Faculty Funding Opportunities

University and State System Programs

The principal internal grant program for funding faculty research is the Faculty Grants Program. These awards, made exclusively to faculty, support a variety of activities including research, publication, travel to present, special academic activities, and release time. In addition to the faculty grants program, the University makes other awards, such as those awarded to students, available. These awards can help faculty engage undergraduates in research projects.

Call for Pre‐Proposal:

National Science Foundation “Major Research Instrumentation" Grants

Under the MRI program, NSF allows up to two proposals per institution for the acquisition of single research instruments or novel integrated systems costing between $100,000 and $1,000,000, and one proposal for instruments costing between $1,000,000 and $4,000,000.

Click here to review NSF’s MRI solicitation.

 Interested parties are asked to submit a description of their proposed acquisition, pursuant to following guidance, to Jeffry.Porter@millersville.edu, no later than 8:00 a.m. Monday, October 11, 2021.

 MRI Pre‐Proposals will be reviewed by a campus committee in order to identify one, two or three acquisitions for submission by Millersville University. NSF’s full proposal due date is January 19, 2022.

Required Format and Content
  • Format: No more than 3 pages, 1” margins, Times New Roman, 12‐pt font, single‐spaced

  • Project Title

  • Principal Investigator: Name, Department, and College

  • Project Description: Identify the instrumentation to be acquired and the teaching and research applications for the instrumentation at MU. Describe how the proposed acquisition will support undergraduate and graduate participation in research, and opportunities for external funding (sponsored research or user fees) that the proposed acquisition will support. Include description of anticipated needs for special utilities, renovation of space, or new space required for operation of the proposed acquisition, if applicable. Please refer to solicitation sections V.A.3.b and c.

  • List of Other Senior Personnel: names, titles, departments, and descriptions of their roles.

  • List of Partners: other institutions and organizations that support the need for the proposed acquisition, with a brief description of each partner's interest in the project.

  • Budget: the overall project cost with estimated amounts for major line items, e.g. personnel, contracted services, travel, and equipment. Include estimated annual fees for licenses and maintenance contracts, as applicable. Attach vendor price quotes or price estimates if available. Identify if the acquisition will be a sole-source procurement. Please refer to solicitation section V.A.6. for allowable costs.

  • Other information, e.g. potential conflicts of interest and sources of specialized expertise that might inform the internal review process, can also be included.

Guides to Federal Funding Opportunities

The powerpoint presentations linked below provide excellent information on Federal funding opportunities in specific fields.

Center for Rural Pennsylvania Research Funds

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania provides research funds for faculty interested in examining the impacts of state policies on the Commonwealth's 3.5 million rural citizens. More specifically, the Center for Rural Pennsylvania is a  legislative agency that serves as a resource for rural policy within the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

The Center promotes and sustains the vitality of Pennsylvania's rural and small communities by:

  • sponsoring research projects to identify policy options for legislative and executive branch consideration and action;
  • collecting data on trends and conditions to understand the diversity of rural Pennsylvania;
  • publishing information and research results to inform and educate audiences about the diverse people and communities of rural Pennsylvania; and
  • participating in local, state and national forums on rural issues to present and learn from best practices.

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania sponsors an annual grant program. The RFP is typically released mid-March with the proposal due in late June.