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Internal Grant Opportunities

Ferris State University supports the development of new research directions and creative ideas through a number of internal grant programs. The following summary table shows the basic attributes of these programs.

Internal Research Funding

Internal Research Funding is coordinated by the Office Research & Sponsored Programs with the Faculty Research Committee.

  • The Summer Student Fellowship is intended to promote collaborative research and creative work projects between faculty and students at Ferris State University in the summer months. The program provides a focused and intensive experience for the student by supporting full time work for the summer semester. Applicaitons will be available in January and are due early March. Notification of award is made in April.  For questions, contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at [email protected].
  • The Faculty Research Grant (FRG) allows faculty to pursue new research directions. The Academic Senate program supports the preliminary phases of a research project that will later wish to seek funding from external sources. Funding for the FRG was greatly expanded when it was combined with the former Student Research Assistant (SRA) program. The FRG allows Faculty to involve students in their project by hiring them as student research assistants, as well as funds for equipment, supplies and travel. The grant has two funding cycles: deadlines in early Fall and Spring semesters. Please see the full FRG guidelines for more information.

Additional University Funding Opportunities

  • *NEW* Bulldog Student Travel Award: The Bulldog Student Travel Award Program provides funding to enable students to present research, scholarly and creative work at conferences, symposia, or other venues, whether held online or in person. Awards up to $1,500 are available.
  • Diversity Mini-Grants: Provide funding for projects with the potential to make Ferris more inclusive.
  • Ferris Foundation Exceptional Merit Grant can be used to support a wide variety of innovative projects that advance the mission of Ferris State University.  Supported areas  include (but are not limited to) pilot projects, research with students, and equipment that may support research or academic programs.
  • Professional Development Grant provides support for projects that develop the expertise of faculty in their disciplines and enhance their ability to engage students in the classroom.
  • Timme Travel Grant Program provides financial support for faculty to attend or present at a conference with the goal of enhancing their teaching. The conference focus may be discipline-specific (subject area conference), or directly related to the study of teaching and learning in the college classroom.
  • College of Arts, Sciences and Education provides grant opportunities for faculty and students in the College of Arts, Sciences and Education.