Faculty and Staff Funding Sources

External Faculty and Staff Funding Sources

External support for Western Michigan University faculty and staff researchers is available from a number of agencies providing grants or contracts. Below is a sampling of those sources. Once a funding source has been identified, the Office of the Vice President for Research can help with proposal development and submission. Contact a research program officer early in the process for assistance.

Highlighted funding

Limited submissions

  • Federal Business Opportunities—Online database to find posted federal procurement opportunities across departments and agencies.
  • Foundation Directory Online —Maintained by the Foundation Center, this database profiles more than 140,000 private foundations, corporate entities and public charities offering grants. WMU has a limited membership to this database. Contact a research program officer for access.
  • Grants.gov—Provides a common website for federal agencies to post discretionary funding opportunities and for grantees to find and apply to them.
  • GrantSearch—Maintained by the Grants Resource Center, GrantSearch contains more than 1,500 funding opportunities that support academic activities such as research, education, training, fellowships, program or curriculum development, and equipment acquisition. Contact a research program officer for information on accessing this database.
  • NIH.gov—Listing of National Health Institute current requests for applications.
  • NSF.gov—Listing of National Science Foundation funding opportunities arranged by research area. 
  • SciVal—This subscription-based funding information portal is available to all WMU faculty, staff and students.
  • Young Investigator Research Program—The Air Force YIP supports scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research.
  • WMU Research Foundation—An independent, nonprofit corporation provides funding through the Technology Development Fund for researchers to expand on their research-stage technologies, moving toward a product. Submit online application.

View a list of WMU’s past external grant recipients.

Internal Faculty and Staff Funding Sources

Being discovery driven, WMU focuses on ways to support its faculty and staff researchers. General funds have been designated to incentivize scholarship and creative activities. The Office of the Vice President for Research also contributes funds. Together, WMU and the research office facilitate the following opportunities.

  • Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award—The FRACAA is a competitive award that supports WMU faculty in significant research, rigorous scientific inquiry, original artistic activity and inventive technology. Awards are made for up to $10,000 and require submission of an external funding proposal within 18 months of the end of the project period. See a list of WMU faculty and staff who have benefited from this assistance: previous FRACAA winners.
  • Faculty Research Travel Fund—The FRTF supports faculty travel to meetings of professional organizations for the purpose of reporting research results, exhibiting or performing creative works, or otherwise disseminating the results of WMU’s scholarly activity. Apply after travel to receive reimbursement.
  • Publication of Papers and Exhibition of Creative Works—PPP&E funds support the final preparation and publication of papers and exhibition of creative works through recognized media. Apply after the research or creative work has been completed.
  • Support for Faculty Scholars Award—The SFSA supports creative activities and research that may not lead to external funding but enhance and sustain the scholarly reputation of WMU and the faculty principal investigators. See a list of WMU faculty and staff who have benefited from this support: previous SFSA winners.

Internal support may also be available from some WMU colleges, departments and offices.