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Call for Proposals

Available Funding

A Call for Proposals (CFP) is initiated by the MIRA Director biannually for major (three to four days) conferences and more long-term visits. Below are the guidelines for the proposals.  


The Michigan Institute for Research in Astrophysics (MIRA) is seeking proposals from University of Michigan (UM) full members to host activities of benefit to the MIRA community. MIRA has broadened the scope of the CFP to include activities that focus on a single discipline, although with lower priority than interdisciplinary activities.

Full members may propose short-term workshops and conferences (interdisciplinary or focused more narrowly on a single discipline), interdisciplinary workshops in techniques with broader appeal (e.g., astrostatistics, instrumentation, computational methods) or may propose activities as ambitious as semester or year-long programs that include one or more program activities, such as workshops, conferences, seminars, and long-term visits by postdoctoral fellows or faculty members on sabbatical.

Requests for <4K for visitors and small workshops can be made at any time by completing the application form linked on the funding resources page:

Successful proposals will meet some or all of the following selection criteria:

●Improve the intellectual climate enjoyed by center members;
●Foster and promote interdepartmental collaboration;
●Encourage interdepartmental collaboration and the development of new research directions;
●Improve the education of undergraduates and graduates in astrophysics;
●Nurture diversity in the center and in contributing departments;
●Project U of M’s advances and innovations in astrophysical sciences to others around the World.

Proposals focused on a single discipline are welcome, although they will receive less priority.

Collaboration is strongly encouraged. The proposer list must include at least one full member of MIRA. The full member list can be found on the MIRA website:

MIRA Administrative Staff Responsibilities
MIRA administrative staff will assist with program and travel logistics, the budget, and the creation and maintenance of a web page for the program. MIRA program staff can also assist with the creation of the initial budget.
Please contact:  Cheryl Israel at (734) 936-1737 or via email:
Proposer Responsibilities
The responsibility for the scientific leadership and implementation of the proposed activities lies entirely with the proposers. The center director and administrative staff will help with logistics, implementation and guidance; and a short final report will be prepared.

Proposals are due (TBD) for programs to be held in (TBD) and should include the following:

1. Name, Title, Department, Email for each Program Planning Committee member.
2. Two paragraphs on the scientific merit of the proposed activity. Please include a description of why it is important to address this topic now at the University of Michigan.
3. Two paragraph description of the proposed activity, including:
                 Timeframe (proposed semester, number of days)
                 Number of participants
                 Targeted participants
                 Potential speakers, if you are proposing a workshop or conference
4. Budget Estimate – please provide both an optimal and a minimum amount for consideration. MIRA Program Staff can assist with the creation of the budget.

Proposals should be addressed to the MIRA Executive Committee, and submitted by (TBD)    

Delivery, Mail or Email:  
  MIRA office, 311 West Hall   1106   
Questions: (734) 936-1737