The University Record, January 24, 2000

Research Reporter

Research opportunities, application deadlines, U-M policies concerning sponsored research, campus research resources and more are available on the Research Web site. Point your browser to Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Division of Research Development and Administration.

Cancer Research Fund of the Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Foundation Clinical Investigator Award

The Clinical Investigator Award program is specifically intended to provide outstanding young physicians with the resources and training structure essential to becoming independent clinical investigators in the area of cancer research. The definition of clinical research includes: (a) Patient-oriented research. Research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator directly interacts with human subjects. This area of research includes patient-based studies of mechanisms of human disease, diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, clinical trials and development of new technologies for the detection, treatment and prevention of human cancers. (b) Epidemiologic and behavioral studies. (c) Outcomes research and health services research. Excluded from this definition are in vitro studies that utilize human tissues but do not deal directly with patients. In other words, clinical or patient-oriented research is research in which it is necessary to know the identity of the patient(s) from whom the cells of tissues under study are derived. Eligibility requirements can be found on the Web (

The University may nominate only one individual. A letter of nomination from the department chair, a CV and a one-page summary of the research to be pursued should be sent to Jan Rosan, Office of Research and Graduate Studies, M7300 Med Sci I, Box 0624, for consideration. Internal deadline: Feb. 1. DRDA contact is Julie Feldkamp, 763-4522 or

Special Opportunity Award Program

The Special Opportunity Award Program supports the development of quality programs that substantially enhance the field of biomedical engineering. The emphasis is on education, rather than on solving specific research problems. Limited to two preliminary applications per institution. See the Web for guidelines (

Preliminary applications must be received by DRDA no later than Feb. 29 for internal review and selection by a joint OVPR/Medical School/Engineering panel. DRDA Contact: Julie Feldkamp, 763-4522 or

Workshops for Graduate Students

DRDA will collaborate with the Graduate School in two workshops designed mainly for graduate students:

  • Grant Proposal Writing, featuring Chris Black 4– 6 p.m. Feb. 8, East Conference Room, fourth floor, Rackham Bldg. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Getting Web Savvy: Searching for Research and Fellowship Funds, featuring Julie Feldkamp and Suzanne Tainter from DRDA and Roger Doster, Glenda Haskell and Ethel Thoms from the Graduate School, 3:30–5 p.m. March 7, Assembly Hall, fourth floor, Rackham Bldg. Light refreshments will be served.