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Research Development

Upcoming Events

  • September 17: Opportunity Kickoff - Preparing a Competitive NIH S10 Proposal
  • September 23: Finding Funding - Identifying Opportunities & Scoping the Grants
  • October 21: Grantsmanship 101: Understanding the Review Process

Research Blueprint

Research Blueprint, produced by the Office of the Vice President for Research, aims to drive awareness of and encourage participation in research development opportunities across campus.


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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.

  • Research Catalyst & Innovation (RCI) ProgramThe RD team administers OVPR's RCI funding program and, in collaboration with our RD colleagues across U-M, provides services to support funding consultations, proposal development, project management, ideation sessions and strategic planning that is required for RCI awardees. Contact for more information.

Proposal Management & Editing

  • Proposal Management: The RD team offers project management for large-scale grant proposals, including development of task lists and timelines, coordination among team members, outreach to stakeholders, drafting supporting documents and letters, and tracking proposal development progress.

  • Graphics Services: Our graphics designer will work with investigators to develop clear, compelling figures, charts and illustrations to enhance research grant proposals. Requests must be made at least six weeks prior to sponsor deadline. Priority will be given to multidisciplinary proposals.

  • Proposal editing:

    • The OVPR RD team will provide free editing services on final proposal drafts, including review of style, organization, logic, clarity, consistency and alignment with sponsor guidelines. Contact Jill Jividen (

    • MICHR

    • See FAQs below for a list of RD staff within campus units

    • List of freelance editors

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

  • 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

  • ​Workshops available on-demand:

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

Team Facilitation

  • The RD team can design and facilitate sessions tailored for your research teams, at any stage of idea development. Whether for long-term strategic planning for your team/unit, early-stage planning for a large-scale initiative, or a response to a specific funding opportunity, we will tailor sessions for your needs to surface the most innovative ideas, focus research questions or create action plans.
    • Ideation: for large groups or small; we can guide brainstorming and team formation around broad themes early in the research development process
    • Proposal design: for interdisciplinary teams working toward a specific funding opportunity; let us help your team develop a shared vision, craft innovative research questions and outline a competitive grant proposal. Contact us 
    • Strategic planning: for teams or units; we can help your team members identify goals, prioritize milestones and develop a plan for successful implementation
  • Email for more information, or to schedule a facilitated session for your unit.