The University Record, September 7 , 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 Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Division of Research Development and Administration.

Enhancing the National Innovation System: White House Issues Call for Papers

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) are seeking input on federal policy and regulatory reform that will enhance the national innovation system. The review being conducted is designed to ensure that federal policy creates opportunities, not barriers, to innovation. This call for input is soliciting any and all interested parties to submit an “issue paper on some policy aspect of the national innovation system.” These policy papers will be used as part of a workshop scheduled for Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

The text of the call for issue papers, sent by Neil Lane, Science Adviser to the President, can be found at:

The issues papers are due to the NSTC Sept. 17 and should be submitted to: (See for information on how to submit issues papers electronically.) Questions regarding this project can be directed to Bruce W. Don, Director, Science & Technology Policy Institute at RAND, 1333 H Street, N.W. Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20005, (202) 296-5000, ext. 5685 or

$5 million to $7 million available for Ovarian Cancer Research

The Department of Defense U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command has released the 1999 Ovarian Cancer Research Program Announcement. The announcement is available at or (301) 682-5517 (ext. 101).

Deadline: 4 p.m. Oct. 20. DRDA Contact: Neil Gerl, 763-6438, or

Peaceful Applications of Nuclear Science

The Michigan Memorial Phoenix Project offers support for faculty research in peaceful applications of nuclear energy, science and technology and the associated social implications. This may include work in engineering; the physical, biological, health and social sciences; and the humanities. The applicant must be a member of the University’s regular teaching and/or research faculty. Deadline: Oct. 11. For additional information, call 764-6213. Application materials may be obtained from the Phoenix Project at the Phoenix Memorial Lab or on the Web at

DRDA’s Proposal Writing Workshop set for Oct. 14

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 there will be plenty of opportunity for questions and answers. The workshop will be presented by Chris Kahan Black 8:30 a.m.–noon, Oct. 14 in Suite 18, Wolverine Tower. To register for this workshop, consult the Research Web site ( Cost of the workshop is $10 for materials. If you have any questions, contact Janet Seegert, 764-7241, or

GSRA Stipends Announced for FY 99-00

The Graduate Student Research Assistant (GRSA) stipends have been set for FY 99-00. The following stipends are the minimum recommended levels:

Per Term: 25 percent appointment, $2,948; 50 percent appointment, $5,896.

Academic Year (2 terms): 25 percent appointment, $5,896; 50 percent appointment, $11,791.

12-month appointment: 25 percent appointment, $8,844; 50 percent appointment, $17,687.

The College of Engineering has established the minimum rate for a 50 percent GSRA appointment as $6,178 per term or $12,356 for academic year appointments.

Resident (in-state) Tuition and Fees: FY 99-00

These are the average tuition rates per term:

Engineering students: fall & winter terms, $5,374; spring & summer half terms, $2,259; spring & summer full term, $2,721. All other students: fall & winter terms, $4,743; spring & summer half terms, $2,054; spring & summer full term, $2,481.

These average tuition figures include the Infrastructure Maintenance Fee. Tuition charges for those GSRAs with candidacy status are not averaged, but are charged at the established rates, which range from $3,523 to $4,058 per term.


Under GRADCARE, the monthly premiums will be:

  • Single Person, through 12/99, $132 per month; after 1/1/00, $143 per month.

  • Two Persons, through 12/99, $252 per month; after 1/1/00, $272 per month.

  • Family Plan, through 12/99, $294 per month; after 1/1/00, $318 per month.

    The cost of GRADCARE, up to $274 per month through December 1999 and up to $298 per month thereafter, may be underwritten by the sponsored project in the case of GSRA or by participating training grants. Graduate students electing the family plan will be required to cover the difference between the maximum University contribution and the total monthly premium.

    A more detailed discussion of GSRA expenses can be found at