April 2, 2024

Research Scouts grants awarded to Stephanie Moon, Lev Prasov, and Tom Wilson.

Research Scouts are Funding Bold Ideas

An agile, low-burden program which gives money to Research Scouts to invest in other scientists' bold ideas.

The Research Scouts program is an investment in the “Bold Science” objective of Michigan Medicine’s research strategic plan, “Great Minds, Greater Discoveries,” and is modeled on the Hypothesis Fund. It's goals are to spark new scientific conversations and connections and test bold ideas that might otherwise go unexplored.

From diverse disciplines across the Medical School, Research Scouts were given $150,000 in 2023 and empowered to support their fellow researchers’ bold ideas. Scouts searched for early-stage ideas that can transform our current understanding of a scientific concept or field, challenge common dogma, or are wildly new and imaginative. Year one of funding for the program closed with:

  • $3.2 million distributed
  • 46 projects
  • 51 researchers
  • Projects from 11 basic science departments and 12 clinical departments

Congratulations to Lev Prasov, Tom Wilson, and Stephanie Moon on your newly awarded Research Scouts Grant!



Stephanie Moon, Ph.D.

Stephanie Moon, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Human Genetics
Faculty Scholar of the Center for RNA Biomedicine
Affiliate Faculty, Biological Chemistry
Affiliate Faculty, Michigan Neuroscience Institute
Headshot of Dr. Lev Prasov

Lev Prasov, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Assistant Professor of Human Genetics
Academic Phone: 734-763-3732