Office of Undergraduate Research

Research Grants

Research Grant Proposals

• The proposal should not exceed five pages in length, including the bibliography.
• Font: Times New Roman, 12 pt.
• Double-spaced with one-inch margins


The proposal MUST consist of the following components – please note that project applications that do not include all parts described below will be considered incomplete and not eligible for funding:

Cover Page (link) All aspects of the cover page must be filled in for your application to be considered.

Project Title

Project Summary. The summary must state the purpose of the research and describe the project clearly in non-technical terms. (200 words maximum)

Introduction. Be sure to include background for the research and what has been done in the field that is specific to your interests and educational or future career goals. Set up a context for your project within the larger world of research in this general area. (1.5 page maximum)

  • State the purpose of this research.

    For example: The purpose of this research is: to study whether.../examine the effects of.../to follow the influence of the work of.../determine the connection between...

  • State your research question.

    For example: In this research project, I hope to: show whether the inclusion of Y results in.../demonstrate how X influences.../compare and contrast the techniques of.../see if the use of strategy X will facilitate...

  • Explain the project concisely.
  • Discuss significance of your project by referencing the work of others within this field. Provide key literature references and use standard citation methods to cite sources.
  • Predict outcomes as applicable.

• Methods

  • Describe methods to be used and give rationale for choosing a particular method, if applicable.
  • Reflect familiarity with the literature in the field as you describe the methodology you have selected and provide key literature references where appropriate.
  • Provide justification for the materials requested in the budget.
  • If two or more students will be working on the project, this section must clearly state the role of each participant.

• Budget

  • Provide itemized budget statement of the type and amount of support needed (type and cost of equipment and supplies, cost and justification of travel, lodging, etc.) to complete the project as proposed.
  • Check carefully the inventories of the departments before requesting equipment that may already be available.
  • Money may be spent on approved items only, as determined when the grant is awarded unless prior approval is received from the Undergraduate Research Committee Chair.
  • Maximum Research Grant project award is $500.00.

If the budget required to complete the project as proposed exceeds $500.00, you must indicate how the remaining funds will be obtained. If this information is not given, the application will be considered incomplete and not eligible for funding.

  • Project Timeline
  • Clearly state the period of the proposed project. If travel to collect data is to be funded, include dates and destinations of expected data collection trips.
  • Note proposed research landmarks throughout the period.


  • Bibliography
    • Include complete citations for each of the key literature references included in the Introduction and Methods sections. Use proper citation methods.
  • Group Projects

To be eligible for funding, a proposal submitted by a group of undergraduate students must satisfy one of the two following requirements:


  1. The proposal demonstrates that each member of the group is responsible for one unique facet of a larger multi-dimensional research project.
  2. The proposal clearly demonstrates that each member of the group will contribute equally to the project.
  • The proposal MUST be accompanied by a letter from the faculty mentor supporting the research
  • The Undergraduate Research Committee will meet to discuss research grant proposals approximately one week after the deadline. Each applicant will be informed electronically of the Committee's decision regarding their proposal within the following week.  Funds must be spent down no later than Tuesday, May 20, 2014.
  • Please submit an electronic version of your proposal, (including cover page and letter of support) as a single PDF document to
  • Applications which are not sent as a single PDF document will not be considered.


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