External Funding

Funding for your project can come from a variety of sources including foundations, federal agencies, and state and local entities.  

State of Michigan Funding

Electronic Grants Administration and Management System (EGrAMS)

The Electronic Grants Administration and Management System (EGrAMS) Portal is a State of Michigan grant management application portal to aid the grantee community in the search for grant opportunities state-wide. 

Federal Agencies

The National Science Foundation (NSF), an independent agency of the U.S. government, funds research and education in science and engineering. It does this through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, and other research and/or education institutions in all parts of the United States. The Foundation frequently supports cooperative research between universities and industry, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) serves as a steward of medical and behavioral research for the Nation. Its mission is science in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) provides funding to help strengthen teaching and learning in colleges, universities, and other post-secondary institutions. To support improvements in teaching and learning, the ED provides funding to states and school districts, primarily through formula-based grant programs.

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) was created by Congress and established in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. The NEA is the largest single funder of the nonprofit arts sector in the United States and this public investment in the Nation's cultural life has resulted in both new and classic works of art reaching every corner of America.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is the largest funder of humanities programs in the United States, providing grants for high-quality humanities projects in four funding areas: (1) preserving and providing access to cultural resources, (2) education, (3) research, (4) public programs.

Search for Funding

If you have questions about using the search engines, or would like help with your funding search, please contact Andre Louis alouis@umflint.edu or Ken Sylvester at kenms@umflint.edu

Sponsored Program Information Network (SPIN)

The University of Michigan - Flint subscribes to SPIN, a search engine from InfoEd International, Inc. SPIN can be used to locate funding opportunities in almost all fields of research and creative endeavor. SPIN also offers automated e-mailed search results and a search service for potential collaborators. InfoEd provides an excellent online tutorial system for their search service. 

Community of Science (COS)

Pivot, the COS funding search engine, can be used to locate funding opportunities for a wide array of scientific and R&D fields. You do not need to set up a Pivot account to search for funding opportunities, but creating an account allows you to set up a profile and receive automatic notifications of your search results.

The Foundation Center

Since 1956, the Foundation Center has helped thousands of grant seekers find information about grant makers and their funding interests. On the Foundation Center website, you can search for funding opportunities or use the Foundation Directory to learn about private and community foundations.


Apply for Funding

Please contact Erin Kingsley, erinking@umflint.edu, in the Office of Research to begin the application process.

Important Reminders for Applicants

  1. External funding paperwork requires considerable lead-time to process. Therefore, applicants planning to apply for external funds must submit their paperwork well in advance of targeted deadlines.
  2. Submitting a PAF implies that you have identified potential funding sources. It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator or the Project Director to write the proposal and meet the requirements of the funding organization.
  3. Through the generous support of the Provost’s Office, incentive funds are available to Principal Investigators who submit grant proposals with total budgets of at least $20,000 and an indirect cost rate of at least 8%.  See the Sponsored Research and Programs Incentive Funds Guidelines and Application for more information.
  4. While it is University policy to recover indirect costs (also known as facilities and administrative costs) on all grants and contracts, Principal Investigators from UM-Flint are allowed to waive indirect costs on grants or contracts with total budgets under $10,000. 
  5. To support the research efforts of tenure track faculty, the Office of Research can provide up to $500 in pre-submission travel support for meeting with agency program officers and/or attending pre-submission workshops.  Contact the Office of Research for more information.