Who Can Apply?
Grant-in-Aid (GIA) applications are accepted from U of M faculty (professor, associate professor, assistant professor) conducting independent research and who hold (or will hold during the relevant academic year) full time (100 percent) tenured or tenure-track appointments (employee class FAR). New faculty must begin their appointment by the start date of the grant.
U of M faculty (professor, associate professor, assistant professor) holding full-time (100 percent) salaried multiple year contract, annual renewable contract or fixed term contract appointments (employee class FAC, FTD, or ACP) and who are annually evaluated like tenured and tenure-track faculty (in terms of their research accomplishments, independence and ability to secure external funding), are also eligible for GIA support.
A faculty member may be principal investigator (PI) on only one application at a time or one awarded GIA during a given grant period. We make an exception for investigators applying under shared equipment.
Proposals That Are Not Eligible
- Proposals from PIs who have held two GIA awards within the past five years. (Exception: Funding provided for the shared equipment category, will not be included in the two GIA maximum.)
- Proposals that have been reviewed three times previously, unless the PI was specifically encouraged to resubmit the proposal following the most recent submission.
- Applications directed primarily toward curriculum or educational development, e.g., preparation of textbooks or course materials, or toward product development, market surveys, etc. These are more appropriately funded by the faculty member's department or college, or by industry, respectively.
- Projects which are evaluations of educational (e.g., classroom) experiments, industrial processes, etc. are generally not eligible for funding unless it is clear that the research is part of a broader hypothesis that is the basis of the scholarly work of the faculty member and that the evaluation is not an end in itself.
- Graduate student thesis research per se (although graduate students are often major participants in projects receiving support).
- Applicants who have more than $50,000 of uncommitted nonsponsored/internal funding, e.g. start up, matching, Imagine Funding, funds associated with position. (Exception: Shared Equipment Category that has a 30–50 percent cost sharing requirement.)
By approving the application, the department chair guarantees a commitment for salary and space for the term of the grant.
Terms of Support
Specific projects are generally supported only once. Should faculty wish to apply for a second term of support, a new proposal must be submitted that addresses the following issues: a) there must be a strong indication that the potential for useful results and/or outside funding would be markedly improved by the additional term of support; b) the first term must show appropriate progress; and c) concrete efforts should have been made (whether successful or not) to obtain external funds.
Note: New projects will have priority for funding, other factors being equal. Support for a specific project beyond the second term is granted only in exceptional circumstances.