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Shanghai Jiao Tong University Collaboration

The University of Michigan–Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Data Sciences for Sustaining Critical Infrastructures for the
Environment and Human Health

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Submission deadline: June 1, 2016

Funding from the University of Michigan (U-M) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) will be available for collaborative research projects between co-investigators from SJTU and U-M.

The objective of the Seed Phase is to identify topics for joint research projects in the fields of data science for Sustaining Critical Infrastructures for the Environment and Human Health, providing a basis for joint proposals seeking external support.

Proposals must include researchers from both U-M and SJTU

A guide is available for faculty from each university to post project interests and find potential collaborators. 

SJTU researchers seeking U-M collaborators

U-M researchers seeking SJTU collaborators

Successful Seed Project proposals, therefore, must have a strong potential for significant follow-on external funding. This announcement represents the second call for proposals during the second phase of our research collaboration.

Collaborative Research Program:

Since 2009, the University of Michigan and Shanghai Jiao Tong University have made significant commitments to address challenges and opportunities in energy, biomedicine, nanotechnology and data science. On April 21, 2016, a symposium was held to help identify potential collaborations related to this year’s theme of Sustaining Critical Infrastructures for the Environment and Human Health. This call for proposal follows this activity and invites faculty from both institutions to work together to pursue collaborative research in this area.

Areas of interest include but are not limited to healthcare and biosensors, clean air and water, healthy food, reliable electricity, safe urban environments, sanitation and waste disposal, epidemiology, population growth, ecology, environmental toxins, antibiotic use, microbiome, atmospheric science, and sustainability.  Methodological approaches might include developing or applying concepts from machine learning, computer vision, knowledge discovery, active sensing, optimal experimental design, spatio-temporal signal analysis, advanced data visualization or automated anomaly detection.

The proposal process

Successful collaborative teams will seek resources made available from both the US and Chinese industry and governments to form lasting international collaborations of researchers specializing in specific applications of data science in solving challenging societal problems in the selected theme for this year.

Budgets:

U-M and SJTU intend to award up to five grants with up to US$50,000/year from each University per grant. Awards may be made for one year or two years, with a quality gate review at half point of the project duration for projects lasting longer than one year. U-M tenure-track faculty are NOT permitted salary support on this program.

Preconditions:

Proposals must include researchers from both U-M and SJTU. A website is available for faculty from each university to post project interests and find potential collaborators. (See links above.)

Each faculty interested in submitting for this Call should complete a faculty profile form if you have not already done so.  Questions regarding this Call should be sent to Ann Leffler at aleffler@umich.edu and LI Yinyue at liyinyue@sjtu.edu.cn.

The proposers should clearly indicate how the successful conduct of the Seed Project would enhance the prospects for securing third party funding or initiating commercialization prior to completion of the project. Proposers who can identify specific external research programs with current or pending Requests for Proposals (RFPs) will be favored.

Cost sharing derived from sources either inside or outside U-M and SJTU demonstrates the interest of third parties in the field and is recommended, but not required. The source, amount, and nature of such cost sharing shall be identified in writing at the onset in the Proposal of each collaborative project.

Project durations cannot exceed 24 months. Milestones and/or deliverables after half of the project duration are required for projects lasting longer than one year (quality gate review).

A successful proposal must be consistent with regulations governing the participating institutions. Principal Investigators (PIs) can only submit one proposal. PIs currently participating in an ongoing SJTU-U-M Collaborative program are ineligible for receiving funding under this announcement. PIs previously funded by this program may apply again if a different research topic is pursued.

Guidelines for proposal preparation, evaluation and progress reviews

Funded Projects

Other Programs

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About

In 2010, the University of Michigan (U-M) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) joined forces on a program that provides seed funding for collaborative research to develop new technologies. Initially, the program focused on research involving reduction in global carbon emissions and climate impact, as well as development of biomedical technologies to promote human health. Later, the program expanded to include nanotechnologies in all areas.

Projects involve co-investigators from SJTU and U-M. The universities each have committed to spending up to $3 million on their part of the collaborative research over the initial five-year period. Review panels identify projects that have commercial potential and are likely to attract follow-on research funding from the U.S. and Chinese governments, as well as from industry.

The research partnerships between U-M and SJTU are part of a broader relationship between the two schools. In 2005, U-M and SJTU formed a joint institute to manage and direct degree-granting programs offered by both universities to students of both nations.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please email UMSJTU2016@umich.edu.