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Artistic Productions and Performances


For some faculty, the creation of, and participation in, artistic productions and performances are central components of their scholarly work. Thus, the U-M Office of Research (UMOR) provides funds to support costs associated with these activities. The intention is to support the professional growth and development of the faculty member rather than provide general support for the arts or provide training experiences for students.


Instructional and Research Faculty, Librarians, Curators, and Archivists may apply, but special attention will be given to faculty in the Schools of Art & Design, Music, Theatre & Dance, and the College of Architecture and Urban Planning.


The maximum UMOR contribution is $12,000.  A match from the unit, school/college, department, or other internal sources totaling no less than 33% of the total project cost is required.  All standard UMOR funding restrictions apply.


To Be Determined

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, all required signatures, and by suggesting qualified, independent reviewers.


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


No, the FGA program is not ending. However, we feel it is a good time to conduct a thorough review of the existing program. Therefore, OVPR is implementing a temporary "pause" of the program following the October 15, 2019 application submission deadline. Our goal is to continue to provide funding for faculty research, scholarship and creative activities in the most effective and efficient manner possible, and in support of the strategic goals of our many schools, colleges, institutes and campuses.

[Updated 5/4/20: UMOR will be continuing the FGA program evaluation announced in fall 2019 and will be incorporating changes based on that evaluation- along with COVID-19 related policies - into the FGA program strating 2020-21.]

An announcement was made at the September 11, 2019 Research Associate Deans meeting. An email communication from Tabbye Chavous was sent to all Research Associate Deans on September 30, 2019.

As in the past, there is no limit in the number of proposals that can be submitted by faculty in a specific unit. The program pause is not intended to reduce funding or funding opportunities, but instead it allows for evaluation of program processes and outcomes in order to enhance the program, and its positive benefits and impacts on faculty research.

No, the Research Faculty Recognition Award and the Research Faculty Achievement Award will not be affected.

Yes, please follow the current FGA guidelines and funding restrictions.

We ask that research administrators inform their faculty about the program pause/evaluation, and share with their faculty their developed procedures for intaking proposals for submission to UMOR.

Yes, each school/college will intake and review proposals prior to sending them to UMOR for funding requests, based on each unit’s own developed process.

Each school/college will have its own process for intaking and reviewing faculty proposals in order to submit funding requests to UMOR. Please contact your school’s/college’s research associate dean or designate for more information.

References and Resources


Contact, with questions on Faculty Grants & Awards.