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


Grants and Contracts Office 2016-2017 Workshops and Educational Sessions:


Fulbright Scholar Program Workshop - Join the Grants and Contracts Office in hosting Silvija Stoljevska, a Program Officer for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program to learn more about the opportunities through the Fulbright Program.


Please click here to see our full Fall 2016 list of sessions and to sign up!


Federal Funding Webinar 

Join a panel of experts for an informative webinar session on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, at 1 PM EST

During the 90-minute session, panelists will share tips on successfully applying for federal fellowships and traineeships. Panelists from NASA, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation will attend.

The event will be streamed online at To access the webinar, use the event password: 8sHU24T@

If you are interested in watching the webinar with a Grants and Contracts staff member, please contact Kristin Beck at



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!



Grants and Contracts News


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. 


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. 



Recently Submitted Proposals

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. 

Carole Touchinski of the Department of Health and Human Performance submitted a grant application for the UP Area Health Education Center's Dental Day. Dental Day will provide dental care to uninsured and under-insured people and families who cannot afford dental care. Individuals attending Dental Day will receive free oral health services, free education about resources in the community, as well as necessary referrals and nutrition information. Dental Day is a public/private sector partnership designed to be easily replicated in other interested communities. 

Chris Standerford of the Seaborg Center submitted a proposal titled "Educating Educators and their Students Everywhere to Prevent New Invaders". If funded, this project will be in collaboration with Michigan Technological University and Wayne State University. The Seaborg Center would assist with advertising of this professional development opportunity for teachers in our service area, prepping workshop logisitics, and leading/assisting with a workshop at NMU.

Josh Carlson of the Psychology department submitted an internal proposal for his study titled "Lowering Anxiety in Increased to High Risk Breast Cancer Individuals Through an Attention Bias Modification Cell Phone App". This study proposes to reduce levels of anxiety through attention bias modification utilizing a dot-probe task developed for an iOS (iPhone) app over a four-week time period in women with increased risk of breast cancer. Potential benefits of reducing anxiety include adherence to screening for cancer increasing in this population and also the reduction of anxiety and depression have a positive impact on day-to-day life for these individuals. If awarded, funding will be used to recruit subjects and update the mobile app.

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.