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Office for Sponsored Programs and Research Activities

Welcome to the Office for Sponsored Programs and Research Activities website. The OSPRA is a unit within the Office of Academic Affairs created to support research and other scholarly activities of faculty, students and staff. The mission of OSPRA is to facilitate the procurement of external support through research grants, contracts and technical assistance agreements, to administer internal support for research and to document and publicize the scholarly achievements of members of the Detroit Mercy community. 

The OSPRA website contains important information concerning opportunities for funding, useful information for applying for funding and policies and procedures that support research and grant activity at Detroit Mercy.

Specifically, OSPRA assists Detroit Mercy faculty with:

  • Funding searches
  • Application preparation and submission
  • Budget review/approval (in coordination with the budget office)
  • Sponsored programs administration and compliance

If you would like to submit a grant, please notify the OSPRA. Please see the Internal Processes page for more detailed information about working with the OSPRA to submit your grant.

You are invited to contact OSPRA to talk about your research and grant ideas. The OSPRA office is located on the fifth floor of the Fisher building on the McNichols Campus. Contact Cate Caldwell, director, by phone at 313-993-1544, by email at caldwecr@udmercy.edu or by fax at 313-993-1534. 

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    Grants Review Team

    The Grants Review Team (GRT) was created to connect non-tenured faculty with colleague mentors willing to advise and assist them in the grant writing process.

    All faculty mentors on the GRT have an established record of success in obtaining external grant funding. The faculty mentors have rich experiences with research and other sponsored programs and can offer valuable advice and guidance.

    Mentoring can take several different forms:

    • Individual consultations prior to beginning work on a major grant proposal.
    • Questions about specific sections of the proposal.
    • Critiques of one-page overviews.
    • Critiques of complete  proposals.

    The following is a list of team members and their colleges and departments. Please click for a short profile, including agencies which have funded their work, keywords for their research interests and recent publications.

    • Nizar Al-Holou - Electrical & Computer Engineering, College of Engineering & Science
    • Maureen Anthony - McAuley School of Nursing, College of Health Professions
    • Janet Baiardi - McAuley School of Nursing, College of Health Professions
    • Mark Benvenuto - Chemistry & Biochemistry, College of Engineering & Science
    • Nancy Calleja – Counseling & Addiction Studies, College of Liberal Arts & Education
    • Mary Lou Caspers - Chemistry & Biochemistry, College of Engineering & Science
    • Shuvra Das - Associate Dean of Research & Outreach, College of Engineering & Science
    • Barry Dauphin - Psychology, College of Liberal Arts & Education
    • Utpal Dutta - Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering & Science
    • Michael Elftman – Biomedical & Diagnostic Studies, School of Dentistry
    • Harold Greene - Psychology, College of Liberal Arts & Education
    • Carla Groh - McAuley School of Nursing, College of Health Professions
    • Christina Heximer – Detroit Collaborative Design Center, School of Architecture
    • Elizabeth Hill - Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Education
    • Gary Kuleck - Dean, College of Engineering & Science
    • Cheryl Munday - Psychology, College of Liberal Arts & Education
    • Sheri Pickover – Counseling & Addiction Studies, College of Liberal Arts & Education
    • Nassif Rayess – Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering & Science
    • Patricia Rouen - McAuley School of Nursing, College of Health Professions
    • Shula Schlick – Chemistry & Biochemistry, College of Engineering & Science
    • Karen Selby - Education, College of Liberal Arts & Education
    • Stephen Vogel - School of Architecture
    • Jonathan Weaver – Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering & Science
    • Michelle Wheater – Biomedical & Diagnostic Studies, School of Dentistry
    • Deirdre Young – Patient Management, School of Dentistry
    • Xiaohui (Kathy) Zhong - Mathematics, Computer Science & Software Engineering, College of Engineering & Science
    • Kathleen Zimmerman-Oster – Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Education

    Roles and Responsibilities

    Faculty mentors:

    • Will respond to requests in a timely manner, honoring the deadlines noted below.
    • Will indicate whether there is a preferred method of communication, e.g. email, telephone, face-to-face meetings.
    • Will indicate if they are unable to assist due to other obligations, and, if appropriate, refer the mentee to another faculty mentor.
    • Will provide feedback in a professional and respectful manner.

    Faculty seeking assistance: 

    • Will specifically outline their request, e.g. I am seeking your advice about the one page summary.
    • Will honor the following deadlines when requesting assistance:
      • Review and critique of a one-page summary/overview – one-week turnaround time
      • Review and critique of a full proposal – three-week turnaround time
    • Will communicate professionally and respectfully when making requests or responding to feedback.
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    Detroit Mercy Research & Grants

    Welcome to the Research Newsletter, which was established to communicate to the University community and beyond the scholarly research of Detroit Mercy faculty. As well as to highlight conferences, colloquoy and conversations about research.

    Detroit Mercy Research & Grants Newsletter 

    The Detroit Mercy Research & Grants Newsletter (formerly the Research@UDM Newsletter) is published online once per semester. For current and prior issues, follow the links below:

    Grants Budgeting Video Tutorial

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