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Office of Sponsored Programs


Contact Us

Please contact us at 989-774-6777 to set an appointment to discuss your next project with any of our staff members.


    We help the CMU community engage in high-quality research and sponsored activities by providing a range of helpful services. We can help you with the following activities that support your research and scholarship at CMU:

    Searching for Funding Sources

    • Identify appropriate federal, state, foundation, and corporate funding opportunities and disseminate solicitations to interested faculty and staff.

    Obtain Information about Funding Opportunities

    • Obtain program guidelines, applications, abstracts of funded projects, and sample funded proposals.

    PI Support and Training

    • Make available grant writing workshops and other training opportunities.
    • Provide travel funds for applicant visits with agency program officers or other collaborators.

    Foster Collaborations

    • Identify faculty and staff with similar research and creative interests.
    • Identify and organize teams seeking funding for large interdisciplinary projects.

    Liaison with External Agencies

    • Assist with contact and arranging visits with appropriate agency program officers.
    • Act as liaison with federal, state, and foundation funding agencies for pre-award information and support.

    Guide Proposal Development

    • Assist with the development or revision of proposals for external submission.
    • Identify consultants and other experts within or outside CMU.
    • Provide proposal review and editing.
    • Compose letters of support.
    • Engage internal and external grant writers on major grant projects.
    • Obtain required assurances from CMU officials and external entities.
    • Provide follow-up consultation toward the revision and resubmission of declined proposals, including obtaining and interpreting reviewer comments and contacting the agency for additional insights into the review process.

    Support Budget Preparation

    • Assist with budget development and assure funding requests align with CMU and sponsor guidelines.
    • Assist with the development of budget narratives.
    • Complete agency-specific budget forms.

    Authorize Proposals for Submission

    • Review proposals for conformance to agency and CMU guidelines.
    • Provide guidance and support for the institutional approval process.
    • Submit proposals to external agencies.

    Post-Award Assistance

    • Negotiate and initiate grant and contract awards.
    • Assist in review and preparation of contract and subcontract documents.
    • Obtain institutional approval for acceptance of awards.
    • Act as liaison with Grant Accounting and other university departments to process awards and establish account numbers.
    • Review payroll forms, independent contractor questionnaires, and purchase requisitions exceeding $5,000 to ensure expenditures align with funding guidelines.
    • Assist with budget revisions, project extension requests, and other functions necessitating sponsor approval.
    • Assist with authorization and submission of required reports.
    • Act as liaison with IRB and IACUC for compliance with funded projects.

    Faculty Scholarship

    • Work with faculty on inventions/ideas that have the potential for patent or commercial application.
    Please contact us at any time to discuss your next grant opportunity or industry collaboration