Graham Sustainability Institute

Catalyst Grants

The FY2020 Winter Catalyst cycle is open

To submit a proposal, use the unique link sent to you in your LOI submission confirmation email

Catalyst Grants are offered in the fall and winter for short-term, small-scale collaborative sustainability research efforts including:

  • Project planning and partnership development activities and/or
  • Projects that enhance the real-world application of existing sustainability research.

Planning and partnership projects aim to better define an issue or decision maker needs, gather resources, develop partnerships, and determine next steps for larger projects that connect research to action. Application projects extend and apply existing research by developing outputs that support decision-making or action. All projects include collaboration across disciplines and with partners external to the university.

How to Apply

Proposals will only be accepted by teams who submitted LOIs by the February 21, 2020 deadline. U-M faculty from the Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint campuses are eligible to serve as Principal Investigator (PI). Submit materials through the online application system accessible via the "Apply" link on this webpage, and provide all elements described in the Catalyst Grant Request for Proposals (RFP).

Key Dates - UPDATED
  • February 21, 2020 Letter of intent deadline (required)
  • April 10, 2020 - EXTENDED proposal deadline 
  • Mid-May 2020 - DELAYED award announcement
  • June 1, 2020 - DELAYED anticipated project start date
Proposal Documents

More Information

  • Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) - This document is updated as additional questions are received. Last revised March 10, 2020.
  • Contact Maggie Allan, Program Manager, Emerging Opportunities (, 734-763-0749)
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