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


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 $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.

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. 
Michael Donhost recently submitted to the American Honda Foundation for a grant of $49,450. If awarded this grant will support the use of games in learning and increase the number of young people that identify as game designers, developers, and creators in both rural and urban settings in the Midwest (Chicago, Green Bay, Kalamazoo, and Marquette). Donhost also submitted to the Next Generation Center/ CEE-Trust for a grant of $50,000. If awarded this grant will assist in implementing personalized learning within regional schools (Upper Peninsula wide). This project will help create conditions, policies and practices that will support all schools to innovate and increase the number of high quality schools in the area.

Upcoming Funding Deadlines

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 

National Science Foundation - Law & Social Science considers proposals that address social scientific studies of law and law-like systems of rules. The Program is inherently interdisciplinary and multi-methodological.  Deadline: Feb. 4

Grants & Contracts Upcoming Events


Two Sessions:  

Grant Funding Opportunities for the Non-Sciences:  

Nov. 18, 9:00-10:00am, LRC 109

Dec. 5, 1:00-2:00pm, 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