Intramural Research Funding Program

The Department of Pediatrics manages a portfolio of philanthropic funds designated to support research in pediatrics. Proposals are solicited from Department faculty twice per year; Winter/Spring and Summer/Fall cycles.

See submission details and current RFA posted below.


A research funding announcement (RFA) will be circulated approximately six weeks before the due dates highlighting any program changes and detailed submission information.  Applications are accepted through Competition Space.  Application due dates are:

Winter/Spring Cycle - next cycle will open Jan-Feb 2019
Summer/Fall Cycle -  2018 cycle closed (see current RFA posted below)

*Eligibility: Only faculty with primary appointments in the Department of Pediatrics are eligible to serve as Principal Investigators. Residents and fellows are not eligible to serve as Principal Investigators.

**New Policy: Funds for research proposals that require IRB or IACUC approval will not be released until documentation of IRB or IACUC approval is provided to the Pediatric Research Office, along with any substantial changes to the proposed research required by the IRB or IACUC.



 Mechanisms Only for Mid-Career or Junior Faculty in the Department of Pediatrics:

  • Gorman Scholar Award ($30,000): Must be at the rank of Lecturer, Instructor, Assistant Professor, or Associate Professor. The award is potentially renewable for an additional year. The award is potentially renewable for an additional year. The award must lead to submission of a new external grant application within 18 months of funding.
  • Janette Ferrantino Investigator Award ($40,000): Must be at the rank of Lecturer, Instructor, or Assistant Professor and be within the first three years of appointment at the University of Michigan. The award is potentially renewable for an additional year.
  • Elizabeth E. Kennedy (Children’s Research) Fund ($20-50,000): Must be at the rank of Lecturer, Instructor, or Assistant Professor. Areas of particular interest include developmental biology, genetic and translational research.

 Mechanisms for Faculty of any rank with a Primary Appointment in the Department of Pediatrics:

  • Charles Woodson Accelerator Award ($100,000): This award provides the necessary seed funds to support significant and innovative research relevant to children’s health that will lead to a successful NIH R01 award. (See additional details in the current RFA.)
  • Charles Woodson Collaborative Research Award ($50,000): This award focuses on support for innovative pilot projects in pediatric/children’s health research through an interdisciplinary team approach that includes at least one UM faculty co-investigator from another Department or UM School. Collaboration with faculty from other Mott Hospital units will be favorably viewed.
  • Charles Woodson Pilot Research Award ($15-50,000): This award is to support innovative pilot projects in pediatric/children’s health research.
  • Charles Woodson Biostatistics Award ($5-10,000): This award supports costs for consultation with relevant experts in study design and data analysis for new and on-going clinical, translational, or health services research projects. Funds can be used to support biostatistical consultation within the University of Michigan.
  • Children’s Health Research Award ($50,000): This award supports high merit, innovative pilot projects in pediatric/children’s health research.
  • Amendt-Heller Award for Newborn Research ($50,000): This award supports newborn research.
  • James and Lynelle Holden Research Award ($15,000): This award supports newborn research or research being conducted within the Holden Research Laboratories.
  • Benz Birth Defects Research Award ($50,000): This award supports birth defects research.
  • Nancy Newton Loeb Pediatric Cancer Research Award ($25-50,000): This award supports cancer research.
  • Gracie’s Fund – Leukemia Research Award ($20-50,000): This award supports leukemia research (especially relapsed and complicated leukemias).


Winter/Spring 2018

Charles Woodson Pilot Research Award

  • Albert Rocchini, MD / Stephanie Goldstein, MD (Cardiology)
    Colchicine in postoperative Fontan patients
  • Sung W. Choi, MD, MS (Hematology/Oncology)
    Vorinostat for GVHD Prevention in Children and Adolescents Undergoing Allogeneic BMT
  • Matthew G. Sampson, MD, MSCS (Nephrology)
    Biobank to Illuminate the Genomic Basis of Rare Disease ("BIGBiRD")
  • Gabriel Cara-Fuentes, MD (Nephrology)
    Characterization of Podocyte ribosomal-mRNA signature in mouse models of proteinuric disease
  • Jonathan P. Troost, PhD (Nephrology)
    Recurrence of Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis after Kidney Transplant: Temporal Changes in Recurrence Rates and Practice Patterns in the United States
  • Megan H. Pesch, MD (Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics)
    A qualitative and quantitative evaluation of primary care physicians’ perceptions of and responses to faster patterns of growth in infancy.


Janette Ferrantino Young Investigator Award

  • Kao-Ping Chua, MD, PhD (Child Health Evaluation & Research Center)
    A National Profile of Opioid Prescriptions to Children


Amendt-Heller Newborn Research Award

  • Antonia Popova, MD (Pulmonary Medicine)
    Elucidating the Role of Lung Exudative Macrophages in Chronic Neonatal LPS Exposure-Induced Pulmonary Inflammation and Hypoalveolarization


Children's Health Research Award

  • Heang M. Lim, MD (Cardiology)
    Quality of Life and PTSD in Pediatric Cancer Survivors With Chemotherapy-Related Cardiac Dysfunction


Gracie’s Fund – Leukemia Research Award

  • Kelly Walkovich, MD (Hematology/Oncology)
    Impact of Duffy (Fy) Null Status on Chemotherapy Dosing and Outcomes in African American Patients with Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia


Benz Birth Defects Research Award

  • Catherine Keegan, MD, PhD (Genetics, Metabolism & Genomic Med)
    Identification of direct targets of ectopic Ptf1a expression in Danforth's short tail mice

Summer/Fall 2017

Ravitz Advancement Award

  • Matthew Sampson, MD (Nephrology)
    Discovering genetic drivers of dysregulated intrarenal gene expression in nephrotic syndrome

Gorman Scholar Award

  • Carl Koschmann, MD (Hematology/Oncology)
    Extracellular DNA and RNA from spinal fluid to inform and monitor targeted therapeutic response in pediatric brain tumors

Charles Woodson Pilot Research Award

  • Jason Weinberg, MD (Infectious Diseases)
    Antiviral and Proinflammatory Contributions of TNF-α to Adenovirus Pathogenesis
  • Vasantha Padmanabhan, PhD (Endocrinology)
    Maternal androgens; a biomarker for infant development?

Charles Woodson Collaborative Research Award

  • Elizabeth Lawlor, MD, PhD (Hematology/Oncology)
    Defining the role of the serine synthesis pathway in Ewing sarcoma pathogenesis
  • Michael Watson, MD, PhD (Infectious Diseases)
    DNA Methylation as a Modulator of Virulence in Group A Streptococcus

Winter/Spring 2017

Nancy Newton Loeb Pediatric Cancer Award

  • Carl Koschmann, MD (Hematology/Oncology)
    Optimizing Precision Medicine for PDGFR/FGFR-Altered Pediatric High-Grade Glioma

 Children's Health Research Award

  • Jonathan Troost, PhD (Nephrology)
    Defining the Relationship Between Patient Reported and Clinical Outcomes in Patients with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis
  •  Kristin Kullgren, PhD (Psychology)Youth Admitted to CS Mott Children’s Hospital with Suspected Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders (SSD): Evaluation of the Mott SSD Protocol Pilot

Janette Ferrantino Young Investigator Award

  • Jenny Radesky, MD (Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics)
    Longitudinal associations between preschooler emotion regulation, executive function, and digital media use

Elizabeth Kennedy Children's Research Award

  • Kanakadurga  Singer, MD (Endocrinology)
    Investigating Lipolysis as a Mechanism Driving Sex-Differences in Diet-Induced Inflammation

 Gorman Scholar Award

  • Carey Lumeng, MD, PhD (Pulmonary Medicine)
    Novel Inflammatory Regulators of Obesity-Induced Adipose Tissue Dysfunction 

Summer/Fall 2016

Charles Woodson Biostatistics Award

  • Frank DiPaola, MD (Gastroenterology)
    Chemotherapy-induced liver injury in children
  • Mark Russell, MD (Cardiology)
    Validation of candidate disease genes for conotruncal cardiac defects

Charles Woodson Collaborative Research Award

  • John Barks, MD (Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine) 
    Sedative and Analgesic Drug Utilization in Critically Ill Neonates
  • Kanakadurga Singer, MD (Endocrinology)
    Sex Differences in Weight Loss induced Meta-Inflammation

Charles Woodson Accelerator Award

  • Matthew Sampson, MD, MSCE (Nephrology)
    Discovering the genetic architecture of nephrotic syndrome.

Children's Health Research Award

  • Prachi Shah, PhD (Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics)
    Curiosity in Early Childhood: Antecedents, Associated Factors, and Outcomes in Middle Childhood and Adolescence 

Janette Ferrantino Investigator Award

  • Melissa Cousino Hood, PhD (Psychology)
    Provider Practices: Difficult Healthcare Discussions in Pediatric End-Stage Organ Disease

Amendt-Heller Award for Newborn Research

  • Jennifer Bermick, MD (Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine)
    Dissecting the role of epigenetics in neonatal T-cell maturation

Nancy Newton Loeb Pediatric Cancer Research Award

  • Raymond Hutchinson, MS, MD (Hematology/Oncology)
    Exploring Parental Experiences, Knowledge and Perceptions of Pediatric Palliative Care after the Loss of a Child due to Malignancy

Winter/Spring 2016

Pediatric Health Disparities Award

  • Erin Fedak Romanowski, DO (Neurology)
    Dietary therapy for refractory epilepsy in Ethiopia, a resource limited setting.
  • Sarah Reeves, PhD, MPH (Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit, General Pediatrics)
    Missed Opportunities for the Receipt of Preventive Care Among Children with Sickle Cell Disease Enrolled in Private Insurance.

 Charles Woodson Collaborative Research Award

  • Joyce Lee, MD, MPH (Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit, Endocrinology)
    A Patient-Centered Research Network in Type 1 Diabetes powered by Mobile Technology and Social Media.
  • Matthew Sampson, MD, MSCE (Nephrology)
    Towards a targeted therapy for APOL1-attributed proteinuric disease
  • Renee Shellhaas, MD, MS (Neurology)
    Neonatal sleep as a novel biomarker of future neurodevelopment.

Children's Health Research Award

  • Ellen Selkie, MD, MPH (Child Health Evaluation & Research, Adolescent Medicine)
    Exploring Transgender Adolescents’ Information Seeking and Health-Related Content on Social Media.

 Charles Woodson Accelerator Award

  • Jason Weinberg, MD (Infectious Diseases)
    Adenovirus Persistence and Bone Marrow Transplantation.

 Gorman Scholar Award

  • Challice Bonifant, MD, PhD (Hematology/Oncology)
    Enhanced Efficacy and Safety with ENG-T Cell Combinatorial Therapy

 Janette Ferrantino Investigator Award

  • Lindsay Caverly, MD (Pulmonary Medicine)
    The role of the airway microbiome in nontuberculous mycobacterial pulmonary infection in individuals with cystic fibrosis

Winter/Spring & Summer/Fall 2015

Charles Woodson Accelerator Award

  • Karl C. Desch, MD (Neonat-Perinatal Medicine)
    Identification of a Major Modifier of von Willebrand Factor levels in Humans
  • David P. Olson, MD, PhD (Endocrinology)
    Control of glucose metabolism by defined cells in the ventromedial hypothalamus

Charles Woodson Interdisciplinary Research Award

  • Emily M. Fredericks, PhD (Pediatric Psychology)
    iSTART:  Using Technology to Improve Transition Readiness Among Adolescent Transplant Recipients
  • Joyce Lee, MD, MPH (CHEAR / Endocrinology)
    A Diary Study for Creating a “Smart” Computing Mobile Technology Platform for Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes
  • John LiPuma, MD (Infectious Diseases)
    Advancing strategies to better understand the airway inflammatory phenotype around cystic fibrosis pulmonary exacerbations
  • Kanakadurga Singer, MD (Endocrinology)
    Investigating Mechanisms of Obesity Induced Immune System Activation and Myelopoiesis in Adolescents
  • Jeffrey Zampi, MD (Cardiology)
    Neurocognitive function of adolescents and young adults with repaired complex congenital heart disease after recent cardiac re-interventions: a pilot study
  • Blake Lancaster, PhD (Pediatric Psychology)
    Integrating Behavioral Health Services into Pediatric Primary Care to Improve Outcomes for Children under the Age of Six Referred for ADHD Assessment and Treatment

Gracie’s Fund – Leukemia Research Award

  • Raymond Hutchinson, MS, MD  Hematology/ Oncology
    Evaluation of and Enhancement of the Informed Consent Process in Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)

Children’s Health Research Award

  • Martin Bocks, MD (Cardiology)
    Preclinical Feasibility Testing of a Completely Bioresorbable Atrial Septal Occluder
  • Jeremy Adler, MD, MSc (CHEAR / Gastroenterology)
    Pilot Test of MiChart Smart Forms to conduct prospective randomized studies of pediatric patients with inflammatory bowel disease
  • Suzanne Dawid, MD, PhD (Infectious Diseases)
    Visualization and Characterization of Competence-Pneumocin Crosstalk in Pneumococcal Biofilms

Pediatric Health Disparities Award

  • Kathryn Moseley, MD, MPH (CHEAR/ General Pediatrics)
    Understanding Disparities in Ethics Consultation

The Janette Ferrantino Investigator Award

  • Carl Koschmann, MD Hematology/ Oncology
    Development of Personalized Kinase Pathway Inhibitors for Pediatric Brain Tumors

Holden Newborn Research

  • Subrata Sarkar, MD (Neonatal/ Perinatal Medicine)
    Objective Assessment of Neonatal Opiate Abstinence Syndrome using Actigraphy and Amplitude-integrated Electroencephalogram

 Amendt-Heller Newborn Research

  • Jason Weinberg, MD (Infectious Diseases)
    Immune Control of Persistent Adenovirus Infection in the Heart
  • Jennifer Bermick, MD (Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine)
    The neonatal mouse as a model for the preterm innate immune system and late onset sepsis

Benz Birth Defects Research

  • David Sandberg, PhD (Pediatric Psychology)
    Psychological Support for Patients and Families with Disorders of Sex Development
  • Shane Quinonez, MD (Genetics)
    MiGenE: Michigan Genetics in Ethiopia

 Nancy Newton Loeb Pediatric Cancer Research

  • Elizabeth Lawlor, MD, PhD (Hematology/ Oncology) Investigating oncogenic cooperation between posterior Hox genes and EWS-FLI1 in Ewing sarcoma initiation

 Charles Woodson Biostatistics Award

  • John LiPuma, MD (Infectious Diseases)
    Development of statistical methods for analysis of high-dimension, multi-omic data sets to study pulmonary exacerbations in cystic fibrosis