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Internal funding opportunities are available within the Michigan State University research community. Most have multiple funding cycles throughout the year. DER asks that you still complete a PPF to start your proposal processing steps.

  • Discretionary Funding Initiative (DFI) This program provides bridge funds for tenure-stream faculty for additional studies needed for resubmission of a nearly successful grant application.
  • Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) MSU MTRAC accelerates commercial development on bio-based projects. Projects will have shown promise in the laboratory, but need further development in order to become successful in a competitive market.
  • Science + Society @ State (S3) A collaborative grant program, provides seed money to MSU interdisciplinary collaborations working on external grant proposals.
  • Strategic Partnership Grants (SPG) This competitive grants program provides funding for major projects in key areas of research, scholarship and creative activities. 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.

Internal Resources

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies (OVPRGS) and Michigan State University Libraries host pages that offer tools to lead you to funding opportunities.

External Funding Sources

  • AHA The American Heart Association strongly believes that learning more about these diseases is the best way to reduce disability and death. That's why research is an association-wide priority.
  • AFOSR As a part of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), AFOSR's technical experts foster and fund research to ensure the transition of research results to support USAF needs.
  • ARL The Army Research Laboratory (ARL) program consists of basic and applied research and survivability/lethality and human factors analysis.
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges is a family of initiatives fostering innovation to solve key global health and development problems.
  • CDMRP The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) fills research gaps by funding high impact, high risk and high gain projects that other agencies may not venture to fund.
  • CRDF Global An independent nonprofit organization that promotes international scientific and technical collaboration.
  • DARPA The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) pursues opportunities for transformational change rather than incremental advances.
  • DOE ARPA-E U.S. Department of Energy's ARPA - E empowers America’s energy researchers with funding, technical assistance, and market readiness to accelerate the pace of energy innovation.
  • DOE OS The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science is the lead federal agency supporting fundamental scientific research for energy and the Nation’s largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences.
  • EPA The mission of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency EPA is to protect human health and the environment.
  • FedBizOpps The Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) webpage is a database of federal government contracting opportunities, including notices of proposed government procurement actions, contract awards, and more. DER also offers a daily FedBizOpps newsletter - contact for further details.
  • Fogarty Fogarty's International Center global health research and research training programs offer a variety of funding opportunities.
  • Foundation Center This stripped-down version of the Foundation Directory Online Professional database provides free access to 90,000 private foundations.
  • is a centralized location for grant seekers to find and apply for federal grants.
  • The Grantsmanship Center TGCI keeps a list of top giving foundations located in Michigan.
  • IARPA The Intelligence Advanced Research Project (IARPA) invests in high-risk, high reward research in the Intelligence Community.
  • NAMC National Advanced Mobility Consortium accelerates the transition of innovative technology into transformative ground vehicles and systems. Please see John Verboncoeur, Teresa Thomas or Julie Chism to access opportunities with MSU-EGR membership.
  • NASA - NSPIRES National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) supports research in science and technology as an important part of their overall mission.
  • NCI The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has worked to expand our understanding of cancer and to translate new knowledge into better cancer prevention and treatment.
  • NCHRP The National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) addresses issues integral to the state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and transportation professionals at all levels of government and the private sector.
  • NHLBI The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) stimulates basic discoveries about the causes of disease, enables the translation of basic discoveries into clinical practice, fosters training and mentoring of emerging scientists and physicians, and communicates research advances to the public.
  • NIEHS The mission of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives.
  • NIH The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Guide for Grants and Contracts is the official publication for NIH medical and behavioral research grant policies, guidelines and funding opportunities.
  • NIJ The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) funds physical and social science research, development and evaluation projects about criminal justice through competitive solicitations.
  • NIST The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) supports research that advances the nation's technology infrastructure needed by U.S. industry to improve their products and services.
  • NORDP The National Organization of Research Development Professionals keeps a list of available funding opportunities from agencies like NIH, NSF, DOE, NASA, DoD and more.
  • OJP The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs (OJP) provides innovative leadership to federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems, by disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices across America, and providing grants for the implementation of these crime fighting strategies.
  • ONR The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is constantly looking for innovative scientific and technological solutions to address current and future Navy and Marine Corps requirements.
  • PND Philanthropy News Digest (PND) summarizes and publishes a brief overview of funding opportunities offered by foundations and other grant making organizations.
  • SciVal Funding MSU has a subscription to SciVal Funding which provides search options and email alerts to assist with finding funding opportunities. Faculty's MSU Scholars profiles can be linked to SciVal Funding to allow automatic alerts that match expertise.
  • USAID The Agency for International Development is an independent federal government agency that provides foreign assistance and humanitarian aid to advance the political and economic interests of the United States.
  • USDA|NIFA The U.S. Department of Agriculture NIFA supports research, education, and extension activities through three primary funding mechanisms – competitive grants, formula grants, and non-competitive grants.

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