Portage Health Foundations Mid-Career (PHF-MC)

Portage Health Foundation Mid-Career Grants

Budget Deadline: March 1, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

Proposal Deadline: March 8, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

PI Eligibility: The PHF-MC is open to tenured faculty (associate and full professors) with an active NIH grant and/or consistent history of external funding with NIH or a related agency.

PI Limitation: A PI may only submit one proposal per category (see FAQs).

Project Duration: Projects are 13 months long, July 1st to August 31st of the following year.

Program Description

The goal of PHF-MC is to: 1) advance mid-career research designed to collect impactful preliminary data necessary to be competitive for NIH R01 grants or other external funding; 2) provide bridge/seed funding for faculty with strong records of external funding for health-oriented work; 3) provide seed funding for health-oriented faculty that have traditionally pursued non-NIH funding agencies (i.e. NSF, DoD, etc.), but are committed to pursuing NIH R01 funding; 4) and elevate Michigan Tech's health-research visibility to state and federal officials who impact policy and determine funding. 

PHF-MC will utilize the same proposal guidelines as REF-RS.

PHF-MC grants may be up to $15,000 per year, with an expected average award of $10,000 per year.

Please review the Portage Health Foundation Research Awards (PHF) for more information.

Note - If awarded a PHF-MC grant, you are required to review and provide feedback on REF proposals (no more than four) the following year. 

Evaluation of Proposals

PHF-MC proposals will be evaluated on:

  1. Likelihood of leading to the development of an externally supported research program, particular NIH R01 funding, and external graduate student funding.
  2. Contribution to the achievement of the University and strategic plans.
  3. Matching funds are strongly encouraged, but not required; however the supporting letter from the Chair must clearly show the department's commitment to the success of the project.

Proposal Format

All proposals must include a completed Required Elements Checklist-PHF-MC to ensure all necessary documents have been submitted. Please review this checklist prior to writing your proposal as it explains the requirements and page limits. With an expectation of a heavy volume of submission for this competition, please adhere to all guidelines including the proposal format.

Budget Information 

Budgets, budget justifications, quotes, and cost share forms (if cost share is used) must be submitted to the Sponsored Programs Office by the budget deadline. Budgets must be approved by the Sponsored Programs Office prior to the proposal deadline. 

  • Budgets will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis. To ensure the deadline is not missed, start working with the Sponsored Programs Office early.
  • Proposed budgets should be clear and detailed, and must fully justify all expenditures.
  • If you are requesting equipment that is more than $5,000, quotes must be provided.
  • If you are requesting travel support over $1,500, quotes must be provided.
  • Please use this provided budget spreadsheet to complete your budget.

Unallowable Expenditures

  • Faculty salary (including summer salary and academic release time).
  • Graduate student support (stipend, tuition, hourly, etc). Hourly graduate student support is ONLY allowed during the summer semester.

Student Support Limitations

  • Undergraduate support is allowable and needs to be clearly justified in the proposal.
  • Hourly graduate student support is ONLY allowable during the summer semester.

Cost Share

All cost share is to be disclosed in the budget justification and shown on the budget worksheet. You must also submit a completed Cost Share Authorization form (which is located on the Banner Self Service Site).

Budget Submission

Please submit all of your budget materials and completed Cost Share/Matching Support Authorization Form to rsch@mtu.edu

Letters of Support

The supporting letter from the Department Chair must address the need for additional funds and that the faculty member is spending down his/her startup in a manner consistent with the agreed upon startup plan.


  • Submit one copy of the final proposal to the appropriate Dean or Director for review—the Dean or Director will submit their letter of support directly to Natasha Chopp at nichopp@mtu.edu.


  • Obtain letter of support from the appropriate Chair(s) and include with the final proposal.
  • Submit one copy of the final proposal, including the letter of support from the Chair(s), to the appropriate Dean for review—the Dean will submit their letter of support directly to Natasha Chopp at nichopp@mtu.edu.

Proposal Submission Requirements

Please submit the required elements checklist, transmittal form, proposal, budget, cost share form (if cost share is used), quotes, and letter of support as one pdf file to ref-l@mtu.edu.

Dean Requirement

The Dean will send their letter of support directly to Natasha Chopp at nichopp@mtu.edu. Dean letters are due within seven calendar days of the proposal deadline. If faculty members from the same College/School submit multiple proposals, the Dean needs to prioritize the proposals from the College/School based on need and benefit.

Award Modifications

If you need to make a modification to your REF award end date or budget, please send a completed Request for Modification Form (see resources box on this page) via email to refmod-l@mtu.edu. The form should provide a justification for the requested change and be signed by the required individuals. Please send the document as a PDF file.