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Small Grants to Support Major Conferences

Application Instructions*

*For all except LSA Faculty who must apply through the Gateway to Internal Funding (eGif)

  • Download the Application Form
  • Complete all necessary fields of the application form
  • Obtain necessary signatures (bottom of page 2 of the application form)
  • Create a single PDF file with the documents in the following order:
    • Application Form
    • Proposal Narrative
    • Budget
    • Budget Justification
    • Project Director’s CV (3 page limit)
  • Submit the final PDF via email to by the appropriate deadline date


Small grants for major conferences are awarded to enhance the access of University of Michigan faculty, staff, and students to intellectual leaders of the world.

The U-M Office of Research (UMOR) will provide a limited number of small contributions to support conferences, symposia, or workshops of major importance to address important research issues and new research frontiers. Strong preference will be given to events that will take place on campus and that will provide opportunities for student involvement. As the funding available to this program is limited, it is estimated that no more than 20 awards will be made annually. 

UMOR funds are not intended to cover the total cost of the event, but rather to complement other internal support, and to address important needs not met by other support programs within or outside the University.  UMOR also does not intend to support annual requests for the same conference or seminar series events typically held in academic units.


Instructional and Research Faculty, Librarians, Curators, and Archivists may apply.


The maximum award is $2,500.  UMOR requires a 1:1 match from the unit, school/college, department, or other internal sources.  All standard UMOR funding restrictions apply.


15th of June, October, February

Notification of funding decisions is typically made within 12 weeks of the program’s deadline.  Late applications received will not be processed until the next deadline for that program. Applicants can facilitate expeditious review by providing complete information and all required signatures.


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


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