Funding & Support


The Emerging Opportunities program supports collaborative sustainability research and assessment activities that span multiple disciplines and sectors and connect science to real-world decisions and actions. To support these efforts, which range from one-time meetings and workshops to multi-year projects, we offer a variety of regular funding opportunities and resources.

Catalyst Grants

These 8-month grants of up to $10,000 each are offered twice a year to support a wide range of collaborative activities such as conferences, project planning, white papers, and workshops. Anticipate funding approximately 3 grants per funding cycle. Learn more and apply.

Fast Track Grants

These small scale grants of up to $2,500 support work requiring limited funding and are available to early-stage investigators from units with limited research funding support. Anticipate funding 4-6 grants per semester, on a rolling basis. Learn more and apply.

Support & Resources

We make connections among experts, facilitate stakeholder engagement, assist with project management and evaluation, and explore additional sources of funding. Networking meetings provide opportunities for U-M faculty to share strategies and develop new ideas. U-M researchers and external partners are encouraged to contact us to discuss potential initiatives.

U-M Faculty from the Flint, Dearborn, and Ann Arbor campuses are eligible to serve as a Principal or Co-Investigator; see the requests for proposals for complete eligibility information.

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