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Faculty and Staff Merit Grants

Merit Grant Process for 2022-23

NOTE: In addition to submitting your electronic request for proposal, you will be expected to present your project in person to the Gifts and Grants Committee of The Ferris Foundation Board of Directors.

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. 

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 with business and industry or outside government agencies toward the estimated proposal total.

Please click on the right menu to view the mission and purpose of The Ferris Foundation.

Grant awards will not exceed $7,500 and are not renewable, however, previously funded projects may be considered by The Ferris Foundation.

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:

  • Pilot Programs
  • 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.

Grant Award Timetable

  • Proposal Submission Date Deadline: February 28, 2022
  • Initial Review of Proposals Complete: March 15, 2022
  • Presentation Dates: March 24 and 25, 2022
  • Grant Awards Announced: April 13, 2022
  • Merit Grant Progress Report Due: December 14, 2022
  • Final Report Due: April 15, 2023

Proposals received after 5:00 p.m. on February 28, 2022 or not adhering to the guidelines and format below will not be accepted or considered.

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 [email protected].

The Request for Proposal form can be found here.

Proposal Content

Proposals will be submitted in electronic format and provide the following information to the extent that it is available:

  • Grant Application Cover Sheet: Please print and use the online cover sheet; it must be complete and include the proper signatures.
  • Narrative: A brief description of the project being proposed and the desired outcomes (maximum 1 page). When completing the narrative portion, please be brief and concise.
  • Relevance: Please share the relevance of the project and how this aligns with the mission of Ferris State University.
  • Timeline: Please outline the timeline.
  • Names and Qualifications: The names and qualifications of all individuals who are substantially responsible for pursuing the proposal's objectives.
  • Dissemination: Please describe how you will disseminate the results of your project to the University, community, and your greater academic/professional community.
  • Budget: A complete project budget which details how grant funds will be used. The budget should also describe the extent to which any additional resources beyond The Foundation's grant are needed and have been committed to the project.
    • If requesting equipment, assess the distribution/disposal upon completion of project.
    • Food and beverage expenses will not be funded and therefore shall be excluded from the amount requested from the Foundation.
    • For ongoing projects, please include a discussion of financial sustainability of the project or initiative.

Grant Guidelines

  • All proposals shall be submitted using the attached outline and the responses shall be contained to the space indicated on the page.
  • Please use standard fonts, such as Times New Roman or Arial, keeping the font size to either 10 point or 11 point.
  • All text shall be single spaced, and paragraphs shall be indented.
  • The final proposal should be no longer than 7 pages in length.

Proposals not adhering to these formatting guidelines will not be considered for evaluation.

IRB Approval:  For projects requiring protocol approval from either the Human Subjects Review Committee or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, please include a copy of the approval with your proposal.

PLEASE NOTE:  You cannot save information to the form. We recommend that you cut and paste from a Word document into the form. This will save you some frustration later if you have to walk away from the form and you lose your progress.

Grant Application Submission Guidelines

  • Open the form using the link at the bottom of the page.
  • Fill in the form completely.
  • After submitting your proposal, you must take a copy to your Dean's office for approval and signature to be forwarded to the Foundation Office. Use the online cover sheet (see Proposal Content) to get your Dean or VP’s approval/signature.

We strongly recommend that you first create your proposal in Word, and then copy and paste it into the form. Once you begin filling out the form, you must complete it. You cannot save it and come back to it later.

Please contact Kim Erickson at the Foundation Office (231-591-2365) if you have any questions regarding the process.

Recipient Reporting Requirements

Recipients must create two reports – a mid-year report due in December and a final report due in April .

If your question is not listed here, please email Foundation assistant Kim Erickson at [email protected].