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.

2016 PRIME Fund

It's PRIME time once again! The second annual competition for PRIME awards-- Progressive Research and Innovative Mutual Exploration-- is open. Deadline is 15 JUL 2016. Remember: Interdisciplinary, student focus, $20K for one year. More information here.

Upcoming Events and Deadlines


Upcoming Informational Sessions: NMU PRIME Fund, a Progressive Research and Innovative Mutual Exploration opportunity. Click here for additional information.


The National Institute of Health is hosting its Regional Seminar in Chicago!

The conference will be held in the Palmer House in downtown Chicago, October 26-28th, 2016. 

Sessions will focus on program funding and grant administration. Presentations are provided by the NIH Grants Administration, Program, and Review Officials as well as policy experts from both NIH and HHS.

The agenda for the NIH Regional Seminar offers 3 tracks:

  • Administrators
  • New Investigators
  • All Interests

Registration is not required for specific sessions during the 2-day seminar. This means you can choose on-site which sessions work best for you! 

Sign up now for early registration pricing!


USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program to support access to education, training, and health care resources for rural Americans.  This grant provides support for technology, telecommunications, computer networks and related advanced technologies that students, teachers, medical professionals, and rural residents can use.  Due March 14, 2016.


NSF Long Term Research in Environmental Biology supports the generation of extended time series of data to address important questions in evolutionary biology, ecology, and ecosystem science.  Due August 2, 2016.


Grants and Contracts News


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. 


NMU's Standerford receives grant for UP SMILE Program

Chris Standerford has received funding from the Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District to implement the UP SMILE program. This project will provide professional development for K12 teachers throughout the Eastern U.P. Development will focus on bringing technology, math and science into the classroom in an engaging and effective way. Teachers will receive instruction and hands-on experience with coding, 3D printing, and robots, among other activities. The aim of the program is to provide educators with the tools to equip U.P. children to expand their knowledge in these cutting-edge fields.


Counseling Services receives award to expand Mental Health Lending Library 

Counseling and Consultation Services under the direction of Marie Aho has been awarded a grant from the Marquette County Suicide Prevention Alliance to expand the Bibliotherapy Resource Library. This award will allow them to purchase additional materials to expand the mental health lending library and provide needed resources to enrolled NMU students. 


Graduate Students both awarded Sigma Xi grants

Under the direction of Kurt Galbreath, both Genevieve Haas and Sarah Gallagher were each awarded $1,000 to assist in their graduate research. Haas is studying the Arositrilepis (tapeworm) by answering the question: how many times did it colonize the Nearctic and what types of host-parasite co evolutionary processes are at work in this system? Gallagher will be examining the biogeographical relationship of a mammal-parasite assemblage across the Holartic region. She plans to sequence five additional loci for 50 samples of populations to obtain independent (nuclear) perspectives on the history. 


NMU faculty contributes to whale sighting project

NMU Biology faculty Alec Lindsay contributed to a study, led by collaborator Salvatore Cerchio of the New England Aquarium and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, that boasts the first images of an elusive whale.

"Over the years, there have been a small handful of possible sightings of Omura's whales, but nothing that was confirmed,"  Cerchio said in a news release. "They appear to occur in remote regions and are difficult to find at sea, because they are small and do not put up a prominent blow."

DNA evidence was required to confirm the event, which is where Lindsay stepped in.

“Sal came to me and asked if we could sequence and analyze the DNA from some mysterious whale samples,” explains Dr. Alec Lindsay, NMU Professor of Biology. “I was honored to be able to contribute.” Lindsay and his team at NMU took the whale tissue samples, extracted DNA and sequenced a characteristic fragment of mitochondrial DNA. The story has been covered by numerous news sources including the Huffington Post, BBC Earth and IFLScience.


NMU's Whalen awarded prestigious NEH grant

Robert Whalen, an English professor at Northern Michigan University, has been awarded a $250,000 National Endowment for the Humanities Scholarly Editions Grant. The money will be used to support lead editor Whalen and his co-editor, Christopher Hodgkins of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), in producing George Herbert: Complete Prose, with Latin and Greek Verse... more.


NMU's Student Support Services receives new TRIO grant

Student Support Services received a $300,249 award from the Department of Education in July to continue offering the service program to eligible students. Each year around 50.5% of NMU undergraduates are eligible for SSS programs.

This 5-year award is to support programmatic expenses related to the NMU Student Support Services Program, which serves First Generation, Low Income and Students with Disabilities. Student Support Services is a comprehensive support program that assists first-generation, low-income students and students with disabilities with earning their baccalaureate degree. The Student Support Services staff is committed to helping all participants achieve their educational and personal goals. Participants receive comprehensive advisement, academic support services, access to cultural and leadership activities and assistance to make a positive transition to university life at NMU.





Recently Submitted Proposals


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, catalogue, 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. 

Joseph Lubig has submitted a proposal on behalf of the Department of Education to fund an initiative that will help increase the number of teachers involved in Career and Technical Education. This project would assist educators in meeting the requirements and obtaining certifications to teach in technical fields. It would also aim to retain and recruit CTE teachers in the U.P. 

April Lindala of the Center for Native American Studies has applied to receive funding for a two year project that will provide education on indigenous foodways. The objectives of this program will be to: increase American Indian inclusivity within food, agricultural, natural resources, and human (FANH) sciences curricula, and to increase the number of American Indian students entering the FANH science field. At the end of the project, a conference will be held to submit the outcomes to the USDA SPECA, with the intention of receiving funds for a large scale initiative in this area of research.

The Education, Leadership, and Public Service Department has submitted a proposal to the Digital Humanities Institute to initiate a program that would use photovoice stories to engage K-12 teachers to take on a humanistic lens and critically think about and speak into negative historical narratives. This program is set up to also engage their students in humanities-based critical thinking through digital media. 

Hugo Eyzaguirre  and Tawni Ferrarini of the Economics Department have submitted a proposal to the Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship to develop specialized workshops and webinars for K-12 teachers covering economics education. They propose to work with the School of Education to provide five separate workshops that will meet the needs of teachers.

Jill Leonard of the Biology Department has applied to be a part of Michigan Technological University's grant to study the detection and evaluation of adfluvial life in Lake Superior tributaries, with brook trout as the focal species. Leonard and her students would operate antennae stations on Lake Superior tributaries over a period of three years, after which they would analyze and report the data they receive. 

Bao Truong has submitted an application for a one year fellowship at Martin-Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. During the fellowship he would work with Dr. Christianne Tammer on research titled, "Subdifferential Necessary Optimality Conditions in Vector-Valued and Set-Valued Optimization with Variable Ordering Structures". 

Qinghong Zhang has submitted a proposal to the National Science Foundation for a project titled "Predicting Optimal Human Dynamic Motion under Uncertainty for Injury Prevention in Load-Hauling Tasks". The goal of this project is to develop a novel human dynamic motion prediction methodology under uncertainty to prevent back injuries in a wide variety of settings.