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.

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Grants and Contracts News


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 key components of PRIME are:

  • Up to $20,000 for each one-year, interdisciplinary project
  • At least 2 students involved
  • Multi-disciplinary focus
  • At least 1 quantifiable deliverable
  • Synopsis of project and achieved outcomes will be published on the PRIME website
  • Subsequent submission of a proposal to an external funding agency

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

How PRIME works

Teams of two faculty and/or staff from different disciplines can request funding for up to $20,000. Every project will involve at least two students, result in a minimum of one quantifiable deliverable (publication in a high-impact journal or other equivalent such as an art display or substantive preliminary data set); and be sued as leverage to develop substantial proposals to external funding agencies.

The Grants and Contracts Office will facilitate publicity, proposal submission and award management. A review committee will review all submitted proposals. The deadline for proposal submission is July 1, 2015. Project start dates should be no later than November 1, 2015.


Recently Submitted Proposals

Carole Touchinski submitted a proposal to the Superior Health Foundation for support of the Upper Peninsula Health Education Center to expand continuing education to professionals in the health care field, develop and deliver programming to disadvantaged K12 students, and engage in community mobilization at the county level to assist communities in solving their health care access issues.   

Chris Standerford submitted a proposal to the Michigan Department of Education for support of the Seaborg Math and Science Center at NMU. This supports the Center in serving as a catalyst in the change and improvement of mathematics and science learning.


NMU receives funds for student led project, invasive species control, bacteria identification and more

Faculty and staff at NMU earned nearly $164,000 in newly awarded funds in April 2015.

Yu Liu received $55,000 from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund for a project titled Supramolecular Catalyst Assembled Through Aromatic Donor-Acceptor Interaction and Its Application in Hydrolytic Kinetic Resolution of Epoxides.

Josh Sharp received a $2,000 award from Microimaging Technologies (MIT) for a project to test the feasibility of immunomagnetic isolation of bacteria to quickly isolate and enrich target bacteria species for analysis in the MIT1000 equipment. This award will support continued collaborative work Sharp is involved in with MIT.

Susy Ziegler of the Earth, Environment, and Geographical Sciences Department was awarded a $26,905 subaward agreement from Michigan State University, for a silvicultural system for conserving biodiversity and enhancing ecosystem services in xeric jack pine forests of the Great Lakes States. The subaward is part of a larger grant project led by MSU funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Chris Standerford, director of the Glenn T. Seaborg Math and Science Center, will lead a contractual project ($10,000) with Oakland Schools to coordinate the activities in the Upper Peninsula region. The project involves Modeling Instruction in the High School Physics program.

Rachel Harris will direct a student-led project (headed by Lindsey Lieck) funded by a $400 award from Sodexo Foundation, Youth Service America. The project involves gathering food donations to contribute to families in need so hungry children will have nutritious food on weekends.

Lori Nelson of the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Program garnered a $37,000 award from the Marquette County Community Fund to upgrade the equipment for its clinical video observation recording system.

Jill Leonard will direct a contract agreement project with the Alger County Conservation District, in the amount of $32,000, for the Central UP invasive plant prevention and control project.




Grants and Contracts Upcoming Events

New Faculty Tech Talks - Sept. 4 Join us for a brief Introduction to the Grants and Contracts Office, but more importantly listen to the presentations of new faculty member's research and/or scholarly activity! 


For additional information and to RSVP click here.

Upcoming Funding Deadlines

NEH Sumer Stipend - Summer Stipends support individuals for two months pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. If you are interested in applying, please contact Kristin Beck as there is an internal deadline of August 31, as there is a limit on the number of applicants from each university.

NEH Media Projects - Deadline: Aug. 12, 2015 Media Projects grants support film, television, and radio projects for general audiences that encourage active engagement with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways.

Scholarship and Research in the news


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