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EMU Research

Office of Research Development and Administration

Events & Deadlines

February 22, 2021


Eastern Michigan University Current Research Phase: 2

EMU Resources for Conducting Research/Scholarship/Creative Activity During the Covid-19 Pandemic



Zoom links and information on other workshops can be found on the EMU Research calendar


Qualitative Researchers Networking Mixer

Thursday, February 25, 4-5pm

This event is for faculty who use qualitative data and methods in their research and will provide a chance to meet, build community, and get new information. Please visit this Google Form to answer a few questions to help us make the mixer informative.


Detecting and Preventing Fraud in Online Survey Research

Friday, February 26, Noon-1pm

Researchers using online surveys encounter fraudulent responses (e.g., people filling out the survey who do not meet criteria) with increasing frequency. A panel of experts will discuss ways to prevent and detect fraudulent responses.



Terra Foundation, Academic Workshop and Symposium Grants

The Terra Foundation for American Art actively supports projects that encourage scholarship on American art topics. Academic program funding is available for in-person exchanges such as workshops, symposia, and colloquia that advance scholarship in the field of American art (circa 1500–1980) that take place:

In Chicago or outside the United States, or
In the United States, with at least one third of the participants coming from outside the United States.

Next Deadline: LOI, March 16, 2021; Full Proposal, June 15, 2021


National Institutes of Health, Research on Biopsychosocial Factors of Social Connectedness and Isolation on Health, Wellbeing, Illness, and Recovery

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) invites research projects that seek to explain the underlying mechanisms, processes, and trajectories of social relationships and how these factors affect outcomes in human health, illness, recovery, and overall wellbeing. Types of projects submitted under this FOA include studies that prospectively assign human participants to conditions (i.e., experimentally manipulate independent variables) and that assess biomedical and/or behavioral outcomes in humans to understand fundamental aspects of phenomena related to social connectedness and isolation. NIH considers such studies as “prospective basic science studies involving human participants” that meet the NIH definition of basic research and fall within the NIH definition of clinical trials. Types of studies that should submit under this FOA include studies that prospectively assign human participants to conditions (i.e., experimentally manipulate independent variables) and that assess biomedical or behavioral outcomes in humans for the purpose of understanding the fundamental aspects of phenomena without specific application towards processes or products in mind. Applications proposing studies - include, but are not limited to, model animal research or observational studies involving humans should submit under the companion FOA PAR-21-145 "Research on Biopsychosocial Factors of Social Connectedness and Isolation on Health, Wellbeing, Illness, and Recovery (R01 Clinical Trials Not Allowed) .


Next Deadline: March 17, 2021


Department of Defense, Office of Naval Research, Young Investigator Program

ONR's Young Investigator Program seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment, who have received their PhD or equivalent degree on or after 01 January 2013, and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. The objectives of this program are to attract outstanding faculty members of Institutions of Higher Education (hereafter also called "universities") to the Department of the Navy's Science and Technology (S&T) research program, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers. Individuals who are holding U.S. non-profit equivalent positions are also encouraged to apply.


Next Deadline: March 26, 2021


National Endowment for the Arts, Research Grants in Arts

Research Grants in the Arts support research studies that investigate the value and/or impact of the arts, either as individual components of the U.S. arts ecology or as they interact with each other and/or with other domains of American life.We are interested in research that identifies and examines:

Factors that enhance or inhibit arts participation or arts/cultural assets;
Detailed characteristics of arts participation or arts/cultural assets, and their interrelationships;
Individual-level outcomes of arts participation, specifically outcomes corresponding with the following domains:
social and emotional well-being
creativity, cognition, and learning
physiological processes of health and healing; and
Societal or community-level outcomes of arts/cultural assets, specifically outcomes corresponding with the following domains:
civic and corporate innovation
attraction for neighborhoods and businesses
national and/or state-level economic growth

Next Deadline: March 29, 2021


National Science Foundation, Understanding the Rules of Life: Emergent Networks

Emergent networks describe the interactions among organismal, environmental, social, and human-engineered systems that are complex and often unexpected given the behaviors of these systems when observed in isolation. The behavior of emergent networks of living systems depend on, but are not wholly predicted by, chemical and physical principles and unit-level biological properties (molecule/cell/organism/ population), as well as communication and information flows among nodes in the network. Networks of living systems are reciprocally coupled with natural, built, and social environments in ways that are complex and difficult to predict. The often-unanticipated outcomes of these interactions can be both wide-ranging and enormously impactful. Prediction is further hampered by accelerating perturbations within evolving environments and the associated increase in the frequency of previously rare or extreme events. Determining the emergent properties of these networks, which arise from complex and nonlinear interactions among the different systems that in isolation do not exhibit such properties, is a critical and unsolved problem. One of many examples of this could include the emerging network of interactions across scales that arose from the arrival of the nonnative pathogen, Cryphonectria parasitica, or Chestnut blight, introduced with nursery stock. This pathogen effectively eliminated a dominant overstory tree species, American chestnut (Castanea dentata), across North America and had concomitant impacts on and feedbacks between biotic, abiotic, and social networks. For example, the economic impacts of this pathogen ranged from local agricultural and social impacts to global scale impacts on the timber industry.

Next Deadline: May 10, 2021


National Science Foundation, Stimulating Collaborative Advances Leveraging Expertise in the Mathematical and Scientific Foundations of Deep Learning

Deep learning has met with impressive empirical success that has fueled fundamental scientific discoveries and transformed numerous application domains of artificial intelligence. Our incomplete theoretical understanding of the field, however, impedes accessibility to deep learning technology by a wider range of participants. Confronting our incomplete understanding of the mechanisms underlying the success of deep learning should serve to overcome its limitations and expand its applicability. The National Science Foundation Directorates for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Engineering (ENG), and Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) will jointly sponsor new research collaborations consisting of mathematicians, statisticians, electrical engineers, and computer scientists. Research activities should be focused on explicit topics involving some of the most challenging theoretical questions in the general area of Mathematical and Scientific Foundations of Deep Learning. Each collaboration should conduct training through research involvement of recent doctoral degree recipients, graduate students, and/or undergraduate students from across this multi-disciplinary spectrum.


Next Deadline: May 12, 2021


NSF Events

View upcoming NSF events here.


Contact ORDA Early When Planning a Proposal Submission

An early meeting with a pre-award specialist will help make sure you are meeting all of the sponsor requirements AND that you are on schedule to submit materials to ORDA in a timely fashion. Our procedures can be found here on ORDA’s website ( An important point to note is that your proposal and related materials must get to ORDA at least 10 business days before the sponsor deadline.

Other than the inability to meet in-person, business continues as usual for us. Please find the following contact information for the ORDA staff. We are reachable by telephone during business hours, Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You may also contact us through email or schedule a time to meet using teleconferencing or video call.

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