Request for Applications

The Biosciences Initiative issues its final request of proposals for forward-looking, high impact scientific research endeavors within the biosciences. Proposals should take advantage of the breadth of bioscience and convergent disciplines at U-M and center around the principle of creating globally-leading research programs focused on solving major problems in the biosciences. Proposals will be considered in two categories: Scientific Research Initiatives, which are efforts designed to advance major new directions in transdisciplinary discovery; and Exploratory Funding, which is focused on early stage experimental activities.

2020 RFA key dates:
  • Aug. 28, 2020: Letter of intent due (only for Scientific Research Initiatives)
  • Sept. 18, 2020: Invitations for full proposals (only for Scientific Research Initiatives)
  • Dec. 18, 2020: All proposals due
  • April 5, 2021: Notice of awards
2020 RFA and application forms:
  • 2020 Biosciences Initiative RFA
  • Application forms will be updated in April 2020. In the meantime, please use the 2019 application forms below as references.
2020 RFA resources:
2019 RFA and application forms for reference:

Learn more about our recent RFA grantees.