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Find Funding

Finding funding happens at the school/college/unit level by the research project team and the principal investigator (PI). This page helps point you to the various U-M resources that help project teams find funding.

How can ORSP help in this early phase of the Research Project Lifecycle?

ORSP does not handle research development nor finding funding, but we can point you in the right direction (see below).

In the early stages of a research project lifecycle, ORSP does remind project teams to:

  • Defer discussions of indirect cost arrangements to ORSP. This is important in the early phases of a project.
  • Utilize ORSP for negotiation and review of agreements and grants.
  • Remember that ORSP has signature authority assigned by the university.
  • In your proposal development, plan ahead for compliance with ORSP's proposal submission deadline policy.

At the University of Michigan, all sponsored projects must be submitted through ORSP via the eResearch Proposal Management (eRPM) system.

Where and How to Find Funding

If you don't have a research development staff, utilize these U-M resources.

    OVPR - Research Development and Proposal Services

    Leverage the Research Development and Proposal Services from the U-M Office of the Vice President (OVPR) for Research along with:

    • Research Commons, a website that promotes internal funding opportunities.
    • View archives or subscribe to the Research Blueprint, a newsletter that shares funding announcements, workshops, Limited Submissions opportunities, and more. (If you have an opportunity for OVPR to share, send it to

    U-M Library - Research Funding and Grants Guide

    The U-M Library's Research Funding and Grants Guide indexes university-wide listings of funding opportunities and resources with content from all units, schools, and colleges. Utilized databases such as ProQuest's Pivot to create email alerts to keep you informed of new opportunities in your research area.

    Schedule a consultation with the exceptionally skilled Informationists of the U-M Library, who offer personalized, expert funding and grant search consultation to U-M faculty and staff.

      Foundation Relations

      When working with private foundations, U-M's Office of Foundation Relations serves as a central point of contact, supporting university research and programs. They also post funding opportunities.

      Work with your Research AdministratorExamples of University of Michigan Funding information

      Once an investigator selects an opportunity, (or even before) the first point of contact should be the department research administrator (RA). If you are not sure who that is, you can find your department RA in the Blue Pages on our website. 

      RAs are critical to the success of research projects, as they manage he vast business, reporting, and financial aspects of a project, so that investigators may focus on the research itself. 


          No. Tuition refunds are no longer covered by UMOR or ORSP. Tuition refunds for sponsored projects are the responsibility of the employee's unit. 

          References and Resources

          • Foundations Relations The University of Michigan Foundation Relations team partners with faculty to secure funding from the top private foundations locally and nationally, based on decades of experience working with the top foundations in the country. 
          • Federal Funding Opportunity Announcements This includes funding solicitations, funding opportunity announcements (FOAs), broad agency announcement (BAAs) and more.
          • Types of Agreements At any point of a research project you may need a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA), a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), a Data Use Agreement (DUA) or another type of "unfunded agreement" (UFA). 

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