University of Detroit Mercy Professors Union Faculty Research Awards

The following RFP applies to faculty covered under the UDM/UDMPU contract

Request for Proposals - Academic Year 2020-2021

The deadline for proposal submission is January 15, 2020

In accordance with the Detroit Mercy/UDMPU Contract - Internal Research Grant Fund - $150,000 in research monies is available to faculty covered by the Detroit Mercy/UDMPU Contract for academic year 2020-21. All faculty are strongly encouraged to apply for and spend Faculty Research Award (FRA) grant monies.

In accordance with the contract, the MFA created an Internal Research Fund committee for academic year 2020-21 to review proposals. The committee members are as follows:

CLAE – John Porcerelli
CHP – Janet Baiardi
MFA – Jonathan Finkel
SOA – Claudia Bernasconi (co-chair)
CBA – Ram Kesavan
CES – Alexa Rihana
LIB – Cindy Gillham
UDMPU - Stokes Baker (co-chair)
ADMIN - Ann Serra (ex-officio)

Please be aware of the following:

  • All funds must be spent before June 30, 2021.
  • Faculty who serve on the committee and submit a proposal will not be involved in any way in the review of his/her proposal.
  • There is currently no limit on requested funds; however only one proposal, as the Principal Investigator, is allowed per faculty during this 2020-21 cycle.
  • Proposals are funded based on available resources and merit. (The average grant last year was $6,500)
  • The deadline for submission is Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
  • To submit a proposal, please follow the instructions outlined in the FRA Request for Proposal document. Also include the Excel Budget Spreadsheet.
  • The proposal and all supporting documentation must be electronically submitted to
  • Proposals must contain all items requested and strictly adhere to instructions.
  • A Progress Report must be submitted to the committee by September 30, 2021.

Please feel free to contact the committee co-chairs Claudia Bernasconi at, or Stokes Baker at 313-993 1142 or, with questions or concerns. Thank you.