News from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs: $1.2 million in external funding

REMINDER: Call for Proposals – Campus Grants

Applications for the third round of Campus Grants this academic year are still being accepted and must be received in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (2066 IAVS) by 5 p.m. 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. 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.

Research and Development of An FPGA based Three-phase High-efficiency SiC Inverter for Electric Vehicles
Hua (Kevin) Bai, PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, recently received a $118,092 contract from Mercedes-Benz USA to develop a high-efficiency silicon carbide inverter with the use of a field programmable gate array (FPGA).

Wide-Band-Gap (WBD) Semiconductor Based Inverters with High Power Density and Efficiency
Hua (Kevin) Bai, PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received a $73,500 grant from Wayne State University through funding provided by Jing-Jin Electric North America LLC to design, layout, and test a >20kW DC/AC inverter using silicon carbide metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFET).

TRI-Developing a personalized Guardian system to assist aging drivers through machine learning, sensor fusion and data mining
Yi Lu Murphey, PhD, College of Engineering and Computer Science, was awarded a $981,207 grant by the Toyota Research Institute to lead a project that aims to investigate innovative technologies that can be used for developing a guardian system to assist aging drivers through the use of machine learning, sensor fusion and data mining. The research will focus on studying healthy older drivers and drivers diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) with respect to their cognitive abilities and physiological signatures under a set of standard driving conditions, and developing enabling technologies to support long-term, real time, in-vehicle monitoring, learning, and assessment of older adults’ driving behavior and physiological signatures.

Justice Reform and Alternatives to Violent Force: Police Training at the University of Michigan Dearborn
In collaboration with the Office of Institutional Advancement, Juliette Roddy, Ph.D., and the Hon. Donald Shelton, J.D., have been awarded a $40,000 grant by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan to pilot the Alternatives to Violent Force (AVF) educational workshops provided to Dearborn Police Department officers. AVF is designed to educate and train law enforcement officers on alternatives to use of force by police, racial profiling, as well as the impact of the threat of terrorism on the criminal justice system and is housed in the University’s Office of Metropolitan Impact. The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is a full-service philanthropic organization leading the way to positive change in our region. As a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations, the Foundation supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development and civic affairs. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed nearly $887 million through more than 59,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston counties. For more information, please visit www.cfsem.org.

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