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.

Transformation Grants

These grants are offered annually for collaborative, interdisciplinary research and assessment initiatives of 1-2 years duration at a funding level up to $100,000 per year. Anticipate funding up to 2 new grants per year. Learn more and apply.

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.

Emerging Opportunities 2017-2018 Timeline 

  RFP Release LOI Deadline Proposal Deadline Award Announcement Project Start
Transformation September 7, 2017 January 29, 2018 March 12, 2018 Late April 2018 May 2018
Fall Catalyst September 7, 2017 October 9, 2017 November 13, 2017 Late December 2017 January 2018
Fall Fast Track September 7, 2017 N/A Rolling until semester funds are committed Rolling Rolling
Winter Catalyst January 2, 2018 February 12, 2018 March 19, 2018 Late April 2018 May 2018
Winter Fast Track January 2, 2018 N/A Rolling until semester funds are committed Rolling Rolling

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