Grants and 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.

Internal Opportunities

Internal funding for Northern Michigan University faculty, staff and students exists to enhance the academic experience and professional growth by providing financial support for new initial research projects, scholarly activities, papers for publication and creative works. More information and deadlines.



Grants and Contracts News, Events, and Deadlines




Student Workshop: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

When: Monday, September 24, 9:00am - 11:00am

Where: LRC 224 (the room at the back of the library)

What is this program?  The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

What does it do?  Awards a stipend and tuition for 3 years of graduate school.

Who can apply? Undergraduate seniors and bachelor's degree holders may apply before enrolling in a degree-granting graduate program, and graduate students enrolled in a degree-granting graduate program.  

Why should you come to this workshop?  Learn more about this program, how to apply, and how to get your application in by the deadline (October).  More importantly, food and beverages are provided for all attendees.

Please RSVP  by going to: or email


Four Part Series on External Funding

The first session of the Grants & Contracts Office’s Four Part Series of External Funding will be taking place in West Science (WS) 2803 on Wednesday, September 26, at 8:00am (Sessions last about 1 hour).  Coffee and bakery will be provided.

At the completion of the four sessions, you may have a complete proposal ready to submit for external funding! In between workshops, a scheduled
“work-time” will be announced to have assistance from the Grants & Contracts Office to ask questions, get hands-on help, and to brainstorm ideas.

• Sep. 26:  Searching for Funding Opportunities and How to Find a Good Fit  
• Oct. 17: Proposal Writing I: The Nuts and Bolts

• Nov. 5: Proposal Writing II: Abstract/Summary, Title, Structure, and Common Pitfalls
• Nov. 28: Budgets and Budget Justification

To join us for these helpful workshops, an RSVP is mandatory. Let us know you’re coming by clicking this link: or by emailing

If you cannot make this session due to a conflict, please email, an additional session may be added with enough interest.



DEADLINE:  NEH Summer Stipend Competition

Internal Deadline of September 20, with proposals due to NEH September 26.   

What is it?
NEH Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.

Only two applications are permitted from each university. This workshop will help you learn how to develop the best application for this highly
competitive opportunity, and gain information on the NMU Internal Competition for selection of the two applicants.  To meet the internal deadline, send a draft of the application requirements to by 8:00am, September 20.  Comments and submission information will be sent back by September 21.
The application is very minimal, but concise with a narrative limit of 3 pages.
Why apply?
Eligible projects usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials and publications, archaeological site reports, translations, or
editions. Projects must not result solely in the collection of data; instead they must also incorporate analysis and interpretation.

Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months ($6,000) in summer 2019, as a reminder applicants do not need to be from a department within the humanities, but must be working on a humanities-based project.

For additional information on NEH Summer Stipends see:

if you would like examples of successfully funded proposals (not posted online), please contact


News, Opportunities, and Tips


External Grant Opportunity for Female Students pursuing Postgraduate degrees

The American Association of University Women has a call for applications to their 2019-2020 fellowships and grants programs. Awards range from $2,000 to $35,000 and are open to women who are furthering their careers, working on a program to benefit women and girls, or pursuing postgraduate studies. Due dates are November to December 2018. Details are available here.


Tips for Writing a Successful NIH Grant

Need help planning and writing a proposal? Check out this video from insiders at NIH's Center for Scientific Review.


National Science Foundation Eliminates Submission Deadlines

In this article from Science magazine, the NSF outlines why it's cutting grant submission timelines and how that changes the process for applicants. 


Brain Researchers in Uproar

For an interesting read from Nature International Weekly Journal of Science, check out this article.


How to Make Time for Research and Writing

For great tips on how to make time for research and writing, read this article by The Chronicle of Higher Education:

How to Make Time for Research and Writing


Webinar Series: "Getting Started in Sponsored Research"

Follow this link to access a series of six webinars to help guide you through the ins and outs of conducting informed and meaningful research. "The Getting Started in Sponsored Research webinar series is ideal for faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs and residents, community members, patients and others who want to see the 30,000-foot view of sponsored research. This live webinar series is offered at no cost." Upon successful completion of the 30-min. webinars, participants will receive a certificate!


Biologists Irate at NSF's New "One Proposal Cap"

NSF's biology directorate announced that researchers could submit only one proposal a year in which they are listed as a principal investigator (PI) or co-PI. The cap applies only to the directorate’s three core tracks and excludes several other NSF programs from which many biologists receive support. For more information, follow this link. Additional questions and answers can be found here.


Recent Funding Received 


NMU Education Department Receives Funding through the American Institutes for Research (AIR)

Joseph Lubig's project, "Comprehensive Center - Great Lakes Regional Center," will receive funding from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to meet a three-fold goal: 1.) Establish consistent expectations of High Leverage Practice implementation for all teacher candidates among teacher education faculty, teacher candidates, and clinical partners; 2.) Reinforce consistent implementation of HLPs by teacher candidates in clinical practice prior to and during student teaching, and 3.) Develop consistent feedback protocols between teacher education faculty and clinical partners so teacher candidates receive feedback on their implementation of HLPs and support in self-analyzing and improving their own performance.


Recently Funded: Project exploring the intersection between student learning outcomes and social justice

Wendy Farkas of the English Department has received funding for her project, "Civic Learning in the Major by Design." This grant will assist with assembling a small task force to generate an action plan to take to the English Department.  This task force will read three books and over the course of the project, outline a civic learning social responsibility framework/lens for teaching all English course and a pre/post survey to administer to our English majors upon entrance and exit from the English major to assess student learning outcomes.  The project comes from exploring framing student learning outcomes within a social justice framework to promote civic engagement and emphasize social responsibility to align with the newly developed Core Values and Mission of the University.  


Funding Awarded to Diverse Students in a Thriving Career Field

NMU Social Work Department's mission is to prepare competent professionals committed to advancing social justice, human rights, and the dignity and worth of diverse individuals, groups, families and communities through generalist social work practice.  CAAM (Community Action Alger Marquette) and NMU's Abigail Wyche are partnering to improve self-sufficient and stability for homeless and special needs households in an affordable housing setting by offerings: 1) employment support, 2) financial accountability, 3) cohort development, and 4) housing case management. NMU will provide: 1) student participation in the project, 2) social work faculty oversight, 3) weekly meetings with service coordinator, 4) notify service coordinator of issues, 5) report outcomes at end of project period.


Continued Funding Secured for 2018 Math and Science Center

Chris Standerford of the Seaborg Center has received funding from the State of Michigan for the continued support of the 2018 Math and Science Center. The Glenn T. Seaborg Math Science Center is one of 33 regional centers in the Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers Network which provides leadership, curriculum support, and professional development and student services in the general public.


Department of Education Receives Teacher Education Program Funding

The NMU Department of Education, headed by Joe Lubig, has received funding from the Michigan Department of Education to begin a teacher education program call STEP UP to MESS (Secondary Teacher Education Program for the Upper Peninsula in Mathematics, English Literacy, Science, and Social Studies). This project will pair para-pro or full-time substitute teachers with a mentor within or near their school as they complete an accelerated program to obtain their teaching license. This project is a combination of the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Education, and 24 local schools, and will cover tuition expenses, books, travel, and planning of this project. It focuses on the needs of rural schools. 


Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition Awards NMU Faculty Member

Jacquie Medina of the Health and Human Performance Department has been awarded funds for her project "Winter into Spring - Inquiry and Art in our Local Environment". This project is to facilitate development of an Outdoor Education Program focused on understanding, observing, and interpreting a local ecosystem over time, specifically through the late winter months into spring. Students in grades 4-6 will begin with classroom curriculum and also experiences in the field. This project provides community outreach and education through sharing of the learning outcome products within North Star Academy which will occur in the form of "books", presentations to younger students, and other forms of display.


Education Department Receives Funding

Joe Lubig of the Education Department received funding for a proposal titled "Educator Evaluation Research and Evaluation Activities" which is a qualitative study that is designed to analyze and extend answer survey responses solicited from practicing teachers and principles in rural schools regarding their experiences with the implementation, impact, and barriers related to teacher evaluation practices.  



Recently Submitted Proposals


A proposal recently submitted by Elizabeth Wuorinen of the Health and Human Performance department seeks funding from the Pardee Foundation to research what types of exercise programs are most effective for helping survivors of breast cancer to overcome the deleterious effects of treatment. is utilizing outdoor exercise (OE) programs more effective than traditional indoor activities (IE)? Wuorinen's research aims to find an answer for this question.


Dan Truckey of the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center has just submitted a proposal entitled "Trekking through History." The project, which was developed with the assistance of MPA students Glenda Ward, Myron Johnson, and Chelsea Birdsall, would create an online historic walking tour site.application for communities across the U.P. Working with local historical societies to create a virtual walking tour of their towns, the proposal aims to create a mobile application allowing people to utilize mobile devices to access the walking tour. This is intended as an innovative way to engage visitors in communities and assist with heritage tourism discovery.


The English department's Wendy Farkas has recently submitted a proposal to the Spencer Foundation. This project, in an effort to increase NMU students' retention, reading comprehension, reading motivation, and reading self-efficacy, will conduct mix-methods exploratory research.  Pre-close reading comprehension assessment and surveys will be distributed to incoming students in Fall 2019.  Upon students' exit from NMU, a randomized sample will be administered to the post-close assessment and surveys.  An analysis of data will show change, in any as well as strengths and weakness of disciplinary literacy instruction at NMU.  Additionally, literacy center faculty will partner with area schools and provide professional development for educators and services for community members with below basic and basic reading levels.  


Joe Lubig and Steve VandenAvond have submitted a proposal to the Braitmayer Foundation for funding to implement a series of professional development workshops to certify high school teachers in the online delivery of dual enrollment courses that meet the quality standards for online course design and delivery. Northern Michigan University will mentor practicing rural high school teachers in the areas of English, social studies, mathematics, and science in the co-construction of college-level content courses situated in an online environment. Budget items include costs for participating teachers to attend two 2-day workshops at NMU, substitute teacher costs, and costs associated with the participating teachers to attend the Action In Education conference, held at NMU.


John Lawrence, along with Robert Belton, Paul Mann, and Matthew Jennings, of the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center, have applied for funding for a their project titled, "Rapid Colorimetric Allele-Specific Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification Assay to Identify the R132".


Elizabeth Wuorinen and Scott Drum of the Health and Human Performance department are seeking funding for rural community cancer research. This project will identify the needs of U.P. breast cancer patients at the time of diagnosis and while undergoing treatment, determine patient-focused action plans to be implemented by rural clinicians through hospital- and university-based collaboration, and include American Indians, who are at greater risk for subsequent cancer development. 


Josh Carlson and student, Kristin Beck, of the Psychology department have submitted a proposal to Sigma Xi for support to utilize a cell phone app that will reduce levels of anxiety through attention bias modification using a dot-probe task. The app is targeted at women with a high risk for breast cancer. The benefits of reducing anxiety in this population are twofold: first, adherence to screening for cancer should increase in the study population; second, the reduction in anxiety and depression would have a positive impact in day-to-day life for these individuals.