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, lecturers, and students. Campus Grants funds also provide investments for interdisciplinary research, such as through support for MCubed projects and the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE).

**NOTICE: Per President Schlissel's memo of April 20, 2020, "all non-essential expenditures are to be suspended and new financial commitments are to be avoided until further notice." Funding for new projects is currently limited. Research projects in progress can continue provided they follow other established restrictions related to travel and face-to-face interactions. Please see the full text of the President's communication for more information, and review the University guidance related to research spending amid COVID-related Financial Challenges.

Standard requirements:

  • Faculty applicants (except LEOs) MUST have a current disclosure of outside financial interests in M-Inform and applicable PEERRS certifications must be up to date. Applications without current disclosure or PEERRS updates will be returned without review.
  • Application Limit - Applicants may submit only 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)
  • 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, time extensions must be requested 30 days prior to the project end date; remaining funds must be returned to the Office of Research once the project end date has passed.

***NEW*** Planning Grants for Catalyzing Faculty Research Innovation and Collaboration (Deadline: July 31, 2020 by 5:00 pm)

The University of Michigan-Dearborn Office of Research invites applications to develop cross-disciplinary research proposals. This funding is open to research teams with faculty working closely together to solve problems that transcend the traditional boundaries associated with programs, departments, and colleges. The aim of these grants is to provide support to teams to develop competitive proposals for submissions to external funding programs. Click here for full program guidelines and link to the application.  We are accepting proposals for research in the following areas:

●        COVID-19 Pandemic --The outbreak of coronavirus disease in 2019 (COVID-19) has created a global health crisis that has had a deep impact on the way we perceive our world and our everyday lives. We encourage faculty to submit proposals to develop innovative solutions for prevention, accurate detection, rapid response, or slowing and tracking the spread of an emerging outbreak. Research topics could also include preventative and mitigation measures that strengthen access to affordable primary healthcare systems, enhance disease surveillance systems and improve healthcare supply chains. Since COVID-19 is much more than a health crisis, we also encourage research that addresses the human, economic, and social crisis conditions caused by COVID-19.

●        Ending Structural Racism (systemic or institutional racism) -- Structural racism is the main driver of racial inequality in America today. This research theme covers the study of policies, practices, attitudes and behaviors that contribute to discrimination or routinely produce cumulative chronic adverse outcomes for people of color in organizations and societies. Examples of topics include, but are not limited to, the racial inequalities in education, healthcare, criminal justice, law enforcement, housing, labor market, and religion.

●        Protecting Democratic Processes --This research area covers a broad range of topics including voting rights, the integrity of voting processes; the impact of technologies on liberal democracies, transparency and accountability in government, equality and rights issues, social media and democracy, information integrity, and digital disruption and the future of democracy.

●        Urban Futures -- The topic of Urban Futures has emerged as a critical component in UM- Dearborn’s strategic plan. We are looking for research proposals that have a strong multidisciplinary research team, address urgent and challenging urban issues, and include a well-defined work plan for engaging communities, conducting preliminary research activities, and pursuing external funding to sustain the proposed research. Research topics include but are not limited to, traffic congestion, pollution, urban sprawl, access to transportation, shortages of affordable housing, aging water and utility systems, homelessness, segregation, and inequities in healthcare and education. Click here for more discussion about challenges in Urban Futures.

Professional Development Grants (Next deadline TBD)

**NEW** Limited Program: Lecturer Urgent Remote Instruction Funds (STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS)-- the University and LEO have agreed that a portion of each of the Professional Development Fund for Lecturers will be allocated for purposes of providing assistance for expenses related to the urgent transition to remote instruction necessitated by the COVID-19 Pandemic. This program is a one-time allocation of PDF funds, with intended awards of $250.00. Dependent upon the availability of funds, the Committee may make awards up to a maximum of $500.00.

Faculty Professional Development - provides up to $900 for activities that include, but are not limited to, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) courses, workshops, seminars, and travel to professional conferences. (NOW CLOSED)

Lecturer Professional Development - provides up to $1000 for activities that include, but are not limited to, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) courses, workshops, seminars, and travel to professional conferences. Per LEO contract, the total amount available is $14,000 annually. (NOW CLOSED)

Campus Grants Competitive Programs (Next Deadlines TBD)

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program

In keeping with University measures taken in response to COVID-19, this program has been suspended until further notice.

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)- exposes undergraduate students to potential educational and research-oriented career paths and provides them with mentoring in the practice of research. Program offers a summer stipend of $3200 for student participants.

Next Deadline: TBD (competitions are currently closed)

Research Initiation and Development - provides up to $6,000 or $15,000 for research projects intended to lead to a proposal for external funding with strong potential of being awarded.

UM-Dearborn Scholars - provides up to $6,000 or $15,000 to support research and scholarship, including creative activities in the arts, for projects with funding needs not addressed by other support programs within or outside the University.

CASL Faculty Summer Research (October only)-  provides up to two awards annually of up to $7,000 each for CASL faculty projects that lead to a tangible scholarly outcome.

CASL Tenured Faculty (October only)- provides funding for projects that lead to a tangible scholarly outcome. The award consists of a 3- or 4-credit course release (Fall or Winter term) OR $3,500 to be used in the summer for project expenses.

Complete Listing of Campus Grants Programs:

Grants for Students

Due to COVID-19 Research Operations guidelines set forth by the University, these programs are suspended until further notice.

Graduate Student Independent Research

Deadlines

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

Purpose

Graduate Student Independent Research Grants provide $2,500 for independent research projects conducted by UM-Dearborn graduate students. The proposed project must be part of a course for credit and supervised by a faculty member.

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be an enrolled student pursuing a degree at UM-Dearborn

  • Proposed project must satisfy course requirement

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Student Conference Presentation

Deadlines

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

Purpose

Up to $300 for travel-related expenses and/or $40 for presentation materials per student toward costs of traveling to regional and national professional meetings to present papers based on research conducted at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Applications will be routed for faculty advisor approval by ORSP.

Eligibility

  • Must be a current UM-Dearborn student at the time of application

  • Student can only receive one grant for travel ($300) and one for presentation materials ($40) per fiscal year (July 1st - June 30th)
  • Travel cannot occur prior to issuance of grant award notice and must take place within 4 months after your award date

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Undergraduate Student Independent Research

Deadlines

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

Purpose

Undergraduate Student Independent Research Grants provide $500 for independent research projects conducted by UM-Dearborn undergraduate students. The proposed project must be part of a course for credit and supervised by a faculty member.

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be an enrolled student pursuing a degree at UM-Dearborn

  • Proposed project must satisfy course requirement

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Grants for Faculty

Due to COVID-19 Research Operations guidelines set forth by the University, all programs are suspended until further notice.

CASL Faculty Summer Research

Deadline

Applications are accepted during the October 15th cycle only.

Purpose

The College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs provides up to $7,000 each for projects that lead to a tangible scholarly outcome.

Eligibility

Applicant must have their primary (tenured or tenure‐track) appointment in CASL.

CASL Tenured Faculty

Deadline

Applications are accepted during the October 15th cycle only.

Purpose

The College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs provides support for projects that lead to a tangible scholarly outcome. The award consists of a 3‐ or 4‐credit course release (Fall or Winter term) OR $3,500 to be used in the summer for project expenses.

Eligibility

Applicants must be Associate or Full Professors with a primary (tenured) appointment in CASL.

Faculty Professional Development

Deadlines

Applications are accepted during the August 15th, October 15th, February 15th, and May 15th cycles, permitting availability of funding.

Purpose

The purpose of these funds is to enhance professional growth of UM-Dearborn tenured and tenure-track faculty. Professional development activities include, but are not limited to, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) courses, workshops, seminars, and travel to professional conferences.

Eligibility

  • The applicant must be a member of the tenured or tenure-track faculty of UM-Dearborn
  • The complete application must be accepted by ORSP prior to date of travel
Faculty Proposal Development Travel

Deadlines

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

Purpose 

The program provides up to $750 in support to faculty for domestic travel, hotel, and per diem to discuss a proposal or concept with a sponsor's program officer. These awards may be used to supplement funds available from the department, school, or college for this purpose.

Eligibility

Applicant must be a member of the tenured or tenure-track faculty of UM-Dearborn

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Faculty Research Mini Grant

Deadlines

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

Purpose  

Faculty Research Mini Grants provide up to $800 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

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Faculty Research Publication & Dissemination

Deadlines

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

Purpose 

Full-time faculty are eligible for up to $300 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

Eligibility

  • The applicant must be a member of the tenured or tenure-track faculty of UM-Dearborn

  • Acceptance of publication or conference presentation required

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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

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Research Initiation & Development

Deadlines

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

Purpose

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

  • Initiation - Up to $6,000 for seed funding of new research projects (these grants are intended for junior faculty, or senior faculty starting on a new line of inquiry)

  • Development - Up to $15,000 to support existing research projects that are one step beyond start-up or feasibility studies

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be a member of the tenured or tenure-track faculty of UM-Dearborn

  • Level I - Senior faculty (full or associate professor) applicants, proposed research must be a new line of inquiry

  • Level II - Applicants must have been awarded a Campus Grant or other seed funding in the past 3 years and demonstrate progress with those funds
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.

  • Level I - Provides up to $6,000 for support and maintenance of existing activities

  • Level II - Provides up to $15,000 to assist in establishing a new program (these grants are intended for junior faculty, or senior faculty starting on a new line of inquiry)

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be a member of the tenured or tenure-track faculty of UM-Dearborn

  • Level II - if applicant is senior faculty (full or associate professor), proposed research must be a new line of inquiry

Grants for Lecturers

Lecturer Professional Development

Deadlines

Applications are accepted during the August 15th, October 15th, February 15th, and May 15th cycles, permitting availability of funding.

Purpose  

The purpose of these funds is to enhance professional growth of UM-Dearborn faculty covered by the LEO collective bargaining agreement. Professional development activities include, but are not limited to, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) courses, workshops, seminars, and travel to professional conferences. Per LEO contract, the total amount available is $13,000 annually.

Eligibility

The applicant must be a UM-Dearborn faculty member covered by the LEO collective bargaining agreement as defined in Article XXIV

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Lecturer Research Travel

Due to COVID-19 Research Operations guidelines set forth by the University, this program is suspended until further notice.

Deadlines

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

Purpose 

Up to $300 per person are provided to cover some of the costs of traveling to professional meetings to present papers based on research conducted at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Eligibility

UM-Dearborn part-time faculty members who are presenting a paper at a conference are eligible to apply.  Because of limited funds, individuals who receive these funds will be eligible for only one travel grant per year.

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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.

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. Additionally, reviewer instructions will guide Chairs, Deans, and Faculty Advisors through the approval process.

Important Updates
  • The system will only accept applications until 5:00 pm on the stated program deadline

  • Complete proposals will be electronically routed to for Faculty Advisor, Chair, and Dean approval by ORSP (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

  • PDFs and paper applications are no longer accepted

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