External Funding Summary

External grants awarded to faculty

External funding awards come from a variety of sources, including federal agencies, private foundations, industry and other higher education institutions—all contributing to Western Michigan University's reputation as a discovery-driven university.

July 1, 2017 through Sept. 30, 2017
Proposals submitted: 101 
Projects awarded: 60

Awards of $27,333,000 in 2016-17

July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017
Proposals submitted: 389 
Projects awarded: 272

Awarded by agency 2016-17  
Federal $13,575,644.44 49.67%
State $2,844,269.13 10.41%
Local $2,531,504.73 9.26%
Foreign $110,000.00 0.40%
Industry/corporation $1,779,437.00 6.51%
Educational institution $2,431,284.92 8.89%
Foundation $708,357.50 2.59%
Other $3,352,780.20 12.27%
Total $27,333,277.92  

 Awards of $23,520,000 in 2015-16

Pie chart depicting external funding sources for 2015-16.

July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016
Proposals submitted: 385
Projects awarded: 250

Total $23,520,175.88  
Awarded by agency 2015-16  
Federal $ 9,429.858.79 40.09%
State $ 3,109,541.22 13.22%
Local $ 2,675,889.75 11.38%
Foreign $ 471,825.20 2.01%
Industry/corporation $ 1,376,860.96 5.85%
Educational institution $ 2,496.790.21 10.62%
Foundation $ 1,642.115.00 6.98%
Other $ 2,317,294.95 9.85%

Submissions and awards Previous years

July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015
Proposals submitted: 355
Projects awarded: 231

July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014
Proposals submitted: 371
Projects awarded: 252

Detailed summaries

For a detailed listing and multiple years of external awards, visit WMU Grants and Contracts:

Apply for external funding

The Office of the Vice President for Research offers a wealth of tools to help WMU researchers find and apply for external funding. Visit the Funding page to begin the search for a grant opportunity.