Student Research Funding

Student research is an important part of your education, but sometimes you will require extra funding to help you carry out your ideas.  The first step is always to work with your research mentor.  Next, you often need to put a proposal together, with input from your mentor, that will help you raise the funds to conduct the work.  There are many different options for funding; some unique to NMU and some open to other students.  The list below will give you a few ideas to get you started, but there are also many other possibilities out there.  Work with your mentor to identify the best options for your particular project.  Remember, each funding source will have particular application requirements that you must adhere to - check them over early to make sure you are on track!

  1. Spooner Grant - $500 award; application date of September 15; see for more information.
  2. Biology Department Development Fund – maximum award of $1000; application date of October 15 and March 15; guidelines are on file in the Biology office
  3. Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research – awards from $400 to $1,000 with an average of $600; application date of October 15; guidelines at; note that while membership in Sigma Xi is not a requirement for applying for funding from the Grants-in-Aid of Research program, approximately 75% of funds are restricted for use by dues paying student members of Sigma Xi or students whose project advisor is a dues paying member of Sigma Xi.
  4. Tri-Beta Foundation Research Scholarship; funds projects from $250 to $750; application date of  September 21, 2012 (other dates??) ; must be a member of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society (can apply for membership when submitting application – see FAQ link); for more information see
  5. Excellence in Education Awards for graduate students; details at