This page is a beginning compilation of example proposal sections that may be beneficial when putting proposals together. It is the intent that when this page is complete, it will be easy to copy and paste sections from this page into required proposal sections. Then edits can be done to fit specific proposal topics.
Allison Hein is available to help GMES faculty with the proposal process.
Data Management Plan Template
The Data Management Plan Template uses the HAZHub Natural Hazards Archive described on the department webpage. Please modify this to fit your project. You are welcome to use the archive for your data, but it is not required if you have plan that better fits your project.
Facilities, Equipment, and Other Resources
Note: facilities, equipment and other resources available to the project from collaborators should also be documented in this section.
Michigan Technological University is a doctorate-granting institution with a Carnegie Classification of high research activity. Michigan Tech provides a scientific environment conducive to successful research, as emphasized in the university’s strategic plan to “cultivate a community of research inspiration, productivity, and excellence.“
A full list of the GMES department lab facilities can be found at our labs and equipment webpage.
Specific field and laboratory equipment available for project use.
There are computer labs available for student access both for coursework and research. The Department of Geological & Mining Engineering and Sciences operates two graduate student computer labs with access to high-end, dual-boot Windows/Linux computers which have access to several clusters of high performance computers. Desktop computers are available to all faculty members. The computers have been installed with standard office productivity software and number of statistical and mathematical software including SPSS, MATLAB etc. Dedicated storage and web hosting are available for this project. These computers are connected through the central server of the department and have access to the Michigan Tech electronic library. All faculty and staff have access to the University’s computer facilities and computer support services. The computer system is supported by University IT-help personnel.
Every graduate student at Michigan Tech has a shared office. Offices are equipped with desktop computers and access to several high performance computing clusters (See Computer Section above). All students and faculty have access to standard office hardware (color printers, fax, copiers, etc.). Each faculty member has their own office in the Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences.
N/A - Clinical facilities will not be required for the conduct of this research.
N/A - Animal facilities will not be required for the conduct of this research.
The Michigan Tech library maintains paper and/or electronic subscriptions to the premier research publishing companies and organizations (e.g., American Geophysical Union, Elsevier, and Wylie). Additional materials are available through interlibrary loan within a few days.
Some Proposals Request Mentoring and Startup Information for Early Investigators
New faculty (early stage investigators) begin their appointment with a start-up package intended for seeding a vibrant research group and program. Typical start-up resources for new faculty include 4 months of summer support and a reduced teaching and service load during their first two years, two academic years of graduate student assistance, approximately $25,000 for building a state of the art simulation laboratory, discretionary funding for travel, training, and laboratory supplies.
The Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences (GMES) has an approved mentoring plan that entails required and optional activities for untenured (early career) faculty in conjunction with the department chair and senior faculty. The mentoring plan focuses on support of proposal writing, grant management, scholarship (refereed journal papers and conference presentations), student advising, and teaching. Faculty also have the option of seeking mentors outside the department to provide additional perspectives on faculty success in teaching, research, and student mentoring. Moreover, the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Faculty Development provides support and instruction in all aspects of traditional through flipped-classroom instruction. A peer evaluation of teaching effectiveness is under development in the department.
Michigan Tech’s Sponsored Program’s Office (SPO) regularly hosts workshops on different aspects of research proposal and award preparation and project management. Professional staff in the SPO are dedicated to support faculty in proposal preparations, including contributing to helping to form teams for large proposals and facilitating the compilation of the complete application. The GMES department has two professional staff that work with individual faculty on preparing budgets and proposal forms, reviewing the proposal drafts with respect to the request for proposal requirements. They also can oversee or facilitate budgetary project management for awarded projects.
Centers and Institutes
Research centers and institutes across the Michigan Tech campus foster collaborations between faculty on multi-disciplinary research areas. The following subset of centers and institutes may be a resource for some GMES proposals.
The mission of the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) is to be a leader in interdisciplinary aquatic science and engineering focused on the Laurentian Great Lakes Basin in its entirety through excellence in research education and outreach.
The vision of the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) is to become a world-class institute in interdisciplinary aquatic sciences, policy, engineering, and technology. We will develop unparalleled strength and expertise in four core areas: aquatic ecology and ecosystem dynamics, marine engineering and technology, aquatic resources and human dimensions, and education and outreach. Research at the GLRC will not only advance our knowledge in these four areas of focus but will also inform resource managers and the general public, enabling them to advance the sustainable use of freshwater resources.
The Earth Planetary and Space Sciences Institute (EPSSI) is a focus for interdisciplinary activities in earth, atmospheric, oceanographic and space sciences at Michigan Technological University. EPSSI's purpose is to enable its members to offer programs and pursue research opportunities in those disciplines that go beyond the scope of individual academic departments.
Remote sensing comprises not just instrumentation or measurement tools, but represents a perspective that employs a broad morphology of disciplines and demands interdisciplinary breadth. For example, current members collaborate on projects spanning imaging science, atmospheric science, data/signal processing, data visualization, and remote sensing instrumentation. These are typically applied to a specific problem in earth system science, ecosystem studies, limnology/oceanography, global change, and a host of other areas. At least nine different departments currently have faculty members participating in EPSSI.
EPSSI's goals are to work by consensus to promote remote sensing and related topics on the Michigan Tech campus through:
- interdisciplinary coursework and programs,
- group funding efforts for equipment and research,
- interdisciplinary seminars and short courses, and
- development of a campus culture that actively supports trans-disciplinary activities.
The mission of the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) is to
- Be a recognized leader in the research, development, and use of information technology to support solution of critical problems in national security, infrastructure, bioinformatics, earth sciences, and environmental processes.
- Be acknowledged nationally and internationally as an innovator for the marriage of phenomenological understanding and implementation of mathematically rigorous algorithms to build information from data in support of sponsor needs.
- Provide visibility and outreach for Michigan Technological University in Southeastern Michigan.
- Establish collaborations with Michigan Tech academic departments, institutes, and centers to increase funded contract revenues for all organizations involved.
- Maintain a creative environment that rewards and encourages innovation.
MTRI is a recognized leader in the research, development, and practical application of sensor and information technology to solve critical problems in national security, protecting and evaluating critical infrastructure, bioinformatics, earth sciences, and environmental processes.
The Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI) will provide the operating structure, resources, recognition, and leadership, in a collaborative environment, that supports research, education, and outreach leading to sustainable solutions for transportation.
MTTI is an umbrella organization bringing together the cross-disciplinary centers and principle investigators conducting transportation-related research and education initiatives that address national and global needs. Principal Investigators conduct transportation research under MTTI within six transportation-focused areas:
- Transportation Structures including bridges, pavements, and pipelines. Other related areas include geotechnical, construction, and nanotechnology related to sensors.
- Transportation Materials including concrete, asphalt, steel, wood, and aggregates. Other related areas include construction, geotechnical, and nanotechnology related to sensors and materials.
- Transportation Systems including waterways, traffic/safety, construction, rail, air, public transportation, freight, intelligent transportation systems, vehicle infrastructure integration, nanotechnology related to sensors, and radio frequency identification devices.
- Environmental Aspects of Transportation including environmental impacts, energy, carbon dioxide and other pollutants, fugitive dust, wildlife, flora and fauna, and carbon credits.
- Social Aspects of Transportation including policy, planning, human factors, history, economics, and archeology.
- Transportation Technology Transfer including all outreach, management systems, and workforce development programs.