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.

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

The Basics of Proposal Writing Series has been announced and the next session is December 1.  To learn more about this four part series and to sign up, please click here.

Young Investigator Program supports academic scientists and engineers in thier first or second tenure tack postion sho show exceptional promise for doing creative research.  Due December 1, 2015

NEH Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations grant to support projects for general audiences that encourage active engagement with humaities ideas in creative in appealing ways.  Many different formats are supported, including permanent and traveling exhibitions, book or film discussion programs, historic site or district interpretations, living history presentations, and other face-to-face programs in public venues.  Due January 13, 2016.

NEH Media Project Grants to support film, tv, and radio projects for general audiences that encourage active engagements with humanities ideas in creative and applealing ways.  All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, drama, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology.  Due January 13, 2016.

NSF Long Term Research in Environmental Biology supports the generation of extended time series of data to address important questions in evolutionary biology, ecology, and ecosystem science.  Due August 2, 2016.


Grants and Contracts News

NMU faculty contributes to whale sighting project

NMU Biology faculty Alec Lindsay contributed to a study, led by collaborator Salvatore Cerchio of the New England Aquarium and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, that boasts the first images of an elusive whale.

"Over the years, there have been a small handful of possible sightings of Omura's whales, but nothing that was confirmed,"  Cerchio said in a news release. "They appear to occur in remote regions and are difficult to find at sea, because they are small and do not put up a prominent blow."

DNA evidence was required to confirm the event, which is where Lindsay stepped in.

“Sal came to me and asked if we could sequence and analyze the DNA from some mysterious whale samples,” explains Dr. Alec Lindsay, NMU Professor of Biology. “I was honored to be able to contribute.” Lindsay and his team at NMU took the whale tissue samples, extracted DNA and sequenced a characteristic fragment of mitochondrial DNA. The story has been covered by numerous news sources including the Huffington Post, BBC Earth and IFLScience.


NMU's Whalen awarded prestigious NEH grant

Robert Whalen, an English professor at Northern Michigan University, has been awarded a $250,000 National Endowment for the Humanities Scholarly Editions Grant. The money will be used to support lead editor Whalen and his co-editor, Christopher Hodgkins of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), in producing George Herbert: Complete Prose, with Latin and Greek Verse... more.


NMU's Student Support Services receives new TRIO grant

Student Support Services received a $300,249 award from the Department of Education in July to continue offering the service program to eligible students. Each year around 50.5% of NMU undergraduates are eligible for SSS programs.

This 5-year award is to support programmatic expenses related to the NMU Student Support Services Program, which serves First Generation, Low Income and Students with Disabilities. Student Support Services is a comprehensive support program that assists first-generation, low-income students and students with disabilities with earning their baccalaureate degree. The Student Support Services staff is committed to helping all participants achieve their educational and personal goals. Participants receive comprehensive advisement, academic support services, access to cultural and leadership activities and assistance to make a positive transition to university life at NMU.


NMU announces "PRIME" new funding opportunity

NMU is proud to announce a new internal funding opportunity: the Northern PRIME Fund: Progressive Research and Innovative Mutual Exploration.

This is an interdisciplinary program offering up to $20,000 for a one year project. It places a heavy emphasis on student involvement and subsequent efforts to seek external funding.

The due date for the first round of PRIME awards is July 1, 2015. For details visit the website:


NMU Arts Programs Awarded Grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts

Thanks to the hard work of Dan Truckey, Melissa Matuscak, Ansley Valentine and Mark Flaherty, six artists/artist groups will be able to have extended stays in the Marquette area, beyond the day of their performance. This will allow the artists to engage students in public schools, university and general public with meaningful workshop and master class experiences. The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center, DeVos Art Museum, Forest Roberts Theatre, NMU Jazz Festival and Northern Lights will all be benefitting from this Program. Together the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts awarded $16,395.00 for the Visiting Artist Residency Program.


Recently Submitted Proposals

Julie Bowerman submitted a proposal to the US Dept. of Education for the Upward Bound Math-Science Program. The Upward Bound Program offers a Summer Program that engrosses students in an unforgettable six-week educational experience. Program participants will be exposed to a variety of career fields, improve problem-solving skills and enrich their appreciation for science and mathematics through hands-on projects. They will also have the opportunity to take an educational trip the end of their summer experience. Students will experience adventure and develop lasting new friendships through the Program.

Josh Carlson submitted a proposal to the National Institutes of Health for his proposal “Plasticity in Extended Amygdala Circuitry as a Mediator of Attention Bias Modification Outcome”. This proposal aims to establish neuroplasticity in the extended amygdala and anterior cingulate cortex as a target mechanism for the reduction of attentional bias and anxiety following attention bias modification training. This proposal additionally aims to identify which individuals are likely to benefit from such training. Identifying who benefits from attention bias modification and its mechanism of action could be used to objectively guide and track training-related changes and outcomes in the treatment of anxiety. Proposal funding would be used for salaries, conference travel, materials, supplies and contractual services like MRI rental time and publication fees.

Sarah Gallagher, under the guidance of Kurt Galbreath, submitted a proposal to the Sigma Xi Research Society. This student project proposes to examine the biogeographical relationship of a mammal-parasite assemblage across the Holartic region. Gallagher plans to sequence five additional loci for 50 samples from select populations to obtain an independent (nuclear) on the history. If funded, this grant will support lab supplies.

Genevieve Haas, under the direction of Kurt Galbreath, submitted a proposal to the Sigma Xi Research Society. This project proposes to study Arostrilepis (tapeworms). They hope to discover how many times tapeworms colonized the Nearctic and what types of host-parasite co-evolutionary processes are at work in that system. The funding would be used to support lab supplies (primers and sequencing).

Robert Marlor submitted a proposal to Michigan Technological University for the development of an interactive dynamic learning course. This will transform the current, lecture-intensive course to an Interactive Learning Course. With hands-on learning, Engineering Technology students will keep interested in the class and student retention in the Engineering Technology program will increase.

Carole Touchinski submitted a proposal to the Phyllis and Max Reynolds Foundation to support Dental Day. The Dental Day Clinic will provide compassionate care to uninsured people who cannot afford dental care. The mission of Dental Day is to restore dignity through volunteerism and caring by providing oral health services. Not only will clients be provided with three oral health services, they will also receive free education about resources in the community that are available to them as well as referrals and nutrition information.