Accelerating Synergy Award


What is this service?

The MICHR Accelerating Synergy Award is designed to support interdisciplinary research teams in pursuing external multi-component NIH large-scale grants (ie, certain NIH U and P-series mechanisms).  Being competitive for large-scale grants requires significant advanced planning, a well-defined and central research theme, strong preliminary data, and a history of partnership among collaborating investigators.

In partnership with the Medical School Office of Research and the Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation, MICHR is offering three Accelerating Synergy Award mechanisms: 1) Basic Research, 2) Translational Research, and 3) Health Services Research. Applicants will also choose an appropriate planning stage – Positioning or Grant Development - that aligns with project needs and anticipated time to external large-scale grant submission. Each award will provide $100,000 in funding for one year as well as a tailored plan of MICHR support.

It is expected that research teams will propose tackling significant and complex research questions that would not be feasible to pursue through individual efforts. Partnerships across Schools/Colleges is required, and teams should be poised to submit a compelling external large-scale grant within 1-2 years of receiving an Accelerating Synergy Award.

Letters of Intent are REQUIRED and due August 5, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Applications are due September 9, 2019 at 5:00 pm.

More information about this funding opportunity, guidelines and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at these links:

Accelerating Synergy Award (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

A list of previous Accelerating Synergy awardees can be found here.

Human Subjects Requirements

Who can use this service?

Faculty members with primary appointments at the University of Michigan are eligible to serve as principal investigators. Please see mechanism-specific eligibility requirements in the guidelines.

When should I contact MICHR about this service?

Letters of Intent are due August 5, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
Applications are due September 9, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

How much does this service cost?

This service is free and there are no cost-sharing requirements for your department. The cost pricing/recharge rates for other MICHR services are available here.

Accelerating Synergy Award

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