UMHS-PUHSC Joint Institute Announces Call for Proposals

The University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) and the Peking University Health Science Center (PUHSC) Joint Institute for Translational and Clinical Research ( is accepting joint proposals from investigators working collaboratively at both institutions for pilot funding of projects that will demonstrate an effective team approach to discovery and new findings on diseases relative to both countries, and which can be leveraged for extramural funding opportunities. 

Both UMHS and PUHSC have made significant commitments to supporting scientists to translate scientific discoveries into real health gains more quickly and efficiently, and to promote the development of novel solutions that will ultimately improve health outcomes in the US, in China, and around the world. In the initial phase of the Joint Institute (JI), three programs – pulmonary, cardiovascular, and liver – were identified because of their overall importance to global health, as well as the opportunity for effective collaboration and the potential for translational impacts.  While these programs remain major research foci areas for the JI, the Executive Board is extending the opportunity to become a part of the JI to scientists in other disciplines who seek to establish robust collaborations between the institutions that will lead to transformative science and that attracts extramural funding.  New areas of interest include, but are not limited to: diabetes mellitus, renal disease, and cerebrovascular disease.

Proposals must include Co- Principal Investigators from both UMHS and PUHSC. Full-time research faculty and tenured and tenure-track instructional faculty are eligible to serve as Principal Investigators.


  1. Full Awards: up to $400,000/year* for two years (2-3 new awards anticipated)
  2. Discovery Awards: up to $100,000/year* for two years (4-6 new awards anticipated)

    * Funding for all awards originate equally from UMHS and PUHSC with the intent that the respective amounts will be spent within the originating country

Letter of Intent (LOI), though not required, is strongly recommended and should be submitted prior to February 15, 2013.

Full proposals are due by March 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm.

Read the full RFP here.


Submission Contacts
LOI’s and applications should be submitted as a single PDF file, including a request for notice of receipt to: and