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).



New federal spending bill cuts Education, increases NIH support

The Fiscal Year 2014 Omnibus spending bill passed late Jan. 13, 2014 stands at just over $1 trillion, and includes significant cuts to agencies including Department of Education, Centers for Medical and Medicaid Services and Department of Labor. National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration saw increases in funding from FY 2013.

The bill includes $29.9 billion for NIH, an increase of $1 billion from FY 2013.The funding will continue to support basic biomedical and translational research. Further it provides full support for the NIH Office of Science Education and programs like the Science Education and Partnership Awards to support biomedical research for the future.

The CDC's increase of $567 million over FY 2013 will support such programs as Advanced Molecular Detection to address infectious disease outbreaks, and other public health and protective services programs.

Additional information is available from the House Appropriations Committee and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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.


Beaumier Center receives award from the National Endowment for the Arts

The Beaumier Heritage Center recently recieved a $10,000 award from the National Endowment of the Arts will support a residency by violinist Regina Carter, including workshops and performances.

In partnership with the Northern Michigan University Jazz Festival, geographically isolated middle and high school student music ensembles will participate in performances and clinics lead by Carter.  The project director is Dan Truckey, Beaumier director.


NMU projects receive funding from Michigan Council on Arts and Cultural Affairs

Two projects proposed through Northern Michigan University were recently awarded project funds from the Michigan Council on Arts and Cultural Affairs, joining a select group of Michigan arts and cultural projects to receive the competitive awards.

The DeVos Art Museum was awarded a $20,400 grant in support of a collaborative project with the newly established Rabbit Island artists-in-residence program. The project, led by museum director Melissa Matuscak, will help fund artists’ time creating new work while in residence at the island, the production of a related exhibition to be debuted at the DeVos Art Museum, and an accompanying catalogue.

The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center received a mini-grant award from the MCACA Regional Regranting program for $2,400 in support of two months of arts and culture programming in Marquette.  These two months of events will be called “Cabin Fever Days,” with the intent is to create opportunities for people of all ages and economic backgrounds to attend artistically excellent arts events on a regular basis in the community. The project will be led by Beaumier Director Dan Truckey.

For a full listing of MCACA awards and more information on MCACA the website.


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


Faculty Grants: Oct. 1, 6:00 pm, LRC 109                 This session will cover faculty grants and other internal funding opportunities available at NMU, including upcoming deadlines, hints for applying and any questions you may have.

Introduction to External Funding for Graduate Students: Oct. 3, 1:00-2:30 pm LRC 109  This session will cover the "how-to" in applying for external funding as a graduate student, the process of applying as a student, and the basics of grant writing.  Snacks and beverages will be provided.


To register for a session go to:

For questions please email Kristin Beck at