Principal Investigator (PI) Training is required for those faculty and staff who wish to apply for funding, whether internal NMU awards or external awards. Below are training opportunities offered to support all NMU faculty, staff, and student researchers in getting to know institutional processes, practices, and tools for grant-making. 

Winter 2024


Please register HERE

Thursday, February 15, 2024 | 3:00PM - 4:30PM | TSB 2801 & by Zoom

Tuesday, March 19, 2024 | 3:00PM - 4:30PM | JAMR 1313

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 | 10:00AM - 11:30AM | WSTN 1302

Tuesday, May 7, 2024 | 9:00AM - 10:30AM | JAMR 2309


For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) please see the drop down menu below.

Q: Do all NMU faculty need to complete the required PI Training?

  • A: No. The PI Training is only required of faculty before they apply for funding, whether for internal NMU awards or external opportunities. It ensures that the PI knows the process and support provided in the application process—it will make applications easier and more efficient for PIs.

Q: I have written several grant proposals at NMU in the past. Am I required to attend the training and why?

  • A: Yes. We have new staff we want to introduce and, more importantly, several new elements in the grant application process, such as GrantForward for searches and Cayuse for completing internal transmittal forms. It is important for new applicants to see the whole process but equally important for seasoned grant-writers to learn what is new at NMU for sponsored projects.

Q: Is this training required for all NMU awards, including sabbatical and release time?

  • A: No. PI Training is required only for faculty who apply for funding under the purview of the Office of Sponsored Programs, i.e., for applications that are evaluated by the Faculty Grants Committee. These include Reassigned Time Awards, Faculty Research Grants, Curriculum Development and Instructional Improvement Grants, and the Peter White Scholar Program. Other applications, like those for Sabbaticals, are not under the purview of the OSP and do not require PI Training.

Q: What does PI stand for?

  • A: PI stands for Principal or Project Investigator, the lead personnel or researcher on a sponsored project.