UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

 Conducting Research USE Grant

Undergraduate Stipends and Expenses (USE) Grant

The Undergraduate Stipends & Expenses Grant is intended to assist in covering expenses necessary to conduct research. Funds are available to purchase undergraduate research supplies including, but not limited to, small equipment, books, software, disposable lab supplies, instructional materials, and printing; to provide Financial Aid awards for undergraduates to compensate for time allocated to their projects; and to support undergraduate travel to conduct their research. Note that dissemination events (conference presentations, etc.) are funded through Falcon Travel Grants. The USE Grant is solely for monies to conduct research.  

Applications for these competitive grants are welcome from undergraduates in all colleges and disciplines. Grant applications can be for individual projects or collaborative projects, and in all cases should be student-authored, with supervision and guidance from the faculty mentor(s) who will be directing the research. In the understanding that good faculty mentorship requires regular meetings and ongoing leadership throughout all phases of a research project, from initial conception to dissemination, faculty mentors receive a companion mentorship award payable on the student researcher's completion of the project.

Funding

Individual Undergraduate Research Projects:

Researchers conducting an individual project are eligible to apply for up to $1500 in S&E and/or Financial Aid to support their research project.  

  • Research Supplies and Expenses
    • Award amounts: up to $500, $1000, or $1500 in S&E payable either to the mentor's department for the purchase of URSCA supplies or to cover departmental outlays for URSCA expenses, or directly to the undergraduate responsible for purchasing. Where possible, mentor departments should complete all purchasing. In all cases, payments are receipt-based and require timely submission of receipts. An itemized budget is also a required element of the USE Grant application. 
    • Funds may be used to purchase undergraduate research supplies including, but not limited to, small equipment, books, software, disposable lab supplies, instructional materials, printing, and travel to conduct research.  Students should include a line for presentation poster.
  • Financial Aid Award
    • Individual researchers may request research support for their time while conducting the research project in the form of a Financial Aid award of either $500, $1000, or $1500.

Collaborative Undergraduate Research Projects:

Researchers in a collaborative team project are eligible to apply for a total of up to $2000 in S&E. URSCA teams may also apply for Financial Aid stipends for each individual team member in $500 increments to support their research project.  There are no limits on the number of undergraduates that can participate on a collaborative research project; however, awards in the collaborative undergraduate research category are capped at $3000.

  • Research Supplies and Expenses
    • Award amounts: up to $500, $1000, $1500, or $2000 in S&E payable either to the mentor's department for the purchase of URSCA supplies or to cover departmental outlays for URSCA expenses, or directly to the undergraduate(s) responsible for purchasing. Where possible, mentor departments should complete all purchasing. In all cases, payments are receipt-based and require timely submission of receipts. An itemized budget is also a required element of the USE Grant application.
    • Funds may be used to purchase undergraduate research supplies including, but not limited to, small equipment, books, software, disposable lab supplies, instructional materials, printing, and travel to conduct research.  Students should include a line for presentation poster.
  • Financial Aid Award
    • Researchers in a collaborative team project may also request research support for their time while conducting the research project in the form of Financial Aid awards in the amount of either $500 or $1000 per team member.

Mentor Awards:

Faculty/staff mentors who direct successful individual or collaborative USE Grants receive funds for their own research or professional development. Mentor awards will be paid on a 1-3 ratio based on the undergraduate proposal award. 

Notification of Award:

The Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity will notify award recipients, typically within 6 weeks of the grant deadline.


Awarded Proposals

To receive payment of your USE Grant award:

Upon completion of the URSCA Project, (1) student(s) must complete this Final Assessment and (2) the mentor must complete this Final Assessment (3) for expenses, submit a copy of the award letter and original receipts to the URSCA Office using the Travel Expense Report or the Transfer Request form (for purchases made by the department).

Projects and all requests for payment should be completed within one year of the award, or prior to the undergraduate researcher's graduation, whichever comes first.

 

Information

Terms and Conditions

Proposal Information

 

Application Deadline: 

Fall Round: October 17, 2016
Spring Round: February 27, 2017

 

To Apply

Applications will be opening soon.

Undergraduate researcher(s) must complete this online student application

and

URSCA Mentors must complete this online mentor application.  One mentor application per project/grant submission.

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Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity

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