U-M Office of Research
Faculty Grants & Awards

Funds for Research and Scholarship:
Research Maintenance for Sponsored Projects

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)**



The narrative provides a concise description of the research, scholarship or creative activity, including:

  1. Discussion of the circumstances which have led to the need for interim support
  2. Description of any previous UMOR interim support (amount, dates)
  3. Description of the activities the applicant intends to undertake during the period for which interim support is requested
  4. If available, summary reviews or feedback from external funding source
  5. A list of pending internal/external proposals submitted by the applicant including present title of project, sponsor, PAF number, amount, duration, and anticipated decision date
  6. If applicable, indicate if Medical School applicant has also applied for BMRC Bridging Support for the SAME project (include the date of submission)

BUDGET: (1 page limit)
A detailed budget should be included in addition to the budget summary information requested on the application form.

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:

  1. Why UMOR support is sought (e.g., external support is unavailable, insufficient, delayed, interrupted, impractical, etc.)
  2. If salary support is requested, provide detail (for whom, nature and percent of appointment, period of time, amount)

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

Contact: Office of Research (763-2080)