2022 Call for Proposals

Short Version: The 2021 round of PODS funding strongly encourages works that transform research domains through data science and AI, works that improve the reproducibility of research, and works that promise major impact and potential for significant expansion. 17 teams receive funding support for a wide range of exciting projects with data science and Artificial Intelligence (AI) as the common thread. Researchers on these projects are from 9 schools and colleges on the Ann Arbor campus and from the Flint campus.


Long Version: The Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) announced the awardees of the 2021 round of Propelling Original Data Science (PODS) Grants. 17 teams receive funding support for a wide range of exciting projects with data science and Artificial Intelligence (AI) as the common thread. The teams will work on theoretical development for deep learning, examining racial disparity in doctor-patient interactions through cutting-edge language analysis, engaging community members to build machine learning models for waterway navigation, improving science education through deep learning methods, and many other exciting projects.

Researchers on these projects are from 9 schools and colleges on the Ann Arbor campus and from the Flint campus.

The PODS funding strongly encourages works that transform research domains through data science and AI, works that improve the reproducibility of research, and works that promise major impact and potential for significant expansion. “We are thrilled by the many brilliant research ideas in the large number of submitted proposals and wish that we could fund many more. The diverse range of research that MIDAS is able to fund demonstrates the strength of data science and AI research at U-M,” says Dr. H. V. Jagadish, MIDAS Director, “These projects will strengthen the data science and AI community at U-M, play a transformative role in a wide range of disciplines, and will have immediate and significant impact on our society.”

Previous MIDAS grants have made it possible for the research teams to form many new collaborations, formulate groundbreaking ideas, and bring to U-M more than $75 million of external funding.

Awarded Projects

Below are the projects that were awarded PODS grants, listed with their (co) Principal Investigators.