Funding Resources

Funding for Medical Students, Residents and Faculty

Please contact the College of Osteopathic Medicine Research Office for assistance.

Phone: (517) 353-7785
Fax: (517) 353-9004

SpartanDO Research Accelerator

Engaging students in all research and scholarly activities underway at MSUCOM is a top priority, and one in which the college continues to make important strides. The accelerator is a funding mechanism, in which the research advisor (principal investigator) of a student enrolled in OST 599 or 615 is eligible to receive funding of $1,000. The funding is specific for a single project per student for as long as the student is enrolled for research credits and is working on the project.

SpartanDO Research Accelerator funding policy document available here.

College Funding Resources

Dell Postdoctoral collaboration fellowships

The College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) seeks to attract and train a diverse and promising group of early career post-doctoral investigators by financially supporting their training as they conduct studies related to current COM research priorities and areas of emphasis. The College will support foundational, as well applied studies, non-clinical or clinical. Amount of funding is up to $75,000 for a single year of support.

The COM Dell-Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program is supported in part through an endowment established by the Phyllis K. and Walter P. Dell research endowment to the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.

COM will provide these postdoctoral research funds to support the research efforts of promising, early career (four years or less since graduate degree conferral),  post-graduate (D.O., M.D., Ph.D.) candidates undertaking a program of training that will also foster expanded, collaborative efforts of the trainee’s mentors (one of which must be a COM faculty member active in research) on current COM research priorities and areas of emphasis.

Goals of the COM-Dell Fellowship program include:

  1. Supporting the post-doctoral trainee’s ability to rapidly apply for future NIH career grants, such as the NIH F32 award, and;
  2. Supporting the mentors’ ability to rapidly apply for future external grants, such as NIH Center or Program Project grants.


To submit a proposal for research support, mentors leading the project must first register and submit a pre-application by the deadlines indicated below. COM Research Office staff will review the pre-application to determine whether the research plan and the post-doctoral candidate is appropriate and relevant to the goals of COM, after which a full application invitation will be sent to the mentors.

Deadlines 2024

Pre-application deadline:  by 5 p.m. EST, May 6, 2024.

Email to the COM Research and Advance Studies Program Office with “Dell Postdoctoral Award Pre-Application” in the subject line.

Full application deadline: by 5 p.m. EST, May 28, 2024.

Email to the COM Research and Advance Studies Program Office with “Dell Postdoctoral Award Full Application” in the subject line.

Date to initiate project: ~Sep 6, 2024.

Instructions and full application materials are available here.


MSU Funding Resources


Discretionary Funding Initiative

Faculty who require funding to bridge grants or for additional studies needed for resubmission of a grant application should submit a request for discretionary funding to the research associate dean of their college (lead college of appointment in multiple colleges) following consultation with his/her unit administrator. 

Applicants will be expected to provide copies of previous external reviews or rejection letters, if applicable, and describe the work that will be completed to address the comments provided in these documents. Requests for support will be prioritized by the research associate deans to the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies for consideration.

The maximum award will be $50,000 and will be based on the college recommendations. All applications will require additional matching funds from units or colleges. Contact your research associate dean for details regarding the processes for submitting and reviewing DFI applications in your college.

Strategic Partnership Grants

The Strategic Partnership Grants Program provides major grants ranging up to $400,000 over three years for areas of research growth. They are used to leverage matching support from other sources, to provide seed funding for the development of new knowledge, and to initiate new centers of excellence. These grants are treated as investments in the future development of MSU as one of the nation's leading research universities.

Projects are funded based on the following criteria:

  • Scope and significance
  • The level of committed resources from the sponsoring college and department
  • Their potential to leverage additional resources

Institutionally Limited Proposals

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies is responsible for coordinating the internal review and selection of competing proposals when their number exceeds what is allowed by the sponsor as specified in their program announcement or request for proposals. This applies to all types of proposals (fellowship, individual awards, equipment, training, research, etc.), sponsors (federal, state, foundation, etc.), and award types (grants, contracts, cooperative agreements, etc.).

Look here to find all known deadlines for Institutionally Limited Funding Opportunities that impose restrictions and provide internal deadlines along with the specific information that is requested to assist with the internal review process.