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Small Grants to Support Major Conferences


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.


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 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.


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.


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