The Research Office

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The Research Office

NIH Grant Deadlines are approaching -- notify us if you're intending to submit a proposal

Grant deadlines for the National Institutes of Health follow a mostly-predictable schedule – and June is an important month in that schedule.  New R01, R03,  R15, and R21 proposals, among others, all have submission deadlines in June.  A schedule is available here:

If an Oakland University faculty member intends to apply to the NIH as part of this proposal cycle, please notify us immediately, using the email  If you are already working with a Research Development Officer or a Grants and Contracts Officer, then we know about you.  If you’ve been quietly working on your proposal alone, however, it is definitely time to bring us into the conversation.  There are burdens to the proposal process that we can – and sometimes must- shoulder for you.  Let us help you.

Remember, too, that the proposal needs to be complete, with all documents in their final state, no fewer than five days before deadline.  This is always Research Office practice, but it is absolutely essential during peak NIH proposal season.  

We cannot guarantee submission for proposals received within five days of the deadline.  We will do our best to submit proposals that come to us with too little notice or that do not have complete documents within 5 days.  However, we will not put those proposals at the head of the line, in front of people who have been working with us for weeks or months.  Everyone gets hurt when we divert staff resources to support an incomplete proposal at peak submission times.  Moreover, anything that is submitted that had fewer than 5 days for review will have a full review after submission.  If we find issues of compliance, or any of a host of other problems, The Research Office may have to withdraw the proposal.  While this is unlikely, it could happen.

Cayuse for IBC and IACUC Application Management:  Launching May 11

NOTICE:  OU is rolling out the Cayuse IBC (Biosafety) and IACUC (Animal Care and Use) modules.  Effective 5/11/2021, IBC and IACUC application management will be moving from RAM to Cayuse.

What this means for application submissions:

  • All IBC and IACUC applications for review at the June, 2021 meetings and beyond will need to be submitted through Cayuse.
  • Starting May 11, 2021, researchers will have access to their existing applications in RAM for viewing and download of materials only. No new applications or amendments will be accepted through RAM.  (Submissions already in review can continue in RAM.)

To access Cayuse:

Instructions, reference materials, and links to Cayuse can be found here:

NEH Summer Stipend Competition

The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Summer Stipend program aims to stimulate new research in the humanities and its publication. The program works to accomplish this goal by:

  • Providing small awards to individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.
  • Supporting projects at any stage of development, but most especially early-stage research and late-stage writing in which small awards are most effective
  • Furthering the NEH’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in the humanities.

Summer stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. NEH funds may support recipients’ compensation, travel, and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research.

The NEH Summer Stipend program allows Oakland University to nominate no more than two tenure-track faculty members to submit proposals to NEH for consideration.  For more details, visit our E-space page:  We are also looking for faculty (who are not planning to submit for this year’s competition) to serve on the ad hoc internal review committee to help select the proposals that go forward to NEH; let us know if you have interest.

Update:  Research Reopening Guidance

The OU Reopening Research Guidance has been revised to permit faculty and students to conduct research on campus outside of normal hours of operation (evenings/nights and weekends).  Faculty with an existing reopening plan may simply email an addendum to their plan to the appropriate research development officer (Lori Simoes for Engineering; Michael Spires for all other schools/units and the College).  The email should specify who will be accessing the lab, for what purpose, and roughly in what off-hour time periods.  Please note that such off-hours access must continue to meet all of the requirements in the Guidance document, and we ask faculty to be especially mindful of the general risks of doing research when the buildings may be sparsely populated.

Faculty in arts and humanities please note, we are currently developing a less-lab-specific template for your research and creative work. 

For additional information, please contact:
Michael Spires - or 
Lori Simoes -

Upcoming Changes to Grant Regulations:

Federal grant awards are regulated by the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards ( 2 C.F.R. Part 200). Research administrators tend to just call this document the Uniform Guidance – and it’s changing effective November 12, 2020.

Most of this 300-page revision affects things that happen in the background of grants management, and PIs may well never notice the difference. There are a few key takeaways, though, that will change how Principal Investigators manage their awards and implement their projects.

For more details, see the "Upcoming Changes to Grant Regulations - October 2020" summary on our Grant & Contract Administration page, under the "General" tab.

COVID-19 Research Continuity Guidance


Note: the Guidance has been updated to include field research, and there is now a Template for Fieldwork Safety and Security Plans in espace (link below).

To be completed once, before restarting:

To be completed daily by each person coming to the lab, prior to arriving on campus, once research begins:

(for issues with the Safety & Security Plan, contact Michael Spires:  For issues with the espace, contact Caity Conley:

IRB Updates:

Temporary Stoppage of In-Person Research Procedures
Considering the current public health concern with the fast spread of the Coronavirus, and the recent actions taken by the state of Michigan, Oakland University is mandating a temporary stoppage of all in-person human subjects research procedures, effective immediately.  For more information, visit the COVID-19 Research Continuity Guidance website:

Cayuse for IRB submissions is Live
Anyone submitting applications to the IRB for human subjects research should now use the Cayuse application:
More information can be found here:
For assistance, contact Judette Haddad ( or Kate Wydeven (

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Upcoming Workshops and Events

Food for Thought Writing Circle, July 7, 2:00-4:00pm

The Research Office will continue Food for Thought, our writing circle for people looking for support and sustenance as they pursue their writing projects, even while working remotely. On July 7, we will open a Google Hangout space at 2:00. We will begin by discussing strategies for writing in turbulent times. Then we will go off separately, as we always do, to work on our own projects. At 3:45, we will gather again to check in, report progress, and assess whether this strategy is helpful to academic writers. Please pre-register so that you can receive the Google Hangout link, as well as a link to an article that might be helpful for our discussion.

If you want to participate, please sign up here:

Access our workshop resources on espace.


NSF Update (8/27/2020) - Virtual Fall 2020 NSF Grants Conference

Out of an abundance of caution in response to COVID-19, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has canceled the in-person Fall 2020 NSF Grants Conference that was scheduled to take place in San Antonio, Texas this October.

NSF is now planning to hold a Virtual Grants Conference in the November – December timeframe. To get notified, join the NSF grants listserv by signing up for the mailing list here.

In the meantime, please check for the most up-to-date information, and view recordings of sessions from last year’s event.

NSF Update (5/22/2020) - Fillable PDF Templates Available

NSF has released the fillable PDF forms for the biosketch and the current and pending support forms that will become one of the two acceptable ways of providing this information for NSF proposals beginning October 1, 2020. (Updated from April 2020 announcement)

Access Dear Colleagues letter and templates on espace.


As part of Oakland University's ongoing commitment to supporting faculty scholarship and growing funded research, we have upgraded our research administration software to the Cayuse Research Suite. This software solution will allow faculty investigators to submit and manage grant proposals in a web-based and user-friendly environment.* Chairs and deans will be able to approve proposals for submission and obtain real-time pictures of research activity in their departments. The software will enable all of this and more while also reducing administrative burdens. Please note that this system is for external proposals and not internal awards.

Click here for Fast Facts about the Cayuse Research Suite, including log-in information.

Click here for direct link for Cayuse production instance, USED FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSALS (not a training or practice instance)

Training sessions are required of research-active faculty who plan to submit grants, and will be offered again in Winter 2020. If you need immediate assistance with Cayuse, contract your grant officer in the Research Office.

*A note about IRB and Cayuse: Our new system will eventually have an IRB module, however, please continue to use IRBNet and/or RAM as appropriate until this module is live. (updated 1/15/19)


ANNOUNCING ARMS - Advanced Research Methodology Services

The Research Office provides Advanced Research Methodology Services (ARMS), which aims to help faculty improve the quality of the research design and data analysis sections of their grant proposals. The ARMS team will assist with research and analysis upon receipt of funding. We are in the process of building an ARMS team, and are seeking faculty to serve as methodological consultants in areas of their expertise. Contact ARMS Coordinator Dennis Condron to join the team, or to access ARMS for assistance with your own proposal.
Word documents with more information can be downloaded with the links below:

  • ARMS Recruitment (for faculty who would like to be part of the ARMS team)
  • ARMS Summary (for faculty who would like assistance with their grant proposal)

Oakland University is a member of the Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN), a statewide university network designed to create partnerships that will connect Michigan's corporations to critical university assets to help promote innovative research and grow Michigan's economy. 

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