Resources for Researchers

Resources for Researchers
At WMed, we offer an array of research resources for students, residents, faculty and staff.

At WMed, we are continuing to grow a breadth of resources for our students, residents, faculty and staff and providing expertise to assist – and foster – streamlined, successful outcomes.

Within the medical school’s Center for Clinical Research, for example, Dr. Krishna Jain, a retired and renowned vascular surgeon, is working as a clinical investigator and keenly focused on helping students, residents, faculty and staff find projects and scholarly activity that will grow their research knowledge and portfolios.

Dr. Jain serves as a mentor for students, residents, faculty and staff in clinical studies and scholarly activity, and he is working to foster broader participation in clinical studies, as well as growth in oral and poster presentations, and publications, at WMed. Dr. Jain can be contacted at krishna.jain@med.wmich.edu.

The medical school's work to build its research footprint has also been boosted by the evolution of WMed's Center for Immunobiology and the Center for Neuropathology, as well as the acquisition in 2016 of the WMed Innovation Center. 

Work within the Center for Immunobiology is being led by nationally renowned researcher and physician, Dr. Tom Rothstein, and is designed to achieve cutting-edge discovery of immune cell activity, behavior and function. The Division of Neuropathology, meanwhile, is a national referral center for the diagnostic interpretation of autopsy brains and biopsy specimens, as well as a research center dedicated to scientific investigation of causes and consequences of diseases of the human nervous system.

Additionally, the medical school’s Sponsored Program Administration (SPA) is available as a liaison with external agencies that provide funding for projects at WMed. SPA supports the entire life cycle of funding.

WMed Pilot Research Project Support Program

The WMed Office of research is soliciting applications for the third annual round of program support for pilot research projects. The purpose of the Pilot Research Project Support Program is to encourage and support faculty in developing significant research and rigorous scientific inquiry that engages residents and students. The Pilot Research Project Support Program is also intended to promote the development and future submission of applications for external funding by WMed in support of faculty scholarship. The Pilot Research Project Support Program is an annual competitive award, with review of applications conducted by the Pilot Research Review Subcommittee. The Pilot Research Project Support Program will support two types of applications for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The Standard Pilot Research Project award supports projects with a maximum budget of up to $10,000. The Collaborative Pilot Research Project award is made up to $20,000.

The submission deadline for applications for the Pilot Research Support Program is 5:00 p.m., Monday, August 5, 2019.

For assistance completing the application, contact office.research@med.wmich.edu. Awards are expected to be announced by August 23, 2019. Meanwhile, interim progress reports on awarded projects will be due by February 28, 2020, and final progress reports will be due on August 31, 2020.

  • Application Criteria and Eligibility

    Standard Pilot Research Project Application Criteria

    1. Funds must be used for new initiatives that are not currently funded.
    2. Projects must engage medical students or residents in the proposed research activities.
    3. Funds should be used for purposes that foster or facilitate the generation of new research initiatives, which may include proposals for additional external funding.
    4. Funds may be used for supplies, support services, support staff salaries, equipment, fees, data analysis, publication costs, data collection, travel necessary to complete research activities, and other direct costs associated with the proposed research activities.
    5. Funds may not be used for faculty, resident, or student salary or to support travel for presentations.
    6. Proposed budgets may not exceed $10,000.
    7. Proposals will be peer reviewed by WMed faculty appointed to the pilot research review subcommittee, of the Research Committee.
    8. Funding must be utilized within one year of the award date.
    9. An interim progress report is due 6 months after the award is made.
    10. A summary of the project results will be required at the end of the funding period describing any presentations, publications, and efforts to seek extramural funding based upon the utilization of the pilot project funds. 
    11. Matching funds may be available for early stage proof of concept proposals with potential for commercialization (contact Sandra Cochrane, assistant dean for the Innovation center for more information).
    12. Proposals will be accepted addressing any relevant area of clinical, basic science, community, or educational research.


    Collaborative Pilot Research Project Application Criteria

    1. Funds must be used for new initiatives that are not currently funded.
    2. Projects must engage medical students or residents in the proposed research activities.
    3. Projects must be a collaborative effort between clinical and basic science faculty, and have a translational aspect to the proposed research.
    4. The project must describe a hypothesis driven research project and how the pilot project results will support continued research activities.
    5. To be eligible for additional pilot funding in the future, awardees are required to submit an application(s) to national funding sources (such as NIH, NSF, AHA, ACS, DoD, etc.) external to WMed through the Sponsored Programs Administration Office to support their continued scholarly activity within 12 months of the end of their award period.
    6. Funds may be used for supplies, support services, support staff salaries, equipment, fees, data analysis, data collection, travel necessary to complete research activities, publication costs, and other direct costs associated with the proposed research activities.
    7. Funds may not be used for faculty, resident, or student salary or to support travel for presentations.
    8. Proposed budgets may not exceed $20,000.
    9. Proposals will be peer reviewed by WMed faculty appointed to the pilot research review subcommittee, of the Research Committee.
    10. Funding must be utilized within one year of the award date.
    11. Matching funds may be available for early stage proof of concept proposals with potential for commercialization (contact Sandra Cochrane, assistant dean for the Innovation center for more information).
    12. Proposals will be accepted addressing any relevant area of clinical/basic science or community research.


    Eligibility

    Individuals or groups of individuals eligible for award submission are restricted to those holding a WMed faculty appointment at the time the proposals are due.

    Previous Pilot Research Project awardees and co-PIs are eligible to submit if he/she has: 1) had a manuscript accepted/published in a peer reviewed journal describing the previously funded project; or 2) has submitted an external funding proposal derived from his/her most recent funded pilot project through the WMed Sponsored Programs Administration; or 3) at least 6 months have elapsed since submission of a satisfactory final report as required for his/her most recently funded pilot research project.

    Funding priority will be provided to investigators without existing resources to support their research activities.

  • Application Submission and Review

    Follow the instructions below, complete the Pilot Research Project Support Program Application Form and submit to the Office of Research at office.research@med.wmich.edu prior to the application deadline of 5:00 p.m., Monday, August 5, 2019. A second round of applications will be accepted in January 2020 pending the availability of funds.

    Proposals shall be written for general faculty comprehension. Proposals may not be reviewed by an expert familiar with the content, and technical language should be suitably defined for a general lay-faculty audience. Do not use overly technical text, undefined acronyms, and discipline-specific jargon.

    Proposal Limits

    Standard Pilot Research Project: A maximum of five printed 8-1/2-by-11-inch pages, consecutively numbered. This page limit includes the narrative, figures, tables, budget, and reference list. (Minimum font size 12 point, margins at least ¾ inch).

    Collaborative Pilot Research Project: A maximum of eight printed 8-1/2-by-11-inch pages, consecutively numbered. This page limit includes the narrative, figures, tables, budget, and reference list. (Minimum font size 12 point, margins at least ¾ inch).

    Proposal Review

    The associate dean for Research, through the Research Committee, shall designate faculty to the Pilot Research Review Subcommittee in order to review pilot project applications representing both clinical and non-clinical disciplines. Each member of the Pilot Research Review Subcommittee will submit a conflict of interest statement, and will not be involved in the review of any submission in which they have a conflict. 

    Based upon scores and the recommendation for funding from the Pilot Research Review Subcommittee, the meritorious proposals will be rank ordered and funded until funds are no longer available.

    Merit Review Criteria

    Significance

    1. There is a clear rationale for the proposed activity.
    2. The proposal makes a strong case that the activity will make a meaningful contribution within its own field.
    3. The proposed activity is novel. It advances new hypotheses or research questions.


    Approach

    1. The proposed activity is well conceived and organized.
    2. The proposal is clearly written, particularly for a non-specialist audience.
    3. The methods or procedures are clearly stated and appropriate for the proposed activity.
    4. The plans for data analysis or evaluation critique are clearly stated and appropriate for the proposed activity.


    Budget and Resources

    1. The proposal describes access to appropriate resources, equipment and facilities necessary to complete the proposed activity.
    2. The costs for the proposed budget are clearly itemized and justified.
    3. Other funding sources are not available to support the project.


    Research Team

    1. The proposal adequately describes the engagement of students and/or residents in defined and specific research activities.


    Outcomes

    1. The proposal adequately describes how the anticipated results are to be disseminated.
    2. The likelihood that the proposal would support the applicant in seeking additional external funding in the future.
  • Journal Evaluation Tool
    The changing mechanisms of scholarly publishing may make it difficult for a scholar to determine where to publish the results of research or creative works. In order to assist authors in making the best decisions for your work, and to avoid journals that may not be credible, the Medical Library has created a web site for the evaluation of journal titles and Open Access options offered by publishers.