The University Record, March 6, 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.

Investigations Into the Causes of Amphibian Malformations in the Lake Champlain Basin of New England

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is issuing a request for applications under the Regional Applied Research Effort program to conduct investigations into the possible causes of amphibian malformations in the Lake Champlain basin of New England. For additional information, contact Dave Plawchan, 764-7237 or The deadline is April 14.

Workshop for Graduate Students

DRDA will collaborate with the Graduate School in a workshop designed primarily for graduate students. “Getting Web Savvy: Searching for Research and Fellowship Funds” features 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 in the Rackham Assembly Hall. Light refreshments will be served.

DRDA’s Proposal Writing Workshop Set for March 23

The Proposal Writing Workshop will be an intensive overview of the narrative portion of a proposal from the perspective of the reviewer. Areas to be covered include approaching a sponsor, components of a narrative (including budget), matching the narrative to the sponsor’s priorities and guidelines, writing style, and common errors to avoid. The workshop provides an opportunity to review sample proposals, and is followed by a question-and-answer session. Presented by Chris Kahan Black 8:30 a.m.–noon March 23 in Suite 18, Wolverine Tower the workshop has a $10 materials fee. For online registration consult the Research Web site ( For more information, contact Janet Seegert, 764-7241 or

Winning NIH Grants Workshop

What goes on behind the closed doors of an NIH study group review session? Find out at this DRDA and Medical School sponsored workshop. Items to be covered include an overview of NIH funding opportunities, tips on preparing proposal narratives and a panel of U-M faculty members who will share insight into the review process from their experiences serving on study groups.

Steve Goldstein, former chair of a study section, will give an overview of the review process (what goes on behind closed doors). Richard Miller will address the “pink sheet” process (interpreting critiques and resubmitting). Jamie Ferrara and George Garcia, who are currently serving on study sections, will share insight into their group’s review dynamics, as well as their recent experiences reviewing the new modular applications.

In addition to this panel discussion, Jim Randolph will present an overview of NIH funding opportunities and describe what happens to the proposal when it arrives at NIH. Chris Black will review proposal writing tips.

The free workshop will be 8:30 a.m–noon April 8 in the Towsley Center’s Sheldon Auditorium. A light breakfast will be served 8:30–9 a.m.

To pre-register by April 1, go to “workshops” on the DRDA Web site For more information, send e-mail to Jim Randolph,

Development of National Aquatic Ecosystem Classifications and Reference Conditions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting grant applications for establishing ecological classification schemes and associated reference conditions to support the development of biological criteria for aquatic ecosystem health in one or more of the following resources: wetlands, large rivers, ephemeral systems, reservoirs, lakes, streams, estuaries, near-shore coastal environments and coral reef communities. Deadline: April 17. For more information, contact Dave Plawchan, 764-7237 or