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


$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.


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 submitted a proposal to Best Buy for a grant of $162,745. This grant will help develop SuCCEED, which is a program to help students build 21st century skills and develop a mindset that considers how technology can be used in creative ways to influence the world. 
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.
Peter Holiday submitted to the HigherOne Financial Literacy Program and was awarded $2,700 for his financial literacy project with NMU students. His goal is to work with approximately 250 students through out the fall 2014 semester educating them on finances. The hope is to increase retention rates among students and also encourage them to continue to higher levels of education. 
Yu Liu recently submitted a proposal to The Petroleum Research Fund and was award $55,000 to develop a dinuclear Co(III)-salen supramolecular catalyst. 

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.

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