Proposal Incentive Award Program

The Graduate School encourages students to be proactive in seeking external funding. Eligible graduate students can receive incentive awards up to $100 for preparing and submitting research and/or fellowship proposals to agencies external to the University.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this award, a student must:

  1. Work with the Research Development office (Jodi Lehman) on proposal development - students must contact Jodi Lehman at least six weeks in advance of the deadline to submit the proposal;
  2. Meet all funding entity requirements to be eligible to apply for and be awarded the grant/fellowship;
  3. Be a prospective or current undergraduate or graduate student at Michigan Tech, with a Michigan Tech student account;
  4. Be primarily responsible for preparation and submission of the proposal—faculty advisor/mentor/grad coordinator may make suggestions and direct the preparation, but the student must be the principal preparer;
  5. Have all Graduate School forms up to date;
  6. Submit Proposal Preparation Incentive Award Application within 3 weeks of proposal submission.

Note: Students must contact Jodi Lehman  at least six weeks in advance of the deadline to submit the proposal to be eligible for this program.

Guidelines

Eligible students must also follow these guidelines.

  1. Proposals must be complete, well-prepared, and meet all internal requirements for, e.g., budget, conflict of interest, signatures, etc. as appropriate.
  2. A student may receive up to 2 incentive awards per calendar year.
  3. Only proposals submitted to external funding entities (excluding the Michigan Tech Fund) are eligible.
  4. The incentive award may not be utilized for matching requirements.
  5. If more than one student is deemed to have had primary responsibility for a proposal, one award will be shared among them.

Types of Awards

  1. Awards of $100 per proposal submitted will be made to any student who is primarily responsible for preparation
    and submission of a proposal that will provide at least one of the following for the preparing student:
    • Full support for at least 1 term (stipend at base level and full-time tuition & fees). Actual expenditure of funds
      could be spread over 2 terms / term of support so that a student could, e.g., be a 10-hour GTA while on 10-hour
      support from the proposal.
    • Significant support for the student’s research/travel/equipment/etc. (> $2000) if the student is on internal support
      (GTA, GTI, GA, GADA, FELI), is supported through a project funded via #1 above, or is unsupported.
  2. Awards of 5% of the proposed budget (up to a maximum $100) per proposal submitted will be made to any
    student who is primarily responsible for preparation and submission of a proposal that will provide at least one of
    the following for the preparing student:
    • Travel, per diem, registration, and/or related conference fees for a national or international conference.
    • Travel, per diem, registration, and/or related conference fees for a regional conference may be approved with an
      advisor’s documentation that the regional conference serves a discipline in a way that is comparable to most
      national conferences.
    • Support for the student’s research/travel/equipment/etc. (< $2000) if the student is on internal support, is
      supported through a project funded via #1 above, or is unsupported
    • Monies to make an international exchange experience of at least one term possible for a domestic student
      (travel, room & board, etc.)