It's PRIME time: Progressive Research and Innovative Mutual Exploration Fund

A novel internal funding mechanism called the Northern PRIME fund addresses challenges related to current funding trends by offering a) greater seed money for proposed projects with potentially impactful outcomes and high likelihood of success in external competitions and b) extensive opportunity for networking and cross-disciplinary collaboration that can facilitate tackling of substantive concepts.

Informational sessions for PRIME 2019 will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 30 AND 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 31 in 2803 West Science.

The due date for the fourth annual PRIME Fund competition is August 16, 2019.

PRIME at a glance

  • Funding of up $20,000 per team for 1 year projects
  • Intensive hands-on opportunity for students: Projects must include student involvement (minimum of 2) working hands-on in the scholarly activity
  • Multi-disciplinary focus
  • Minimum of 1 quantifiable deliverable (publication or equivalent such as an art display, or substantive preliminary data set)
  • Synopsis of project and achieved outcomes will be published on the PRIME website and other NMU marketing products
  • Participation in the annual symposium
  • Submission of a proposal to an external funding agency within 1 year of PRIME project completion.

View PRIME guidelines here. The required internal cover page can be downloaded here.

Benefits to NMU

  • Additional opportunity for student involvement in scholarship projects, offering intensive, hands-on experience in their chosen discipline and related disciplines.
  • Increased collaboration among faculty/staff, which will facilitate larger-scale projects resulting in greater external funding potential.
  • Production of preliminary data with the potential to lead to substantial external funding and impactful, long-term projects. Extensive opportunity for marketability of NMU’s (1) highly qualified scholars, (2) advanced hands-on experience for students at all levels, and (3) insightfulness in embracing a cutting-edge approach to research in a competitive environment while providing a platform for fundraising and administration of interdisciplinary projects.
Read about funded PRIME projects: SpeedMaker device and Nex-Gen in Zambia.

Modeled after a highly successful effort at University of Michigan called MCubed, the PRIME fund is an example of cutting-edge efforts to insure NMU investigators can compete for significant external funds. The key components of PRIME are:

  • up to $20K for each one-year, multi-disciplinary project;
  • Heavy emphasis on student involvement
  • A high-visibility scholarship symposium to celebrate multi-disciplinary projects; and
  • An interactive website managed by the Grants and Contracts Office that publicizes PRIME projects, investigators and students, and facilitates networking and collaboration campus wide.

Teams of two or three faculty and/or staff, from different disciplines or professional areas, can request funding for up to $20,000. Each project will involve at least two students, result in a minimum of one quantifiable deliverable (publication in a relevant and reputable journal or equivalent per such as an art display, or substantive preliminary dataset) and be used as leverage to develop substantial proposals to external funding agencies.

The Grants and Contracts Office will be facilitating the publicity, proposal submission and award management process. A review committee will review all submitted proposals, due by 11:59 August 16, 2019. Award announcements will be made no later than Sept. 5, 2019.

See associated Northern PRIME guidelines for information regarding submission.

See FAQs for more information.

The evaluation rubric for PRIME applications is available here.