Call for Research Proposal

The Center for Rural Community and Economic Development is seeking project proposals for the 2014-2015 academic year.  The projects are designed to enable faculty and students to apply their knowledge and expertise while addressing needs of the community and organizations.  Proposals will be accepted from NMU faculty or a student(s) under the supervision of an NMU faculty member. The Center will award the two NMU research projects up to $3000 in financial support for their research. 

Center's Mission-
The Center for Rural Community and Economic Development at Northern Michigan University combines research, public service, education and training to enhance economic development and improve the quality of life in the Upper Peninsula and its surrounding region.

The proposed research should examine an area of economic and/or community development in the Upper Peninsula.  Topics could include research areas such as community development, economic development, tourism, healthcare, workforce development, delivery of public services, and business development.   This is by no means an exhaustive list of potential topics.
Proposals that have a community partner will receive preference.

How to apply

To apply, applicants must submit a proposal (not to exceed 4 pages, double-spaced, with 11 point font) that addresses the following: 

  • Introduction and description of the project and the need(s) addressed
  • Intended objectives and tangible deliverable (i.e. final report with relevant data
  • Methods, briefly described
  • Summary of how the proposed project advances the mission of the Center

The proposal should also include a letter of support from the faculty member's department head.  The proposal along with a copy of the applicant's CV (limit 2 pages) should be submitted to the Director of the Center during the month of Sept. 2014. All proposals will be evaluated by the Center's advisory board. 

Proposals will be evaluated on the following:

  • How well the key objective(s) align with the mission of the Center
  • Anticipated impact on the greater U.P. community 
  • Reasonability of project scope and cost 

Funding will be used to cover costs associated with travel, consumables and student wages only.  No faculty stipends or salaries are allowed from this funding.

Selected projects will be required to produce a final report, with any applicable data made available to community constituents or other interested parties, no later than July 1, 2015. One or more of the following deliverables are also required:

  • A final publishable work (the same as or in addition to the final report) identifying project results, duplicability of work, etc.
  • A community or professional presentation in the region to facilitate information sharing and/or partnership development for future work
  • Conference presentation to broaden potential impact 

Student led projects will be required to submit and present a final report at the 2015 NMU celebration of Student Works. 

If you have any questions or require any further information about the program, please contact- Bob Eslinger, Center Director at or

Robert Eslinger
Director, Continuing Education and
Workforce Development
Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855-5310