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The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) Fellowships and Grants

Deadline: November 1, 2018
The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for Fellowships and Grants for the 2019/20 academic year. Individuals from all disciplines are welcome to apply!
ASF offers awards to American students, scholars, professionals and artists for study and/or research in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden. Fellowships of up to $23,000 are intended to support an academic year-long stay, and priority is given to students at the graduate level who need to spend time at foreign academic or research institutions. Grants of up to $5,000 are considered more suitable for shorter research visits, both on the graduate or post-doctoral level. Funding is available to candidates in all fields.


Spencer Foundation Small Research Grants

Deadline: November 1, 2018
The Small Research Grants program is intended to support education research projects with budgets of $50,000 or less. In keeping with the Spencer Foundation’s mission, this program aims to fund academic work that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived.
Historically, the work we have funded through these grants has spanned, a range of topics and disciplines, including education, psychology, sociology, economics, history, and anthropology, and they employ a wide range of research methods. The following examples of recently funded small grants illustrate the diversity of what we support:
• an experimental study of how college students use visual representations in solving math problems
• a study exploring the process of racial and rural identity formation among African American high-school students who attend de facto segregated schools in the rural South
• a mixed-methods study focusing on the different types of knowledge novice and experienced teachers draw on in teaching for reading comprehension

National Academy of Education Research Fellowships

Deadline: November 1, 2018
The National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship supports early-career scholars working in critical areas of education research. This nonresidential postdoctoral fellowship funds proposals that make significant scholarly contributions to the field of education. The program also develops the careers of its recipients through professional development activities.
The fellowship of $70,000 will be awarded to 30 scholars. Fellows may elect to take the fellowship full-time over one year or half-time over two years. This is a non- residential fellowship. Scholars may conduct their research at their home institution or at another research site that they have arranged. During their fellowship tenure, fellows are required to attend three professional development retreats hosted by the NAEd and to make a formal presentation of their research to the Academy. The NAEd provides additional travel funds for fellows to attend these meetings.


American Educational Research Association – Minority Dissertation Fellowship Program in Education Research

Deadline: November 1, 2018
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is pleased to announce the AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research. The Council of the AERA established the fellowship program to provide support for doctoral dissertation research, to advance education research by outstanding minority graduate students, and to improve the quality and diversity of university faculties. This fellowship is targeted for members of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in higher education (e.g., African Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Asian Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders). This program offers doctoral fellowships to enhance the competitiveness of outstanding minority scholars for academic appointments at major research universities. It supports fellows conducting education research and provides mentoring and guidance toward the completion of their doctoral studies.
Eligible graduate students for the AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research will be at the writing stage of their dissertation by the beginning of the fellowship. The dissertation study should focus on an education research topic such as high stakes testing; ethnic studies/curriculum; tracking; STEM development; measurement of achievement and opportunity gaps; English language learners; or bullying and restorative justice. Applicants can come from graduate programs and departments in education research, the humanities, or social or behavioral science disciplinary or interdisciplinary fields, such as economics, political science, psychology, or sociology.


The Center For Ethics & Education

Deadline: November 6, 2018
The Center for Education and Ethics announces a new grant program. The Center will make awards of up to $40,000 for research projects in philosophy as it relates to educational policy and practice. We encourage applicants to understand educational policy and practice in broad terms, including issues that directly relate to K-12 schools and higher education institutions, but also concerning policies that influence children’s growth and development in the family and other institutions. We also encourage diverse kinds of philosophical research ranging from the highly abstract to the highly applied.


NSF – Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)

Deadline: November 7, 2018
The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments.
The AISL program supports six types of projects: (1) Pilots and Feasibility Studies, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5) Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or Meta-Analyses, and (6) Conferences.


NSF - Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12)

Deadline: November 14, 2018
The Discovery Research PreK-12 program (DRK-12) seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science (STEM) by preK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of STEM education innovations and approaches. Projects in the DRK-12 program build on fundamental research in STEM education and prior research and development efforts that provide theoretical and empirical justification for proposed projects. Projects should result in research-informed and field-tested outcomes and products that inform teaching and learning. Teachers and students who participate in DRK-12 studies are expected to enhance their understanding and use of STEM content, practices and skills.
The DRK-12 program invites proposals that address immediate challenges that are facing preK-12 STEM education as well as those that anticipate radically different structures and functions of preK-12 teaching and learning. The DRK-12 program has three major research and development strands: (1) Assessment; (2) Learning; and (3) Teaching. The program recognizes the synergy among the three strands and that there is some overlap and interdependence among them. However, proposals should identify a clear focus of the proposed research efforts (i.e., assessment, learning, or teaching) consistent with the proposal’s main objectives and research questions. The program supports six types of projects: (1) Exploratory, (2) Design and Development, (3) Impact, (4) Implementation and Improvement, (5) Syntheses, and (6) Conferences. All six types of projects apply to each of the three DRK-12 program strands.


Russell Sage Foundation Research Grants

Deadline: November 30, 2018
Accepting the following Core Programs and Special Initiatives: Future of Work; Race, Ethnicity and Immigration; Behavioral Economics; Non-Standard Employment; Immigration & Immigrant Integration; Computational Social Science
The Russell Sage Foundation is an operating foundation dedicated to programs of social science research. Below you will find all active funding opportunities under our programs and special initiatives.
RSF rarely considers projects for which the investigators have not already fully-developed the research design, the sample framework, access to data, etc. Investigators are encouraged to submit an LOI after they have developed and pre-tested survey instruments, completed preliminary data analyses if the data are publically-available or conducted some preliminary interviews for qualitative studies.


Brady Education Foundation Program Development and Evaluation

Stage-One application Deadline: December 1, 2018, next deadline 4/1/2019
The Brady Education Foundation seeks to close the achievement/opportunity gap for children at risk for poor school outcomes due to environmental factors associated with living in poverty.
To advance this mission, the foundation is accepting stage-one applications from projects focused on the development and evaluation of programs that are consistent with a strength-based approach and show promise of being feasible, effective, and sustainable.
1) Program Development: One-year grants will be awarded for the development and testing of new programs designed to promote positive cognitive and/or achievement outcomes for children (birth through 18 years) from underserved groups and/or low-resourced communities. Priority will be given to projects that represent strong collaborative relationships between researchers, practitioners, and other community stakeholders (as appropriate), and where the community/population being studied is represented in the composition of project's leadership team; are consistent with strength-based approaches rather than deficit models; leverage other funding; and/or show promise of being affordable, accessible, and sustainable. Past Program Development grants have ranged between $25,000 and $276,000.
2) Existing Program Evaluation: Grants for up to three years will awarded to projects that evaluate the effectiveness of programs designed to promote positive cognitive and/or achievement outcomes for children (birth through 18 years) from underserved groups and/or low-resourced communities. Preference will be given to projects that represent strong collaborative relationships between researchers, practitioners, and other community stakeholders (as appropriate), and where the community/population being studied is represented in the composition of the project's leadership team; projects that evaluate programs consistent with strength-based approaches rather than deficit models; projects for which operational funding for the program is already secured so that funding from the foundation is used only for evaluation activities; projects that evaluate programs that show promise of being affordable, accessible and sustainable; projects that employ randomized control designs (including wait-list control designs when assignment to wait-list condition is randomized); and/or projects that evaluate effects on measurable child outcomes. Past Existing Program Evaluation grants have ranged between $241,000 and $792,000.


National Collegiate Athletic Association – Innovations in Research and Practice Grant Program

Deadline: December 3, 2018 4pm
The NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant Program supports research and data-driven pilot programs designed to enhance student-athlete psychosocial well-being and mental health. In 2019, the NCAA will award $100,000 in grants to member institutions that are designing data-informed resources or piloting on-campus programs aimed at enhancing the well-being of NCAA student-athletes. Grant recipients will be invited to present their work to hundreds of key stakeholders in intercollegiate athletics in January 2020 at the NCAA Convention in Anaheim, California. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, managing transitions (e.g., from recruit to first-year student; transferring between universities; adapting from youth sports to college sports environment; developing independence from parents), identity development, stress management, substance use, bystander intervention, cultivating healthy relationships, career exploration and sport exit strategies. Proposals will be judged on their originality, feasibility, clarity and, most significantly, the potential to result in campus-level resources and programming that can positively impact student-athlete psychosocial well-being and mental health at a range of member institutions (e.g., across divisions, geographic regions and resource availability levels). Grant funding Applicants may request up to $25,000 in funding; a minimum of four grants will be funded in 2019. Proposals from NCAA Divisions II and III campuses will be given special consideration in the 2019 grant review process.


NSF – Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR)

October 1, 2018 - September 30, 2019
Exploration and Design Tier for Engaged Student Learning & Institution and Community Transformation
December 11, 2018
Development and Implementation Tier for Engaged Student Learning & Institution and Community Transformation

Beginning in FY 2018, there will be no single date deadlines for Exploration and Design proposals, which may be submitted at any time from October 1, 2017 onward. Please note however that proposals received after May 1 will be held over to the subsequent financial year for possible award (for example awards will be made in FY 19 for proposals received after May 1, 2018).
The fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) hold much promise as sectors of the economy where we can expect to see continuous vigorous growth in the coming decades. STEM job creation is expected to outpace non-STEM job creation significantly, according to the Commerce Department, reflecting the importance of STEM knowledge to the US economy.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) plays a leadership role in development and implementation of efforts to enhance and improve STEM education in the United States. Through the NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) initiative, the agency continues to make a substantial commitment to the highest caliber undergraduate STEM education through a Foundation-wide framework of investments. The IUSE: EHR program is a core NSF undergraduate STEM education program that seeks to improve the effectiveness of undergraduate STEM education for both majors and non-majors. The program is open to application from all institutions of higher education and associated organizations. NSF places high value on educating students to be leaders and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing STEM fields as well as educating a scientifically literate populace. In pursuit of this goal, IUSE: EHR supports projects that have the potential to improve student learning in STEM through development of new curricular materials and methods of instruction, and development of new assessment tools to measure student learning. In addition to innovative work at the frontier of STEM education, this program also encourages replications of research studies at different types of institutions and with different student bodies to produce deeper knowledge about the effectiveness and transferability of findings.


Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR) Request for Scholar Mentoring and Funding Opportunity FY2019-2020

Deadline: December 15, 2018
The Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research is one of the Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) funded by the National Institute on Aging. This Center is a collaborative effort between the University of Michigan, Program for Research on Black Americans, the Wayne State University, Institute of Gerontology, and the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and School of Social Work. One of the Center’s major goals is to identify and mentor junior investigators who are committed to research careers involving research with older African Americans. Junior investigators from all academic departments and professional schools (e.g. Social Work, Public Health, Nursing, Medicine, Psychology) are eligible for this program. This is an opportunity for junior faculty investigators to join a community of scholars and faculty working on issues related to preparing the next generation of researchers to address racial and ethnic influences on aging related social and behavioral science.
As part of the mentoring process we fund pilot scholar studies. Proposals are sought to support junior investigator-initiated research projects that would be developed into independent NIH-funded projects. Collaborative research projects that involve faculty from more than one department, school or institute are also encouraged. Faculty and research scientists/ investigators are eligible to apply for this award. The program is for early-stage researchers who hold an academic rank or appointment equivalent to Assistant Professor.
Proposals for behavioral and social science research that focus on the health of older African-Americans are encouraged from all academic disciplines that address issues relevant to this topic. Proposals should recognize the importance of a person’s earlier and present life stages as they relate to the specific research question of interest. Some examples of issues that may be investigated include: quality of life, stress and coping, health effects of prejudice and discrimination, caregiving, social support, family life, cognition, mental disorders, morbidity and mortality, health care utilization, work and retirement.
Funds are available for the period of August 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. Individual requests may not exceed $20,000 in direct costs. Funds cannot be used to support senior faculty salaries or to purchase equipment. Studies involving human subjects must be approved by institutional review board prior to release of funds.

William T. Grant Research Grant

Deadline: January 9, 2019 3:00 PM
Since our founding in 1936, the William T. Grant Foundation has worked to further the understanding of human behavior through research. Today, we support high-quality research that is relevant to policies and practices that affect the lives of young people ages 5 to 25 in the United States.
We fund research that increases understanding in one of our two focus areas:
• programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes, and
• strategies to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth.
We seek research that builds stronger theory and empirical evidence in these two areas. We intend for the research we support to inform change. While we do not expect that any one study will create that change, the research should contribute to a body of useful knowledge to improve the lives of young people.


U.S. Dept of Education Institute of Education Sciences Research and Research Training Grant Programs

Competitions with a March 7, 2019 deadline
• Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Education Interventions (84.305L)
• Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Special Education Interventions(84.324L)
Letter of Intent Due: January 10, 2019
Full Application Due: March 7, 2019

NSF – Accelerating Discovery: Educating the Future STEM Workforce (AD)

Full Proposal Window: until January 16, 2019
A well-prepared, innovative science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce is crucial to the Nation's prosperity and security. Future generations of STEM professionals are a key sector of this workforce, especially in the critical scientific areas described in the Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments. To accelerate progress in these areas, the next generation of STEM professionals will need to master new knowledge and skills, collaborate across disciplines, and shape the future of the human-technology interface in the workplace. As a result, NSF recognizes the need to support development of and research on effective educational approaches that can position the future STEM workforce to make bold advances in these Big Ideas.
In response to this need, the NSF’s Education and Human Resources Directorate seeks to invest in projects that can educate the STEM workforce to advance discovery in the six research Big Ideas: Harnessing the Data Revolution; The Future of Work; Navigating the New Arctic; Multi-messenger Astrophysics; The Quantum Leap; and Understanding the Rules of Life. In addition to developing and implementing novel educational and/or training programs, these projects should simultaneously generate new knowledge about effective STEM education, by studying such programs and exploring related issues.
Specifically, NSF accepts proposals to support education research and development projects focused on re- or up-skilling the existing workforce; developing the skilled technical workforce; and/or preparing those at the undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral fellow/early career levels. We encourage projects to partner with industry, public, and private sectors to define the needs of tomorrow’s workforce and develop educational and learning strategies to meet those needs. Proposals should address near-, mid-, and long-term challenges and opportunities facing the development of STEM professionals or anticipate new structures and functions of the STEM learning and teaching enterprise. Proposers are encouraged to include approaches that have the potential to increase and diversify participation in STEM. All proposals should contribute to one or more of the six research Big Ideas.


NSF – Science, Technology, and Society (STS)

Deadline: February 4, 2019
The Science, Technology, and Society (STS) program supports research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate the intellectual, material, and social facets of the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines. It encompasses a broad spectrum of STS topics including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance, and policy issues that are closely related to STEM disciplines, including medical science.
The program’s review process is approximately six months. It includes appraisal of proposals by ad hoc reviewers selected for their expertise and by an advisory panel that meets twice a year. The deadlines for the submission of proposals are February 2nd for proposals to be funded as early as July, and August 3rd for proposals to be funded in or after January. There is one exception: Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant proposals will have only one deadline per year, August 3rd.
The Program encourages potential investigators with questions as to whether their proposal fits the goals of the program to contact one of the program officers.


NSF – Computer Science for All (CSforAll:RPP)

Deadline: February 12, 2019
This program aims to provide all U.S. students the opportunity to participate in computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) education in their schools at the preK-12 levels. With this solicitation, the National Science Foundation (NSF) focuses on researcher-practitioner partnerships (RPPs) that foster the research and development needed to bring CS and CT to all schools. Specifically, this solicitation aims to provide high school teachers with the preparation, professional development (PD) and ongoing support that they need to teach rigorous computer science courses; preK-8 teachers with the instructional materials and preparation they need to integrate CS and CT into their teaching; and schools and districts the resources needed to define and evaluate multi-grade pathways in CS and CT.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and National Institutes of Health (NIH) – NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (R25)

Deadline: July 9, 2019
The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The over-arching goal of this NIGMS R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nations biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. To this end, this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages the development of innovative educational activities for pre-kindergarten to grade 12 (P-12), pre-service and in-service teachers (Teachers) and students from underserved communities with a focus on Courses for Skills Development, Research Experiences, Mentoring Activities, Curriculum or Methods Development and Outreach. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Information on current SEPA projects can be found at: and Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the SEPA Scientific/Research Contact to be advised on the appropriateness of the intended P-12 STEM or ISE project for SEPA program objectives and the priorities of the NIGMS.

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. believed effective change should make an impact from the start, yet carry long into the future. To do both, he earmarked a portion of his estate and the eventual sale of his beloved Buffalo Bills to fund his namesake foundation. The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation began operations in 2015 to continue his legacy—one of generosity and innovation, healthy risk taking and collaboration, and an unshakeable community focus.

The Foundation’s geographic focus is Southeast Michigan & Western NY State.  The Foundation defines SE Michigan as:  Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston Counties.  The Foundation’s policies state that “Programs located outside of these regions are generally not encouraged.”  What this means, as a practical matter, is that any successful MSU requests will need to be based on activity and relationships within the counties listed.

Wilson Foundation Program areas:

  • Children and Youth: For kids, we’re looking for opportunities beyond K-12 education to provide more pathways to success. Here, we focus on strengthening young minds and bodies with early childhood initiatives, sports and youth development programs, and after school programs.
  •  Young Adults and Working Class Families: Often weighed down by heavy demands and limited resources, working class families and young adults can often miss out on career opportunities. We will invest in skills training and education that can lead to pathways to good paying jobs and increased independence.
  • Caregiving: The role of caregiver can be demanding and overwhelming. Here, we support and honor those who care for others – whether paid or voluntarily – through efforts that provide needed skills, resources, education and respite. Early opportunities will focus primarily on those caring for older adults and seniors.
  • Health Communities: A thriving community starts with the well-being of its people. Here, we will seek opportunities to support: community design and access to space, and programs that support healthy living; improving non-profit productivity and innovation; and economic development levers that spur regional growth, innovation and equity.

There is no deadline, applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The foundation has indicated that all MSU inquiries and applications should route to Lawrence Wallach, Associate Director of MSU Corporate & Foundation Relations.


Astellas USA Foundation

Grant applications are accepted year-round. Development Office should be contacted prior to applying to this foundation.
Astellas USA Foundation awards grants in the areas of science, literacy, and education. Priority is given to projects addressing health and well-being; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education; and disaster relief. The foundation awards grants that inspire students to pursue careers in science-based industries. Grants for STEM education programs and after-school enrichment programs provide mentoring and hands-on learning to students to cultivate their critical thinking, collaboration with others, and problem-solving skills.

OMRON Foundation, Inc.

Grant applications are accepted year-round. Development Office should be contacted prior to applying to this foundation.
The OMRON Foundation, Inc. coordinates the charitable efforts of all OMRON offices in the United States and is funded by OMRON’s subsidiaries in North America, who contribute a portion of their sales. Among the foundation’s funding priorities are programs to support education from elementary to college, with a focus on engineering, science, mathematics, and technology. The foundation also supports programs for the disabled; to provide basic needs (food, clothing, and shelter), disaster relief, and health; and to promote Japanese American cross-cultural enrichment.
Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status. The foundation gives preference to local organizations in communities with OMRON operations and organizations where OMRON employees volunteer. The foundation also prefers to fund specific programs over general operating expenses. Grant awards are limited to one year.
The foundation does not support local athletic or sports programs and travel funds for tours, expeditions, or trips, among other restrictions. The full list of exclusions is provided on the website.
The grant request process requires all qualified organizations to submit an application that is a preliminary document, similar to a Letter of Inquiry. The application is available to access online. The completed application and proof of tax-exempt status must be submitted as attachments to the foundation email address. Based on the application, an organization may be invited to submit a full proposal.

Internal Grant Announcements

MSU Humanities and Arts Research Program (HARP)

Scholarship Production Session I Funding Announcement - November 28, 2018
Scholarship Production Session II Deadline - January 31, 2019
Scholarship Development Funding Announcement - February 9, 2019
Scholarship Production Session II Funding Announcement - April 3, 2019

HARP Development
Provides funds to support faculty who are conducting important research leading to creative and performance projects or activities in the arts and humanities. This limited funding is designed to support faculty in the development of projects that seem likely to enhance the reputation of the faculty member and the university.
HARP Production
Provides funds, when research is complete, to help subsidize the costs of book publication, permissions to use copyrighted materials, CD recording and production, the creation and mounting of exhibits, and other expenses associated with producing the results of a complete creative or research project.


MSU Center for Gender in Global Context Offers Funding available through ISP International Centers 2018-19

Deadline: December 15, 2018
The Center for Gender in Global Context is pleased to announce our annual Strategic Partnership funding opportunity.
The Provost and the Dean of ISP have made available funds to develop long-term international strategic partnerships with universities and institutions of higher education and research abroad. GenCen is awarding strategic partnerships grants in these priority areas:
1. Gender, Justice & Environmental Change (gender and agriculture/environment)
2. Gender-Based Violence
3. LGBTQ scholarship and outreach
4. Intersectionality and Diversity
5. Gender and Inter-disciplinary
These partnerships should involve more than one department and/or college at MSU. Collaborations that link Arts and Letters or Social Science faculty to the international themes are encouraged.
Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until all funds are awarded; however, GenCen would like to receive all applications prior to Dec 15, 2018 for fund allocation during this fiscal year (to be used by June 30, 2019).


MSU Science + Society @ State

Deadline: January 28, 2019
The S3 Interdisciplinary Seed Grant supports new or emerging interdisciplinary collaborations between a MSU’s science studies scholars (sociologists/historians/anthropologists/artists/science and technology studies scholars, etc. who study science) and STEM/health scholars. These interdisciplinary seed grants help create opportunities for collaborative research projects between the scholars working within a scientific/medical field, and the humanists, artists or social scientists who study that field.
Funding available for each project will be in the range of $10,000. Eligible expenses include course releases (with chair/dean’s permission), support for graduate or undergraduate assistants, or other expenses that clearly promote outcomes from a new or emerging interdisciplinary collaboration.
To be eligible to apply interdisciplinary teams must:
• Consist of one or more MSU STEM and/or health sciences professionals
• Consist of one of more MSU science studies scholars who examine scientists and/or science from a social scientific, artistic, STS, and/or humanistic perspective
• Collaborative teams must have been formed recently and/or be working on a new topic of investigation
• The immediate goal of the collaboration should be applying for external funding
Notes: The team may include a graduate student and/or postdoc if appropriate. The grant may not be used to fund extensions to existing grants nor established research projects.


MSU Discretionary Funding Initiative (DFI)

DFI Session II Application Deadline - March 7, 2019
DFI Session II Funding Announcement - May 2, 2019

The Discretionary Funding Initiative (DFI), funded by the Michigan State University Foundation, provides bridge funds for tenure stream faculty for additional studies needed for resubmission of an unsuccessful, but nearly fundable, grant application to the same program within a funding agency.
To request funding from this program, faculty should submit a proposal via the grant proposal system. Applicants will be expected to provide copies of their previous external reviews, if applicable, and describe the work that will be completed to address the comments provided in those documents. The research associate dean of the applicant's college (lead college if appointed in multiple colleges) will review applications, and submit a prioritized list to the OVPRGS. Requests for support approved by the research associate deans will be reviewed by the OVPRGS.
The maximum award from the OVPRGS will be $25K and will require a 100% (up to $25K) match from units or colleges. Funds will be available for 18 months.


Internal Grant Programs in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies (VPRGS)

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies (VPRGS) maintains a list of up-to-date internal grant funding opportunities at Michigan State University.


VPRGS – Targeted Support Grants for Technology Development (TSGTD)

The Targeted Support Grant for Technology Development (TSGTD) provides funding for the enhancement, optimization and/or other development of selected technologies that have commercial potential as identified by MSUT Management and Technology Managers. These grants will accelerate the process of transforming promising technologies into products that are responsive to market demand, increase the commercial value of technologies, and enable MSU researchers to retain a greater share of ownership.
The Targeted Support Grants for Technology Development (TSGTD) program is a “gap funding” support series to help accelerate development of selected Intellectual Property-based MSU technologies with high commercial potential.
This program reflects a joint commitment of the VPRGS and the MSU Foundation to support MSUT and other business units within the MSU Innovation Center, and to leverage commercial value from MSU’s rich IP base to help solve some of the world’s most complex problems.
TSGTD nominations and awards are intended to accelerate development and enhance potential commercial opportunities including licensing, marketing, new company creation or other business development efforts. In effect, the TSGTD program has focused MSUT Technology Managers and MSU inventor efforts on the best commercial opportunities within the MSU IP portfolio.


Internal Funding administered by the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI)

More information on internal funding from the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI).

International Studies and Programs Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies - MSU in Turkey

Michigan State University faculty and alumni in Turkey are active and supportive of several formal linkages with educational institutions, Turkish and Turkic language course offerings, study abroad programs and international research initiatives in Turkey.

MSU Technologies – The Targeted Support Grant for Technology Development (TSGTD)

Awards funded by VPRGS on a continuous basis.

The OVPRGS has allocated new funding in FY 2016-2017 to support Targeted Support Grants for Technology Development (TSGTD). TSGTD awards are intended to accelerate the commercial development of inventions, technologies and copyright materials within the entire MSU intellectual property estate. Support is targeted to address narrow, specific technology “gaps”, to better establish proof of concept, and to enable key, go-no go decisions concerning the potential for commercial application. As such, these awards may enhance or create business opportunities including licensing, marketing, new company creation or other business development efforts within the MSU Innovation Center (

Proposals are submitted by MSU Technology Tech Managers in collaboration with faculty inventors. Eligibility for TSGTD funding requires:

  • evidence of secure IP (submitted or issued technology patents)
  • completion of formal technology screening or full commercial assessment evidencing commercial potential, if not specific market options. This process is initiated routinely upon submission of an invention disclosure.

TSGTD applications are accepted and immediately reviewed at any time throughout the year. Nominations are jointly prepared by inventors and MSUT Tech Managers and submitted to a Research Review Committee convened by the OVPRGS to facilitate confidential peer review by selected internal (MSU) or external expert panels. This approach allows immediate evaluations and funding decisions on a continuous basis. This offers the advantage of avoiding extended time delays inherent in other internal or external grant programs. The TSGTD review process ensures confidentiality to both applicants and expert referees and protects against disclosure of IP.

Award categories range from flexible, short term projects conducted within MSUT (Category A – $5,000 -$10,000), to more complex short or long term research projects involving MSU inventors (Category B/C – $10,000 - $100,000), as well as projects involving co-investments ($ or in-kind) by commercial partners (Category D – $75-150,000). Projects within Category D have high priority based on the commitment of commercial customers willing to share risks of development.

IRTL Seed Grants

The College of Education’s Institute for Research on Teaching and Learning has funds to support either projects that are likely to lead to larger funded projects or small research projects. The goal of the “seed” grants is to enable COE faculty to develop research grant proposals and to increase their likelihood of successfully competing for research funds. However, research projects that stand alone will also be supported.