Upcoming Events

How to build a great proposal and communicate with funders

March 31, 10 am (virtual)

 Are you looking for advice on how to develop a grant proposal that is more compelling to funders and more competitive for funding? Bold Challenges brings together two national experts on these topics. Each expert will give a presentation with powerful pointers and strategies for success. The Q&A sessions will provide an opportunity to seek additional insights and advice. Join us for this one-hour webinar, and learn how you can improve your odds when applying for research support.

About the speakers:
Jill Jividen is the Director of Research Development at the University of Michigan and the Immediate Past President of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals. She and her team have advanced dozens of successful proposals for U-M.
Arthur Lupia is the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford Distinguished University Professor and a former Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation. He has led many successful proposals and helped NSF design some of its new and upcoming funding programs.

Pollination Event (An In-Person Opportunity to Network, Meet Collaborators, and Build Teams)

April 14, 11 am
University Hall (2nd Floor) Alexander G. Ruthven Building

The 2023 Bold Challenges Pollination Workshop brings together researchers from all over campus to spark innovative solutions to complex problems and provides opportunities to collaborate and create on the 2023 Bold Challenges themes: Building Trustworthy Environments, Smart Health Systems, and Strength Through Sustainability.

During the three-hour, in-person workshop, attendees will mix and match to meet potential collaborators and partners, brainstorm research problems and solutions, develop ideas as teams, have opportunities to get advice from U-M experts on how to increase the probability of success, and then take steps to further develop a wide range of ideas. One of these steps is to apply for Bold Challenges’ BOOST program, which offers expert support and up to $75,000 for proposal development.  

After the workshop, any interested faculty or newly formed teams will be able to request consultations with the research development team, one hour each, where they can invite potential team members to join them that were not at the workshop (including industry and community representatives), and start developing their applications for the BOOST program, described above, or Bold Challenges’ advanced support program, ACCELERATE.

All U-M researchers with an interest in broadening their network and in collaborating more effectively across campus on any of these three topics are encouraged to attend. Individuals and teams who are just starting to think about these concepts or could use help taking the next step in a potential collaboration are welcome.

Last year, hundreds of U-M faculty networked and took steps to meet new collaborators at Bold Challenges pollination events. Join Bold Challenges on April 14 and help create new collaborations that can change the world.

Please fill out this registration form by March 31 to reserve your spot. 

Bold Challenges Office Hours

Bold Challenges program managers will be available online weekly on Thursdays, 10 am EST to answer questions about the programs, application process, and events

Bold Challenges Events and Workshops

Bold Challenge events and workshops focus on building skills, knowledge, and capacity so that U-M can strengthen the deep bench of diverse faculty ready to apply when big opportunities arise.

Events support researchers with varying levels of experience and awareness of requests for proposals. Events convey information about how to form strong teams that design and deliver proposals that are highly competitive for large-scale external funding opportunities.


Offerings include:

Group- and topic-based in-person workshops proposed “pollination events”) through a number of channels (strategic areas, school input, forecasting, crowdsourcing, etc) build awareness and start people on the journey of learning about what large-scale research is all about.

Skill-building workshops (Broader Impacts 101, Team Science 101) help future PIs get acquainted with key parts of their journeys and answer questions like:

  • How to build equitable teams so that faculty from underrepresented groups are not penalized for participating?
  • What are funders looking for?
  • How can we better partner with other organizations (e.g., community organizations, minority-serving institutions, etc)?