Research Scouts Are Ready for Submissions

January 25, 2023
Researcher in a lab at a microscopeThe Research Scouts funding program is now open for submissions, announced Dr. Steven Kunkel, Executive Vice Dean for Research at the Medical School and Chief Scientific Officer for Michigan Medicine. Research Scouts is an innovative new funding program which gives $150,000 to scientists (the “Scouts”) to invest in other scientists' bold ideas.

Research Scouts is an investment in the “Bold Science” objective of Michigan Medicine’s research strategic plan, “Great Minds, Greater Discoveries,” and its goals are to…

  • Spark new scientific conversations and connections
  • Unleash the creativity of our faculty
  • Test bold ideas that may otherwise go unexplored
  • Have fun while facilitating new lines of investigation

Research Scouts are given $150,000 and empowered and motivated to support their fellow researchers’ bold ideas. Scouts are searching for early-stage ideas that can transform our current understanding of a scientific concept or field, challenge common dogma, or are wildly new and imaginative.

Researchers can submit their ideas by completing this brief questionnaire.

“It’s difficult for great minds to achieve great discoveries when there isn’t a mechanism to financially support ideas that are outside-the-box,” noted Dr. Kunkel. “It will be exciting to watch the Research Scouts program enable unconventional scientific ideas to emerge and bear fruit.”

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