Open calls inviting Letters Of Intent (LOI) from potential investigators typically happen in January, followed shortly by full Requests For Proposals (RFP) and award announcements in the summer.
The JI accepts proposals on an annual basis from investigators in any health science discipline working collaboratively across the University of Michigan and Peking University Health Science Center. Our institutional, cross-disciplinary collaboration is uniquely positioned to facilitate the kind of translational research that is often difficult for individual researchers (from either institution) to pursue alone. Projects are prioritized that (a) demonstrate an effective team approach to discovery; (b) emphasize new findings on diseases relative to both countries; and (c) can be leveraged for extramural funding opportunities.
University of Michigan faculty should be full-time and can hold appointments in any of the health science schools. (Note that cost sharing is expected for schools outside of Michigan Medicine to obtain matching support.) PKUHSC faculty should be full-time and should not hold currently hold another active grant.
Discovery Awards provide up to $100,000 (USD) a year for two years to promote new collaborations that have yet to be fully established.
Pilot Awards provide up to $300,000 (USD) a year for two years and are intended to strengthen a partnership between investigators with a demonstrated track record of successful collaboration. Pilot Awards also include proposals that considered as interventional clinical trials.
Proposals are reviewed by peer reviewers in both the U.S. and China familiar with the respective project discipline using guidelines based on standard National Institutes of Health review criteria. Reviewer scores and comments and consolidated for consideration and final selection by JI Executive Committee and JI Executive Board members. Major emphasis is placed on the potential for meaningful collaboration that will be demonstrated by ongoing exchange, trust building, insights into the cultural differences in how research is executed, a willingness to work within the JI structure, and commitment to stay engaged in the collective work of the JI including an interest in the projects of others.
A call for proposals is typically announced early in the calendar year with announcements to follow in the late summer prior to the annul JI Symposium.
Have other questions? See our Q&A covering proposal preparation, budgeting, funding, travel and more.