Program Information

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As the biomedical research enterprise has expanded over the last two decades, career opportunities for biomedical Ph.D.s have significantly diversified. A need for experienced leaders in academic research administration in this new career landscape has emerged, but Ph.D. graduates have had limited opportunities to actively prepare for those careers. The Medical School Office of Research, in collaboration with the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, is offering a two-year postdoctoral training opportunity to prepare graduating doctoral students and postdoctoral trainees for a successful career in biomedical research administration. Formerly known as the Research Administration Fellowship, the ROMS fellowship program selects highly qualified and committed participants to engage in innovative projects that enhance biomedical research at UM. In a series of unit rotations, selected fellows will be immersed in critical units of the UMMS Office of Research and additional partnering units at UM to receive a hands-on learning experience and direct mentorship from leaders in the field of biomedical research.

Program Goals and Objectives

The Research Operations, Management & Strategy (ROMS) Fellowship connects science and business competencies to diversify a talent pool and prepare fellows for a career in biomedical research administration. At the conclusion of the program, participating fellows will be able to demonstrate the following: 

  • Advanced knowledge in business principles and biomedical research operations and infrastructure
  • Applied leadership and project management capabilities
  • Effective oral and written communication of business concepts
  • Accomplished analytical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Enhanced professional and career development strategies


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This is a two-year program that consists of several major components: core rotations within UMMS Office of Research units, elective rotations with either UMMS Office of Research units or partners, and impact projects. Throughout this experience, fellows will regularly meet with the Program Director and Program Manager for professional guidance and coaching, journal club discussions, and to monitor progress in the program. Fellows should also expect to spend a minimum of two hours per week on activities related to professional competencies (e.g., seminars, conferences, online education/research, etc.)

Core Rotations


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Leadership, Core Operations, & Management

Medical School Office of Research leadership provides operational and fiscal management for all the supporting units. Critical activities include the implementation of strategic initiatives, leading enterprise change management, and fostering collaborations with the research community across the university.

Grant Services & Analysis

Grant Services & Analysis (GS&A) serves several functions for the Medical School and Michigan Medicine. They review all proposals routed through eResearch Proposal Management (eRPM), provide pre- and post-award support, provide data for sections of the M-DASH and M-STAT systems, and design and implement Research Development services that help faculty become successful in obtaining and maintaining extramural funding.

Biomedical Research Core Facilities

The Biomedical Research Core Facilities (BRCF) are centralized facilities or labs which offer shared services, shared equipment, resources, and expertise to biomedical researchers and investigators on a fee-for-service basis.

Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine

The Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM) is one of the nation’s oldest and most recognized programs training laboratory animal veterinarians. ULAM provides a variety of services and educational offerings to support the U-M research community and the animals under their care.

Human Research Rotation

Several units oversee regulatory and ethical protections of human participants and provide support for the management of studies involving human participants. The Human Research rotation allows fellows to work with units including but not limited to: 

  • Calendar Review & Analysis Office
    The Calendar Review & Analysis Office (CRAO) assists principal investigators and study teams conducting clinical research by providing analysts and support specialists who can provide guidance on the billing grid/calendar which will interface with MiChart, review required core documents for alignment with Medicare and University policies, and provide clinical research billing analysts who will audit and work to have clinical research billing errors corrected.
  • Clinical Trials Support Office
    The Clinical Trials Support Office (CTSO) is the management team for the trans-departmental Clinical Trials Support Units (CTSUs). The CTSO offers enterprise-wide standards, policies, and a common infrastructure and acts as a liaison between Principal Investigators and study teams to other partners across UM involved in clinical research. All clinical trials at U-M are supported by a CTSU.
  • Institutional Review Boards - University of Michigan Medical School
    A component of the University of Michigan's Human Research Protection Program (HRPP), the six Institutional Review Boards of the University of Michigan Medical School (IRBMED) oversee human subjects research conducted at the Medical School and Michigan Medicine.

Potential Elective Rotations

Below are examples of units in which previous fellows have pursued elective rotations or project work. Additional opportunities for engaging with other units outside of those below can be explored depending on each fellow’s interests.

Central Biorepository

The Central Biorepository (CBR) facilitates discovery and improves healthcare outcomes by providing high-quality, highly annotated biospecimens donated for basic, clinical, and translational research.

Data Office for Clinical & Translational Research

The Data Office for Clinical & Translational Research aims to accelerate research by enabling secure access to patient data through investigator-friendly, self-serve tools, and custom data extracts.

Department Administration – Basic Sciences

UMMS is home to nine basic science departments doing cutting-edge research and delivering top-quality education. Administration within these departments is led by Chief Department Administrators who oversee the organizational workflow of core departmental personnel, manage overall finances such as intramural and extramural funding, administer space and research resources, and liaise with key units such as HR and Office of Research.

Fast Forward Medical Innovation

Fast Forward Medical Innovation (FFMI) offers resources and support to world-class biomedical researchers at the University of Michigan, and across the state. Their groundbreaking funding programs, dynamic educational offerings, and deep industry connections help biomedical researchers navigate the road to successful innovation and commercialization, with the ultimate goal of positively impacting human health.

Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR)

The Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) enables & enhances clinical & translational research at U-M. There are several groups within MICHR that act as catalytic partners that educate, fund, connect & support research teams here and beyond. For example, The MICHR Research Development Core provides strategic input and support for grant proposals and research ideas. Services offered by the Research Development Core include in-person consultation, grant editing, large-scale grant support, and workshops focused on grant writing and team science.

Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (OGPS)

The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (OGPS) is an information hub and resource for trainees, faculty, and staff. OGPS provides a foundation and a community for postbaccalaureate, graduate, and postdoctoral trainees to explore the next step of their career in the biomedical sciences. The OGPS team develops programs and pathways for students and postdocs to grow intellectually, personally, and professionally on their scientific journey.

Research Intelligence & Analytics

Research Intelligence & Analytics provides strategic decision support for the Medical School’s research mission through the execution of complex data-driven investigations, often in collaboration with internal and external partners. Our work spans from retrospective financial analysis, to competitive intelligence, to predictive models of future impact.

Example Projects

Below are examples of projects that previous fellows have pursued across various units and interest areas.

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Compensation and Benefits

Fellows receive a salary competitive with leading administrative fellowship programs as well as a competitive benefits package, including health care insurance and dental and vision plans. Each fellow also receives support for professional development opportunities, including trainings and conferences.

About the UMMS Office of Research

As a premier, research-intensive academic medical center, the University of Michigan Medical School is world-renowned with over $700 million in sponsored research awards. The Medical School Office of Research proudly supports our internationally-recognized researchers pursuing innovative science to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients, the citizens of Michigan, and beyond. To that end, the UMMS Office of Research strives to enhance biomedical research at UM by maintaining an investigator-focused infrastructure, facilitating and diversifying investigators’ avenues for funding, providing unique mentoring activities, and streamlining research processes. There are more than a dozen units within the UMMS Office of Research that offer support for the research community, ranging from the Biomedical Research Core Facilities to proposal review by the Grant Services & Analysis Office to clinical study development by the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR). Across each unit, the primary mission for the UMMS Office of Research is to foster an environment of innovation and efficiency that serves the UM research community and contributes to positive patient impact.

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