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EMU Research

Culture of Research Excellence (CoRE) Grant Writing Program
Office of Research Development and Administration (ORDA) 

Faculty at primarily undergraduate institutions experience many barriers to writing external funding proposals, including high teaching loads (i.e., lack of time), lack of institutional support, lack of knowledge of “grants-man-ship”, and lack of confidence, all of which lead to a culture that does not foster research.  In the past, ORDA has offered faculty with the opportunity to participate in a voluntary, semester-long, grant writing seminar. While demonstrated to be helpful to those who fully participate, the seminar required a significant time commitment. Therefore, attendance dwindled throughout the semester.  

Applicants must submit their applications electronically, logging in with your EMU credential.


Deadline for:

  • Applications due: October 3, 2022
  • Selections will be announced:  October 17, 2022

ORDA developed a program that assists in the development of high-quality proposals by providing faculty with time, grant-writing knowledge, and access to expertise.  The program includes:

  1.  Proposal development seminar
  2.  Meet with program officers
  3.  Workshops with external experts
  4.  Protected time for proposal writing.
 The program has been very well received, with high enthusiasm from faculty, department heads, school directors and college deans. The 18-month CoRE Fellowship includes:
  • Dedicated time (one-course release) in Winter to participate in the seminar, with outside experts scheduled for selected workshops
  • Travel to Washington, DC to meet with Program Officers
  • Dedicated time (one-course release) in Fall to write and submit a research proposal to a federal agency
  • Summer writing circles

To be eligible, faculty participants should be ready to begin on a competitive proposal for federal funding.  Evidence of readiness may include one or more of the following:

  • Clear research idea with relevance for program within a specific directorate or institute
  • Prior submission of federal research funding
  • Prior non-federal funding
  • Preliminary data in hand
  • Relevant research publications
  • Effective collaboration established (if applicable)

CoRE Faculty Fellows

Cohort I:  Winter 2016 – Fall 2016

Cohort II:  Winter 2017 – Fall 2017

 Applications are accepted early fall semester each year

Please contact Erica Goff for more information.


Elevating Communities, Inspiring Generations

EMU Research, 200 Boone Phone: 734.487.3090 mail [email protected]