External Funding

Library Resources

Managed by UM Library, the Finding Funding Portal is a comprehensive online resource for seeking funding sources. The UM-Flint Thompson Library also maintains a Research and Funding Resources guide where you can access: 

  • Pivot, a directory of funding opportunities from private and government sponsors emphasizing new funding announcements.
  • Foundation Directory Online, which provides links to information on the kinds of research sponsored by foundations and information on existing relationships with particular funders.

Foundation Funding

In addition to receiving funding from large federal agencies, foundations and professional associations are a great source of funding. To explore these funding opportunities, visit the Foundation Directory Online to see which grants have recently been funded across the country or in Michigan, and consult the UM Foundation Relations Foundation Funding for Faculty Guide which provides information on recently funded awards received by UM faculty, and guidance from UM foundation relations officers on the priorities of foundations actively supporting UM researchers.

Limited Submissions

Limited Submissions are funding opportunities in which the sponsor only allows a specific and limited number of proposals from a given institution. Extra submissions can result in rejection of all submissions by that institution. To find out if the sponsor is limiting submissions to one per institution, and how UM will decide which campus will be allowed to submit, visit the UM Limited Submissions Process.

Additional Resources

Many external sponsors have email groups and alerts. To find a useful listing on the UM Office of Research external funding page. If you are interested in working with industry or finding a corporate sponsor, the UM-Flint Business Engagement Center is knowledgeable about industry partners engaged with the Flint campus, and coordinates with the UM Business Engagement Center in Ann Arbor.  Tech Transfer is also represented in the UM–Flint Office of Research by a senior manager for research development and tech transfer, who recruits industry partners to conduct research with UM-Flint faculty and connects UM-Flint faculty to training and commercialization services offered through UM’s university-wide Tech Transfer office in Ann Arbor.  

To assist UM-Flint researchers discover research opportunities that are tailored to regional public universities, this list of Top 25 (authentication required) funding opportunities was created to explore research opportunities at several career stages, and highlight several opportunities focused on enhancing and building research capacity.