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 database searches and ongoing opportunities. See highlighted and limited submissions for mostly date driven sources of funds. 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

Recommended external database searches

  • 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.

External date driven opportunities by subject area

 

External ongoing opportunities by subject area

 

Arts/Humanities

Criminal Justice, Youth Justice, and Workers’ Rights Grants—Public Welfare Foundation—funding grants for their longstanding commitment to racial equity and justice.

High-Risk Research in Biological Anthropology and Archaeology—National Science Foundation 08-523

Fundamental Science Research on Mind and Body Approaches (R21)—National Institute of Health 18-322. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16 annually. (R01) 18-323 Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.

Media Projects: Development Grants :Production Grants—National Endowment for the Humanities. Rolling deadlines of Jan. 10 and Aug. 1 annually.

Thriving Cultures Program—Surdna Foundation—based on a belief that communities with robust arts and culture are more cohesive and prosperous, and benefit from diversity. 

 

Education/Economic and Community Development

Asians Studies Grants—Association for Asian Studies research and travel grants for association members. Rolling deadlines: Feb. 1 and Oct. 1 annually.

Developing Healthy PlacesThe Kresge Foundation

Domestic Public Policy—Smith Richardson Foundationsupports projects that will help the public and policy makers understand and address critical challenges facing the U.S.

Economic Literacy Grant Program—Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation, Inc.

Equitable CommunitiesW. K. Kellogg Foundation—seeks to have all communities to be vibrant, engaged and equitable.

Lumina Foundation—committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.  

MAXIMUS Foundationthree funding priorities of youth and children development, community development and health care. Rolling deadlines of Jan. 31 and Aug. 31 annually.

Program Development or Program EvaluationBrady Education Foundation—seeks to close the achievement-opportunity gap for children at risk for poor school outcomes. Stage 1 rolling deadlines Aug. 1 and Dec. 1 through 2019.

Surdna Foundation Grants—funding strong local economies, sustainable environments and thriving cultures.

Working Families—W. K. Kellogg Foundationinvesting in efforts to help families obtain stable, high-quality jobs.

 

Health

Academic-Industrial Partnerships to Translate and Validate in vivo Cancer Imaging Systems (R01)National Institute of Health PAR-18-009. Rolling deadines of Mar. 1, June 7, Oct. 3 annually

Accelerating the Pace of Drug Abuse Research Using Existing Data (R01)National Institute of Health PAR-18-062. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.

Addressing Health Disparities through Effective Interventions Among Immigrant Populations (R21)National Institute of Health 18-285. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16 annually. (R01) 18-284. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.

Addressing Unmet Needs in Persons with Dementia to Decrease Behavioral Symptoms and Improve Quality of Life (R21)National Institute of Health 18-165. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16 annually. (R01) 18-147 rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.

Applying Metabolomics to Drive Biomarker Discovery in Symptom Science (R21)National Institute of Health 18-158. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16 annually. (R01) 18-140. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.

Behavioral & Integrative Treatment Development Program (R34)National Institute of Health 18-074. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16 annually. (R03)18-074. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16 annually. (R01) 18-055. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.

Bioengineering Research Grants (R01)National Institute of Health 18-206. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.

Bioengineering Research Partnerships (U01)National Institute of Health 18-208. Rolling deadlines of May 8, Sept. 13 annually.

Characterization of the Adolescent Reproductive Transition (R21)National Institute of Health 18-045. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16 annually. (R03) 18-046. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16 annually. (R01) 18-033. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.

Chronic Condition Self-Management in Children and Adolescents (R21)National Institute of Health 18-168. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16 annually. (R01) 18-029. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.

Clarifying the Relationship between Delirium and Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (R21/R33)National Institute of Health 18-181. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16 annually. (R01) 18-029. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.

Commonwealth Fundsupports independent research on health and social issues to improve health care practice and policy. 

Comparative Genomics Research Program (R01)National Institute of Health 17-482. Letter of intent by Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.

Complex Integrated Multi-Component Projects in Aging Research (U19)—National Institute of Health 18-296. Rolling deadlines of Jan. 25, May 25, Sept. 25 annually.

Contraception Research Centers Program (U54)—National Institute of Health 18-035. Letter of intent by Dec. 9 annually.

Development of Psychosocial Therapeutic and Preventive Interventions for Mental Disorders (R61/R33)—National Institute of Health 18-704. Letter of intent by Jan. 14 or May 15, 2018.

Diet and Physical Activity Assessment Methodology (R21)—National Institute of Health 18-112. Letters of intent by Jan. 16, May 16, Sept. 16 annually. (R01) 18-010. Application deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.

Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (R21)—National Institute of Health 18-017. Letters of intent by Jan. 16, May 16, Sept. 16 annually. (R01) 18-007. Letters of intent by Jan. 5, May 5, Sept. 5 annually.

End-of-Life and Palliative Needs of Adolescents and Young Adults with Serious Illnesses (R21)National Institute of Health 18-155. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16 annually. (R01) 18-137. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.

Environmental Exposures and Health: Exploration of Non-Traditional Settings (R21)National Institute of Health 18-160. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16 annually. (R01) 18-142. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.

Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomics Research Project Grant Program (R01)—National Institute of Health 17-444. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.

Evidence For Action—Robert Wood Johnson Foundation—Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health Evidence for Action.

Examination of Survivorship Care Planning Efficacy and Impact (R21)National Institute of Health 18-012. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16 annually. (R01) 18-002. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.

Exploratory/Developmental Bioengineering Research Grants (R21)National Institute of Health 18-286. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16 annually.

Functional Wellness in HIV: Maximizing the Treatment Cascade (R21)National Institute of Health 18-154. Application deadlines of Feb. 16. (R01) 18-136. Application deadlines of Feb. 16. 

Fundamental Science Research on Mind and Body Approaches (R21)National Institute of Health 18-322. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually. (R01) 18-323. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16 annually.

Gerber Foundationnutrition-related interventions to improve infant health and development from first year before birth to age 3. Concept paper ideas are due on June 1 and Dec. 1 annually.

Health Promotion Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Males (R21)National Institute of Health 18-162. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16 annually. (R01) 18-144. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.

Health Services Research Projects (R01)—Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Application deadlines of Feb. 5 and June 5, 2018

Innovative Questions in Symptom Science and Genomics (R21)National Institute of Health 18-157. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16 annually. (R01) 18-139. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.

Improving Individual and Family Outcomes through Continuity and Coordination of Care in Hospice (R21)National Institute of Health 18-166. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16 annually. (R01) 18-148. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.

Improving Outcomes for Disorders of Human Communication (R21)National Institute of Health 18-288. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16 annually. (R01) 18-287. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.

Improving Quality of Care and Quality of Life for Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias at the End of Life (R01)National Institute of Health 18-030. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.

Increasing the Use of Medications for the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorders (R01)National Institute of Health 18-196. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.

Large Research Projects for Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections (R01)—Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.

Marijuana, Prescription Opioid, or Prescription Benzodiazepine Drug Use Among Older Adults (R21)—National Institute of Health 18-079. Letters of intent by Jan. 16, May 16, Sept. 16 annually. (R03) 18-080. Letters of intent by Jan. 16, May 16, Sept. 16 annually. (R01) 18-080. Letters of intent by Jan. 5, May 5, Sept. 5 annually. 

MAXIMUS Foundationthree funding priorities of youth and children development, community development and health care. Rolling deadlines of Jan. 31 and Aug. 31 annually.

Mentored Research Scientist Research Career Development Award (K01)—Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 12, June 12, Oct. 12 annually.

NINDS Research Education Programs for Residents and Fellows in Neurological Disorders and Stroke (R25)National Institute of Health 18-346. Letter of intent by Dec. 23 annually.

Multidisciplinary Research in Vulvodynia (R21)National Institute of Health 18-096. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16 annually. (R01) 18-089. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.

Natural History of Disorders Identifiable by Screening of Newborns (R01)National Institute of Health 18-090. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.

Neuroscience Research on Drug Abuse (R21)National Institute of Health 18-078. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16 annually. (R01) 18-060. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.

NIBIB Biomedical Technology Resource Centers (P41)—National Institute of Health 17-083. Rolling deadlines for letter of intent by Dec. 14, Apr. 13, Aug. 14 annually.

NIMH Career Transition Award for Tenure-Track and Tenured Intramural Investigators (K22)—National Institute of Health—Award for Tenure-Track and Tenured Intramural Investigators. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 12, June 12, Oct. 12 annually.

NIMH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant (R21)National Institute of Health 18-350. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16 annually. 

Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics Approaches for Nutrition Research (R01)National Institute of Health 18-034. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.

Oral Anticancer Agents: Utilization, Adherence, and Health Care Delivery (R21)National Institute of Health 18-014. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16 annually. (R01) 18-004. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.

Outcome Measures for Use in Treatment Trials of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (R01)—National Institute of Health 18-039. Rolling deadlines for letter of intent by Jan. 5, May 5, Sept. 5 annually.

PCC Research GrantsPartnership for Clean Competition. Rolling deadlines of Mar. 1, July 1, Nov. 1 annually.

Phenotypic and Functional Studies on FOXO3 Human Longevity Variants to Inform Potential Therapeutic Target Identification Research (R01)—National Institute of Health 18-026. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.

Potential Effects of Metformin on Aging and Age-Related Conditions:  Small-Scale Clinical Studies and Secondary Analysis of Controlled Clinical Studies (R01)—National Institute of Health 18-026. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.

Prescription Drug Abuse (R21)—National Institute of Health 18-076 Rolling deadlines of Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16 annually. (R01) 18-058. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.   

Prevention Research in Mid-Life Adults (R21)—National Institute of Health 18-153. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16 annually. (R01) 18-134 Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.  

Promoting Caregiver Health Using Self-Management (R01)—National Institute of Health 18-150.  Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually. 

Reducing Health Disparities Among Minority and Underserved Children (R21)—National Institute of Health 18-169. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16 annually. 

Research Grants Using the Resources from the Osteoarthritis Initiative (R01)—National Institute of Health 18-409. Letter of intent by Jan. 5, May 5, Sept. 5 annually. (R21) 18-408. Letter of intent by Jan. 16, May 16, Sept. 16 annually.

Research on Informal and Formal Caregiving for Alzheimer's Disease (R21)—National Institute of Health 18-179. Deadlines of Feb. 16 and June 16, 2018.

Research to Action: Assessing and Addressing Community Exposures to Environmental Contaminants (R01)—National Institute of Health 18-260. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually. 

Research to Advance the Understanding and Management of the Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome in Children (R21)—National Institute of Health 18-094. Letter of intent by Jan. 16, May 16, Sept. 16 annually. (R03) 18-095 Letter of intent by Jan. 16, May 16, Sept. 16 annually. (R01) 18-091 Letter of intent by Jan. 5, May 5, Sept. 5 annually.

Safety and Outcome Measures of Pain Medications Used in Children and Pregnant Women (R21)—National Institute of Health 18-043. Deadlines of Feb. 16,  June 16, Oct. 16. (R03) 18-044. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16 annually. (R01) 18-038. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.

Screening and Brief Alcohol Interventions in Underage and Young Adult Populations (R21)—National Institute of Health 18-199. Deadline of Feb. 16. (R03) 18-200. Deadline of Feb. 16. (R01) 18-193. Deadline of Feb. 5.

Short-term Mentored Career Enhancement Awards for Mid-Career Investigators to Integrate Basic Behavioral and Social Sciences (K18)—National Institute of Health 18-349. Rolling deadline of Mar. 6 annually. 

Studies at Periviable Gestation (R21)—National Institute of Health 18-097. Letter of intent by Jan. 16, May 16, Sept. 16 annually. (R01)  18-036. Letter of intent by Jan. 5, May 5, Sept. 5 annually. (R03) 18-097. Letter of intent by Jan. 16, May 16, Sept. 16 annually.

Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) Research Advancement Award (SC1)—National Institute of Health 16-439. Rolling deadlines of Jan. 25 and May 25 annually. 

Testing Interventions for Health-Enhancing Physical Activity (R01)—National Institute of Health 18-324. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually. 

The Application of Big Data Analytics to Drug Abuse Research (R01)—National Institute of Health 18-057.  Letter of intent by Jan. 5, May 5, Sept. 5 annually.

The Health of Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Populations (R21)—National Institute of Health 18-040. Deadlines of Feb. 16 and June 16, 2018. (R03) 18-054 Deadlines of Feb. 16 and June 16, 2018. (R01) 18-037 Deadlines of Feb. 5 and June 5, 2018.

Typical and Atypical Patterns of Language & Literacy in Dual Language Learners (R21)—National Institute of Health 18-328. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16 annually. (R01) 18-316. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually.

Understanding the Early Development of the Immune System (R01)—National Institute of Health 18-333. Rolling deadlines of Apr. 4 and Dec. 5 annually.

Understanding Factors in Infancy and Early Childhood (Birth to 24 months) That Influence Obesity Development (R01)—National Institute of Health 18-032. Rolling deadlines of Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5 annually. 

 

Science/Technology/Engineering/Math—STEM

Algorithms for Threat Detection—National Science Foundation 17-510. Rolling deadlines of third Tuesday in Feb. annually.

Biomechanics and Mechanobiology  (BMMB)—National Science Foundation 17-7470. Rolling deadlines of Jan. 24 and Sept. 15 annually.

Biological Anthropology Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants—National Science Foundation 18-504. Application deadline of Jan. 24, 2018, July 20, 2018 and July 20 annually thereafter.

Broadening Participation in Engineering—National Science Foundation 16-7680. Rolling deadline of first Monday in Feb. annually.

Civil Infrastructure Systems  (CIS)—National Science Foundation 15-1631. Rolling deadlines of Jan. 24 and Sept. 15 annually.

Condensed Matter and Materials Theory—National Science Foundation 18-500

Cyberlearning for Work at the Human-Technology Frontier—National Science Foundation 17-598. Rolling deadline of second Monday in Jan. annually.

Earth Sciences: Instrumentation and Facilities—National Science Foundation 16-609

Earth Sciences: Laboratory Technician Support—National Science Foundation 17-504. Rolling deadline second Thursday in Feb. annually.

Geobiology and Low-Temperature Geochemistry—National Science Foundation 15-559

Geomorphology and Land Use Dynamics—National Science Foundation 15-560

Grants for Laboratory Animal Science—American Association for Laboratory Animal Science provides grants to AALAS members. Application deadline of Feb. 1 annually. 

Hydrologic Sciences—National Science Foundation 15-558

Innovation Corps - Nodes Program—National Science Foundation 17-533. Rolling deadline for letter of intent second Thursday in Feb. annually.

International Research Ethics Education and Curriculum Development Award —National Institute of Health 16-081. Rolling deadlines for letter of intent by Apr. 18 annually.

Mathers Foundation—mission to advance knowledge in the life sciences by sponsoring scientific research.

Mechanics of Materials and Structures  (MOMS)—National Science Foundation17-1630. Rolling deadlines of Jan. 24 and Sept. 15 annually.

Plant Genome Research Program—National Science Foundation 16-614

Professional Formation of Engineers: Research Initiation in Engineering Formation—National Science Foundation 17-517. Rolling deadline of  last Thursday in February annually.

Research Coordination Networks in Undergraduate Biology Education—National Science Foundation 18-510. Rolling deadline in January annually. Current deadline Jan. 30, 2018.

Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research—Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology—National Science Foundation 17-536.

Targeted Grants in Mathematics & Physical Sciences—Simons Foundation

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.

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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.