2022 ISD Research Seed Grants Funding Opportunity

Integrative Systems and Design (ISD) announces a new funding opportunity for research projects focused on breakthrough ideas of tackling complex challenges that face our society. Proposals will emphasize the integrative systems engineering and design science and its application to emerging areas within fields such as manufacturing, energy, design and automotive systems that transcend the society. The proposals will support ISD’s priority for advancing the integrative systems and design principles in research for complex problems.

Areas of Research

This funding opportunity will support ISD in its mission to empower Systems and Design leaders through our integrative mindset, methodologies and actions to serve the common good. ISD spearheads transcending research by systematically integrating disparate disciplines and contextual factors to support the full development life-cycle of systems, products and services that deliver lasting value. ISD primary areas span Design Science, Systems Engineer and Design Science, Energy Systems and Engineering, Global Manufacturing, Manufacturing, and Automotive Engineering. Current strategic focus of ISD in these areas include model-based systems design, integrative thinking, socio-technology, global engineering leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Proposals are encouraged to address societal gaps through how do we integrate fields and communities into the process of designing and manufacturing that holistically inspire engineers, that includes historically excluded communities. Proposals can combine qualitative and quantitative research methods to demonstrate the beneficial role of integrative approaches in successful realization, use, and retirement of engineering systems maintaining the scientific rigor.

Research Directions:

  • Model-Based Systems Design
  • Integrative Thinking
  • Socio-Technology
  • Global Engineering Leadership
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Eligibility and Funding

University of Michigan tenure-track faculty, research track faculty, professor of practice and clinical faculty are eligible to be a PI. 

ISD encourages proposals from PI’s across UM departments within and outside of the college of engineering.  We do hope that proposals will fund students (masters and doctoral) within ISD.

For this current call, ISD envisions awarding up to three grants with an estimated period of performance of 12 months and a budget up to $120k/proposed project (0% indirect cost). The call has two rounds: (1) Concept paper submission and (2) Full proposal submission.

A notification will be sent after the concept papers are reviewed to indicate encouraged/not encouraged status and recommendation comments from the reviewers.

A full proposal can be submitted only if a concept paper was submitted previously and received an “encouraged” feedback. Deadlines for these rounds are presented in section III. Key Deadlines.

Proposals are encouraged to address societal gaps through how do we integrate fields and communities into the process of designing and manufacturing that holistically inspire engineers, that includes historically excluded communities. Proposals can combine qualitative and quantitative research methods to demonstrate the beneficial role of integrative approaches in successful realization, use, and retirement of engineering systems maintaining the scientific rigor.

Key Deadlines

Item Date
Call for Proposal Issue Date
05/20/2022
Submission Deadline for Concept Paper
06/20/2022
Expected Date for Encourage/Not Encourage Notifications
06/23/2022
Submission Deadline for Full Proposal
07/22/2022
Awards Notification
08/12/2022
Estimated starting date
09/01/2022

Application and Submission Information

Concept Papers should closely follow the following format:

A. Cover page

(Limit of one page)

  • A.1. Proposal title, and PI name, position, affiliation, email, phone (for all PIs and Co-PIs)
  • A.2. Estimated budget and project duration (typical/expected duration is 1 year)
  • A.3. Brief budget justification (2-3 lines).

No other information is allowed on this page.

B. Narrative

(Limit of one page, including graphics and tables):

  • B.1. Problem statement (including the state-of-the-art), uniqueness of proposed research
  • B.2. Fundamental research questions asked and their novelty
  • B.3. Approach, highlighting original contributions
  • B.4. Primary expected outcomes, and plans to make research results reproducible
  • B.5. Relevance of the proposed work to integrative systems and design research
  • B.6. List the DEI principles that will be infused in the research to strengthen the potential impact of the results (examples of the DEI best practices are in the annex to this call. They were selected during the ISD DEI Summit, January 14, 2022).

C. List of references cited in the narrative

(no page limit for the list of references).

Please use single-spaced, Arial font of size 11 or higher, and margins of at least 1” on all sides.

Full Proposal SHOULD CLOSELY FOLLOW THE FOLLOWING FORMAT:

A. Cover page

(limit of one page)

  • A.1. Proposal title, and PI name, position, affiliation, email, phone (for all PIs and Co-PIs)
  • A.2. Estimated budget and duration (typical/expected duration is 1 year)
  • A.3. Brief budget justification (2-3 lines)

No other information is allowed on this page.

B. Narrative

(limit of five pages, including graphics and tables):

  • B.1. Problem statement (including the state-of-the-art), uniqueness of proposed research (1/2 pages)
  • B.2. Objective and tasks of the proposed research (1 page)
  • B.3. Novelty of the method and approaches to address integrative systems and design research (1 page)
  • B.4. Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound (SMART) milestones and a list of deliverables (1/2 pages)
  • B.5. Gantt chart (1/2 pages)
  • B.6. PI(s) expertise associated to the proposed topic, description of the team composition (for open position, please describe the profile needed for accomplishing the objectives). (1/2 pages)
  • B.7. Demonstrate how the selected DEI principles will be infused in the research to strengthen the potential impact of the results (examples of the DEI best practices are in the annex. They are selected during the ISD DEI Summit, January 14, 2022). (1/2 pages)
  • B.8. Budget: short description of budget distribution and justification: personnel, materials, travels. (1/2 pages)

C. Expected outcomes

Potential for obtaining follow-up funds, implementations of the results, dissemination (1/2 pages)

Awarded teams will submit every quarter a progress report of achieving the milestones. In the last month of the award, the teams will be invited for a review meeting for presenting their results together with the plan for follow-up funding.

D. List of references cited in the narrative

(No page limit for the list of references).

Please use single-spaced, Arial font of size 11 or higher, and margins of at least 1” on all sides.

E. PI and Co-PIs CVs in an NSF bio format.

F. Budget

Maximum proposal request is $120,000. Since this is internal funding support, there are no indirect costs. The budget may include normally-allowed research items such as: ISD student GSRA support for project research (doctoral and/or masters level), technical staff support, faculty summer salary, small equipment, supplies/materials, software, travel, etc. Upon project approval, a formal contract will be issued that will include the proposed budget detail; any revisions would require prior ISD-approval. Budgets will be administered out of ISD project accounts.

G. Selection criteria

Criteria Weight
Intellectual Merit
45%
Clarity of the problem statement (including the state-of-the-art)
10%
Demonstrate uniqueness of proposed research
10%
Novelty of the methods and approaches to address integrative systems and design research
20%
DEI infused in research
5%
Broader impact:
35%
Primary expected outcomes and societal impact
15%
Quality of the milestones and deliverables
10%
Impact of the proposed research on attracting follow-up funds
5%
DEI principles in creating impact
5%
Budget and Expertise: Detailed budget indicating appropriate use and justification related to achieving project objectives.
10%
Expertise of the Proposed Team: Please explain the synergies and complementarity of the team members as well as how they will contribute to achieving the proposal objectives.
10%
Total
100%

H. Full Proposal Submission Deadline

Encouraged concept papers could be developed in a full proposal and submit them to Dr. Miki Banu by July 22, 2022 at 11:59 PM via e-mail in a single PDF file at mbanu@umich.edu

Annex

Best DEI principles identified during the DEI Summit, January 14, 2022

DEI Principle Example of Implementation
Advance equity
Be transparent to stakeholders and include them early in decision making process.
Power of differentials
Integrate marginalized people, co-designers, different mindsets or perspectives in the design act.
Power of co-design
Methods intended to bring people affected by an issue into the process of understanding the problem and designing a better response.
Reconcile diversion points
Reflect on your values and be intentional and inclusive.
Bold in self-reflection
Integrate and verify if it is an equitable and fair project/development through analyzing the societal impact.
Self-awareness
Make space for people to express their options and increase the level of engagement. Example: Male-dominated situations.
Sameness
Drive strategic diversity through integrative thinking.
Design impact strategies
How to quantify the diversity of contextual factors.
Power dynamics
Include an equitable representation of the cultural dimensions.
Team compositions
Engineering efforts must incorporate different perspectives, beliefs and create knowledge on understanding of integration.
Contextual factors
Implement DEI from the most granular to the most macro level of the system so that the system can be heralded as developed and designed for DEI.