The Ferris Foundation, acting under the authority of its Board of Directors, respectfully requests the submission of proposals from those who are interested in pursuing projects that demonstrate exceptional merit in advancing the mission of Ferris State University, which states
"Ferris State University prepares students for successful careers, responsible citizenship, and lifelong learning. Through its many partnerships and its career-oriented, broad-based education, Ferris serves our rapidly changing global economy and society."
Funds have been established to support projects that represent the innovative and collaborative spirit of Ferris State University, including (but not limited to) the following types of endeavors:
Matching grant expenses
Research or special projects that involve students
Faculty, and/or other expert participation
Enhancing faculty expertise or funding equipment dedicated to specific programmatic objectives
**It is not the intent of the grant to fund/provide direct compensation for faculty/staff. Student salaries are considered on a case by case basis**
To foster academic collaboration and maximize academic project initiatives, extra consideration (more weight) will be given to projects that have obtained outside funding from partnering business and industry or outside government agencies toward the estimated proposal total.
Grant awards will not exceed $7,500 and are not renewable, however, previously funded projects may be considered by The Foundation. For projects involving animal and/or human subjects, such protocols must be approved by the appropriate University committee (Human Subjects Review Committee and/or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee) prior to grant approval.
Grant Award Timetable
Proposal Submission Date Deadline: February 27, 2015
Initial Review of Proposals Complete: March 27, 2015
2015-16 Grant Awards Announced: April 10, 2015
Merit Grant Progress Report Due: December 4, 2015
Final Report Due: April 29, 2016
Proposals received after 5:00 p.m. on February 27, 2015 or not adhering to the guidelines and format below will not be accepted or considered.
Check the FAQ page first to see if your question can be answered. It is very important that you read and follow the instructions outlined below to successfully complete the application.
Proposals, and any questions relating thereto, should be directed to: Kim Erickson, Ferris Foundation, 420 Oak Street, PRK-101, Big Rapids, Michigan 49307, (231) 591-2365 or KimberlyErickson@ferris.edu.
The Request for Proposal form can be found online at ferris.edu/htmls/foundation. The form must be filed electronically.
It is very important to follow the instructions - please see the FAQ page if you have questions. It is essential that you be at your own computer when filling out this form, as it uses your email client to send the form to the Foundation Office.
Proposals must be submitted in electronic format and provide the following information to the extent that it is available:
Grant Application Submission Guidelines
Attention: Please follow the directions for submitting the form exactly as presented in the "Proposal Guidelines and Content" section above. Follow these exact steps to submit your proposal:
Please contact Kim Erickson at the Foundation Office (231-591-2365) if you have any questions regarding the process.
The grant application requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.
IMPORTANT: Do not use Google Chrome to submit this application due to a known issue with cutting and pasting. If you are using a Mac to complete your application, visit the FAQ page for special instructions for submitting your application.
Note: This is a fillable PDF form. Do not attempt to copy it to your hard drive. It is designed to be filled in and sent via email. If you save it to your hard drive and attempt to send it to the Foundation Office as a PDF file, it will arrive blank. Please review the instructions above prior to filling out the form.