2007 University of Michigan Poverty Research Grants

The National Poverty Center (NPC) at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy seeks proposals from University of Michigan faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students that will broaden our understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty. The NPC anticipates funding about 5 proposals over the year, ranging from $500 to $10,000 per award.

The National Poverty Center is especially interested in funding:

  • novel uses of existing datasets or analyses of novel data sources
  • collaborative projects involving graduate students and faculty
  • projects likely to result in future successful grant applications

The NPC is interested in all proposals focusing on the causes and consequences of poverty in the United States.  Of special interest are proposals directed to these areas of research:

  • Economic Self-sufficiency and the Well-being of  Vulnerable Families and Children
  • The Effects of Economic Conditions and Public Policies on Poverty and Family Well-Being
  • Longitudinal Analyses of Youth Development
  • Family Formation and Healthy Marriages Among Low-Income Populations
  • Safety, Stability and Healthy Development of Children
  • Investing in Low-Income Families: The Accumulation of Financial Assets and Human Capital
  • Qualitative Research on Barriers to Self-Sufficiency
  • The Role of Religiosity and Non-government Organizations in the Lives of the Poor
  • The Causes and Consequences of Inequality in Access to Higher Education

Download Request for Applications PDF Document


There will be 2 opportunities to University of Michigan researchers for funding in 2006-2007. The deadlines are:

October 27, 2006 for funding starting January 1, 2007
March 15, 2007 for funding starting May 1, 2007

Click here for more information about the winners of the first competition.

Terms of funding

The NPC will fund reasonable research expenses, including graduate student employment, data purchase, and supplies, to a maximum of $10,000. Grants will be made for the period January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007 for proposals submitted from University of Michigan researchers by October 13 and for the period May 1, 2007 to April 30, 2008 for those submitted by March 15, 2007.

Selection criteria

Applications will be evaluated by senior scholars affiliated with the National Poverty Center. Proposals will be evaluated based upon several factors, including:

  • The policy significance of the proposed project.
  • The quality of study design, including the choice of appropriate methods and data.
  • The feasibility of the proposed study to be completed within one year.
  • The use of new data sources or innovative use of existing data.
  • The value of small-grant funding to future grant submissions.
  • The degree of support and training of graduate students

Application instructions

Applicants should provide 3 copies of the following:

  1. A cover sheet with:
    • The title of the proposed research
    • The investigators' name and institutional affiliation with mailing address, email address, phone and fax numbers
    • If the proposed research involves more than one investigator, a principal investigator (PI) must be identified. All correspondence will be with the PI.
  2. Description of the proposed project in 5-7 double-spaced pages (excluding figures, tables & references). Particular emphasis should be given to presenting hypotheses, describing the research design, proposed research methodology and data sources, and indicating how the proposed analyses will address the research and policy questions.
  3. A budget and budget narrative that describes the funding requested from NPC. Projects with other sources of funding should document how NPC funds will interact with other funds. NPC funds may not be used for faculty salaries or student tuition. Learn more about GSRA stipends.
  4. A project timeline listing specific milestones for study completion.
  5. Curriculum vitae for all investigators.
  6. Human subjects review approval (often a waiver in the case of secondary data analysis) is required for all projects before funding can be dispersed.
  7. Graduate students who are requesting funding for dissertation research must also include a letter from their dissertation committee's chair. The letter should document that the dissertation proposal has been accepted by the full committee and provide the chair's view on when the dissertation will be completed.

Applicants selected in the first competition will be notified by December 1, 2006; for the second competition, notifications will be made by April 15, 2007.

Applications should be sent to

National Poverty Center
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
University of Michigan
5100 Weill Hall, 735 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3091
ATTN: 2007 U-M Small Grants

Direct questions to

Sarah Marsh
Program Manager, National Poverty Center
Phone: 734-615-3890

We cannot accept faxed or emailed applications.

Funds for this competition are provided by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Rackham Graduate School, and the Office of the Vice President for Research.