MIDAS offers the Propelling Original Data Science (PODS) Grants annually, starting from 2019.  This funding is for projects led by U-M faculty.


  • An outcome that directly contributes to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic or its effects on society (e.g.,  data-driven or AI-enabled tools, treatments strategies and recommendations);
  • Project feasibility;
  • Strength of the research team;
  • Strength of the data science component;
  • Intellectual merit and contribution to research in the long run.

2020 (special round)

In May, 2020, 7 interdisciplinary teams, chosen from 49 submissions, received funding support for COVID-19 research.  With data science methods at the core, these teams combat the pandemic in varied and creative ways.  Each team received funding of up to $30,000, and the projects will finish by the end of 2020.

The awarded PODS grants and the (co) Principal Investigators are:


15 interdisciplinary teams, chosen from 65 proposals, received funding support for projects with data science as the common thread.  Researchers on these projects are from 9 schools and colleges across the Ann Arbor and Dearborn campuses. For this set of projects, MIDAS provided a total of $860K of funding, and cost sharing from U-M departments and faculty amounted to an additional $220K.  This funding mechanism strongly encourages pioneering work based on innovative concepts that promises high reward, major impact, promotion of public interest, and potential for major expansion; in other words,“disruptive” instead of incremental research.

The 2019 PODS grants and the (co) Principal Investigators are: