The Office of Undergraduate Research provides funding to undergraduate researchers to support their research and creative projects. Grants are funded in two categories:
- On-Campus Research Costs: Funding for materials, equipment, etc. not available on UCF’s campus. Individuals qualify for up to $750, and groups of undergraduate researchers qualify for up to $1,250.
- Off-Campus Research Costs: Funding for travel costs associated with conducting research. Individual traveling to conduct research are eligible for up to $1250 to support cost of travel (i.e. flights, hotel stays). Groups of students traveling are eligible for up to $2500 in funds.
Note: Students looking for funding to support travel to present at a conference should apply for our Conference Presentation Travel Award. OUR Research Grants do NOT cover any part of conference travel.
OUR Research Grant Proposal Guidelines:
Each application includes several sections: Title, Proposal, Literature Cited, Assigned Roles (if you are applying as a group), Timeline, and Budget.
Grant proposals are reviewed separately by a faculty panel in either (1) Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) or (2) Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (ASSH) categories.
Applicants should ensure that each proposal can easily be understood by an educated non-expert (i.e. faculty from a wide variety of departments). The category within which your application will be reviewed is based on the department of your lead faculty mentor.
Get support writing your proposal:
OUR Student Research Grants are competitive, but there are several resources that you can take advantage to strengthen your proposal:
- Meet with an OUR advisor to learn how to make improvements to your application.
- Consult the Research and Travel Grant Budget Guidelines and Sample before submitting the budget section of your proposal.
- There is NOT a GPA requirement, however any students on academic probation will not be considered for the research opportunity.
- All applicants must have a UCF faculty mentor to receive an OUR Research Grant. Mentors will be required to fill out an endorsement of the work. Students should work closely with their mentor while drafting the submission.
- Students are eligible to receive a maximum of two Student Research Grants during their undergraduate career, including group grants.
- Only two grants per faculty mentor will be approved in each semester.
End of finals week in the semester of application.
All applications are judged based on the following criteria
- Clear focus of project
- Sound methodology (clear to non-experts; don’t get technical)
- Contribution of project to field
- Timeline is appropriate to project
- Clear Itemized budget with clear explanation of need for each item
- Your Mentor’s support of the project
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.
Track 1: Emerging Fellows
For students who have not yet had an independent research experience and presented their own work at the Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE) and those who are still involved with their first independent research project. 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. Thus, students already involved in RAMP, McNair Scholars, T-LEARN, HIM (past first semester), LEAD Scholars, or Burnett Research Scholars are likely unqualified.
- Track #1 Fellows are required to:
- Attend six SURF scholars workshops 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 #1 Fellows are required to:
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 have completed all data collection and analysis before the first week of the Summer C term
- Students much attend five workshops 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
L.E.A.R.N. First-Year Program
L.E.A.R.N. is a program run out of the Office of Undergraduate Research that invites science, technology, engineering, and mathematics students to become a part of a supportive learning community. F-L.E.A.R.N. is for students entering UCF from high school. T-L.E.A.R.N. is for students entering UCF from a state/community college. Learn more about this program from the LEARN website.
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.