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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
  • 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.


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

Funding Opportunities

Program Purpose Funds Available Application Deadline(s)*

Artistic Productions and Performances

Defray costs associated with artistic productions and performances $12,000


Bridging Support for Research Faculty

Provide salary/fringe benefit support for research faculty between external awards Up to $15,000 TBD

Publication Subvention

Defray publication costs $5,000 TBD

Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (formerly OAMPI)

Facilitate open access distribution of book-length works $15,000


Research Maintenance for Sponsored Projects

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


Small Grants for Major Conferences

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

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 TBD

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


To search for other internal funding opportunities, please visit U-M Research Commons.


For information on the review and award process, including required signatures, award administration, funding restrictions, and more, 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.

Updated May 4, 2020

UMOR will continue to accept applications for the FGA program, as support for research and scholarly innovation and impact is part of U-M's and UMOR's core mission. This includes supports for publication subvention. However, we ask that faculty and units wait to submit proposals focused on activities that would not be allowable under the current COVID-19 related financial freeze policy and public health restrictions (e.g., activities defined as "non-essential" such as travel, conferences, new staff hires, hosting; and activities not allowable under public health policy such as direct contact human subjects research, group events, etc.). Please refer to the President’s COVID information site and the UMOR FAQs about allowable internal research spending and public health restrictions.

Also, current projects can continue, but some projects may need to be revised based on current COVID-19 related policies and restrictions.

As President Schlissel updates on when/how those restrictions will be lifted, we will update the FGA process and FAQs accordingly. [Note: UMOR will be continuing the FGA program evaluation started in fall 2019 and will be incorporating changes based on that evaluation – along with COVID-19 related policies - into the FGA program starting 2020-21.]  Please contact with any FGA project related questions. (updated 5/4/20)

Yes. To assist faculty during this uncertain and challenging time, we may extend awards which are active as of March 31, 2020 and scheduled to expire prior or up to December 31, 2020, at no cost for a period of up to twelve (12) months. Upon request, the NCTX will be issued per grant modification for the respective grant award. The NCTX is not official until you receive a grant modification approval from UMOR. Any award that expires beyond December 31, 2020 that requires a no cost extension will be examined as the need arises.  If you have received funds from UMOR through the FGA program and find you need an extension on your project, please contact for assistance.


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