Capstone for Impact Grants
The Capstone for Impact (CFI) Grants are merit-based funding opportunities to support work towards a student's CFI project. Projects not specifically earmarked to be the CFI will also be considered and will follow the same application and assessment process. A faculty sponsor is to provide a recommendation. There are four grant award categories:
- M0 Summer Impact Accelerator: $500
- M1 Summer Impact Accelerator: $1,000
- Capstone For Impact Grant: $2,000
- Impact Incubator Award (Pilot): $5,000
You may be eligible for more funding. For further inquiry please email Dr. Michael Englesbe (firstname.lastname@example.org). For other questions on this application, please contact Samiah Haque (email@example.com).
You may also be able to apply for an NIH funded short term training grant to support your CFI. The availability of this opportunity is dependent on the University of Michigan receiving funding from the NIH for this program. Details will be forthcoming as soon as the availability of these funds is confirmed. For more information, please contact Dr. Margolis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Policies & General Guidelines
- Applicant must be a current University of Michigan medical student
- U-M Faculty supervision is required for all projects
- Living expenses are a valid use of the funds. If you are undergoing significant financial hardship, contact the CFI Director (Dr. Michael Englesbe - email@example.com).
- Applicants planning to undertake projects/research activities involving human subjects must have approval from the IRB
- Students must register any international travel funded by these awards with Global Reach
- Students are only eligible for the M0 SIAP during the summer before matriculation, and the M1 SIAP during the summer between their M1 & M2 year
- Students may apply for the CFI Grant any time between matriculation and January of their graduating year. Most students will apply for this during their Branches phase (M3/M4 year). Students are not eligible for the CFI Grant after January 1 of their graduating year.
- If a student has received a CFI Grant or the NIH SBRP Grant, they are only eligible to apply for the CFI Grant one additional time for a project that is substantively different from the previously awarded project. Applications will be awarded on a case by case basis.
- Group projects are allowed
- For travel expenses, students should seek funding from the PI of their project (if applicable), and the Office of Financial Aid, before applying for a CFI grant
- Funds can only be disbursed directly to the applicant. If a student wishes to use a shortcode, they may donate the funds they receive to the specific shortcode account they would like to use
Ineligible expenses for all award categories include:
- Publication fees
- Projects unrelated to healthcare, or conducted following the completion of degree requirements
- Project that has already been completed, with expenses incurred prior to the submission date
- Students should not buy computers with CFI funds
Application Guidelines for M1 Summer Impact Accelerator (M1 SIAP) - $1,000 award
1. The M1 Summer Impact Accelerator is only offered to M1 students in their summer before M2 year. Goal of this opportunity is for students to explore their non-clinical professional development, and to lay the groundwork for their Capstone for Impact project. Students do NOT need to be in Ann Arbor for this experience.
2. Provide 250-500 word proposal. Proposal should outline goals of the project, methods that will be used to achieve the goals and nature of the supervision.
3. Your project mentor must complete a brief online recommendation section in the application attesting their approval of your application. They will not have to write a letter. Your mentor does not have to be affiliated with University of Michigan's Medical School.
4. The deliverable for this opportunity is a 250-500 word reflection on how the work completed over the summer contributed to your non-clinical professional development as well as how and to what extent it laid the foundation for your Capstone for Impact project. This reflection is to be emailed to Samiah Haque (firstname.lastname@example.org) within the first two weeks of M2 year.
Application Guidelines for Capstone for Impact Grant - $2,000 award
The Capstone for Impact (CFI) Grant is a merit-based funding opportunity to support work towards student projects. Projects not specifically earmarked to be the CFI will also be considered and will follow the same application and assessment process. A faculty sponsor is needed to provide recommendations.
Please note that for group projects, each student in the group is eligible for the $2,000 grant. You may also be eligible for more funding. For further inquiry please email Dr. Michael Englesbe (email@example.com). For other questions on this application, please contact Samiah Haque (firstname.lastname@example.org).
You may also be able to apply for an NIH funded short term training grant to support your CFI. For more information, please contact Dr. Margolis (email@example.com)
All actively enrolled UMMS students are eligible to apply for this grant. Note: Applications for graduating M4s close in January of their graduation year.
Provide a proposal. Your proposal should succinctly outline a) goals of your project, methods that will be used to achieve the goals, and how your project will contribute to the medical field at large - if available, include citations to relevant literature that will be helpful in understanding how the proposal fits into existing scholarship and b) how this funding will contribute to your project.
Proposal should be a minimum of 500 words, and may not exceed 1,500 words.
Your CFI Advisor/Project Mentor must complete a brief online recommendation section in the application attesting their approval of your application. They will not have to write a letter.
If funding is being requested/received from multiple sources for this project, please disclose each source.
Applications are reviewed only after they have been completed and submitted through the online application. You will receive an email notification regarding the award decision. If a grant is awarded, procedures for payment will be outlined in that email.
You are eligible to apply for this grant even if you have already received a CFI grant, or if you are planning to apply in the future for your CFI work.
We typically DO NOT fund publication fees or conference travel. We recommend that you ask your CFI Advisor/Research Mentor to support those costs. If they are not able to, contact the UMMS Financial Aid Office. If you are still unable to secure funding, email Dr. Englesbe (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please expect an 4-6 week decision time.