Funding & Support

ITiMS fellows receive tuition support and a stipend as part of a 50 percent graduate student research assistantship (GSRA). Financial support through an ITiMS traineeship generally is provided for 2 years.

ITiMS associates do not receive the financial package but enjoy all other fellow benefits including eligibility to apply for travel and research support.  While there are no requirements for ITiMS associates except to complete two surveys for our sponsor Burroughs Wellcome Fund in April, associates are encouraged to participate in ITiMS activities, including the individualized training plan which provides the structure and guidance to integrate laboratory experience, population science, and mathematical modeling into the student's dissertation and skill set.  This integrated approach will broaden opportunities after graduation and help them become well rounded scientists. 

ITiMS provides research and travel support on a competitive basis to supported fellows, former trainees, and other graduate students actively participating in the program (see below).  We ask that students pursue other sources of funding in addtition to ITiMS (cost-sharing) such as Rackham Conference Travel Grant.

Please submit all requests to itimsapplications@umich.edu.

 

The following ITiMS funds are available to the ITiMS community and intended “to train outstanding interdisciplinary researchers who will discover the principles underlying the structure and functions of microbial communities and apply these principles to understand and alleviate important problems affecting human health and the environment by integrating population, modeling and laboratory approaches.”

Up to $1,000

ITiMS STUDENTS ONLY (This option is only for those accepted as ITiMS fellows or associates.)

Each student can request and will be awarded, pending approval of ITiMS directors, up to $1000 for travel and research each year.   Application will consist of reason for request, budget and appropriate documentation (e.g., documentation of meeting or workshop to attend and registration and travel costs, projected costs for equipment, supplies, etc.).

Up to $2,000

ITiMS COMMUNITY (Available to ITiMS students and students in ITiMS mentors’ research groups.)

Application consists of detailed description of the fund request, reason for the request, a budget, and supporting letters from ITiMS co-mentors or advisors.  The budget must include cost-sharing (e.g., from Rackham, Department, their mentor(s) or other).  The program advisroy committee will review requests.

Up to $10,000 (Mini-grants)

ITiMS COMMUNITY (Available to ITiMS students and students in ITiMS mentors’ research groups.)

Application consists of a grant proposal (6 pages in format similar to that of NIH or NSF), including a detailed budget, and timeline. The budget must include cost-sharing (e.g., from Rackham, Department, their mentor(s) or other). There will be set dates for submission (October 12, 2018). Grants will be reviewed by a panel of faculty and students; the panel will meet with research teams to provide verbal feedback.
Please keep the above quotation in mind when designing your proposal.

Mini Grant Process

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