Grants & 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.


Grants & Contracts News


NMU to recognize faculty and staff scholarship efforts

Northern Michigan University, collectively, appreciates and recognizes the effort involved in and importance of all scholarly endeavors on campus. This includes the process of submission-- both to internal and external funding programs-- as well as the actual award. As such a Faculty and Staff Scholarship Recognition Event will be held at Ore Dock Brewing Co. Sept. 17, 2014 to honor all who put forth such effort in Fiscal Year 2014.

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Graduate Education and Research Office, organized by the Grants and Contracts Office, the event will honor the 77 faculty and staff who submitted a proposal in FY2014. Four featured speakers will give brief presentations on their projects:

¨ Kurt Galbreath, Biology, Integrated Inventory of Biomes of the Arctic, funded by the National Science Foundation;

¨ Dan Truckey, Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center , Music in the Pines, funded by the Michigan Humanities Council;

¨ Brandon Canfield, Chemistry, Secondary metabolite characterization in Thimbleberries, bynded by a Faculty Research Grant;

¨ Joshua Carlson, Psychology, Neuroplasticity Mediates the Efficacy of Attention Bias Modification Training: An Electroencephalogram Study, funded by a Faculty Research Grant.


An official invitation for this event is available (invitation).

Recent proposals submitted by NMU faculty and staff
April Lindala, submitted to the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians and Keweenaw Bay Indian Community for support for the annual pow wow on campus.  This project is on behalf of the Native American Student Association, and if awarded ($6,000) will assist in the 22nd annual powwow at NMU.
Rachel Nye, submitted to the Superior health Foundation for funding to assist in an education program on health literacy for parents with have children in head start, early head start and great start readiness programs in areas such as Marquette, Negaunee, Ishpeming, Gwinn, and Munising. If awarded ($87,324), seminars on dental health for children will be held. 
Chris Standerford recently submitted to the Michigan Department of Education for a grant of $47,387 for additional support for the Seaborg Math and Science Center here on campus. 


Recent awards received by NMU faculty and staff

An award from the Michigan Department of State, in the amount of $76,405.33, for the motorcycle safety classes, led by Robert Eslinger, Continuing Education and Workforce Training.

An award from the State of Michigan for the King Chavez Parks Visiting Professor 2014 program,  in the amount of $9,264, led by Dale Kapla, Academic Affairs.

An award from  Wayne State University, in the amount of $86,076, plus cost share funds of $17,269 provided by the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, for a total project cost of $103,345,  to create the Upper Peninsula Regional Center of the Michigan Area Health Education Centers, led by Mary Jane Tremethick, Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

An award of $20,400 from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, with additional support provided by the DeVos Art Museum, the Center for Native American Studies and the English Department, for a total project cost of $51,497, for work with the Rabbit Island Artists in Residence program to bring artists to Marquette to exhibit work from the island. The project is led by Melissa Matuscak, DeVos Art Museum.  

A grant award from the U.S. Department of Education, in the amount of $272,938, for the Upward Bound Math and Science program, led by Julie Bowerman.

A sub-agreement  award from Georgetown University, flow through from the US Department of State, in the amount of $23,013.87  to provide a tailored one week educational and cultural program for youth participants and their leaders from countries in Central America, and to provide US recruiting for a three week exchange program in Panama and Nicaragua,  with an additional amount of $3,487.52  provided from the International Programs Office,  for a total of $26,501.39, led by Kevin Timlin, International Programs.



Upcoming Funding Deadlines

National Endowment for the Arts - The Research: Art Works category supports projects which analyze the value and impact of the arts in the U.S. Deadline: Oct. 21

National Science Foundation - Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems supports interdisciplinary research that examines human and natural systems at diverse scales. Deadline: Nov. 18

National Science FoundationDevelopmental and Learning Science to increase understanding of cognitive, social, cultural, biological processes related to children's and adolescents' development and learning. Deadline: Jan. 15

National Science Foundation - Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments. Deadline: Jan. 22

National Science Foundation - Perception, Action & Cognition research topics include vision, audition, haptics, attention, memory, reasoning, motor control. Deadline: Feb. 2 

Grants & Contracts Upcoming Events


NSF Graduate Student Fellowship Workshop:

Oct. 17, 1:00-2:00pm, LRC 109

This session will assist senior undergraduate students and graduate students in preparing an application to the NSF Fellowship competition.                


Grant Funding Opportunities for the Non-Sciences:  Nov. 18, 9:00-10:00am, LRC 109

This session will cover funding opportunities, keys to applying and additional information on funding for the non-sciences.


To register for a session go to:

For questions please email Kristin Beck at