Biosciences Initiative News

  • U-M Welcomes Inaugural BSI Faculty Hire - Joining the Natural Products Drug Discovery scientific research initiative, Roland Kersten, Ph.D., is the first official faculty hire for the BSI program. Kersten also comes to U-M as a Biological Sciences Scholar and assistant professor for Pharmacy’s Medicinal Chemistry Department.  
  • 2019 RFA: Six Applications Invited to Advance to Full Proposal (5/31/19) - In April, BSI received letters of intent for the 2019 RFA Scientific Research Initiative projects. The BICC reviewed all letters of intent and invited the top six scientific research initiative projects to advance and submit a full proposal by Aug. 30. Awards will be announced in December.
  • Newsletter: Spring 2019 - BSI releases its second newsletter edition, which includes updates on 2018 grantees, 2019 activities and upcoming funding opportunities to be on the lookout for. Stay up to date on BSI activities by subscribing to our newsletter at the bottom of this News page.
  • Michigan Research Cores database aids U-M science researchers - U-M is full of rich core resources, but they are often challenging to find. The new Michigan Research Cores web portal enables researchers to easily find and identify the location and capabilities of 70 research cores across campus. Find the portal at:
  • Biosciences Initiative offers new Core Lab Funding Program - BSI is proud to announce The Core Lab Funding Program, a funding opportunity that aims to enhance technology at existing core laboratories and/or create new core laboratories to advance the research capabilities of U-M investigators.
  • Biosciences Initiative issues second round of Request for Applications (2/1/19) - BSI invites U-M Ann Arbor faculty to submit proposals for funding in two categories: Scientific Research Initiatives and Exploratory Funding. This announcement marks the second round of this RFA.
  • Newsletter: Winter 2018 - BSI launches its first newsletter edition, which includes updates on activities over the last year and upcoming events to be on the lookout for, including new funding opportunities. Stay up to date on BSI activities by subscribing to our newsletter at the bottom of this News page.
  • STEM education system needs sweeping changes, current and former university presidents agree - The U.S. system of graduate and postgraduate education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics has been the gold standard for the rest of the world for decades. However, the current STEM education system has failed to change with the times and does not meet the needs of 21st century students.
  • Biosciences Community Kick-off celebrates first year progress and introduces inaugural scientific initiatives - The BSI community gathers together to celebrate a successful first year of the initiative, including awarding over $40 million to nine different grantees and building relationships with partners like the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
  • U-M Biosciences Initiative invests $45M in groundbreaking research - BSI propels U-M forward by investing millions with its first funding opportunity. Twenty-eight proposals were submitted for the first round of Biosciences Initiative grant funding. The nine selected projects include researchers from all U-M schools and colleges that work in the biosciences and will provide startup funding to hire up to 14 new faculty members.

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