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Elizabeth Caroline Crosby Research Grants

Program Overview

The Elizabeth Caroline Crosby Research Grants, facilitated by ADVANCE, helps meet the career-relevant needs of individual instructional, research, and clinical track faculty in science and engineering if meeting those needs will help increase the retention or promotion of a diverse faculty in science and engineering.

Award Range

Funds of up to $20,000 may be requested, depending on the scope and needs of the project.



[CLOSED UNTIL FALL 2023] Applications are typically accepted September through early November. Decisions are announced in December, with funds available in January.


U-M Ann Arbor faculty with appointments on the tenure track in science and engineering fields; lecturer, clinical, and research faculty may apply if they are working toward a shift onto the tenure track; recipients of an ADVANCE SUCCEED Grant are ineligible to apply.


Application Process

The online application can be accessed by clicking the “Apply Now” button on the InfoReady site. It includes the following components:

  • Questions collecting basic information (primary affiliation, rank, time in rank, contact information for you and your department financial administrator, etc.)
  • Questions about your proposal
  • Project title
  • Amount requested
  • Provide an overview of the needed resources and their relationship to increasing the career satisfaction, climate, and/or success of a diverse faculty in your field (up to 500 words)
  • What are the goals for the project to be supported by the award funds and how will the award funds be used to further these goals? (up to 500 words)
  • Describe the roles of any collaborators on the project (up to 250 words)
  • Why/How will funds from this grant program make a difference: why will funds from this source, in particular, address this need, including unique needs as a result of the impact of COVID-19? (up to 500 words)
  • Upload required documentation
  • Budget and Budget Justification (Must provide an explanation of each component of your budget, including how each item is necessary to achieve the goals of the project and how the estimated costs were calculated; also identify other funding sources. See Budget and Budget Justification Template.)
  • Applicant CV (abbreviated)
  • (Optional) Collaborator CVs
Review Process

Review Criteria:

Applications will be evaluated on the quality and significance of the proposed work to be supported, the potential impact of the award on career development, and the degree to which the award will enhance the climate for and success of a diverse faculty. Applications are reviewed by an interdisciplinary panel of faculty reviewers.

Priority will be given to:

  • funding requests that cannot be covered by existing funds (e.g., other grant funding, start-up funding, or school/college funds)
  • applications for funds that can be used in the 12-month period following award disbursement (Applicants are encouraged to carefully consider the timeline and feasibility of their projects in relation to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on academic activities.)
  • applicants who did not receive an ADVANCE Crosby grant in the last two years.


Review and Notification Timeline:

Applications will be reviewed in November. Decisions will be made in December. Notifications will be sent out in late December, with funds for awardees available January.

Examples of Possible Funding Requests/ Ineligible Expenses

Examples of Possible Funding Requests:

  • Graduate or undergraduate student research assistance
  • Editorial assistance
  • Travel to laboratories, field sites, collaborators, archives, museums, etc.
  • Support for child/dependent care and/or travel to allow applicant to travel for the purposes of research, teaching, or professional development
  • Supplies and equipment for scholarly activities
  • Development of a symposium/conference
  • Development of an online US or international network to support diverse faculty in particular subfields
  • Community engaged projects/public scholarship
  • Development of digital archives, databases, websites, and other electronic sources and media
  • Faculty may submit requests that fall outside of this list and are encouraged to use the application to explain unusual circumstances and/or unique needs.

Ineligible Expenses:

  • Applicant or other tenure-track faculty salaries
  • Local childcare when the applicant is in town


Email the ADVANCE Grants Team at

Elizabeth Caroline Crosby teachingWho is Elizabeth Caroline Crosby?

World-renowned Neuroanatomist, Elizabeth Caroline Crosby (1888-1983), began her long and distinguished career at the University of Michigan in 1920. Starting as an Anatomy instructor, she rose through the ranks to become the first woman full professor of the medical school. A dedicated researcher and teacher, Dr. Crosby published extensively in comparative anatomy and received several prestigious awards. She was the first woman to be awarded the Henry Russel Lectureship at the University of Michigan (1946); she earned the Henry Gray Award in Neuroanatomy in 1972, and the National Medal of Science in 1979.

After her retirement in 1958, at age sixty-nine, Dr. Crosby served as a clinical consultant at both the University of Michigan and University of Alabama, where a former student held a faculty position. Although she never married, she adopted an 11-year-old girl in 1940 and another girl in 1944. She remained active in scientific work until the end of her life in 1983, at the age of ninety-four.

Elizabeth Caroline Crosby Faculty Grant Recipients

2022-23 Crosby Recipients

  • Arash Adel - College of Architecture
  • Aline Cotel - College of Engineering
  • Anouck Girard - College of Engineering
  • Aubree Gordon - School of Public Health
  • Nakhiah Goulbourne - College of Engineering
  • Dominique Kinnett-Hopkins - School of Kinesiology
  • Annalise Rahman-Filipiak - School of Medicine
  • Corinna Schindler - College of LSA
  • Kendrin Sonneville - School of Public Health
  • Joanna Spencer-Segal - School of Medicine
  • Serife Tol - College of Engineering
  • Marjorie Weber - College of LSA
  • Jun Wu - School of Medicine
2021-22 Crosby Recipients

Crosby awardee photos

  • Laura Balzano (College of Engineering)
  • Ashley Bucsek (College of Engineering)
  • Jade Burns (School of Nursing)
  • Rhima Coleman (College of Engineering)
  • Anouck Girard (College of Engineering)
  • Jenan Kharbush (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts)
  • Kelley Kidwell (School of Public Health)
  • Samuel Kwon (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts)
  • Nancy Love (College of Engineering)
  • Jean Morrison (School of Public Health)
  • Massy Mutumba (School of Nursing)
  • Sarah Peitzmeier (School of Nursing)
  • Kerri Pratt (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts)
  • Michaelanne Thomas (School of Information)
  • Justine Wu (Medical School)
2020-21 Crosby Recipients
  • Jacinta Beehner (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts)
  • Tawanna Dillahunt (School of Information)
  • Annette Ostling (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts)
  • Maria Papaleontiou (Medical School)
  • Sara Pasquali (Medical School)
  • Allison Steiner (College of Engineering)
2019-20 Crosby Recipients
  • Laura Balzano (College of Engineering)
  • Marin Clark (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts)
  • Alison Davis Rabosky (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts)
  • Anouck Girard (College of Engineering)
  • Yihe Huang (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts)
  • Ines Ibanez (School for the Environment and Sustainability)
  • Naomi Levin (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts)
  • Elisa Maria Maffioli (School of Public Health)
  • Alison Mondul (School of Public Health)
  • Michelle Munro-Kramer (School of Nursing)
  • Jillian Pearring (Medical School)
  • Megan Pesch (Medical School)
  • Sheria Robinson-Lane (School of Nursing)
  • Qiong Yang (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts)
2018-19 Crosby Recipients
  • Ana Baylin (School of Public Health)
  • Jennifer Blesh (School for Environment and Sustainability)
  • Gyorgyi Csankovszki (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts)
  • Shanna Daly (College of Engineering)
  • Hui Deng (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts)
  • Aubree Gordon (School of Public Health)
  • Anna Mathew (Medical School)
  • Sierra Petersen (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts)
  • Emily Provost (College of Engineering)
  • Elizabeth Roberts (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts)
  • Patricia Wittkopp (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts)

Elizabeth Caroline Crosby Faculty Grant Spotlight

Green Life Sciences Symposium: Plant-environment interactions across scales (September, 2018)       

“The Crosby grant, along with supplemental funding, allowed us to expand the Green Life Sciences Symposium to a two-day event with 26 invited speakers, a poster session, and a career fair. This gave us the flexibility to invite established keynote speakers, ‘up and coming’ assistant and associate professors, and a number of women and/or minority scientists to share their research. We were likewise able to offset some of the travel costs for junior scientists (postdoctoral researchers and graduate students) to attend. Overall, the symposium was a great success, with excellent talks, lots of networking, and an incredibly fun and supportive vibe. The support from the Elizabeth Crosby award helped make this symposium a reality!”                                                                                                   
Regina Baucom, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Crosby Award recipient 2017-18

“Having the Crosby award meant that our research was not delayed when two people had to be out of the lab for an extended time. We were able to hire someone to help move their projects forward, and it benefited the careers of at least four people: both of the people who were out of the lab, the person we hired, and me.” 
Katherine Spindler, Microbiology and Immunology, Medical School

Crosby Award recipient 2017-18

The Elizabeth Caroline Crosby Research Award supported novel investigation into the advancement and leadership opportunities for women surgeons. A qualitative study provided rich insights into barriers and facilitators experienced by women surgeons. We also learned about individual and institutional factors that affect advancement and leadership opportunities. The funding was essential to support collaboration with an executive coach to facilitate confidential research interviews, and to offset costs for a research assistant and administrative personnel.

Coming together around this research sparked stronger synergy among team members and mobilized development of the Michigan Women’s Surgical Collaborative (MWSC). In 2017, MWSC launched the inaugural Women in Surgery Leadership Development Conference. The high demand and incredibly positive feedback from participants encouraged us to make this an annual event.

Gurjit Sandhu, Michigan Women’s Surgical Collaborative

Crosby Award Recipient 2016-17

As of 2023, 243 Elizabeth Caroline Crosby Faculty Grants have been awarded.

29% of recipients have used a portion of their funding to assist with child or other dependent care needs.

Distribution of Crosby Award Recipients from 2003 to 2020, by College: LSA, 31%. Medical School, 30%. College of Engineering, 20%. School of Public Health, 9%. Other, 10%.

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