Training and Workshops

The Grants & Contracts Office is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 workshops and trainings schedule. Workshop descriptions are listed below. Unless otherwise noted, all trainings and workshops will be hosted in LRC 109. If you have any questions about the workshops or if you have a suggestion for a workshop or training you would be interested in attending, please contact Kristin Beck.

Please sign up for sessions by going to:


Northern PRIME Fund Sessions:  Progressive Research and Innovative Mutual Exploration

    Learn more about the second year of the Northern PRIME Fund, a $20,000 award for 1 year, multidisciplinary projects.  The deadline is July 1, 2016.

    Sessions will be held on the following days (these will all be similar sessions):


     Friday, May 6 at 12:00pm (in West Science 2810)

     Monday, May 9 at 12:00pm (in West Science 2810)

     Tuesday, May 17 at 9:00am (in Jamrich 2309)

     Tuesday, May 17 at 4:00pm (in Jamrich 2309)


    Please RSVP by going to: or email



Past Sessions:

PRIME Funding Workshop

NEH Summer Stipend Session

New Faculty Tech Talks

NSF Fellowship Application Workshop for Students:   This session will be a workshop to assist undergraduate and graduate student to prepare an application to the National Science Foundation Fellowship competition. 

Faculty Grants/Internal Funding Session:  This session will cover the internal funding opportunities available through NMU, including Faculty Research Grants and the newly implemented PRIME Funding.

Introduction to External/Grant Funding for Students (graduate and undergraduate):  This session is geared to both undergraduate and graduate students who may be searching for funding opportunities for research and scholarly activities.  We will discuss how to find opportunities, requirements for applying and how any awards are processed at NMU.

Funding for the Non-Sciences.  Learn how to search for opportunities for your interests, fellowships, and other avenues for your scholarly activities!


Four Part Series on the Basics of Proposal Writing:  At the completion of the four sessions, you may have a complete proposal ready to submit for external funding!  In between workshops, a scheduled "work-time" will be announced to have assistance from the Grants and Contracts Office to ask questions, get hands-on help, and to brainstorm ideas.

   (1) Searching for Funding Opportunities and How to Find a Good Fit: In this session, we will cover tips and suggestions for narrowing the funding field and targeting grant opportunities more strategically, starting with a high level view and then delve into how to vet individual funding announcements. You will leave with a quick checklist that you can use to evaluate funding opportunities in the future.

        Click here to view a powerpoint about searching for funding opportunities. 

   (2) Proposal Writing II: Significance, Objectives, and Research Plan: In this session we will cover general grantsmanship and the following proposal components: ◦ Introduction/overview ◦ Statement of significance ◦ Literature review ◦ Goals/Objectives/Hypotheses ◦ Research design ◦ Methods

        Click here to view a powerpoint about the basics of proposal writing. 

   (3) Proposal Writing II: Abstract/Summary, Title, Structure, and Common Pitfalls: In this session we will cover the following proposal components: ◦ Title ◦ Project summary/abstract We will also address proposal competitiveness within the structure of      your proposal and common proposal pitfalls.

        Click here to view a powerpoint about proposal writing structure and pitfalls. 

   (4) Budgets and Budget Justification: This session covers how to develop an accurate budget and a convincing budget justification.



The Grants and Contracts Office has also presented sessions for students such as Research Ethics, and Basics of External/Grant Funding.  We can come to your classroom, department meeting, or small group, in addition to meeting individually.  Please contact us for information!