Grants and Contracts

Our role in the pursuit of sponsored programs

The NMU Grants and Contracts Office has central responsibility for proposal submission and award management for sponsored research, scholarship, instructional and other sponsored activities at Northern Michigan University. The office also bears responsibility for research compliance as it relates to activities supported by external funds. The Grants and Contracts Office balances service to faculty and staff with strict adherence to university, federal and sponsor agency regulations and policies.

That balance guides the office in its mission to support faculty, staff and students in applying for internal and external funds for all sponsored activities and managing awarded projects, bringing integrity, clarity and ease to sponsored programs grant administration processes at NMU.Through these activities the Grants and Contracts Office guides the university’s research and sponsored activity endeavors on a forward path to fostering effective scholarly research, program development and student success.

Learn more about our support of sponsored programs.

Internal Opportunities

Internal funding for Northern Michigan University faculty, staff and students exists to enhance the academic experience and professional growth by providing financial support for new initial research projects, scholarly activities, papers for publication and creative works. More information and deadlines.


Grants and Contracts News


How to Make Time for Research and Writing

For great tips on how to make time for research and writing, read this article by The Chronicle of Higher Education:

How to Make Time for Research and Writing


Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition Awards NMU Faculty Member

Jacquie Medina of the Health and Human Performance Department has been awarded funds for her project "Winter into Spring - Inquiry and Art in our Local Environment". This project is to facilitate development of an Outdoor Education Program focused on understanding, observing, and interpreting a local ecosystem over time, specifically through the late winter months into spring. Students in grades 4-6 will begin with classroom curriculum and also experiences in the field. This project provides community outreach and education through sharing of the learning outcome products within North Star Academy which will occur in the form of "books", presentations to younger students, and other forms of display.


Educational Session:  CUR Dialogues Panel Discussion    

April 20, 12:00pm - 1:00pm in LRC 111b

This event will feature two faculty members and their discussion of what they learned from 2017 CUR Dialogues event.

 For more information or to RSVP, click here or email


Scholar Host Opportunity

Competition OPEN: Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program, Deadline October 16

CIES and the Fulbright Program are now accepting institutional applications for the 2018-2019 cycle of the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program.  The S-I-R program allows institutions to host a visiting scholar on campuses to teach undergraduate courses, assist with curriculum development efforts and engage in community activities.  

Institutional applications are due on Monday October 16, 2017.  Please visit the website ( for more information, upcoming webinars and the application materials. 

Register today for our S-I-R overview webinar on April 24, 2017:

If you or your department may be interested in hosting a Scholar-in-Residence, please contact Kristin Beck at


Education Department Receives Funding

Joe Lubig of the Education Department received funding for a proposal titled "Educator Evaluation Research and Evaluation Activities" which is a qualitative study that is designed to analyze and extend answer survey responses solicited from practicing teachers and principles in rural schools regarding their experiences with the implementation, impact, and barriers related to teacher evaluation practices.  


2017 NSF Grants Conference

Save the Date! The Spring 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants Conference will be held on June 5-6, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky. Conference registration will begin March 30, 2017 and the registration fee will be $300.


Motorcycle Safety Funding

Stephanie Zadroga-Langlois of the Continuing Education Department has received continued funding for motorcycle safety classes. This program offers comprehensive training and classes at seven sites in locations throughout the western and central Upper Peninsula.


Upper Peninsula Area Health Education Center

Cindy Noble has received continued funding for the Upper Peninsula Regional Health Education Center. The regional center offers medical, dental, physician's assistant, and chiropractic pre-professional programs to NMU students.  Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Early Assurance Program, an initiative that targets students from under-served rural to urban areas, first-generation college students, graduates from low-income high schools, students who are Pell grant-eligible, or those who are interested in practicing medicine in a high-need specialty in areas where there are health care shortages.


Multicultural Center Receives Continued Support for Jump Start Program

Shirley Brozzo, director of NMU's Multicultural Education and Resource Center has received support for the Jump Start program. This program is a King Chavez Parks Initiative of the State of Michigan designed to improve retention rates among academically and economically disadvantaged students through academic and career workshops and networking opportunities. Jump Start students are paired with upperclassmen peer mentors who design programs to meet the needs of their student mentees to help them become acclimated to life as a college student both academically and socially.


Northern Michigan University Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program

McNair Program Project Director Heather Pickett has been awarded funds for the McNair program at NMU.The McNair program is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. This program is designed to increase graduate rates and post-baccalaureate success among first generation, low income students and minority students that are underrepresented in graduate education. An additional 3% increase in funding was given this year to intensify the programs service (providing additional tutoring, counseling, etc.).This award is for the fourth year of a five year McNair program and is a continuation for the yearly funding from the U.S. Department of Education.


NMU Upward Bound Math and Science Receives Funding for Career Building Program

Julie Bowerman from The Upward Bound Program in the Seaborg Center has been awarded funds from the U.S. Department of Education for the Upward Bound Math-Science (UBMS) program. This is a year round academic program that includes a six-week summer experience for students who have completed the academic year requirements. The UBMS program works to help low-income and first-generation-to-college high school students and exposes students to a variety of career fields, improving problem-solving skills and enriching their appreciation for science and mathematics through hands on projects and group activities. This is a continuation for the yearly funding from the U.S. Department of Education. 


Department of Education Receives Career and Technical Education Grant

Dr. Joe Lubig has been awarded funds from the Michigan Department of Education to increase the percentage of Career and Technical Education teachers that meet teacher certification and licensure requirements, and assist in efforts to recruit and retain Career and Technical teachers in the U.P. Dr. Lubig will be traveling to various sites to recruit and inform potential teachers from the existing technical workforce, and veteran career centers. 


Are young researchers being left out of the grant process? 

This article from the Chronicle of Higher Education outlines the many factors that perpetuate the lack of young researchers applying for and receiving grant funds and how that needs to change.


Tips for Writing a Successful NIH Grant

Need help planning and writing a proposal? Check out this video from insiders at NIH's Center for Scientific Review.


Pentagon Striving to Support University Research

Read about it in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Pentagon Wants to Expand University Research Ties. Here's What It's Looking For. 


National Science Foundation Eliminates Submission Deadlines

In this article from Science magazine, the NSF outlines why it's cutting grant submission timelines and how that changes the process for applicants. 


NMU Student Funded for Bacteria Research

Biology student Kaylagh Hollen, under the guidance of Josh Sharp, has raised money through a crowdfunding website to pursue research on a new way to identify staph bacteria, S. aurus. This method would decrease the identification time from 24-48 hours to only 3-6 hours. Developing a rapid identification method could allow health care professionals to administer treatment more quickly. 


NMU Faculty funded to create Sustainable Tourism Alliance

Health and Human Performance faculty Dave Kronk and Scott Jordan have been awarded a grant through the Michigan State University Center for Regional Economic Innovation to create a Sustainable Ecotourism Alliance Organization for Munising Michigan. The Munising area has seen a significant rise in ecotourism since 2011. Recent discussions suggest a need for more local service providers as well as actions to control harmful impacts on local environments by the increased visitation. 


Recently Submitted Proposals

Josh Carlson, and student, Kristin Beck, of the Psychology department have submitted a proposal to Sigma Xi for support to utilize an cell phone app that will reduce levels of anxiety through attention bias modification using a dot-probe task. The app is targeted at women with a high risk for breast cancer. The benefits of reducing anxiety in this population is twofold: first, adherence to screening for cancer should increase in the study population; second, the reduction in anxiety and depression would have a positive impact in day-to-day life for these individuals.

Carole Touchinski of the department of Health and Human Performance submitted a proposal titled "AHEC - MedTalk Event" to Superior Health Foundation. Funding would be used to a MedTalk event designed for UP youth. This project is modeled after best practices in recruiting and supporting youth in health professions and offers 9-12 grade students interested in health professions insight on several relevant and cutting edge health topics. This event will take place at NMU in November. 

Julie Bowerman of the Seaborg Center submitted a proposal to the US Department of Education to renew/continue the Upward Bound Math Science program at NMU for an additional 5 years. The Upward Bound Math Science program generates the skills and motivation necessary in participants ti complete a program of secondary education and to enter and succeed in a program of postsecondary education in math and/or science related coursework.

Josh Carlson of Psychology submitted a proposal to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation for funding to measure levels of attentional bias, anxiety, and gray matter volume before and immediately after attention bias modification training or attention control training, and 6 weeks following the termination of training. The proposal aims to assess the extent to which reduced extended amygdala and anterior cingulate cortex gray matter volume following attention bias modification underlies reductions in attentional bias and anxiety, and the extent to which these punitive changes in gray matter volume persist after treatment termination,

John Lawrence of the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center submitted a proposal to NIH which will look to compare several cell culture techniques and their respective patient-derived xenografts to determine what technique(s) best retain the migratory characteristics and genetic profiles of their respective brain metastasis specimens. Metastatic brain tumors will be collected and patient-derived brain metastatic cell lines will be created. This project involves a large portion of student involvement, both graduate and undergraduate.  

Elizabeth Wuorinen of the department of Health and Human Performance submitted a proposal to Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) for funding to examine whether mobile exercise technologies are an effective way to increase adherence in cancer survivors living in a rural area of Upper Michigan. 

Melanie Reaves of the department of Education, Leadership, and Public Service submitted a proposal to the Caplan Foundation for an Art-Based Parent Education Program (ARC). This program would combine art and child development to educate parents and caregivers with children 0-8 years old. ARC would combine monthly art and child development expert meetings with guest speakers on child development, nutrition and morw with participants and their families.

Jill Leonard of the Biology department recently submitted a project proposal to NSF titled "Physiological Pathways Underlying Movement Phenotypes in Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis)". This project will aim to characterize the physiological mechanisms related to the expression of movement phenotypes in wild Brook Trout which allow for resiliency to environmental change. It is critical to gain a better understanding of life history expression (and evolution) in fish, such as the Brook Trout. The response of such species to climate change and environmental impacts is crucial to fishery management and conservation.

Jud Sojourn and Leora Lancaster of the Center for Native American Studies are seeking funding from Native Languages of the Americas for audio and video equipment to facilitate recording and transcribing conversations and stories with Anishinaabemin first speakers. They intend to make these recordings into videos with bilingual color-coded text to aid in teaching the Anishinaabe language, and for lasting public record. 

Josh Carlson, and student, Kristin Beck, of the Psychology department have submitted a proposal to the American Society of Breast Surgeons Foundation for support to create a cell phone app that will reduce levels of anxiety through attention bias modification. The app is targeted at women with a high risk for breast cancer. The benefits of reducing anxiety in this population is twofold: first, adherence to screening for cancer should increase in the study population; second, the reduction in anxiety and depression would have a positive impact in day-to-day life for these individuals.

Joe Lubig, Director of the Education Department, has applied for funding to institute a project that will pair para-pro or full-time substitute teachers with a mentor within or near their school as they complete an accelerated program to obtain their teaching license. This program is called STEP UP to MESS (Secondary Teacher Education Program for the Upper Peninsula in Mathematics, English Literacy, Science, and Social Studies). This project is a combination of the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of  Education, and 24 local education agencies, and will cover tuition expenses, books, travel, and planning of this project. 

Joe Lubig, Director of the Education Department, submitted a proposal to the U.S. Department of Education for the NMU Upward Bound program. If funded, this program will support an Upward Bound program at NMU and provide support for 60 high school students to graduate from high school and enter into a post-secondary program. This project will focus on rural and underrepresented students in post-secondary education (first generation, low income, etc.). Joe also submitted a proposal titled "Educator Evaluation Research and Evaluation Activities" which is a qualitative study that is designed to analyze and extend answer survey responses solicited from practicing teachers and principles in rural schools regarding their experiences with the implementation, impact, and barriers related to teacher evaluation practices.  

Bitsy Wedin of the Nursing department submitted a proposal titled "Men in Nursing" to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The purpose of this project is to explore male and female differences in the experience of an accelerated Bachelors of Nursing program. Data will be analyzed from both NMU's BSN program and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's data program, "Building a More Diverse and Inclusive Nursing Workforce." If awarded, funds will assist in presenting at an international conference in July.

Yu Liu from the Chemistry department submitted a National Science Foundation proposal for a Macromolecular, Supramolecular, and Nanochemistry (MSN) grant. His project titled "RUI: Self-assembled Supramolecular Catalysts through Aromatic Donor-acceptor Interaction" will look to develop self-assembled supramolecular catalysts based on a unique noncovalent interaction, the aromatic donor-acceptor interaction. Supramolecular catalysts, inspired by enzymes, refer to multicomponent assemblies that are stabilized by noncovalent interactions to achieve catalytic systems with high selectivity and high catalytic efficiency. 

Abigail Wyche of the Social Work department submitted a proposal to the Gerstacker Foundation. This project will combine the best knowledge science and research has to offer in suicide prevention to locations that are in need of prevention efforts. The Upper Peninsula will be specifically looked at, as a major industrial employer has recently laid off hundreds of workers.The data and information gathered from this project will be implemented in other areas of the United States, where manufacturing and labor jobs are declining. If awarded, funds will support salary, students, travel, and specific suicide intervention training. 

Josh Carlson submitted a project proposal to the National Institutes of Health titled "Neuroplasticity in an Extended Amygdala Network as a Target Mechanism for Attention Bias Modification Outcome". This project proposes to meet three objectives: (1) Assess the extent to which reduced medical Pre-Frontal Cortex (mPFC) gray matter volume following attention bias modification (ABM) underlies reductions in attention bias; (2) Assess the extent to which reduced mPFC Near-Infrared Spectroscopy activity following attention bias modification underlies reductions in attentional bias; and (3) Determines the degree to which functional and structural measures of ABM-related neuroplasticity are related. 

Breanne Carlson, of the Department of Health and Human Performance, is seeking funding for a project that would seek to educate and prevent childhood obesity. She and her students will be working with 5th grade public school students and their parents for two years to educate them about healthy lifestyles. This grant is in cooperation with the Superior Health Foundation and Michigan State University. 

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend Proposals:

Sirpa Nelson of the English department submitted a proposal for a 15 minute documentary podcast on the diverse experiences of Somali immigrants in Minnesota.  Her podcast seeks to uncover solutions that Somalis in Minnesota have to the problems of violence and assimilation. This accessible and finely-tuned podcast will uncover refugee histories and memories while keeping in mind questions regarding the Somalis with in American communities.

Hanna Kassab from the Political Science department submitted a proposal for a book that will discuss the nationalization of food among nations in conflict. Like land, cuisine is just another front in the demonization of the other and the glorification of the self. Conflict over food national ownership can be found around the world, such as hummus between Lebanon and Israel. Hanna will look to answer the question “Is food a uniting factor or a dividing one among nations in discord?”


Carole Touchinski from the Department of Health & Human Performance submitted an internal funding proposal for recruitment and retention of Health Care professionals and professional development. Also, three pipeline activities will build upon HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) opportunities for youth, transport youth to NMU Rural Health Career Camp, and assist Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties to develop their local rural health career camps. 

April Lindala from the Center of Native American Studies requested funding from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) to support additional programming for students in the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). This funding, if awarded, will support student travel to national professional conferences and host a Native American professional speaker in the STEM fields. April also proposed funding from the the KBIC to support the costs of workshops under the Native American Cultural Programs Initiative. This program will continue to offer hands-on cultural activities and educational programs for the NMU and Marquette area communities.

April Lindala is seeking funding from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community to support the Native American Student Association (NASA) for the 24th annual "Learning to Walk Together" traditional Pow Wow and feast, scheduled for March 2017. This event is only one of its kind in the Marquette area, and it serves a great location to preserve, promote, and share native American culture with in the local community.

Chris Standerford of the Glenn T. Seaborg Mathematics and Science Center is pursuing funding from the The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Glenn Research Center (GRC) Out of School Learning (NOSL) Network. If funded, this program will reach K-8 students at the Peter White Public Library and the Seaborg Center, expanding their knowledge using NASA education materials. Chris also submitted a proposal to the Michigan Department of Education for support of the Seaborg Math and Science Center at NMU.

Mark Dellangelo submitted a grant application to the Michigan Department of Education to retain funding for the Perkins Local Annual Grant. Its purpose is to increase the quality of technical education in the United States. Perkins Basic State Grant funds are provided to states that, in turn, allocate funds by formula to secondary school districts and postsecondary institutions.

Josh Carlson has submitted a proposal to the National Science Foundation to fund multimodal neuroimaging of neuroplasticity of the brain after experiencing an attention training program. This project is part of Dr. Carlson's ongoing research into anxiety and attention bias. 

Dan Truckey from the Beaumier Heritage Center is pursuing funding for a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council for an event called World War One Remembered. This grant would support exhibits and events at several locations around Marquette County that highlight the impact of World War I on America and the Upper Peninsula. 

Karl Johnson from the School of Social Work is seeking funding from the state of Michigan to examine the social and economical impact of the closure of the Empire Mine on the U.P. 

Melissa Alan and Emily Lanctot from the DeVos Art Museum have applied to support from the National Endowment for the Arts. They hope to increase audience engagement with the permanent  art collection by documenting, cataloging, and researching Japanese woodblock prints, and wood metal and ceramic objects from the 19th - 20th century. 

Carole Touchinski from the School of Health and Human Performance has submitted a request for funding to support Dental Day. This event would provide dental care and education to uninsured and under-insured people and families who cannot afford regular dental care. 

Melissa Matuscak and Emily Lanctot of the Art and Design Department are seeking funding from the National Endowment for the Arts' Challenge America program. They hope to gain support for an exhibition, catalog, and public programs featuring work from the artists in residence on Rabbit Island during the summer of 2016.

Christopher Standerford and Eric Smith are working as part of a team that is applying to the U.S. Department of Education to fund a CTE Makerspace in Marquette Senior High School. Makerspaces provide students with the materials, equipment, and environment they need to conceive, collaborate, and tinker through the process of manufacturing, testing, and demonstrating their ideas. 

Martin Reinhardt, of the Center for Native American Studies, has reached out for funding to support hosting the 2017 Native American Critical Issues Conference that is put on by the Michigan Indian Education Association. The conference would be held from March 23 through 25, 2017. If Reinhardt's proposal is successful, it will be the first time in 17 years that the conference will be held in the Upper Peninsula. He has requested support from the Sault Tribe and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.