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Section OverviewI

Internal Funding Opportunities

COS: uncover fundingopportunities

Limited Submission

External Funding Opportunities



Government (Federal & State)

Graduate Student Funding

Proposal Development


Cathy Banfield

Assistant to the Vice President

VP for Research


internal funding opportunities
Internal Funding Opportunities

Internal Awards:

Century II Campaign Endowed Equipment Fund (C2E2)

Faculty Scholarship Grant (FSG)

Research Excellence Fund (REF)

Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURF)

c2e2 total awards 14 000
C2E2 - Total Awards $14,000


Provide equipment money to assist the research efforts of faculty, staff and students.

All faculty and staff are eligible to apply.

October deadline announced via:

Tech Today

VPR newsletter

Sent electronically to departments

Available on VPR website:

faculty scholarship grant total awards 20 000
Faculty Scholarship Grant Total Awards $20,000


The FSG assists faculty in the quest to engage in scholarly and creative activities which will enhance their professional development.

Tenured faculty or tenure track faculty are eligible to apply.

November deadline announced via:

Tech Today

VPR newsletter

Sent electronically to departments

Available on VPR website:

research excellence fund ref total awards 400 000
Research Excellence Fund (REF) Total Awards $400,000

Three types of REF Grants:

(There is a limit of one submission per Principal Investigator per category.)

Infrastructure Enhancement (IE)

Research Seed (RS)

Mentoring (MG)

Each award has a selection committee that makes the award determinations

Duration of project one year (July 1 – June 30)

Proposal format guidelines exist and must be followed

Reports are due at the end of each project

infrastructure enhancement ie
Infrastructure Enhancement (IE)


Provides resources to develop the infrastructure necessary to support sponsored research and graduate student education. $150,000 awarded annually.

  • Chair, Dean, Research Center/Institute Directors are eligible to apply.
  • February deadline announced via:
    • Tech Today
    • VPR newsletter
    • Sent electronically to departments,
    • Available on VPR website:

research seed rs
Research Seed (RS)


Provides untenured faculty with resources to develop externally supported research. $220,000 awarded annually.

All untenured faculty in any academic unit are eligible. Tenured faculty, research faculty or research staff can be co-investigators.

February deadline announced via:

Tech Today

VPR newsletter

Sent electronically to departments

Available on VPR website:

mentoring grants mg
Mentoring Grants (MG)


Provides newly-hired untenured faculty (from July 1, 2006) with resources to collaborate with established nationally known researchers not affiliated with the university. $30,000 awarded annually.

February deadline announced via:

Tech Today

VPR newsletter

Sent electronically to departments

Available on VPR website:

summer undergraduate research program surf total awards 50 000
Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURF) Total Awards $50,000


Provides Tech undergraduates, who have at least one more semester at Tech, an invaluable experience to learn the process of research in a professional environment, develop new techniques for research, and earn money at the same time.

Contact the SURF Coordinator:Dr. Will

(906) 487-2356

More information available on web:


COS is the leading global resource for hard-to-find information critical to scientific research and other projects across all disciplines.

Find funding with COS Funding Opportunities: search the world's most comprehensive funding resource, with more than 22,000+ records,400,000 opportunities, worth over $33 billion.

Identify experts and collaborators with COS Expertise: search among 500,000 profiles of researchers from 1,600 institutions

More information available on web:

cos profile
COS Profile

Promote your research with a COS Profile:

Showcase your research and expertise among researchers and scholars from universities, corporations and nonprofits in more than 170 countries.

Use convenient tools to keep your CV updated and accessible.

For Assistance with setting up your profile please contact Peter A. Larsen



Cheryl Gherna

Office Assistant



limited submission
Limited Submission

The VPR office posts limited submission opportunities on the following web site and tracks all submissions. It is a very important internal process for external support.

Current opportunities:

are posted on the web site and notification is emailed to deans-l, chairs-l, and directors-l lists.

Internal deadlines – first come, first serve

Any proposals submitted after the deadline or the maximum number has been determined will not be eligible for submission.

Internal competition

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Limited Submission

Limited Submission “new / unlisted”

Last minute opportunities:

Immediatelynotify the VPR office Cheryl Gherna at with information to post on the web site.

Less than ten (10) business days prior to the deadline: all proposals received in the VPR office will be submitted on a "first come first serve" basis.

More than ten (10) business days prior to the deadline: an announcement will be emailed to the deans, chairs, directors and normal instructions will apply.

foundation funding opportunities
Foundation Funding Opportunities


Lynn Artman

Administrator of Foundation Relations

205 ATDC Building



Foundation Funding Opportunities

  • Perform database searches for specific projects.
  • Remember Foundations are a different audience than government funding sources.
foundation funding
Foundation Funding

Many private & corporate foundations have a limited submission policy even though it is not published. It is best to assume this is the case and to be sure that your proposal does not conflict with another.

Foundations Proposal Internal Notification Form

finding corporate funding
Finding Corporate Funding


Steve Stackhouse

Director of Corporate Services

Michigan Tech Fund


finding government sponsored funding
Finding Government-Sponsored Funding


Peter A. Larsen

403 Administration Building


(note: there is another Peter Larson on campus)

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Finding Government-Sponsored Funding

Searching Tools

CFDA-Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance




Customized Funding Alerts

Program Officers of one interesting opportunity can direct you to others

Network at conferences—find out who is funding research in your area of interest

finding government sponsored funding2
Finding Government-Sponsored Funding

Programs Specifically for New Faculty-Examples

National Science Foundation CAREER Awards

Department of Defense:

Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Program

Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program

Army Research Office (ARO) Young Investigator Program

DARPA Young Faculty Award

finding government sponsored funding3
Finding Government-Sponsored Funding

Department of Agriculture-New Investigator Grants

NASA-New Investigator Program in Earth Science

National Institutes of Health

Career Development Awards

Small Grant Program for New Investigators

Many Other Programs Through Various Sponsors

finding funding for graduate students
Finding Funding for Graduate Students

Utilize many of the same search options

Nearly all Federal agencies that sponsor research also sponsor graduate fellowship competitions:

NSF, NIH, EPA, NASA, Homeland Security, etc.

Michigan Tech’s Internal Resources

Grad School website

Selected funding opportunities

Funding opportunities by month

Funding opportunities for international student

Foundation Search – Private and Corporate (see Lynn)

proposal development
Proposal Development

How do you get started?

Ask questions of program officers and foundation staff.

Focus your efforts on areas of greatest opportunity.

Prior Awardees/Examples of Successful Proposals

Internal Resources (Pete & Lynn)

Books/Online Help

NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide

The Science of Scientific Writing