Pathway Awards


What is this service?

To support faculty along their career trajectories, MICHR has developed two pathway awards – Pathway to First Grant and Pathway to Independence. These awards are intended to help researchers obtain preliminary data that will strengthen extramural grant applications and support the development of long-term research goals.  

For the pathway awards, we encourage applications for innovative projects at all stages of translation (T1-T4) that use one of the following approaches to research: investigator-initiated research, collaborative research, or community-based participatory research (CBPR). 

To date, MICHR has awarded more than $23M in pilot grants, which has led to more than $217M in extramural funding. A list of recent awardees can be found here.

Pathway to First Grant

Pathway to Independence

Frequently Asked Questions

Human Subjects Requirements

Who can use this service?

Applications are open to faculty from all campuses, schools and colleges at the University of Michigan, as well as partners affiliated with community and patient coalitions and groups, nonprofit organizations, government, and other agencies outside the university.

Applicants to the Pathway to First Grant Award cannot have yet served as a principal investigator on extramural grants. Applicants to the Pathway to Independence Award must have served as principal investigator on “smaller” extramural grants (e.g., career development, R21, similar federal/non-federal awards) or on one R01-type grant. Partnership expectations are outlined in the Collaborative and CBPR approaches. Note that CBPR is a team-based approach that requires academic and community partners to be involved in all aspects of the research process.

When should I contact MICHR about this service?

Applications for this round of funding are due October 14, 2019 at 5pm.

How much does this service cost?

This service is free but there may be cost-sharing requirements for your department. The cost pricing/recharge rates for this and other MICHR services are available here.


Recent Awardees