Welcome from the Office of the Associate Dean for Research

The Office of the Associate Dean for Research (ADR) provides support for the College of Engineering’s research enterprise, seeking to enhance the strength and vitality of engineering research. This is accomplished by identifying new research opportunities, encouraging research collaborations, and facilitating partnerships among faculty both within and outside of U-M as well as non-University individuals and organizations.



Steve L. Ceccio, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research


Major Solicitation Schedule:

  • NASA Early Career Faculty (ECF)
    • ECF is intended to accelerate the development of groundbreaking, high-risk/high-payoff space technologies to support future space science and exploration needs of NASA, other government agencies, and the commercial space sector.
    • Grants will be funded up to $200,000 each per year, for as  many as three years, based on the merit of proposals and availability of funds.
    • Click here for Solicitation or cut and paste in your browser:   http://tinyurl.com/NASA-17ECF
    • Notices of Intent are requested by March 3, 2017, and the deadline for proposal submissions is March 31, 2017.
    • Contact the ECF Team with any questions at hq-ecf-call@mail.nasa.gov.
  • Air Force FY 18 Young Investigator Program (YIP)  BAA Expected March 2017
    • YIP intends support for scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees 1 April 2012 or later.
    • NEW for FY 18….For individuals who are on tenure-track faculty positions for no more than two years, must have no more than seven years from receipt of doctorate degree (April 2010 or later).
    • $150K per year for three years with an option for two additional years.
    • Deadline:  Jun. 1, 2017
  •  Emerging Frontiers In Research and Innovation 2017 (NSF 16-612)
    • Advancing Communication Quantum Information Research in Engineering (ACQUIRE)
    • NewLight, EM (Electronic) and Acousitc Wave Propagation: Breaking Reciprocity and Time-Reversal Symmetry (NewLAW)
    • Full Proposal Deadline Date: March 24, 2017
  • Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) (PA-AFRL-AFOSR-2017-0001)
    • DURIP is designed to improve the capabilities of accredited United States (U.S.) institutions of higher education to conduct research and to educate scientists and engineers in areas important to national defense, by providing funds for the acquisition of research equipment or instrumentation.
    • Inquiries and questions Deadline:  Friday June 16, 2017
    • Full Proposal Deadline Date: July 7, 2017
    • Preliminary Proposal Deadline Date: April 12, 2017
    • Despite significant increases in the proportion of women pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) doctoral degrees, women are significantly underrepresented as faculty, particularly in upper ranks, and in academic administrative positions, in almost all STEM fields.  The problems of recruitment, retention, and advancement that are the causes of this under representation vary by discipline and across groups of women faculty (e.g., by race/ethnicity, disability status, …
    • ADVANCE Resource and Coordination Network Proposal Preparation Presentation – The ADVANCE program office held a pre-proposal technical assistance webinar on November 15, 2016 on the ARC Network opportunity- the presentation slides can be downloaded here.

Upcoming National Events

 Apr 19 2017 7:30AM to Apr 19 2017 6:00PM

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill’s Rizzo Conference Center
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill are pleased to invite you to participate in our upcoming NSF Day to be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 near the UNC-CH campus.NSF Days provide basic insight and instruction on how to compete for NSF funding for science, engineering and education research. This day-long workshop will provide background on the Foundation, its mission, priorities, and budget.

More at https://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=191127&WT.mc_id=USNSF_13&WT.mc_ev=click