Requests For Proposals

The 2020 Request for Proposals is now open.

Open calls inviting Letters Of Intent (LOI) from potential investigators typically happen in January, followed shortly by full Requests For Proposals (RFP) and award announcements in the summer.

The JI accepts proposals on an annual basis from investigators in any health science discipline working collaboratively across the University of Michigan and Peking University Health Science Center. Our institutional, cross-disciplinary collaboration is uniquely positioned to facilitate the kind of translational research that is often difficult for individual researchers (from either institution) to pursue alone. Projects are prioritized that (a) demonstrate an effective team approach to discovery; (b) emphasize new findings on diseases relative to both countries; and (c) can be leveraged for extramural funding opportunities. 



University of Michigan faculty should be full-time and can hold appointments in any of the health science schools. (Note that cost sharing is expected for schools outside of Michigan Medicine to obtain matching support.) PKUHSC faculty should be full-time and should not hold currently hold another active grant.

Funding Amount

Discovery Awards provide up to $100,000 (USD) a year for two years to promote new collaborations that have yet to be fully established.

Pilot Awards provide up to $300,000 (USD) a year for two years and are intended to strengthen a partnership between investigators with a demonstrated track record of successful collaboration. Pilot Awards also include proposals that considered as interventional clinical trials.

NEW! Innovation Bridge Awards provide up to $100,000 (USD) a year to help investigator teams develop innovative technologies and to accelerate translation of research into a product. New this year, this award category will be evaluated based on the potential for successful technology commercialization.

Proposal Evaluation

Proposals are reviewed by peer reviewers in both the U.S. and China familiar with the respective project discipline using guidelines based on standard National Institutes of Health review criteria. Reviewer scores and comments and consolidated for consideration and final selection by JI Executive Committee and JI Executive Board members. Major emphasis is placed on the potential for meaningful collaboration that will be demonstrated by ongoing exchange, trust building, insights into the cultural differences in how research is executed, a willingness to work within the JI structure, and commitment to stay engaged in the collective work of the JI including an interest in the projects of others.


RFP announcement: January 10, 2020

Letter of Intent Deadline: May 1, 2020

Notification to Submit Full Abstracts: May 13, 2020

Full Proposal Deadline: June 26, 2020

Notice of Award: August 19, 2020 


Letters of Intent (LOI) should be submitted by Friday May 1, 2020 via email per the instructions in the full Request for Proposals.