Training and Workshops



The Grants & Contracts Office is pleased to announce the Winter 2019 workshop and educational session schedule. If you have any questions about the workshops or if you have a suggestion for a workshop or training you would be interested in attending, please contact Kristin Beck.

Please sign up for sessions by going to:


Grant Workshop for Faculty: Major Research Instrumentation Funding - CANCELLED

January 11, 2019 8AM 

West Science 2803

Please RSVP at:

Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) Instrument Acquisition or Development. The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) provides support to acquire critical research instrumentation without which advances in fundamental science and engineering research may not otherwise occur. 

The MRI Program especially seeks broad representation of PIs in its award portfolio, including women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities. Since demographic diversity may be greater among early-career researchers the MRI program also encourages proposals with early-career PIs and proposals that benefit early-career researchers. 


Winter Semester New Faculty Buzz Session

January 25, 2019 at 1PM

Jamrich 1311

This fun event allows new faculty members to present their research to their new colleagues. A great place to make new research connections! Meet the new faculty that came to NMU in the Fall and Winter and what they bring to our campus.  Light snacks and beverages are provided.


Funding for the Humanities and Social Sciences (and other non-science fields)

February 28, 2019 at 8:00am

West Science 2803

This session will cover searching for funding opportunities for the non-sciences (using the subscription databases that NMU has access to), where else to look for non-science funding, and keys to applying for funding.  Also addressed will be additional opportunities such as fellowships, including Fulbright opportunities.  Coffee and morning snacks will be provided.


Open Forum for PI's

March 13, 2019 at 8:00am

West Science 2803

This session will be an open forum for those who are current principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on a grant funded project.  This session may also be of interest to individuals who have applied for funding but haven not yet received funding.  This will be an open discussion format with some guided questions.  This will be a chance to learn from other PI's at NMU and what common questions have been, how to work with your sponsor, and additional topics.  Coffee and morning snacks will be provided.


NEH Summer Stipend

April 10, 2019 at 8:00am

West Science 2803

Learn more about applying for the National Endowment For the Humanities Summer Stipend.  Only two applications are permitted from each university, learn how to develop the best application for this highly competitive opportunity.  Applications are due in the fall (September) of each year.  Coffee and morning snacks will be provided.



Past Sessions:


Four Part Series on External Funding
u 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  

                    View the Searching for Funding Powerpoint

• Oct. 10: Proposal Writing I: The Nuts and Bolts View Slides

• Nov. 5: Proposal Writing II: Abstract/Summary, Title, Structure, and Common Pitfalls View Slides

• Nov. 28: Budgets and Budget Justification: View slides


The 2018 Buzz Session was a success! Thank you, new faculty, for your participation and effort! 



Student Workshop: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

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.  

View the Powerpoint



External Education Opportunities: 

    Opportunities will be announced as we become aware of them!



    The Grants and Contracts Office has also presented sessions for students such as Research Ethics, and Basics of External/Grant Funding.  We can come to your classroom, department meeting, or small group, in addition to meeting individually.  Please contact us for information at, or 906-227-2300.