Research Resources and Processes

The School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) is committed to supporting and advising faculty in the pursuit of funding for scholarly and artistic research.

Types of funding available

SMTD administers its own Faculty Research Grant Program. The SMTD Faculty Research Committee (FRC) also conducts an internal review of all applications to the University of Michigan Office of Research (UMOR). Several other funding opportunities at U-M are available. Finally, projects that are funded by external sponsors are managed by the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP).

Note: Full-time, tenure-track and clinical-track faculty are eligible for one award (SMTD Faculty Research Grant, UMOR grant, or Mcubed token) per fiscal year (July 1-June 30).

The University of Michigan Office of Research (UMOR) offers several funding opportunities. Proposals must be reviewed by the SMTD Faculty Research Committee prior to submission to UMOR. The FRC usually meets four times a semester, at two-month intervals.

Deadline: Proposals can be submitted by the first Monday of October, December, February, and April, to Karen Fournier, Director of Research.

Application preparation tips

  • The elements of a complete UMOR project/grant proposal include: narrative, budget, budget justification, and a brief biography of the applicants and all participants. It is advisable that proposals also include documentation of estimated expenses where possible.
  • Keep in mind that complex project/grant proposals and sponsored projects require more time to prepare. Our internal deadlines are firm and the Faculty Research Committee will require a week to read proposals and provide feedback where needed. Late proposals will be held until the next application cycle.
  • Proposals that involve scheduling and reserving campus facilities, equipment purchase or rental, or departmental staffing may require additional approval and coordination. These must be negotiated and secured before the proposal is presented to the Faculty Research Committee, so applicants are encouraged to submit their proposals well before the deadline.
  • The number of proposals received by the OVPR Research Office and the proposals’ complexity greatly affect the time necessary to prepare them for internal review. Proposals presented later in the April review cycle may pose a special challenge because of reduced reviewer availability as the summer approaches.