PURPOSE: Research maintenance awards are made to help sustain essential activities of a research project experiencing a temporary hiatus in external funding. These awards are made for a very short duration (usually less than 6 months) when resumption of external funding is reasonably assured. While emphasis is given to support of key project staff, limited funds are available for other essential costs. Awards supplement support provided by the applicant's unit. The expectation is that funding is for a particular period of time for which transitional resources are essential. Thus, it is normally expected that the end date will not be extended, and funds not expended in this period on authorized expenses will be recovered by U-M the Office of Research (UMOR). These funds are not intended to cover budget reductions in awards from external sponsors.
ELIGIBILITY: Instructional and Research Faculty, Librarians, Curators, and Archivists may apply.
BUDGET: Awards are expected to range from $5,000 to a maximum of $15,000. Available funds are limited and projects will be selected through a competitive review process.
Submit a budget for the TOTAL operating cost of the project during the requested maintenance period. Neither academic nor summer salary for the project director is allowable. A minimum dollar-for-dollar match is required from the applicant's home unit. This is to be included in the budget breakdown, indicating whether the match is confirmed or pending, before submitting the application.
DEADLINES: 15th of September and January
Notification of funding decisions is made within 12 weeks of the program’s deadline. Late applications will not be processed until the next deadline for that program. Applicants can facilitate expeditious review by providing complete information and all required signatures.
EVALUATION CRITERIA: Includes, but may not be limited:
**LSA Faculty are required to apply through the Gateway to Internal Funding (eGif)**
PROPOSAL NARRATIVE: (10 page limit)
The narrative provides a concise description of the research, scholarship or creative activity, including:
BUDGET: (1 page limit)
A detailed budget should be included in addition to the budget summary information requested on the application form.
BUDGET JUSTIFICATION: (2 page limit)
The budget justification is a narrative that should fully explain the relationship of costs to the proposed activity, and the basis for cost estimates. In addition, please indicate:
For more information on the review and award process, including required signatures, award administration, and funding restrictions, see our Supplemental Information page.
Last updated: February 5, 2015
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