Biosciences Initiative News

  • New BSI award recognizes mid-career excellence (6/17/21) - The MBioFAR program aims to recognize and provide the most meritorious mid-career faculty with additional discretionary resources to facilitate innovative and higher-risk research that might not otherwise be supported by conventional granting agencies.
  • Newsletter: Fall 2020 - BSI releases its fourth newsletter edition, which includes updates on the Michigan Center for Infectious Disease Research, our Scientific Research Initiative and Core Lab Funding Program grantees, 2020 biosciences activities, our BSSP and MLSF partners, and more. Stay up to date on BSI activities and subscribe at the bottom of this News page.
  • BSI Community Letter: COVID-19 (4/29/20) - During this challenging time, BSI is committed to doing our part to help in the fight against the pandemic. This message includes the latest updates from BSI and guidance for operations of all BSI programs.
  • Final round of SRI and Exploratory funding RFA (3/16/20) - BSI has issued its third and final request for applications of scientific research initiatives and exploratory funding. With this RFA, BSI seeks high-impact projects from U-M faculty as they aim to solve critical problems in the biosciences.
  • BSI awards $20M for high-impact research (12/9/19) - A plan to develop three-dimensional tissue transcriptomics, a proposal to engineer programmable biomaterials, and a center for advanced research in brain cancer are among the latest projects funded by U-M’s Biosciences Initiative. Three large projects and a fourth smaller one, totaling more than $20 million, will be funded this fiscal year.
  • Expert Stephanie Moon joins U-M as BSI Faculty Hire (11/19/19) - RNA Biomedicine scientific research initiative brings expert Stephanie Moon, Ph.D., onboard as their first BSI faculty hire. Moon joins U-M as an assistant professor for Michigan Medicine’s Human Genetics, and is a faculty scholar of the Center for RNA Biomedicine, and will start in 2020.
  • BSI awards $5.1M to enhance research cores (10/23/19) - Scientific equipment used across the breadth of biology at U-M is getting a $5.1 million boost. The four newly awarded research cores are using their BSI funds toward instruments that aid in understanding complex research challenges. Enhanced equipment includes: Mass Spectrometers, Light Sheet Microscope, Acoustic Liquid Handler, and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Instrumentation.
  • Ideas Lab Workshop on Predicting Human Performance (10/30/19) - With new technologies like wearables, we are closer than ever to understanding and predicting human performance. BSI invited 25 experts in diverse fields from across U-M to collaborate in the 2019 Predicting Human Performance Ideas Lab, giving them the chance to receive a portion of the $3 million in funding toward research in this field.
  • U-M Welcomes Inaugural BSI Faculty Hire (6/17/19) - 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.

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