The Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award (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.
The first step in securing funding is to identify the right sponsor and opportunity for a particular project. Funding is available internally and externally. External support for WMU faculty, staff, and student researchers is available from a number of agencies providing grants or contracts. Once a funding source has been identified, the Office of Research and Innovation can help with proposal development and submission. Contact a research program officer early in the process for assistance.
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Find External Funding
The university subscribes to GrantForward, where all WMU faculty and staff may create an account, save searches and set flags to receive newly posted funding in selected areas.
Other Recommend External Database Searches
- Grants.gov—Provides a common website for federal agencies to post discretionary funding opportunities and for grantees to find and apply to them.
- NIH.gov—Listing of National Health Institute current requests for applications.
- NSF.gov—Listing of National Science Foundation funding opportunities arranged by research area.
- Forecast of Funding in Education—U.S. Department of
Other Funding Information
Sponsors offer some opportunities that do not have specific deadlines or have rolling deadlines though multiple years. See the list.
Funding agencies often limit the number of proposals an institution is allowed to submit to a particular program. The Office of Research and Innovation highlights current limited submission opportunities on infoready.
Limited submission opportunities that ORI is aware of will be posted on InfoReady. When at the site look for the category "ORI: Limited Submission", click on the "Title" to submit a Letter of Intent (this is for internal purposes only and consists of a brief project description along with your contact information). ORI will request white papers if the number of LOI's exceeds the number of proposals a sponsor will allow. Emails will be sent to notify individuals if they should proceed with their proposals or if a white paper is required. White papers will be reviewed by a panel to determine which proposals will move forward to the sponsor.