The University Record, November 15, 1999

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 www.research.umich.edu. Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Division of Research Development and Administration.


DRDA’s Arts & Humanities Sponsored Projects Workshop

The Arts and Humanities Workshop will be an introduction to DRDA and sponsored projects at the University, focusing specifically on the needs of arts and humanities scholars.

Areas covered include contacts and services at DRDA, finding funding opportunities, writing letters of inquiry and proposal narratives, developing a project budget, and proposal processing. Sample funding searches, letters of inquiry, proposal narratives and budgets will be reviewed, and there will be plenty of opportunity for questions and answers.

The workshop will be presented by Chris Black, Addie Ryznar and Jamie Saville 8:30 a.m.–noon Jan. 27 in Suite 18, Wolverine Tower. To register for the workshop, consult the Research Web site (www.research.umich.edu) for on-line registration. Cost of the workshop is $10 for materials. If you have any questions, contact Janet Seegert, 764-7241 or jseegert@umich.edu.)

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Innovation Awards in Functional Genomics

The goal of this program is to accelerate the integration of the vast amount of genetic sequence and expression data being generated in the world’s laboratories into functional and clinically relevant information that will yield insights into mechanisms of human disease. Awards will be offered in two areas: 1) Animal model development - awards in this area are intended to stimulate the development of innovative animal systems that capitalize on the availability of significant genome sequence data to model complex human genetic traits, phenotypes and disease. Proposals that forge collaboration between geneticists working on a particular model system and clinicians investigating therapeutic approaches to related clinical phenotypes particularly are encouraged.

2) Computational methods development - new theoretical and mathematical models are needed to extract meaningful information from genomic sequence and expression data, as well as to synthesize the structural and functional data coming from different gene expression networks and model systems. Such models may refine the prediction of phenotypes and the identification of genetic regulatory mechanism, and they may generate hypotheses regarding mechanisms of human disease that can be tested in experimental systems. Collaborative proposals encompassing experimental validation of theoretical models are encouraged. Proposals should focus on the modeling of complex multigenic traits, rather than on determining the functions of individual genes.

Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States at the time of application; have a Ph.D., M.D. or D.V.M.; and hold a tenure-track faculty appointment at the assistant, associate or full professor level. Institutions may nominate up to two candidates in each of the two award areas.

A nominating letter, statement of work or abstract, and CV of the nominee should be submitted to Jan Rosan, Office of Research and Graduate Studies, M7300 Med Sci I, Box 0624, by Nov. 15 for consideration. The Burroughs Wellcome Fund deadline for materials is Dec. 1. Web site: www.bwfund.org/functional_genomics.htm.

Science Applications International Inc. Mammalian Gene Collection Project

Science Applications International Inc. (SAIC) has announced a Request for Proposals in support of the Mammalian Gene Collection (MGC). The MGC is a new program being undertaken at NIH with the long-term objective of obtaining clones, as well as full-length cDNA sequences, for human, mouse and possibly other mammalian genes. The Request for Proposals will support sequencing of full-length cDNAs. For additional information on the MGC initiative, see Strausberg et al., Science, 286 (5439): 455 and www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/MGC.

Proposal Deadline: Jan. 7. The deadline for questions is Dec. 10.

For further information, contact Jane A. Wells, senior contract administrator, (301) 846-5423. DRDA Contact: Kathryn Horste, 936-1291 or khorste@umich.edu.