The mission of the Office for Scholarship Development and Academic Impact in the College of Education, Health, and Human Development is to provide a research infrastructure to support funded programs that enhance the College mission to serve the people of Montana and beyond in education, health and well-being.

Help with all phases of the grant process from developing funding ideas to managing projects awarded funding is available. Contact Mary Miles or Elizabeth Bird.

EHHD Faculty Handbook 

EHHD Student Internal Grant Opportunities

EHHD Internal Grant Opportunities 2023-2024

In FY24 we offer the following competitive internal grant opportunities on a rolling basis until funds are expended (must be used by June 10, 2024).  In the past, internal grants in these categories have awarded funding within the suggested ranges, but please tell us what you realistically need and don't automatically budget for the suggested maximum for your proposal.  With the constraints in the EHHD available fund pool, we will not likely award at the maximum for every proposal submitted.

Priority will be given to proposals from faculty in their early career years.  The intent of these funds is to build faculty member’s—and by extension, EHHD’s—scholarly reputation through tier 1 publications and contributions to advance our land-grant mission).

Note: These competitive internal grants are not intended to supplement annual departmental allocation of conference travel funds.  The college’s expectation is that if you wish to attend more than one conference in a year that you will find other means to cover that cost (such as an external grant, IRD funds, or if need be, out-of-pocket).  We will consider conference travel requests only under extraordinary circumstances.


If you have another kind of need for advancing your scholarship, please feel free to contact Elizabeth Bird.  Based on reports that were submitted about FY23 mini-grant outcomes, we are excited to share some of what we learned, which we hope will be an inspiration to you!

  • Elizabeth (“Mosey”) Hardin used Diversity, Equity and Inclusion funds to complete a U Mass DEI Certificate for Educators which enabled her to improve her syllabi and instruction for “Intro to Exceptional Learners” and “Inclusive Strategies for Classroom Organization.”
  • Kalli Decker used Professional Development funds to mimic what her students are required to do when they enter the Early Childhood Education workforce so that she could adjust her coursework to meet those expectations.  She also used the subsequent process of co-teaching in some early childhood classrooms to share professional development tips (based on current research) with the other teachers.
  • Fenqjen Luo deployed “Interdisciplinary Research Implementation” funds to visit multiple Reservation schools to cultivate partnerships and complete a $3M pending collaborative proposal to NSF/Noyce for Rural and American Indian School Educators as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Leaders.
  • Gilbert Kalonde used “Interdisciplinary Team Development” funds to visit high schools and community colleges in Los Angeles and generate strategies for recruitment and transfer of diverse students of color into MSU’s STEM teacher preparation programs.  In addition to building relationships, he was able to present the work at a professional conference.
  • Mary Miles used a “GRA Support” mini-grant to enable Master’s Exercise and Nutrition Sciences student, Lindsay Lee, to analyze tissue samples for inflammation, testing the utility of certain DNA primers; and to develop a manuscript on the pilot level analysis.
  • Karie Orendorff used a “Manuscript Completion” mini-grant to help her submit 4 papers about optimal physical activity approaches in schools and classrooms.  Karie also used a “Research Supplies” mini-grant to cover focus group transcription services to assist her manuscript development.
  • Marcie Reuer used an “Early Career Mentoring” mini-grant to create and make presentations on K-12 STEM education, and to collaborate with mentor Nick Lux to develop a case study of how rural STEM teachers use local community assets in their teaching.

EHHD Grant Activity - Current and Pending

EHHD Policies and Forms

Ideally submit the LOI form 4 weeks before your proposal is due and at least a week before you submit the ePCF (Office of Sponsored Programs' electronic Proposal Clearance Form) so any questions or concerns can be resolved early.
This DocuSign form is to be filled on-line.
Note:  The LOI is required for all external sources of funds payable to the institution on your behalf (e.g. including subawards, but not private consulting arrangements that bypass MSU).  LOIs also should be submitted for internal MSU grants except those invited by the EHHD Dean, or those submitted through the Department Head and Dean (such as Faculty Excellence Grants).

EHHD Research Reports



Biddy Bird Twitterings for Grant Success

EHHD-Relevant Grant Calendars

Motzer EHHD Interdisciplinary Research Seminar - Link to PDF


EHHD Panel Discussion Summaries:

 Professional Awards you may want to nominate for:


 Funds available for mentors to review your grant applications: 

We are offering faculty a new strategy to be successful with grant writing. EHHD will provide $100 for EHHD grant writers to offer to a successful grant writing expert in your field to review a draft of your grant proposal. Recently we heard of another university that used this strategy with great success. With a $100 investment, faculty were getting an amazing quantity of helpful feedback that increased their success rates. Here are the specifics: one $100 stipend per grant that you submit; provide the name and credentials to Mary Miles. You want to shoot for the biggest star in your area, and hopefully, when they read your stellar proposal they will also want to be a consultant for your project!  Eligible reviewers must not be MSU employees. When the review has been completed, please submit a brief invoice with information regarding the invoice amount ($100) name, email, and mailing address of the reviewer along with a current W-9 tax form so that payment may be processed (all sent to Mary Miles, [email protected]).

Research Computing Group (RCG): aims to provide affordable IT infrastructure to researchers. This is a collaborative effort between the ITC and the Office of the Vice President for Research to provide additional research-specific resources that lie outside the scope of ITC services.

See MSU Information Sheet for basic information required for proposal forms and budgets.


Community-Centered and Compassionate Scholarship Symposium

This September 2018 half-day event featured presenters from every MSU college sharing their scholarship related to community-based and/or compassionate initiatives. 


Cross-College Mental Health Scholarship Forum

This January 2017 half-day event featured presenters from every MSU college sharing their scholarship related to mental health.  The forum was sponsored by the VPRED.