MEIF @ USM provides financial support to faculty and professional staff to undertake strategic initiatives that: address challenges identified by businesses and industries in the MEIF target areas; support multidisciplinary groups of faculty, staff, students, and external partners that bring about innovative solutions; achieve one or more outcomes identified in the MEIF @ USM Strategic Framework; and leverage external support to sustain innovation. The MEIF target areas are:

  • Biotechnology
  • Aquaculture and marine technology
  • Composite materials technology
  • Environmental technology
  • Advanced technologies for forestry and agriculture
  • Information technology
  • Precision manufacturing technology


On a case-by-case basis and dependent on availability of MEIF funds, MEIF @ USM also supports:

  • Internship programs and the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)
  • Graduate research assistantships and requests for small research equipment
  • Course release to lay the groundwork for the submission of successful proposals for extramural funding from federal, foundations, or other research sponsors
  • Requests for matching funds required in proposals for extramural funding


The MEIF @ USM’s procedures for selecting, developing, and reviewing proposals for strategic initiativesare identified in MEIF @ USM Procedures for Selecting Strategic Investments.


MEIF @ USM Award Policies outline applicant eligibility, the eligible and ineligible uses of MEIF Funds, and other award policies. Learn more about MEIF @ USM Award Policies here.


The MEIF @ USM Strategic Framework delineates the major activities, internal/external outcomes, data collection points, and impact goals in the areas of research and workforce development. Read the MEIF @ USM Strategic Framework here.


Call for Proposals Timeline

When MEIF Funds are available for investment, a call for proposals will go out annually:
- Call for proposals posted: October/November
- Proposal due date: February 1
- Award Notification: April 1
- Project implementation start date: July 1

If additional funds are available in any given year, a second call for proposals will be posted for implementation to start in January.

Call for Proposals

Advancing USM's North Atlantic Region Intitiative

Course Release to Develop and Submit Proposals for External Funding