Funding Opportunities

OUR Student Research Grants

The Office of Undergraduate Research provides funding to undergraduate researchers to support their work, with support from the Burnett Honors College. These grants can be used to fund materials or equipment not available on UCF’s campus and travel costs associated with conducting research.

Individual students may apply for grants of up to $500 for research costs. Students traveling to conduct research are eligible for up to $1000 to support cost of travel (i.e. flights, hotel stays). Students looking for funding to support travel to present at a conference should apply for our Presentation Award.

Student groups may apply for grants of up to $1000 for research costs.

Please note that students are eligible to receive a maximum of two Student Research Grants during their undergraduate career, including group grants.  Additionally, students must be in good standing and have at least a 2.75 GPA to be eligible.

Consult the Research and Travel Grant Budget Guidelines and Sample before submitting your proposal. OUR also offers workshops to help students prepare for this, How to: Fund Your Research, check the Calendar for upcoming dates.

Submit a Student Research Grant Proposal

Applications are due on the last Friday of March, June, and October for funding the next semester. Once applications are submitted, faculty mentors will have an additional week to submit their endorsement of the proposal.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program provides professional development and financial support to student researchers. SURF Professional Development workshops are held on Friday mornings throughout the summer. Participants are awarded a $1500 scholarship for the Summer C term (faculty receive $250), with support from the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Office of Research and Commercialization.

Track 1: Emerging Fellows

For students who are involved with their first independent research project, who are not ready to publish. This track will work on developing a poster presentation by the end of the summer on the work completed.

  • The goal of Track #1 is to provide new or recently started researchers an opportunity to engage in a summer research community. Students in good standing with at least a 2.75 GPA are welcome to apply for this opportunity.  Preference will be given to those students who have not previously participated in a structured, paid program.
    • Track #1 Fellows are required to:
      • Attend six SURF scholars workshops (all held on Friday mornings) throughout the summer. Topics covered include poster preparation, creating a research portfolio, how to be successful at conferences, etc.
      • Present a poster of your research at the end of the summer at our UCF Summer Research Showcase.

Track 2: Publishing Fellows

For students who have been working on an independent research project for several semesters and will complete their data collection by May. This track is for advanced undergraduate researchers. This track will assist students in preparing a manuscript for submission to the UCF Undergraduate Research Journal or another research journal in student’s research discipline.

  • Students must be in good standing with at least a 2.75 GPA
  • Students must have completed all data collection and analysis before the first week of the Summer C term
  • Students much attend five workshops (all held on Friday mornings) on the process of creating a manuscript
  • Submit portions of their manuscript at each meeting for feedback and review and be willing to peer review other SURF scholars’ manuscripts.
  • Turn in a final manuscript draft to URJ by the end of the summer for review

Apply for the SURF Fellowship

McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program is designed to prepare students from low-income, first-generation and traditionally underrepresented groups for doctoral studies. McNair Scholars participate in courses, seminars and workshops on topics related to graduate school preparation, complete a paid research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor, and have the opportunity to present their research at local, regional and national conferences. Learn more about this program from the Academic Advancement Programs office.

Research and Mentoring Program (RAMP)

RAMP is designed to provide undergraduate students, who may be interested in pursuing graduate education, with research experience while working closely with a faculty mentor. In addition, the students participate in a variety of workshops designed to increase their awareness and knowledge of graduate school education. The aim of this program is to encourage more students from those populations who are traditionally underrepresented in graduate education to attend graduate school. Learn more about this program from the Academic Advancement Programs office.

Florida Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (FGLSAMP)

FGLSAMP is a National Science Foundation project that provides scholarships to under-represented undergraduate students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) majors. It is a coalition of twelve institutions in Florida and one in Georgia. Learn more about this program from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

National Action Council on Minorities in Engineering (NACME)

Since 1974, NACME has provided leadership and support to increase the representation of African American, American Indian, and Latino women and men in engineering. Learn more about this program from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the College of Engineering and Computer Science.