The EDA University Center for Community & Economic Development Research Fund has been established by the Provost at the University of Michigan-Flint to support faculty/student teams in applied research that address community, economic, and business development needs in the counties of Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, St. Clair, Sanilac, Shiawassee, and Tuscola (East Michigan Prosperity Region 6). This 7-county economic development partnership encompasses urban, rural, and suburban areas with diverse populations.

University research teams should work side-by-side with community groups and organizations to enhance learning for students while increasing the capacity of the community. Partners can include businesses, non-profits, and community organizations as well as local governments, hospitals, and economic development entities.

The following types of activities are eligible for funding:

  • Applied research projects that identify or address gaps in the regional economy, and produce public data for economic development
  • Projects that provide new information about economic opportunities, economic diversification, or new trends in the regional economy
  • Projects that identify the feasibility of innovative programs that complement and add value to the region’s industry and occupational clusters
  • Creation of user-friendly research summaries or information briefs that guide economic development planning and activities

Projects should be completed no later than August 31, 2019.


A total of $40,000 is available to award up to 10 grants.  Individual awards will range from $2,000 - $10,000. Awards will be made at the discretion of the UM-Flint Provost and EDA University Center staff. Budgets that reflect student support are strongly encouraged.

Allowable Expenses

  • Expenses will be tracked through the EDA University Center program. Grants will not be directly awarded to academic departments. All funds must be expensed by August 31, 2019.
  • Salary and fringes for faculty via available effort for Spring/Summer, please confirm with your Department and Dean before submitting final proposal.
  • Salary and FICA for time for student temporary employees / student research assistants
  • Mileage / Travel@ 54.5 cents per mile
  • Printing

Expenses Not Allowable: Hosting, Entertainment, Computing Equipment, Postage

Final project deliverables and narrative report are due to the UM-Flint EDA University Center by September 30, 2019.


All UM-Flint faculty are eligible to apply. Research teams may include faculty from other academic institutions. Prior to funds being awarded, faculty will be required to provide approval from their Department Chair and Dean.


March 1 - Spring 2019 Grant Cycle Opens

April 12 - Grant Application Submission Deadline
*All proposals must be submitted and received by midnight (no exceptions)*

May 3 - Grant Winners Notified

Proposal Requirements

The proposal should contain the following information, combined into a single PDF file and submitted online through UM-Flint’s EDA University Center for Community & Economic Development website.

  • Statement of Need (up to 2 pages) – state the economic issue that is trying to be understood or solved through the project
  • Impacts on local and/or regional economy (up to 1 page)
  • Partners – list of partners (academic and non-academic)
  • Deliverables – list the outputs of the project
  • Timeline – provide project start date and end date
  • Budget – please use template
Category Amount
Faculty Salary  
Faculty Fringe Benefits  
Student(s) Salary  
Student(s) FICA or Fringe  
Travel ($0.58 per mile)  

About the University of Michigan-Flint EDA Center for Community and Economic Development

UM-Flint’s EDA University Center for Community & Economic Development is part of a national network of University Centers funded by the Economic Development Administration, which is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The mission of UM-Flint’s EDA University Center is to coordinate, inform, and contribute to economic development efforts that cultivate innovation and advance high-growth entrepreneurship needed to build and sustain a diversified economy throughout the 7-county I-69 Thumb Region (Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, St. Clair, Sanilac, Shiawassee, and Tuscola counties).

Grant Contact Person

Paula Nas, Director
EDA University Center for Community & Economic Development


Download RFP


Grant Application Form