Scientific Initiatives

With a focus on funding cutting-edge interdisciplinary research, enabling expert faculty hires, bolstering collaboration, and facilitating postgraduate education across the biological sciences at U-M, the Biosciences Initiative offers a scientific research request for applications (RFA) annually in two categories:

  1. Scientific Research Initiatives are efforts designed to advance major new directions in transdisciplinary discovery in the biosciences.
  2. Exploratory Funding Opportunities are focused on early stage experimental activities in biosciences research.

2020 RFA

Just prior to the rise of this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis in Michigan, BSI had announced our third and final round of funding for our annual RFA in two categories: Scientific Research Initiative (SRI) and Exploratory Funding opportunities. However, as a result of this pandemic, the BICC has committed to stand up a program in infectious disease threats, in place of the final RFA. Biosciences funds allocated and faculty positions provided to this final SRI program will be restricted under the budgetary guidelines announced April 20, as long as those guidelines remain in place.

Learn more about the Michigan Center for Infectious Disease Program.

Learn more about BSI changes in response to COVID-19.

2019 RFA

In Feb. 2019, the Biosciences Initiative relaunched this RFA in a second round of funding, opening the opportunity to more exceptional research applications. The Biosciences Initiative Coordinating Committee received exciting proposals from faculty across the university, ultimately choosing four proposals to receive grant awards, totaling more than $20 million. On Oct. 23, 2019, the Biosciences Initiative publicly announced this second round of grantees.

Learn more about these RFA grantees.

2018 RFA

In Feb. 2018, the Biosciences Initiative announced an RFA for Scientific Synergy, Scientific Research and Exploratory Funding opportunities. Biosciences faculty across the U-M Ann Arbor campus applied for this exciting opportunity. All proposals were evaluated through three levels of independent scoring, based on the criteria described in the RFA. On Oct. 29, 2018, the Biosciences Initiative publicly announced nine grant awards, totaling up to $45 million.

Learn more about these RFA grantees.