical properties of high strength aluminum alloys.

Young Authors’ Festival 2017
Barbara Kriigel, Mardigian Library, was recently awarded a $6,675 grant by the Michigan Humanities Council through a subcontract from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the 5th annual Young Authors’ Festival organized by the Mardigian Library and the Department of Education (CEHHS). The festival is a half-day campus event that includes a writing contest for students in grades 3-5, provides instructional sessions with reading/writing instructors, and will feature an exhibition on loan from the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature of original art work from Little Golden Books. Kristen Remenar (children’s author) and Matt Faulkner (children’s illustrator) will be the guest speakers at the event. UM-Dearborn students preparing to become teachers create and lead the interactive breakout sessions under the direction of Prof. Danielle DeFauw. The event is also sponsored by the Office of Metropolitan Impact, the Hub for Teaching & Learning Resources, the Barnes & Noble Campus Bookstore, Jane Romatowski, Professor Emerita, the Salloum Family, and Mrs. Judith Smith.

Stand Up, Speak Out: Answering the Call (Year 2)
Monica Porter, PhD, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Enrollment Management and Student Life, was awarded a $9,840 grant by the Michigan State Police to support UM-Deaborn’s development of programs, strategies, and curricula course content to address power-based personal violence by partnering with Green Dot training.

Augmented Reality Glasses for Self-Guided Dealership Experience
Samir Rawashdeh, PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, recently received a $24,829 grant from the Ford Motor Company to continue a previously funded project designed to investigate the use of Augmented Reality (AR) glasses, the Mircosoft HoloLens in particular, to enhance the customer experience at a dealership or auto-show. The glasses do not hinder regular vision but will provide overlay content and information about vehicles the customer directs their attention to in order to create an immersive brand experience. The research includes identifying relevant content and methods of delivery, as well as addressing the localization problem which involves the use of visual markers and performing the image processing to track the customer’s position and gaze direction.

Midwest Several Complex Variables Conference 2017
Yunus Zeytuncu, PhD, Mathematics & Statistics, has been awarded a $32,000 grant by the National Science Foundation to provide financial support for travel expenses and accommodation for 20 graduate students and junior researchers, as well as 15 invited speakers to attend and present at the Midwest Several Complex Variables Conference hosted by Brown University.

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