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Undergraduate Research & Creative Works Grants

The Office of Undergraduate Research offers Research & Creative Works grants each semester (Fall, Spring and Summer).

Grants are available in the following categories:

1. Research/creative endeavor supplies - maximum $500
2. Research/creative endeavor stipends - maximum $1000
3. Conference/performance travel and fees - maximum $1500
4. Professional development (i.e trainings, workshops, master classes, professional organizational fees) - maximum $500

info Faculty, Staff, Graduate Students are not eligible to apply.

Award levels are based on the amount of available funding and the number of requests.

Travel Funding Details

Travel grants will be restricted based on the current UNC policies on travel.  OUR cannot fund travel or supply expenses associated with a specific class, for which those supplies or the travel is a required element of the course work.  We can support research and travel associated with programs such as McNair and Honors and with research or travel related to independent study or directed studies projects or for non-required travel and/or research supplies and time.

Students travelling to conferences are encouraged to apply for Student Government Association conference grants. Details found here.

Spring 2024 Grant Application will be available January 9
and closes February 1.

Apply for Funding Awards

Complete your application through the Research Grant Qualtrics Application Link.

  • A complete application via the Qualtrics application (Link is available above in the gold box)
  • Project proposal narrative (no more than two pages, single spaced, 12 point, Times New Roman font)
    • Must be uploaded into the Qualtrics application.
  • Faculty sponsor/Project mentor support
    • You will provide the name and email contact information of your faculty sponsor or project mentor.
    • The OUR office will email the faculty sponsor/project mentor requesting confirmation of their support for your application. Please be sure to alert the sponsor about the coming request for support email.
  • Conference/performance acceptance letter (if the application involves conference participation).
    • Must be uploaded into the Qualtrics application

Contact us at our@unco.edu for more information or if you have any questions.


Spring 2024 Grants

Grant Period for Spring 2024 is for project work completed, travel completed, and/or supplies purchased during Spring 2024 semester and as late as June 15, 2024.

The application will be available January 9 and closes February 1.

Fall 2024 Grants

Grant Period for Fall 2024 is for project work completed, travel completed, and/or supplies purchased during Fall 2024 semester and as late as January 15, 2025.

The application will be available August 26 and closes September 17.

Application Proposal details

Project Proposal Narrative specifications

2-page maximum (single spaced, Times New Roman, font size 12.)

The proposal narrative must be either copied and pasted into the on line Qualtrics application form.

Project Proposal Narrative (Conference and Performance Applicants):

If you are applying for the sole purpose of presenting at a conference or traveling for a performance, please provide a brief explanation (no more than 2 pages) for the requested funds, including how your presentation or performance will support your professional development as a student scholar and how your presentation/performance will contribute to the body of knowledge in your discipline.  Include:

  • Details about when/where the presentation/conference/activity will take place.
  • Total requested amount.

Project Proposal Narrative (Researchers/creative endeavors): 

If you are applying for research or creative endeavor purposes, please provide a compelling narrative (no more than 2 pages) that includes the following (should be included as subheadings in your proposal):

  1. Purpose & significance of your project:
    • Describe how your project will contribute to the body of knowledge in your discipline.
  2. Project Design and/or Research methods:
    • Describe the procedures and/or project design including any methods/methodology as applicable. Include if your project needs &/or has already obtained IRB approval for research with human subjects.
  3. Oversight and supervision:
    • Describe the level of oversight and supervision that will be provided by the faculty advisor/sponsor or others involved, including frequency of meetings, and level of overall involvement of the sponsor.
  4. Timeline
    • Include a timeline of project activities for the semester and  how it will be possible to advance on the project during the period. Can be in a table, bullet pointed list or narrative.
  5. Budget

    • List the amount requested for each of the categories below (list $0 if no funding is requested in that category) along with the breakdown of hours for stipend, breakdown of supplies purchases for supplies grants, and the breakdown of travel or other related expenses for conference, performance or professional development activities:

      • Conference, Performance or Professional Development Activity (Maximum $1,000)
      • Research or Creative Endeavor Supplies (Maximum $500)
      • Research or Creative Endeavor Stipend paid to Student for work activities (Maximum $1,000)
      • TOTAL AMOUNT REQUESTED (Maximum $1,500)

Stipend Requirements and Award Criteria:

Stipends will be awarded based on the available funding, the numbers of applications received, and the quality of the application materials. Students who receive a stipend from OUR will be expected to adhere to all UNC rules and regulations surrounding research and creative endeavors, including issues of plagiarism and rules governing human subject research. Recipients will be given explicit details of the disbursement and reimbursement process in their award letters.

Post-grant reports

Each student who receives funding must prepare and submit a post-grant report at the end of the grant period that provides a summary of the project-related activity, including the ways in which it enhanced the student’s education.  This document will be two to three pages in length and will also include an itemization of the project-related expenses covered by the award.  The post-grant report must be submitted according to the deadlines posted and through the template provided as posted on the OUR website at www.unco.edu/our.  Failure to submit the post-grant report will make you ineligible for future funding from OUR.  If a student abandons the project, or fails to complete the work for which the funding was provided, they must notify OUR, and a refund of the stipend will be required.  

Priority Categories

Stipend Award applications will be prioritized according to the following categories along with the level of independence of the student in regards to the project, the significance of the project, and the clear articulation of project goals:

Category 1

  • Research project or creative endeavor supplies
  • Maximum request  = $500.
  • Supplies must not be intended for general use
    for multiple students and must instead be specific for the
    applicant's project. Supplies grants may be counted as financial aid.

Category 2

  • Research project or creative endeavor stipends
  • Maximum Request = $1000
  • Includes payment to student (via student employment system) for
    approved research or creative endeavor activities as outlined
    in the proposal.

Category 3

  • Conference presentation and performance travel and fees
  • Maximum Request = $1500
  • You may apply for a grant to pay for conference fees, airfare or mileage, hotel costs, per diem or other costs involved with attending the event.

Category 4

  • Professional development
  • Maximum request = $500
  • May be used for trainings, conference fees for those not presenting, workshops,
    master classes, or professional organization membership fees.