Three UMMS Faculty Earn FAPESP Awards

Three of the five grants awarded from the new University of Michigan- São Paulo Research Foundation Grants Program will support the research of UMMS faculty members and their Brazilian collaborators.  Professors Michele Heisler (Internal Medicine/Veteran Affairs), Katherine Spindler (Microbiology and Immunology), and Denise Tate (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) are among the inaugural awardees for this grant program, which was created following President Mary Sue Coleman's delegation trip to Brazil in the Fall of 2012.

During her visit, President Coleman signed collaboration agreements with the University of Sao Paulo (USP) Medical School and the State of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). USP is the country's largest institution of higher education and FAPESP is one of the main funding agencies in Brazil.  The new agreements aim to stimulate collaboration between U-M researchers and researchers throughout higher education and research institutions in Brazil.

One of the early initiatives of this collaboration was this small grant call for scientific proposals for researchers in the disciplines of medicine, the health sciences, humanities, social sciences, the arts, natural resources, and the environment. The Office of the President of the University of Michigan- FAPESP Grants Program will provide grants (up to $40,000 over two years) for research projects involving collaboration between U-M faculty and counterparts at universities and research institutions in the State of São Paulo in Brazil. Program goals include enabling researchers to learn about one another¹s research in areas of common interest and thereafter to develop funding proposals for larger, more ambitious and ongoing collaborative projects.

2013 Grant Recipients

Arun Agrawal (School of Natural Resources and Environment)
Governance of land-use change: a collaboration to understand the impacts of institutional arrangements on Amazonian forest resource use

Michele Heisler (Internal Medicine/Veteran Affairs)
Developing long-term population-based cohort studies and interventions to improve health care and outcomes in the western region of São Paulo

Victor C Li (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Development and characterization of green durable concrete for truly sustainable infrastructure applications

Katherine R. Spindler (Microbiology and Immunology)
Neuropathogenesis of oropouche virus in a mouse model

Denise G Tate (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)
Development of standard methods to evaluate driving among older individuals with and without disabilities: A collaborative research project