CFIR Letters of Intent/Concept Papers

The Michigan State University/Sparrow Health System’s Center for Innovation and Research welcomes all investigators who wish to submit a Letter of Intent for Innovative research or translation projects.  For more details, please visit the Funding page.

**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

  • Concept papers can be 1-2 pages long. The Director will review the information and provide feedback on whether the project is suitable for the CFIR. They can be mailed to
  • Please see the Letters of Intent Instructions below for more information, as well as the Criteria for Proposals.
  • The Center for Innovation and Research will review submitted Letters of Intent and make selections for requests of Full Proposals.  Invited applicants will submit Full Proposals approximately 6-8 weeks after the invitation.


*Prior to finalization of the budget, please contact Nancy Miller, Administrative Director, Sparrow Clinical Research Institute.  She can review and assist with budget concerns at Sparrow.
*For Sparrow IRB issues, please contact Heather Park-May, Sparrow IRB Administrator:

Research Letters of Intent Instructions

Translation Letters of Intent Instructions

Letter of Intent TEMPLATE

Full proposals may be either Research or Translation projects. 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.

Sample Letter(s) of Intent

Sample Full Proposal(s)

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

Submissions can be sent to:

CFIR Mission StatementCFIR Vision Statement