420 Oak Street
Big Rapids, MI 49307
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:
**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.
Proposals received after 5:00 p.m. on February 26, 2020 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 online at ferris.edu/giving/ferris-foundation/MeritGrant/meritgrant.pdf. The form can be filed electronically or turned in to The Foundation Office in person by the deadline.
Proposals can be submitted in electronic format or in person and provide the following information to the extent that it is available:
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: Because this is a PDF form, you cannot save information to it. We recommend that you cut and paste from a Word document into the PDF form. This will save you some frustration later if you have to walk away from the form and you lose your progress.
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.
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 Macintosh to complete your application, visit the FAQ section of this webpage 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.
Recipients must create two reports – a mid-year report due on December 17, 2021 and a final report due on April 15, 2022.
If your question is not listed here, please email Foundation assistant Kim Erickson at [email protected].