Money may be requested for materials, supplies, travel and services directly supporting research and creative activities, but not faculty salary support. Funding for research assistants may also be requested, but proposals should not be primarily for thesis or dissertation research. URC funds are intended to serve as seed money, not for general operating support or for already funded activities. The maximum award is $2,500 per year in this category. These grants are awarded on a competitive basis; faculty must provide a concrete plan for future grant submissions commensurate with standards in their disciplines. To encourage broader participation, a faculty member is not eligible for a second grant for 1 year following the completion date of a prior award.
Research Travel Support: Applications for travel support must show how the travel will further research efforts or extramural funding. The least expensive and most practical mode of transportation must be chosen. Full reimbursement by URC cannot be expected, especially for large amounts. State regulations prohibit travel advances, but airfare may be purchased and reimbursed in advance. The URC does not cover the cost of meals during research trips.
Undergraduate Research Supplement for Conduct of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity: In the interest of ensuring that undergraduate and graduate education reinforce each other to create an optimal learning environment, the URC encourages Research, Scholarship and Creative activity proposals from faculty that actively involve undergraduate students. An additional $1,000, up to a maximum of $3,500, may be sought with the stipulation that the student(s) provide a 1 page thesis statement of objectives and expected outcomes from their participation. Additionally, the faculty member must describe how the student will play a substantive role in the project. The additional funds may be used for student salary.
Computer Equipment Support: In general, the URC does not fund requests for computer support. In exceptional circumstances the URC will consider requests for computer equipment, up to a maximum of $2,500. The computer must be used only for scholarly activity, not editing or printing of manuscripts/articles or storage of data. In many cases it is likely to be specialized equipment that could not be adapted for multi-purpose use and is necessary to support ongoing research that may lead to extramural funding.
Development of Extramural Funding: Support for discussions with program officers and other funding agency personnel on specific proposal, project or program matters may be requested.
- Research and Scholarly Activity Support Request (Over $500)
- Form to request support for research or scholarly activity in an amount $500 - $2500 or $3500 for projects involving undergraduate research
- Research and Scholarly Activity Support Request (Under $500)
- Form to request support for research or scholarly activity in an amount under $500