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Research Funding and Grants Guide

Provides resources on finding funding and grants.

First Stop: Research Commons

Research Commons provides a unique shopping experience for University of Michigan researchers to identify internal funding opportunities in one space without having to navigate multiple websites.

Spotlight: Research Catalyst and Innovation Program


Additional Ways to Access Internal Funding

Start your funding search by reviewing the many internal funding opportunities offered by the University of Michigan. Many of the opportunities below will be available in Research Commons, so be sure to search there, too!

Depending on what your funding needs are, departments and units across campus offer a variety of funding programs and awards for researchers throughout every step of their career.

Be sure to sign up for internal newsletters across campus that will alert you to internal funding opportunities.

Limited Submission Opportunities

Sponsors sometimes limit the number of applications that may be submitted from a single institution. In that case, U-M will announce an internal competition, and reviewers determine which proposal may go forward.


Faculty & Staff Funding Awards

These awards, offered by several offices across campus, are designed specifically for faculty and staff who are seeking support for areas of research and scholarship where external funds are scarce or unavailable.

If your department offers a funding program for faculty and staff that is not listed here,
email us and we'll add it to the guide!

Pilot & Feasibility Funding

Pilot and feasibility awards provide funding either to new investigators who have not yet received significant other support, or to more established investigators who are doing work in these areas for the first time. They allow for research to assess the feasibility of conducting a larger investigation or undertaking a larger project.

We encourage you to reach out to your department administrator for information about additional pilot funding specific to your research interests.