Grant Programs Offered

In 2018, the Foundation awarded $9.5 million to the University, its faculty and researchers. The purpose of these grants is to strengthen research, develop new technologies, and contribute to Michigan State University’s scholarly infrastructure of teaching and deployment of knowledge.

Essential to the grant program is close collaboration with MSU’s Provost, Executive Vice President of Administrative Services and Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. They work with the Foundation board to set grant-making objectives, provide counsel to the board on special grants, and administer a substantial portion of the grants program.

The majority of the Foundation’s grants are allocated through the following three programs:

  • Strategic Partnership Grants
  • Capacity Building Grants
  • Humanities and Arts Research Program
MSU faculty and researchers wishing to apply for Foundation grants will find all pertinent information on the webpage of the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies.

Strategic Partnership Grants

The Strategic Partnership program concentrates on major grants ranging from $500,000 to more than $1 million contributed to key areas of research growth. They are used to leverage matching support from other sources, to provide seed funding for the development of new knowledge, and to initiate new centers of excellence at Michigan State University. These grants are treated as investments in the future development of MSU as one of the nation’s leading research universities. Projects are funded based on the following criteria:

  • Scope and significance
  • The level of committed resources from the sponsoring college and department, and
  • Their potential to leverage additional resources.

Capacity Building Grants

This program is directed and administered by the MSU Provost and Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. It encompasses a broad spectrum of University interests in research, teaching and outreach. These grants range from $10,000 to $200,000. They are used to leverage other MSU resources to provide required externally funded grant matches and cost-shares, faculty recruitment and laboratory setup packages, faculty retention packages, as well as assistance in the limited support of a handful of University centers of excellence.

Humanities and Arts Research Program

The Humanities and Arts Research Program (HARP) provides up to $25,000 in funding for creative and performance projects and up to $7,000 in the arts and humanities area. Two types of awards are available:

  • Scholarship Development — support for research, creative, and performance projects that help faculty achieve career milestones, and
  • Scholarship Production — funding used to subsidize costs associated with producing a completed research or creative project.

Principal investigators are required to submit a report at the end of the project indicating the impact of the investment.