MSU Internal Funding Opportunities
The Grant Proposal System is used for submitting proposals for research funding programs administered by the Office for Research and Innovation. These programs are funded through the generosity of the Michigan State University Foundation.
Visit the FAQ page for commonly asked questions on the Grant Proposal System.
Discretionary Funding Initiative (DFI)
The DFI program provides bridge funds for tenure-stream faculty for additional studies needed for resubmission of a grant application to the same funding agency.
To request funding from this program, faculty should submit a proposal via the grant proposal system. Applicants will be expected to provide copies of their previous external reviews, if applicable, and describe the work that will be completed to address the comments provided in those documents. The research associate dean of the applicant's college (lead college if appointed in multiple colleges) will review applications and submit a prioritized list to the Office of Research and Innovation (OR&I). Requests for support approved by the research associate deans will be reviewed by the OR&I.
- The maximum award amount from the OR&I will be $25K and will require a 100% (up to $25K) match from units or colleges.
- Funds are made available for 18 months.
- The PIs will be required to submit a KC summary proposal for the DFI application.
- Reports will be required at the end of the project period.
2021-2022 DFI Schedule
- DFI Session I RFA – August 16, 2021
- DFI Session I Application Deadline - September 9, 2021
- DFI Session I Funding Announcement - October 28, 2021
- DFI Session II RFA – February 3, 2022
- DFI Session II Applications Deadline - March 10, 2022
- DFI Session II Funding Announcements - April 28, 2022
Humanities and Arts Research Program (HARP)
Provides funds to support faculty who are conducting important research leading to creative and performance projects or activities in the arts and humanities. This limited funding is designed to support faculty in the development of projects that seem likely to enhance the reputation of the faculty member and the university.
Provides funds, when research is complete, to help subsidize the costs of book publication, permissions to use copyrighted materials, CD recording and production, the creation and mounting of exhibits, and other expenses associated with producing the results of a complete creative or research project.
2021-2022 HARP Schedule
- Production Session I RFA – August 16, 2021
- Development RFA – August 16, 2021
- Production Session I Deadline - September 16, 2021
- Development Deadline - October 7, 2021
- Production Session I Funding Announcement - November 24, 2021
- Production Session II RFA – December 9, 2021
- Production Session II Deadline - January 27, 2022
- Development Funding Announcement - February 2, 2022
- Production Session II Funding Announcement - March 30, 2022
Strategic Partnership Grants (SPG)
The SPG program provides funding for major projects in key areas of research, scholarship and creative activities.
Michigan State University recognizes the value of supporting and nurturing faculty engaging in leading-edge research and scholarship initiatives. These initiatives must be of a caliber that positions the faculty to compete for significant external funding, including the development of research ideas with significant commercial potential, and to raise the stature of the university. Some of these initiatives may have strong potential to develop into a center or institute-level research program.
2021-2022 SPG Schedule
- SPG Pre-Proposal RFA – August 16. 2021
- SPG Pre-Proposal Deadline - September 9, 2021
- Invitations to submit SPG full proposals - November 24, 2021
- SPG Full Proposal Deadline - January 20, 2022
- SPG Announcement of Proposals Presented to the MSU Foundation - April 27, 2022
Other MSU Funding Opportunities
Michigan State University Center for Business and Social Analytics requests proposals for “Innovations in Business and Social Analytics,” to provide start-up and bridging funds for multi-college research teams that are using innovative methods to tackle grand challenges in the social world.
The Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Activities (I3) provides funding through the CIEG program to colleges, as well as other academic and administrative units, individuals and groups to engage in efforts that will enhance the overall learning, living and working environment for students, faculty and staff at MSU and will demonstrably benefit students and create a more inclusive campus community for all. Learn more about the program and how to apply at the I3 website. The next deadline is August 16, 2021.
Next deadline for applications is July 30, 2021
MSU's Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) accepts research proposals from MSU faculty for up to $30,000 grants on an annual basis. The program typically distributes $150,000 per year. The purpose of the Michigan Applied Public Policy Research (MAPPR) grant program is to link the work of faculty to current policy discussions. The outcome of the grant program creates an information exchange between research and practice.
ISP provides a number of opportunities for faculty including travel funding, project funding, and Fulbright Programs. ISP also offers student funding through a wide array of travel grants and scholarships.
MSU Drug Discovery typically accepts proposals each fall. The RFA with instructions for applying are posted on the group's website.
The MSU Drug Discovery staff will hold an information session (date TBD) to discuss the MDG process and answer any questions - watch for an upcoming announcement. Until then, please view the website for updates, a list of previous awardees, and more information about MSU Drug Discovery.
NEOGEN Land Grant Prize (Graduate Students only)
Funded by a gift from former Provost and Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, Dr. John E. Cantlon, and his wife Carolyne Irene Cantlon, this endowed award program seeks to advance the work of an MSU graduate student whose research has the potential to contribute to economic and scientific improvements in society, with a promise of practical applications that benefit U.S. economic interests. The deadline for applications is September 16, 2021. Learn more on the Research and Innovation website.
The MSU Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute offers Pilot Funding for Clinical and/or Translational Research. Please review the criteria for funding and the process of submitting a proposal.
The S3 (Science and Society @ State) Interdisciplinary Seed Grant supports new or emerging interdisciplinary collaborations between MSU’s science studies scholars (sociologists/historians/anthropologists/artists/etc. who study science) and STEM/health scholars. These interdisciplinary seed grants help create opportunities for collaborative research projects between the scholars working within a scientific/medical field, and the humanists, artists or social scientists who study that field.
Next deadline for applications: TBD
Trifecta offers up to $8,000 ($10,000 in some cases) for interdisciplinary teams of MSU faculty. The PI must be from one of the Trifecta colleges (MSU's College of Nursing, College of Engineering, and College of Communication Arts & Sciences) and the team must include a member from a different Trifecta Initiative college.
If your unit offers internal funding for MSU faculty research and creative activities, please contact email@example.com, so that grant opportunities and application deadlines can be posted.