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Faculty Grants & Awards

The U-M Office of Research (UMOR) offers support for research, scholarship, and creative activities in all fields.

The intent is to:

  • Help support areas of research and scholarship where external funds are scarce or unavailable
  • Assist in maintaining the base activities of high-quality projects between funding cycles
  • Cost share for equipment and infrastructure on sponsored activity
  • Seed novel, high-risk, innovative, inter-unit projects
  • Assist with colloquia, symposia, and other events that promote the evolution of new research ideas and collaborations
  • Assist junior faculty in establishing new research programs

Applications are reviewed by faculty peers. Please consult the specific funding opportunities for detailed application procedures and other pertinent information.

Please note the University of Michigan Office of Research recently adjusted its application deadlines for funding opportunities listed below, including the temporary cancelation of some deadlines. If you have any further questions, please contact


Eligible Not Eligible
  • Instructional and Research Faculty
  • Librarians
  • Curators
  • Archivists
  • Research Investigators
  • Lecturers
  • Postdoctoral, Graduate, and Undergraduate Students

Funding Opportunities

Program Purpose Funds Available Application Deadline(s)*

Artistic Productions and Performances

Defray costs associated with artistic productions and performances $15,000

April 15
June 15
August 15
October 15
December 15

Bridging Support for Research Faculty

Provide salary/fringe benefit support for research faculty between external awards Variable April 15
June 15
August 15
October 15
​December 15

Equipment for Core Facilities

Develop or improve core research facilities and equipment Variable June 15
October 15

Publication Subvention

Defray publication costs $5,000 June 15
October 15

Research Maintenance for Sponsored Projects

Sustain essential activities of a research project between external awards $15,000

June 15
August 15
October 15
December 15

Small Grants for Major Conferences

Support conferences, symposia, or workshops to address important research issues and frontiers $2,500 June 15
October 15

Small Scale and Preliminary Projects

Facilitate high-quality work, such as launching new research programs, establishing non-traditional collaborations, and coordinating new interdisciplinary activities $15,000 April 15
June 15
August 15
October 15
​December 15

*If the deadline date falls on a weekend the deadline will roll to the next business day.

Other Programs

Program Purpose Funds Available Application Deadline(s)
National Service Engagement Faculty Travel Support Faculty who seek to share expertise and capacity in policy engagement at the national level Travel expenses for airfare and hotel


Additional U-M internal funding opportunities may exist. Check with your Research Administrator and/or Research Associate Dean's Office for more information.

For information on the review and award process, including required signatures, award administration, funding restrictions, and more, see our Supplemental Information page.


Contact, with questions on Faculty Grants & Awards.