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

There are many online resources available through the UM system (from the Office of Research and the UM Libraries) to help you find funding opportunities to support your projects.  Send us an email if you want more specific help looking for opportunities to match your project goals.  Contact us early in the planning and proposal process, to allow time to think about the scope of work, the project team, budget for effort, and review the sponsor requirements.

Learn about new funding opportunities by signing up for the University's RAP/RAPid newsletters, which deliver weekly announcements directly to your email.  Consult other available databases and portals for more targeted searches:

UM Library Find Funding Portal - Managed by UM Library, this is a comprehensive online resource for seeking funding sources

Limited Submissions - Find out if the sponsor is limiting submissions to one per institution, and how UM will decide which campus will be allowed to submit

Foundation Relations - Provides links to information on the kinds of research sponsored by foundations and information on existing relationships with particular funders.  You will have to login using your UM (Kerebos) credentials.

If you are interested in work with industry or finding a corporate sponsor, the Business Engagement Center is knowledgeable about industry partners looking for specific kinds of research and Tech Transfer will provide guidance about how to commercialize research discoveries through licensing and start-ups.

Many external sponsors also have email groups and alerts.  You can find a useful listing on the UM Office of Research external funding page.



Apply for Funding

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

Important Reminders for Applicants

  1. Applicants for external funds should notify the Office of Research as early as possible about their intention to submit an application and no less than 15 business days before the sponsor deadline to receive more than a simply administrative review.
  2. 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.