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Research Development

The Research Development team at the University of Michigan strives to connect researchers to resources and increase its investigators’ competitiveness in obtaining extramural research funding. Its activities include coordinating internal funding programs, matching faculty to funding opportunities, offering workshops for skill-building, developing online resources and facilitating interdisciplinary collaborations.

Funding Opportunities

  • U-M Internal Funding​Explore campuswide funding programs that are currently open on Research Commons.

  • Limited Submissions: For a comprehensive list of limited funding opportunities currently open, visit the Limited Submissions website. To stay informed of these opportunities, please sign up for our Research Blueprint newsletter that will be distributed bi-monthly (sign up here).

  • External Funding: For assistance seeking external opportunities, including federal and private funding, explore the U-M Library’s Research Funding & Grants Guide.

Proposal Development & Resources

  • Proposal Samplers: Review examples of successfully funded proposals donated by U-M faculty.

  • Proposal editing

  • Toolkits

  • Other Resources

    • InfoReady Review: This online application system allows easy workflow of submission and review processes. If you’re interested in using InfoReady Review in your unit, please contact Tricia Ebright at


  • Our Research Development team is available for a variety of informational and skill-building workshops, including:

    • Writing a Competitive Research Grant Proposal

    • Navigating U-M’s Research Resources

    • Finding Funding and/or Assessing Sponsors

    • NIH’s Rigor & Reproducibility Standards

    • Writing in Plain Language

    • Communicating the Impact & Value of Science to Broad Audiences

  • Contact for more information, or to schedule a workshop or brown bag event for your unit.

Team Facilitation

  • Contact our Research Development team for more information about facilitation services, such as:

    • Strategic Doing

      • Developed by the Purdue Agile Strategy Lab, Strategic Doing is a facilitation method that helps diverse teams solve complex problems, i.e., discover where they want to go and how to get there. The process teaches participants how to form collaborations quickly, move them toward measurable outcomes and make adjustments along the way. Use Strategic Doing for complex proposal planning, for mobilizing teams for urgent initiatives, or for developing long-term research plans for your center, institute or department.
    • Email for more information, or to schedule a facilitated session for your unit.