News from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs: Campus Grants Professional Development proposals due, plus $189k in external funding announced

Call for Professional Development Proposals – Deadline May 15, 2017

The UM-Dearborn Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is now accepting proposals for the final round of Campus Grants Professional Development proposals for this academic year. Proposals must be submitted via InfoReady by 5 p.m. Monday, May 15. Simply enter the InfoReady site by selecting the applicable program below, review the guidelines and submit your complete proposal by 5 p.m. Monday, May 15. ORSP will obtain the necessary chair and dean’s office approvals.

You must update your InfoReady profile and Add Primary Organization to be eligible to submit a proposal.

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 the LEO contract, the total amount available is $10,500 annually.

InfoReady Proposal Submission System
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. Additional tips and reminders about the InfoReady system have been provided below.

A few important things to know about InfoReady:

  • The system will only accept applications until 5:00 pm on the stated program deadline
  • Complete proposals will be electronically routed by ORSP to your Chair and Dean for approval (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 are no longer accepted

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.

Application of Hybrid Switches (GaN + Si) to the >97%-efficiency 7.2kW Level-2 Charger
Kevin Bai, PhD, Electrical & Computer Engineering, received a $113,500 contract from Hella North America, Inc. to develop a hybrid battery charger by combining the lower-cost silicon design with the high-performance GaN approach.

A Deep WFC3/IR Bulge Luminosity Function: toward the Hydrogen Burning Limit
Will Clarkson, PhD, Natural Sciences, was recently awarded a $8,799 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) through a subcontract issued by the Space Telescope Institute (STScI) to probe the detailed mass function of the Milky Way bulge down to as low a mass limit as possible with current equipment by decontaminating the target bulge population of stars from the foreground population.

Guardhat Material Selection and Product Lightweighting
Pankaj Mallick, PhD, College of Engineering and Computer Science, was awarded $20,000 by Guardhat Technologies and the Small Company Innovation Program through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to identify materials and designs that have the potential of reducing the weight of hardhats manufactured by Guardhat.

AZO target sintering behavior and its film property ameliorated by Mg, Si co-doped
Ya Sha Yi, PhD, Electrical & Computer Engineering, received a $46,729 contract from Three Gorges University to host a visiting professor to perform research on solid state thin films light-emitting devices and solar cells.

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