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May VPR Update

VPR Update

May 12, 2021

VPR Update is a monthly email produced by the Office of the Vice President for Research that aims to increase awareness around important research and scholarship items that impact our community. VPR Update is sent to all active researchers, including those engaged in human research, and research administrators across the three U-M campuses.


Rebecca Cunningham

Dear Colleagues,

As part of our ongoing efforts to catalyze, support and safeguard research and scholarship across the three U-M campuses, I am pleased to share with you the May installment of VPR Update.

New OVPR unit informs, supports research mission with data

  • OVPR recently launched a new unit that analyzes and integrates many types of data to serve, support and strengthen the research, scholarly and creative enterprise. The Research Analysis & Data Integration Office (RADIO) already has played a key role in assessing university financial metrics to measure how the research enterprise is recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. Led by Professor Jason Owen-Smith, RADIO also is actively analyzing award, submission and publication data across all three campuses to measure equity across gender, race and discipline.

  • Learn more

Call for nominations: AVP for Research - Health Sciences

  • OVPR is seeking nominations for the position of Associate Vice President for Research - Health Sciences. The Associate Vice President works closely with the Vice President for Research and other members of the OVPR Leadership Team, along with university leaders, to catalyze, support and safeguard research and scholarship across all three campuses. This is a 50 percent appointment anticipated through August 30, 2024. Interested candidates must be a U-M faculty member with an appointment at the full professor level or equivalent, and also hold a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent terminal degree. To be considered for the position, please submit a letter of interest and resume to Karen Houghtaling at

  • OVPR also would like to acknowledge the incredible efforts of Dr. Srijan Sen, who has held this position since 2019. Under his leadership, the university has strengthened its reputation as a global leader in health sciences research. Dr. Sen also played an instrumental role in the rapid ramp-down and ramp-up of our research enterprise. The U-M Depression Center appointed Dr. Sen as its new director in February.

OVPR seeks submissions for two new research funding opportunities

  • Anti-Racism Grants

    • The OVPR Anti-Racism Grants aim to catalyze innovative research and scholarship efforts that will advance knowledge and understanding around complex societal racial inequalities that can inform actions to achieve equity and justice. These grants were developed in partnership with the Provost’s Anti-Racism Initiative.

    • Learn more and apply by June 1

  • Large-Scale Center and Initiative Planning Grants

    • The OVPR Large-Scale Center and Initiative Planning Grants aim to promote impactful interdisciplinary research and to provide research teams with support for preparing and submitting competitive, external large-scale proposals. Grants support multi-unit PI teams in pursuing external, multi-component, large-scale grants in the range of $5 million or more.

    • Learn more and apply by July 1

June 30 deadline for all researchers to complete expanded training course

  • Faculty, employees and students engaged in research and scholarship across the three campuses are required, by June 30, to complete an expanded training course that outlines important guidance about responsible conduct in research and scholarship. The updated PEERRS Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship training course, which is designed to include expanded federal requirements, is available through MyLINC. An individual’s noncompliance with the RCRS training requirement will result in a hold of a pending sponsored project award or award modification until the individual completes the course.

  • Learn more about RCRS training, and if you have any further questions, please contact

Unit leaders will determine gradual employee return-to-campus plans

  • Faculty and staff who have been working remotely through the COVID-19 pandemic will begin a gradual return to more on-site work in the coming months at the direction of their unit’s leaders as the university prepares to welcome students to campus for the fall term. President Mark Schlissel said on May 7 that employees should look to their supervisor or department leader for specific requirements for on-site, remote or a hybrid of on-site and remote work, and the process for assessing return-to-work needs.

  • We encourage school and college leadership to include their research data scientists, team scientists and social scientists as part of their return-to-work plans.

  • Learn more

The COVID-19 health care crisis in India

  • India, a longtime international partner in research and education, continues to see an explosion of COVID-19 cases overwhelm its public health, medical and infrastructure capacity. We know many of you with family or friends in India are suffering, and as President Mark Schlissel recently noted in his On the Agenda blog, we express sincere empathy to everyone in our community who has been affected by the unfolding health care crisis there.

  • It is also important to note that our university community is stepping up to help address the crisis. U-M graduates in India are providing oxygen to hospitals and using their companies to support infrastructure and provide real-time data to health officials. And our faculty and staff also are working tirelessly to share medical and public health expertise with peers in India.

  • Learn more


Stay safe and healthy, and research onward.


Rebecca Cunningham, M.D.
Vice President for Research
William G. Barsan Collegiate Professor of Emergency Medicine


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