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 announces "PRIME" new funding opportunity

NMU is proud to announce a new internal funding opportunity: the Northern PRIME Fund: Progressive Research and Innovative Mutual Exploration.

This is an interdisciplinary program offering up to $20,000 for a one year project. It places a heavy emphasis on student involvement and subsequent efforts to seek external funding.

The key components of PRIME are:

  • Up to $20,000 for each one-year, interdisciplinary project
  • At least 2 students involved
  • Multi-disciplinary focus
  • At least 1 quantifiable deliverable
  • Synopsis of project and achieved outcomes will be published on the PRIME website
  • Subsequent submission of a proposal to an external funding agency

The due date for the first round of PRIME awards is July 1, 2015. For details visit the website:

How PRIME works

Teams of two faculty and/or staff from different disciplines can request funding for up to $20,000. Every project will involve at least two students, result in a minimum of one quantifiable deliverable (publication in a high-impact journal or other equivalent such as an art display or substantive preliminary data set); and be sued as leverage to develop substantial proposals to external funding agencies.

The Grants and Contracts Office will facilitate publicity, proposal submission and award management. A review committee will review all submitted proposals. The deadline for proposal submission is July 1, 2015. Project start dates should be no later than November 1, 2015.

$500K+ in new grant awards in recent months

Faculty and staff at NMU garnered nearly $502,000 in newly awarded funds in the period November 2014 to January 2015. New awards include such projects as a coastal observation project of Lake Superior ($100,000) led by Professor Norma Froelich, and public safety and police training ($160,943) led by Ken Love.

Other awarded projects include program support for the Student Leadership Fellowship Program, a proposal that written by and for students involved in the program; support for the Music in the Pines exhibition about the history of the Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival, led by Dan Truckey of the Beaumier Center; support for professional development of teachers to design a curriculum to increase student interest and engagement in the STEM education led by Michael Donhost.

A complete list of funded awards can be found in this report.

New database system can help find funding

The NMU Grants and Contracts Office recently secured a subscription with the online funding database system Info Ed SPIN. The system has +40,000 funding opportunities, is perfect for both individual and administrative users, and offers active searching, automated opportunity matching, and daily opportunity notifications.

The powerful data mining and sophisticated filtering system allows for:

  • less time spent searching and more time doing research
  • results that match your research criteria
  • discovery of funds that other search software misses
  • accurate summaries for quick qualification determinations

A user guide is available (SPIN user guide). Contact the Grants adn Contracts Office for assistance: or


NMU receives grant funding in November


Norma Froelich recieved $100,000 over two years for her project, "A Coastal Hazard Observing System for Southeastern Lake Superior" from the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS).  This project will establish a coastal hazard observing system that includes an environmental data buoy and a wave height/water level sensor.  


Chris Standerford was recently awarded funding from the Michigan Department of Education for a grant of $47,387 for additional support for the Seaborg Math and Science Center here on campus. 



NMU receives $463,724 in grant funding in October

The Upward Bound Math and Science program, led by Julie Bowerman, received a grant award from the U.S. Department of Education, in the amount of $288,000, to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in math and science, and ultimately careers in the math and science profession.

The motorcycle training program, led by Robert Eslinger in Continuing Education and Workforce Development, received a grant award from the Michigan Department of State, flow through from the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in the amount of $7,590, to offer training region-wide

International Programs, led by Kevin Timlin, received a sub-agreement award from Georgetown University (flow through from the U.S. Department of State), in the amount of $41,976  to provide two tailored one week educational and cultural programs in January and May 2015 for youth participants and their leaders from countries in Central America, and to provide U.S. recruiting for a three week exchange program in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua in July 2015,  with an additional amount of $7,147 provided from the International Programs Office,  for a total of $49,123.

Patrick Brown in Biology received an award for $2,400 from the Huron Mountain Wildlife Foundation, for research on changes in population and habitat of spruce grouse.   

Mark Dellangelo received a grant award from the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth, Workforce Development Agency, in the amount of $119,011, for vocational technical education program improvement activities.



Upcoming Funding Deadlines


Environmental Protection Agency- Great Lakes Restoration Initiative project to complete chemical analysis in support of the Great Lakes Fish Monitoring and Surveillance Program.

Department of Education- Supporting Effective Educator Development purpose of the program is to increase the number of Highly Effective Teachers and Principals by developing or expanding the implementation of practices that are demonstrated to have an impact on improving student achievement or Student Growth. Deadline April 13, 2015

DARPA Biological Technologies- Science and Technology Development investigate leading edge approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, technologies, or systems at the intersection of biology with engineering and the physical and computer sciences.  Deadline April 30, 2015.

Scholarship and Research in the news


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