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Small Scale and Preliminary Projects

Purpose

The U-M Office of Research (UMOR) provides funding to facilitate high-quality work, especially to leverage support from the colleges, schools, or departments for such work. Examples include:

  • New research efforts
  • Establish nontraditional collaborations
  • Coordinate new interdisciplinary activities

UMOR funds are not intended to cover the total cost of a project, but rather to complement other support, and to address important needs not addressed by other support programs within or outside the University. In most cases, instructional faculty should apply to their deans for at least some of the support needed.

Eligibility

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

Budget

The maximum UMOR contribution is $15,000.  UMOR requires a 1:1 match from the unit, school/college, department, or other internal sources.  All standard UMOR funding restrictions apply.

Deadlines

To Be Determined


Notification of funding decisions is made within 12 weeks of the program’s deadline.  Late applications 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 information on the review and award process, including required signatures, award administration, and funding restrictions, see our Supplemental Information page.

FAQs

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.

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.

Questions?

Contact UMOR-FGA-Submissions@umich.edu, with questions on Faculty Grants & Awards.