Center for Innovation and Research Call for Letters of Intent

CFIR currently accepts Concept Papers/Letters of Intent/Grant Proposals on a rolling submission basis.

Beginning January 2017, Rolling Submissions will be reviewed on the following schedule:

February 1, May 1, October 1

Proposals may be either Research (typically $50,000) or Translation (typically $25,000) projects.

Concept papers can be 1-2 pages long. The Director will review the information and provide feedback on whether the project is suitable for CFIR. They can be mailed to

Please see the Letters of Intent Instructions below for more information, as well as the Criteria for Proposals.

Research Letters of Intent Instructions

Translation Letters of Intent Instructions

Letter of Intent TEMPLATE

Full proposals instructions can be found here.

  • Additionally, projects that were previously submitted to other institutions and were scored, but not funded, are welcome to contact the CFIR  for possible project support in order to help strengthen their proposal for resubmission.
  • Also, CFIR will consider proposals for Micro-Grants with a likelihood that the project will lead to another proposal at a federal level and support a collaborative team. The Micro-Grant budget typically does not exceed $10,000.00. Please use this template for submitting a MIcro-grant request.

*Prior to finalization of the budget,You should make contact with Nancy Miller, Director of Research, Sparrow Clinical Research Institute (SCRI).  She can assist with activities that occur at Sparrow or involving Sparrow medical records that may or may not have related budget issues.    Please allow two weeks of lead time for processing.

>>> Interdisciplinary partnerships with team members from both Sparrow and MSU is a requirement.

Submissions can be sent to: