About the Campus Grants Program

The Campus Grants program is an important part of research development efforts at UM-Dearborn, and supports a wide range of research and scholarly activities for our faculty and lecturers. Campus Grants funds also provide investments for interdisciplinary research.

The UM-Dearborn Office of Research provides funding in for the following three program types:

  • Competitive Program grants are available to all UM-Dearborn tenured/tenure-track faculty; next deadline will be in October, 2021. More deadlines will be announced in September 2021.
  • Open Invitation Programs are available to all UM-Dearborn tenured/tenure-track faculty; applications will be accepted any time during the current fiscal year starting August 2021.

For complete requirements and determining your eligibility to apply, please see the information below.

Requirements and Eligibility

Standard Requirements for all Campus Grant Programs
  • Eligible Faculty for Campus Grants: Only tenured or tenure-track UM-Dearborn faculty members can serve as PIs on applications to the UM-Dearborn Campus Grants programs. Under very limited circumstances other UM-Dearborn researchers might be allowed to serve as PIs. Please contact the Office of Research to discuss PI eligibility when special consideration is desired.
  • Faculty applicants (except LEOs) MUST have a current disclosure of outside financial interests in M-Inform and applicable PEERRS certifications for Responsible Conduct of Research & Scholarship Training (RCRS) AND Research Administration must be up to date. If applicable to the project, Human Subjects Research Protections is also required. Applications without current M-Inform disclosure or PEERRS updates will be returned without review.
  • Application Limit: Applicants may submit as PI to ONLY ONE Competitive Program per application deadline (non-lead faculty participation on multiple grants is allowed if projects are substantially different).
  • Award Limit: Applicants may receive one award per program type per fiscal year (July 1st - June 30th); additionally, a PI can only have ONE ACTIVE campus grant from the Competitive Programs.
  • All reporting from applicant’s previous Campus Grants awards must be current.
  • Award Administration: Project/grant shortcodes will be established under your department ID and funds transferred by ORA; departments are responsible for all financial and human resources management for the project; ORA will provide instructions in the award documentation regarding access to funding. Upon completion of the project, materials and supplies purchased for the project become property of the department of the grantee.
  • Award Completion: awardees may not spend funds beyond the project end date; if needed, one-time no-cost extensions for the competitive programs may be granted and must be requested 30 days prior to the project end date; no cost extensions- for open invitation programs are *not* allowed; remaining funds must be returned to the Office of Research once the project end date has passed; requests for no-cost extensions received after the project end date will be returned without review.

Grants for Faculty

Open Invitation: Faculty Research Mini Grant

Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, permitting availability of funding.

Purpose  

Faculty Research Mini Grants provide up to $1,000 for non-salary resources that enable faculty research and other scholarly activities.

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be a member of the tenured or tenure-track faculty of UM-Dearborn
  • Standard Requirements for all Campus Grant Programs apply
Apply via InfoReady (see below for more info on the InfoReady Application System for Campus Grants)
Open Invitation: Research Assistant

Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, permitting availability of funding.

Purpose

Research Assistant Grants are funded to hire a student to assist full-time UM-Dearborn faculty members with work on research and scholarly projects. The program provides two levels of support:

  • $750 for work leading to a scholarly product (data, book chapter, publication, etc.)
  • $1,500 requires that a related proposal for external funding will be submitted within one year

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be a member of the tenured or tenure-track faculty of UM-Dearborn
  • Research assistant must be an enrolled student pursuing a degree at UM-Dearborn
  • Research assistant applications as supplements to a competitive campus grant will be considered ONLY for grants awarded BEFORE the 2021 Winter Cycle. Starting Jan 2021 all applications for the competitive Research Initiation and Development grant must include the expense for a student research assistant in the proposal budget, IF student assistant help is needed.
  • Standard Requirements for all Campus Grant Programs apply
Apply via InfoReady (see below for more info on the InfoReady Application System for Campus Grants)

 

Open Invitation: Faculty Research Publication & Dissemination

Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, permitting availability of funding.

Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, permitting availability of funding.

Purpose 

Full-time faculty are eligible for up to $500 per year for peer-reviewed scholarly publication costs (not open access journal), limited to:

  • Journal page charges (including surcharges for graphics)
  • Book publication charges
  • Article reprints (hardcopy or electronic) of your publication
  • Conference poster and presentation printing costs
  • Copy editing for peer-reviewed scholarly publications, limited to editing required by publisher

Eligibility

  • The applicant must be a member of the tenured or tenure-track faculty of UM-Dearborn
  • Acceptance of publication or conference presentation required
  • Standard Requirements for all Campus Grant Programs apply
Apply via InfoReady (see below for more info on the InfoReady Application System for Campus Grants)

 

Open Invitation: Special Circumstances Research Mini Grant

Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, permitting availability of funding.

Purpose  

Special Circumstances Research Grants provide up to $1,000 for non-salary resources that enable research-related activities not supported by the Faculty Research Mini Grant.

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be a member of the tenured or tenure-track faculty of UM-Dearborn
  • Standard Requirements for all Campus Grant Programs apply
Apply via InfoReady (see below for more info on the InfoReady Application System for Campus Grants)
Competitive: Research Initiation & Development

Deadlines

Applications are accepted during the October 15th and February 15th cycles.

Purpose

Research Initiation and Development Grants provide financial support of up to $25,000 for research projects. This program supports projects designed to lead to a proposal for external funding with a strong potential of being awarded.

Budget floor: $10,000
Budget ceiling: $25,000

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be a member of the tenured or tenure-track faculty of UM-Dearborn
  • Standard Requirements for all Campus Grant Programs apply
Competitive: UM-Dearborn Scholars

Deadlines

Applications are accepted during the October 15th and February 15th cycles.

Purpose

UM-Dearborn Scholars grants are intended to support research and scholarship,including creative activities in the arts. This program is primarily for projects with funding needs not addressed by other support programs within or outside the University.

Budget floor: $8,000
Budget ceiling:$15,000

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be a member of the tenured or tenure-track faculty of UM-Dearborn
  • Standard Requirements for all Campus Grant Programs apply

Grants for Lecturers

Effective September 1, 2021, Grants for Lecturers will be transitioned to Hub for Teaching & Learning Resources.

Grants for Students

As of July 1, 2021 funding for undergraduate conference travel and independent research will be managed by Experience Plus. Applications for Fall 21 and Winter 22 open September 1, 2021. For more information visit the Exp+ website.

InfoReady Application System for Campus Grants

Campus Grants are managed using the InfoReady automated application software system, which allows applicants to complete and submit proposals online. Approvals from your Department and Dean's Office will be obtained electronically. All of the information needed to complete your proposal is available on the site, including instructions for how to log in, update your profile, and submit a proposal (check the gray right margin when you get to the destination page.) 

Important Information
  • The system will only accept applications until 5:00 pm on the stated program deadline date; late applications cannot be accepted

  • Complete proposals will be electronically routed to for Faculty Advisor, Chair, and Dean approval by UM-Dearborn Office of Research (as required) 

  • You must log in as a UMich User and authenticate

  • You must update your profile and Add Primary Organization to be eligible to submit a proposal

Campus Grants Proposal Writing Best Practices

Meet with your college representative

The Faculty Senate Research Support Committee is comprised of representatives from each college on the UM-Dearborn campus. Meeting with your respective representative allows you the opportunity to present your proposal to a member of the committee and explain the proposed activity. A current list of members can be found on the Faculty Senate website.

Ask someone outside from your discipline review your proposal

Because funding decisions are made by faculty members from 11 different disciplines, it’s important to write your proposal in a way that almost anyone can understand it. Having someone outside your discipline review your lay abstract is the best way to ensure your proposal is easily understood by those making a funding decision.

Clear objectives

Again, keep in mind that your proposal will be reviewed by faculty outside your discipline, so make sure your proposal is properly structured and your objectives are clear. Following the Project Description outline provided in the program guidelines can be helpful in achieving this.

Student involvement

Including student personnel in your project is a great way for students to learn the process of a research project and the Research Support Committee considers this when evaluating proposals.

Submit early

Your proposal will go through an initial review by the Dearborn ORSP office to ensure budget requirements have been met and all required documents have been included. If your proposal is incomplete or requires revision at this point, it will be returned with instructions and must be resubmitted in InfoReady prior to the 5:00pm deadline. Submitting early will provide ample time to make any required revisions and ensure your proposal is successfully submitted.

Adhere to page limits

The Research Support Committee reviews approximately 30 proposals each funding cycle. Being mindful of the page limits shows consideration for those taking the time to read your proposal.

Choose an appropriate project period

The Faculty Senate Research Support Committee meets approximately six weeks after the funding cycle deadline. Your project start date should account for this review time, as well as time needed for IRB or IACUC review. Additionally, allowing enough time to complete the project will prevent you from needing to request an end date extension.

Ask early; ask often!

While we are not able to provide advice on the likelihood of your proposal being funded, we can answer any questions you might have about the program guidelines and requirements for a complete proposal. Simply email your questions to dbn-research@umich.edu and we will respond as quickly as we can.

Office of Research

2066 -
Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems Building (IAVS)
Phone: 
313-593-5468
Fax: 
313-593-6790
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