Grand Valley State University is an affiliate member of the Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC), and a participant in fellowship and grant funding opportunities competitively offered through the consortium.  The deadline for MSGC proposals is Wednesday, November 20, 2013.


All applications are on-line at for 3 categories of fellowships/grants:  

  1. Research Seed Grants for faculty members to initiate new lines of scholarly activities.  
  2. Fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students who will conduct research mentored by GVSU faculty. 
  3. Program grants to support pre-college education, public outreach and teacher training. 


Last year, GVSU secured ~$55,000 in fellowship and grant support from MSGC.  Your chances of success are maximized when you match your project with the Mission of MSGC ( and the strategic goals of NASA (


If you are interested in more information, read the notes in the following page and visit the MSGC website at:

Dr. Bopi A. Biddanda, Professor, Annis Water Resources Institute is GVSU's representative. He must approve all proposals/applications  prior to submission.  To discuss a proposal/application, please contact him at: or 616-331-3978.  He is available to discuss ideas and issues concerning submission of a proposal, and can guide you to other sources of help at GVSU. 

  • Please get back to him by October 18, 2013 with your intention to apply.  Proposals must route for internal GVSU approval by November 11th, and be ready to submit by November 15, 2013.  The Deadline for applications is November 20, 2013.  


Approaching Deadlines and Award Timelines:

  • Contact Dr. Biddanda early with your intent to prepare and submit a proposal (by October 18, 2013).
  • Run a draft/outline of proposal by him at least 3 weeks prior to the deadline (by October 28th).
  • Students work with their mentor to finalize proposal (by November 11th).
  • Faculty write proposal, find match and initiate proposal routing through Office of Sponsored Programs (by Nov. 11th).
  • Proposals are ready to submit  (by November 15th).
  • MSGC proposal submission deadline is Wednesday, November 20, 2013. 
  • Students submit after approval by Dr. Biddanda.  Faculty submit following approval by OSP and Dr. Biddanda.
  • Award notification: February 2014.
  • Fellowship/Grant period: May 2014-April 2015.



MSGC Program categories and Application procedures:

See the MSGC website for program description and online application. 

Note:  Only US citizens may apply for the MSGC fellowships; non-citizen faculty and staff may apply for seed/program grants but may not claim salaries, stipends or travel expenses.


  1. Research Seed Grants: Funding to support junior faculty or research scientists up to $5000 with a 1:1 cash match.  (Matching contributions can come from start-up, professional development funds, department contributions, and the dean’s office.)  Application must include an institutional letter confirming the cash match.  Funding can be used for salary, travel and to purchase supplies and services.  Funding cannot be used to purchase equipment or to pay salaries or stipends of faculty or students, or travel of persons who are not US citizens.  New faculty members are particularly encouraged to apply.  Past Seed Grant recipients must wait 1 year before reapplying. Guidelines -


  1. Undergraduate and Graduate Fellowships: (including the Undergraduate - Underrepresented Minority Fellowship Program). Fellowship awards for undergraduate and graduate students are for $2,500 and $5,000, respectively.  Typically, students will be paid a stipend during a ten-week summer period.  Each fellowship student must work closely with a faculty mentor.            Guidelines -                             

An Undergraduate-underrepresented minority fellowship program (UUMF) is available.  Mentors of UUMF students (U.S. citizens) qualify for $1,000 in discretionary spending (no match required). 


  1. Program Grants:  The following funding opportunities also require a 1:1 cost match (cash contributions or in-kind support) with non-federal funds. Application must include an institutional letter confirming the cash match.  Maximum award in each category is $5,000 – but additional “Augmentation” support is available (see below).  Applicants can propose individual projects to any of the three programs (Pre-College Education, Public Outreach, or Teacher Training) or can propose one project to multiple programs simultaneously, depending on the scope and relevance of their project.  A detailed budget specifically describing how the funds will be used is required. 
  1. Pre-College Education Program: Promotes projects that encourage and enrich the study of mathematics, science, and technology for K -12 students.
  2. Public Outreach Program: Support conferences, workshops, publications, lecture series, non-technical courses, science fairs, radio and TV programs and other enrichment events that serve the community and enhance science, mathematics, and technology literacy and interest.
  3. Teacher Training Program: Designed to promote innovative higher education of pre-service and in-service teacher training in science, mathematics, and technology.
  4. Augmentation Support: Additional support is available for Pre-College Education, Public Outreach, and Teacher Training proposals targeted toward the recruitment and retention of women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities.  Additional funding is limited to one proposal per applicant.                                                                                      Guidelines -


Award Notification, Grant Period and Additional Resources for applicants:

Award recipients will be notified of their selection by February 28, 2014.  Funds will be dispersed in May 2014, pending receipt of the budgeted 2013 federal funds. The funding interval for the fellowship/grant is from May 2014 through April 2015.

Additional resources and GVSU-specific application guidelines are available through the

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