Proposal Incentive Award Program

Work with the Research Development office to develop your next funding proposal. Our funding experts will help you tailor your proposal to make the most impact on the funding agency. Eligible graduate students can also 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:

  • Students must contact Natasha Chopp or Jessica Brassard (487-3126) at least four weeks in advance of the deadline to submit the proposal to be eligible for this program.
  • Meet all funding entity requirements to be eligible to apply for and be awarded the grant/fellowship.
  • Be a prospective or current undergraduate or graduate student at Michigan Tech, with a Michigan Tech student account.
  • 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.
  • Have all Graduate School forms up to date.
  • Meet all Guidelines (outlined below)

Process

  1. Work with the Research Development office on at least one round of proposal revisions.
  2. Notify the Research Development office when the proposal has been submitted and received. The office will then email you the Proposal Incentive Award form to complete.
  3. You will receive the Proposal Incentive Award towards the end of the semester.

Guidelines

Eligible students must also follow these guidelines

  • Proposals must be complete, well-prepared, and meet all internal requirements for budget, conflict of interest, signatures, etc. as appropriate.
  • A student may receive up to 2 incentive awards per calendar year.
  • Only proposals submitted to external funding entities that provide student or travel support (see Types of Awards) are eligible.
  • The incentive award may not be utilized for matching requirements.
  • 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
      • 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.)