FUNDING & PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT

The Medical School Office of Research has established several resources to help researchers at every stage of the grant writing process, from finding funding to developing successful proposals. When you're ready to start planning for your next research grant proposal, we encourage you to explore these resources.

Grant Services & Analysis reviews all proposals routed through eResearch Proposal Management (eRPM) and materials transfer agreements involving Medical School faculty for compliance with school, university and sponsor guidelines. The Research Development team within Grant Services & Analysis offers proposal editing, manages limited submissions, develops online resources, presents various proposal-related workshops, oversees bridging funding, supports large-scale proposal efforts, and facilitates the annual R01 Boot Camp program. Grant Services & Analysis also serves as department support for Medical School Administration (MSA) and U-M hospitals and health centers handling pre- and post-award activities for these units. “Pre-Award” constitutes anything that facilitates a proposal’s creation and submission, prior to the award being received. Looking for post-award information? Visit our Research Project Management lifecycle page.

The Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) provides a wealth of services across the campus to enable and enhance clinical and translational research. They are a catalytic partner that educates, funds, connects, and supports research teams at U-M and beyond.

FIND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Research Funding & Grants Guide

Find Funding icon with magnifying glassIn partnership with the Medical School Office of Research, the U-M Office of Research & Sponsored Projects, U-M Foundation Relations, and Michigan Medicine Corporate & Foundation Relations, the U-M Library maintains the Research Funding & Grants Guide, a one-stop-shop for research funding resources. The site is a central, campus-wide portal for finding internal and external funding opportunities and for consultations on how to personalize your search and stay informed.

Medical School Funding - Competition Space

The University of Michigan Medical School Competition Space is an innovative online platform that streamlines the process of finding, and applying for, funding opportunities through the U-M Medical School.    

The following opportunities are posted, and can be applied for, through UMMS Competition Space:  

  • Awards
  • Bridging Support
  • External Limited Submissions
  • Other Opportunities
  • Pilot Grants

Foundation Funding - Competition Space

The Michigan Medicine Corporate and Foundation Relations team can assist in connecting faculty to private funding opportunities, liaising between sponsors and researchers, guiding faculty on proposal approaches, providing examples of previously funded U-M proposals, and answering general faculty questions. For a wide range of Foundation and Corporate funding opportunities, visit their funding portal or contact Joe Piffaretti, Senior Director, at piffaret@umich.edu.

MICHR Funding

The Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) enables and enhances clinical & translational research at U-M by offering many funding opportunities throughout the year. For more information, visit their website.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Fast Forward Medical Innovation (FFMI) offers researchers a number of funding and educational opportunities to help advance biomedical research projects. FFMI gives researchers valuable guidance and support as they navigate the path to successful commercialization. Their funding opportunities include: 

BMRC Bridging Funding

The Bridging Support program provides funding to continue federally funded biomedical research projects that demonstrate a likelihood of successfully competing for federal funding upon resubmission of A0 or A1 proposals. Bridging applications must address current NIH grant critiques or other sponsors’ (e.g., VA Merit) written comments and explain planned use of bridging funds. Priority will focus on financial need to maintain a defined research project and to retain key research personnel. Amounts of other support, internal resources, and start-up funds will be considered. For more information about the application process, visit the website

PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT

Find Research Collaborators: Michigan Research Experts

Michigan Research Experts is a searchable database of research expertise across disciplines, offering a rich representation of the research knowledge and talent of over 5,000 faculty members across the University of Michigan.

Use the database to find researchers with specific areas of expertise for collaboration or mentoring, explore co-author networks, and connect with colleagues across the preeminent U-M research enterprise to expand your research network. 

Research Development Services

Research Development team members within the Medical School Office of Research design and implement services that help faculty become successful in obtaining and maintaining extramural funding and — once successful — share their expertise to help their colleagues do the same. Faculty members are encouraged to contact them for assistance with pre-award activities related to finding funding opportunities and to proposal development and editing. For more information, visit the Proposal Development page.

MICHR Grant Writing Services

The Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) offers many grant writing services including:

  • Research Development Consultations - Free in-person consultations offer personalized support and advice for your grant proposals or research ideas and are available to any U-M investigator.
  • Grant Editing - MICHR's editor will carefully review your grant to identify red flags in the content; ensure logic, flow and clarity of ideas; eliminate jargon; improve sentence structure and grammar; and comment on unclear text.
  • Letters of Support - Grant proposals may be strengthened by a letter of support detailing MICHR services you will use to meet the research goals outlined in your proposal.

Medical School Grant Proposal Sampler

Proposal sampler contains NIH, NSF, DOD, Career, Training and Foundations grantsThe Medical School Grant Proposal Sampler is a repository of proposals and proposal sections donated by Medical School faculty members. Its purpose is to offer insight into proposal development based on successful proposals by your peers, including proposal writing (e.g., organization, detail), responding to reviewers’ comments, sample sections and tables, etc. This site is password-protected with access restricted to Medical School faculty, staff, and postdoctoral fellows.

NIH Fellowship Proposal Sampler

The NIH Fellowship Proposal Sampler is a repository of proposals and proposal sections donated by U-M graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty members. Its purpose is to offer insight into proposal development based on real examples from your peers. This site is password-protected with access restricted to all U-M graduate students and postdoctoral fellows as well as Medical School faculty and staff.

Facility & Resource Profile Templates

The U-M Medical School Facility & Resource Profile Templates contain descriptions of units and resources at Michigan Medicine and elsewhere on campus. These boilerplate descriptions of U-M facilities and resources are intended to be copied, pasted, and edited as needed for grant proposals or marketing/recruiting materials.

Proposal Preparation Funding Program

The goal of the Proposal Preparation Funding Program is to provide funds to support the submission of large-scale, multi-investigator grants; this program is not designed to provide support for submission of individual R01-type grants. The funds may be used to offset the costs of hiring expert consultants or editors; coordinating and hosting brainstorming sessions; paying reviewers; or hiring temporary administrative and/or other services required to assemble and submit large proposals.

Sharpening Your Focus: Tips on Grant Proposal Preparation

Sharpening Your Focus: Tips on Grant Proposal Preparation is a series of tips published in UMMS Research News, the Medical School Office of Research's monthly newsletter. In this series, Jill Jividen, Ph.D., covers proposal planning, proposal development and funding agency specifics. 

PROPOSAL EDITING & REVIEW SERVICES

Research Development

Jill Jividen, Ph.D. is an experienced interdisciplinary proposal writer who will edit, as time permits, external grant applications for grammar and grantsmanship issues. You can contact Jill by email (jjgoff@umich.edu) or phone (734-764-3634). 

MICHR Research Development Consultations

The Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) provides personalized support and advice for your grant proposals or research ideas. Our free one-hour in-person consultations can help you improve your research and funding success and are available to any researcher at the University of Michigan.

Freelance Editors & Graphics Specialists

In response to faculty interest in the availability of editing services, the Medical School Office of Research has developed a list of freelance editors and freelance graphics specialists who may be available to help prepare various documents, e.g., grant proposals, manuscripts, dissertations. 

PRE-AWARD: PREPARING PROPOSALS FOR SUBMISSION

Letters of Support

Often proposals submitted to sponsors can be strengthened with a letter of support or a letter of commitment for cost sharing from the leadership of Michigan Medicine or the Medical School.  In order to facilitate these requests, the Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs (EVPMA) will sign the letter on behalf of Michigan Medicine, and the Senior Associate Dean for Research will sign the letter on behalf of the Medical School. 

Budgeting & Costs

The budgeting/costs resources provided by Grant Services & Analysis offer a variety of information on budgeting various types of proposals and includes a variety of topics from budgeting personnel to budgeting industry studies and clinical trials. They also provide budget templates to facilitate budgeting and translation of the budget into sponsor forms.

NIH Specifics, Tips & Tricks

Grant Services & Analysis has curated information on many NIH topics such as preparing a Biosketch, Resubmission, Training (T) Grant, or Cover Letter. For more information, visit the NIH Specifics, Tips & Tricks page.

Using eResearch Proposal Management (eRPM): PAFs, CTRFs & UFAs

Grant Services & Analysis provides a list of definitions and explanations of how to use the Proposal Approval Form (PAF), Clinical Trial Routing Form (CTRF), and Unfunded Agreement (UFA) in eRPM. For more information, visit the Using eResearch Proposal Management (eRPM): PAFs, CTRFs & UFAs page.

Proposal Routing

REMEMBER: Your grant routing deadline is before the sponsor deadline. Use Grant Services & Analysis' Deadline Calculator to determine your school deadline.

ORSP requires proposals no later than four (4) business days in advance of the sponsor’s deadline date and time, and the Medical School Submission Policy requests all proposals arrive to Grant Services & Analysis seven (7) business days prior to the project being submitted by campus. This means that the Medical School deadline that should be added to the PAF is a total of ten (10) business days prior to the sponsor’s deadline.

For additional information on Streamlined Review Services, Proposal Review Checklists, Required Proposal Components, and Medical School Department Contacts & Authorized Signers, visit the Pre-Award page. 

Proposal Review & Finalization

The Proposal Review Checklists can be used to verify the completeness of the documents required in a grant application prior to routing the proposal.

The Proposal Finalization Checklist provides you with key items to check before finalizing a proposal (reflective of issues commonly found prior to submission).

For more information, visit the Grant Services & Analysis Pre-Award page.

Project Award Notice (PAN)

A Project Award Notice (PAN) is prepared and distributed by ORSP via eResearch to the Principal Investigator and all signers off on a PAF serves to establish the project/grant number (PGN) for the project. For more information, visit ORSP's Project Award Notice page.

Data Management Plans

Data management plans are increasingly required by federal agencies and other sponsors to meet funding requirements. Visit the U-M Library’s Research Funding & Grants Guide for a listing of units across campus that offer assistance with developing a data management plan.

Questions?

Contact Grant Services & Analysis at msgrants@umich.edu or 734-763-4272 / (Fax 734-615-9458)

Contact MICHR at UM-MICHR@umich.edu or 734-998-7474

A full list of staff is available in the Personnel Directory.