Scientific Initiatives

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

2019 RFA

In Feb. 2019, the Biosciences Initiative relaunched the request for applications (RFA) in a second round of funding, opening the opportunity to more exceptional research applications.

Learn more about applying to the second round of this RFA.

2018 RFA

In Feb. 2018, the Biosciences Initiative announced a request for applications (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.