The University Record, March 20, 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.

Valuation of Children’s Health Effects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is interested in sponsoring economic valuation research that will enhance the ability of all public and private stakeholders to evaluate policies and actions that may protect children from environmental health threats.

The competition encourages proposals from researchers from all behavioral, social and economic sciences. It encourages collaborations with non-social science disciplines when needed to answer important social science questions. It will support both research conducted within a single disciplinary tradition, and encourages collaborative and interdisciplinary scientific efforts. The deadline is May 8. For additional information, contact Dave Plawchan, (734) 764-7237 or

Recreational Water Quality: Indicators and Interstitial Zones

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency solicits grant applications that take new and innovative approaches to develop methods or exposure assessment information in the following research areas associated with the nation’s natural recreational waters: (1) Indicator Microbes for Pathogens

Causing Non-enteric Diseases, (2) Topical Indicators and (3) Shoreline Interstitial Water. Information on the research areas of interest can be obtained by contacting Dave Plawchan, (734) 764-7237 or The deadline is May 15.

Exploratory Research to Anticipate Future Environmental Issues

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requests applications to support innovative and possibly high-risk research that may help define and understand significant emerging environmental problems. Sought are novel approaches that can lead to significant breakthroughs that provide enhanced environmental benefit. This solicitation combines two former EPA STAR program areas, Exploratory Research and Futures: Detecting the Early Signals. The emphases in this new program combine features of both and provide mechanisms for identifying a problem and conducting research to solve it. The deadline is July 6. For additional information, contact Dave Plawchan, (734) 764-7237 or

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 covered will 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. Sample proposals will be reviewed, and a question-and-answer session will follow. The workshop will be presented by Chris Kahan Black 8:30 a.m.–noon March 23 in Suite 18, Wolverine Tower. To register for this workshop, consult the Research Web Site ( The cost of the workshop is $10 for materials. If you have any questions, contact Janet Seegert, (734) 764-7241 or

Winning NIH Grants Workshop

What goes on behind the closed doors of a NIH study group review session? Find out at this workshop sponsored by DRDA and the Medical School. It will cover an overview of NIH funding opportunities, tips on preparing proposal narratives, and a panel featuring U-M faculty members who have served on study groups and who will share insight into the review process.

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 will describe what happens to the proposal when it arrives at NIH. Chris Black will give a review of proposal writing tips.

The workshop will be held 8:30 a.m.–noon April 8 in Sheldon Auditorium in the Towsley Center. A light breakfast will be served 8:30–9 a.m. There is no fee for attendance. Pre-register by April 1. To register, go to “workshops” on DRDA’s Web site, If you have questions, contact Jim Randolph at