A new tool curated by the Office of the Vice President for Research promotes internal funding opportunities from across campus so faculty can generate support to advance research and scholarship.

Research Commons, which launched this month, provides a unique shopping experience for researchers to identify internal funding opportunities in one space without having to navigate multiple websites.

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More than 20 units already use a web-based competition platform to help researchers find and apply for internal funding opportunities, but the platform does not allow for cross-promotion even though many of the opportunities overlap eligible faculty. Research Commons was developed so internal funding opportunities already featured on the platform can now be promoted through one campuswide portal.

“We have so many great internal funding opportunities here at the University of Michigan, but faculty from one unit may not always be aware of the funding opportunities provided in another unit,” said Rebecca Cunningham, interim vice president for research.

“That is what makes Research Commons such a valuable tool for the entire campus community. Research Commons provides our faculty with a central portal so they can explore a wide variety of internal funding opportunities, which can then help advance research and scholarship to address important issues facing our society.”

Some internal funding opportunities are only applicable to graduate students, while others target junior faculty or postdoctoral researchers. Research Commons addresses this through filters so users can identify opportunities based on job classification, as well as funding type, school or college, and area of research.

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