OUR Student Research Grants
The Office of Undergraduate Research provides funding to undergraduate researchers to support their research and creative projects.
- On-Campus or Remote Research Costs: Funding for materials, equipment, etc. Individuals qualify for up to $750, and groups of undergraduate researchers qualify for up to $1,500.
- Off-Campus Research Costs: For Spring 2021, if you or your faculty mentor have received university approval for local travel associated with this research project, you may apply for $300 in local travel funds (mileage, etc). Students may also apply for this $300 in addition to on-campus or remote research costs.
No national or international travel grants will be funded in this cycle. We hope to award travel grants again once the university travel policy changes. Please reach out to email@example.com with any questions.
Note: Students looking for funding to support travel to present at a conference should apply for our Conference Presentation Travel Award. OUR Student Research Grants do NOT cover any part of conference travel. At this time Conference Presentation Travel Awards are only funding virtual conference registration.
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.
Proposal Review Criteria:
All applications are reviewed based on the following criteria
- Clear focus of project
- Sound methodology (clear to non-experts; don’t get technical)
- Contribution of the project to your field
- Timeline is appropriate to project
- Clear Itemized budget with clear explanation of the need for each item
- Your Mentor’s support of the project
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 staff member to learn how to make improvements to your application.
- Consult the Budget Guidelines before submitting the budget section of your proposal.
- Review Grant Examples for various majors.
- There is NOT a GPA requirement, however, any students on academic probation will not be considered for this 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 mentors 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.
Decisions are made by the end of finals week in the semester of application.
Grants are due on March 26th at 11:59 p.m.
Note: All travel for university business remains prohibited until further notice. Funding for travel will only be available when these restrictions have been lifted. Students can submit a proposal for funds, but they will not be awarded until UCF policies are updated.
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