Undergraduate Research Grants Program  

Spring deadline is Tuesday, March 15, 2022 for the Summer/Fall UG Research Grant funding cycle.

Online application will open February 1, 2022.

Note:    Please review the Grant Package Guidelines before submitting a Grant Package Proposal .


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To encourage undergraduate students from all disciplines to participate in independent research and creative projects in collaboration with FAU faculty. The research or creative activity conducted by the student generally takes diverse forms of directed research, such as independent study, work on an honors thesis or part of a larger ongoing study under the direct supervision of a full-time faculty member, rather than work conducted to fulfill regular course or seminar requirements.

A university-wide call for proposals will be distributed prior to each deadline. All proposals will be reviewed by the Distinction through Discovery Research Grants Committee using the judging criteria presented in the grant package guidelines.

Student and Faculty Eligibility:

  • Any full-time, continuing, undergraduate student in good standing (academic and disciplinary) at Florida Atlantic University may apply.
  • Students are only eligible to receive one grant per grant funding cycle as a primary applicant.
  • Faculty mentors may be limited to $1,200 in awards per grant funding cycle for students they mentor, depending on funding availabilty .

Research Compliance:

Undergraduate Research and scholarly projects may require compliance to meet state and federal regulations.  While not all research and inquiry requires compliance, those projects that warrant oversight of compliance must be addressed as such; grant funds cannot be released until all research compliance issues are satisfied.  Please refer to Appendix B for more information.  Please keep in mind that some research compliance issues may take 6 - 8 weeks to be resolved, and must be resolved within two months of award email, if grant is selected for funding.

If you are unsure whether your research may qualify as human subjects research, please first refer to the Research Integrity page entitled Do I need IRB? In addition, you may refer to this flowchart to help determine if your research qualifies. You may also refer to the Human Subjects Research Determination form.

If you are unsure if your research requires any Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) compliance, please review their EH&S Course Matrix by Work Type.  You may also refer to their Training Programs webpage.

*FAU students conducting research projects at external institutions (e.g., Scripps) are required to complete the EH&S training here at FAU to receive grant funding.

We highly suggest students conducting any research or scholarly activities participate in CITI – the Collaborative Inter-Institutional Training Initiative  training.  This provides access to courses that are designed to be used by institutions and organizations to provide comprehensive training in a variety of areas such as Institutional Review Board (IRB), Good Clinical Practices, Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and other areas. (content borrowed from the FAU DOR website).

Please review Appendix B and speak with your faculty mentor to determine if your project requires research compliance of any kind.


Grant package deadlines are due by October 15th for Spring/Summer funding, and March 15th for Summer/Fall funding. Should these dates fall on a weekend day or holiday, the deadline will become the next business day.  Summer/Fall grants will be paid out after July 1st, unless specifically requested.

How to apply: 

Please complete the online application through Survey Monkey Apply (click here for instructions).  You will upload your completed grant package (Undergraduate Research Grant Package Guidelines) to your application online through Survey Monkey Apply.  Request a letter of recommendation from your faculty mentor, if it is not attached to your Grant Package. The letter can either be uploaded through Survey Monkey Apply or emailed directly to ouri@fau.edu.  A mentor letter of support guide has been provided (Appendix D)

Survey Monkey Apply Instructions
Survey Monkey Apply Online Application Link

Type of Grant:

Grant allocations are categorized based on the following

  1. Individual students engaged in research or creative activity under the mentorship of a FAU faculty member may apply for a grant of up to $600 to support their work.
  2. Group projects, consisting of two or more students working on the same or similar projects under the mentorship of a full-time FAU faculty mentor may apply for a grant of up to $1,200.

Applicants will be asked to identify the maturity of project (Exploratory, Developing or Advanced) to facilitate the review process. Please see Appendix A for definitions.

Examples of previously funded grants:

Example 1
Example 6

Librarian Assistance:

The Library has liaisons available in many specialization areas for all FAU Campuses.  Please click on the Boca Raton link below and then scroll through the list to find a Librarian in your area.  If you have a specific question for a Librarian on the Jupiter campus, we have also included the link to their staff page below.

Boca Raton Campus Library Liaisons by Specialization

Jupiter Campus Library Staff (contact for assistance)

Grant Expenditures:

Grant funds must be applied to tangible research expenditures. Applicants should discuss research needs with their faculty mentor before submission of their proposed budget. Any purchases, such as equipment, books and remaining supplies, must remain at FAU after the project is completed as property of the mentor’s department. Please see Appendix C for budget examples.

Examples of allowable expenses:

  • costs for laboratory, artistic supplies, software and databases, and small equipment that are not readily available in your area/department/college;
  • travel to offsite locations to conduct research, such as archives, libraries, companies,museums, or collections containing materials relating to the research topic. Make sure to use the Florida Statutory mileage rate (not gas costs) for trips involving the use of a personal vehicle;
  • photocopying of research-related materials or purchase of books not otherwise available at or through the University Library;
  • program fee costs associated with a research-intensive study abroad program to include materials and supplies needed to conduct the research abroad.

Examples of non-allowable expenses include, but are not limited to:

  • costs associated with attendance or presentations at professional meetings;
  • gas and food expenses associated with travel (mileage to research sites is allowable);
  • stipends, living expenses, tuition or laboratory fees of the grant recipient;
  • research costs normally associated with department/college budgets (e.g., computers or laptops for use at FAU);
  • costs associated with the external funding of the student’s faculty advisor for research in the same general area;
  • the hiring of assistants or other external services;
  • lessons or costs associated with professional development. 

Grant Period:

Funds associated with the Undergraduate Research Grant can only be guaranteed to the end of the fiscal year in which the funds were transferred. Please consult with your Department or College Business Manager for more information. The project can continue past this date.

Judging criteria:

All grants will be peer-reviewed by faculty, staff and graduate students who will evaluate the merit of the proposal based on an evaluation rubric (see Appendix E):

1.  Strength of Proposal- Proposals must be clear, concise, and understandable for reviewers from varying disciplines (broad backgrounds). Strong proposals should also meet the following criteria:

    • Clear focus on research question or scholarly problem addressed in this study: The grant explicitly states what the project will accomplish. There is a clear central idea, hypothesis, objective/purpose.
    • If a group project is selected, each group member must have a clear role/task supporting the overall research question(s).
    • Background theory: provides an evaluation of previous work conducted in the area related to the question or the problem. Make sure to include primary references.
    • Sound methodology: Methodology clearly conveys the steps that will achieve the purpose of this project and how data/information will be obtained. 
    • Contribution to the field or discussion of potential impact: There is an explanation of the importance of the proposed project, “in the big scheme of things” the value of the project’ impact
    • The project’s contribution of an original, intellectual, or creative work to the discipline

2.  Timeline/Plan of Work- The student outlines the time necessary to complete the majority of the project successfully during the grant funding cycle. It is justified that the project can be reasonably completed in that time (including allocating time for research compliance requirements), and that the student will present at an FAU Undergraduate Research Symposium.

3.  Appropriateness of Budget - The requested budget is justified and necessary for the completion of the project. The budget provides detail associated with what will be purchased (item and quantity) and an explanation of the needs evidenced by the methodology section, as well as detail on where and how the funds will be spent (see Appendix C for samples).

4.  Faculty Mentor’s Letter- The mentor endorses the project and the merit of the student(s) conducting the project, and assures the reviewers that no other funds exist for parts/all of the project. The mentor provides appropriate research compliance information as it applies to this project (see Appendix D for letter requirements).

Award Notification:

Grant awardees will be notified by an email sent to both the student(s) and faculty mentor once all peer and compliance reviews have been completed (approximately two months after each grant deadline date). Grant funds will be released to the department of the FAU faculty member for disbursement once all research compliance issues have been resolved. It is expected that compliance issues be addressed in a timely manner or within 2 months of the initial award notification.

Grant Recipient Requirements:

Individuals awarded grants must:

  1. Be able to complete the project as an enrolled undergraduate at FAU.
  2. Present this work at an FAU Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  3. Participate in pre- and post-grant award surveys regarding experience of research/scholarly activity project.
  4. Reference the grant in future presentations and/or publications resulting from this work.  Below is some sample language to use when acknowledging/referencing this program:
    • Funding for this project was made possible through an Undergraduate Research Grant sponsored by FAU's Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry
    • The authors would like to acknowledge FAU's Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry for funding to support this project/research through the Undergraduate Research Grant program.



For questions about this program, please email ouri@fau.edu.

This program was established through our University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) as an effort at expanding a culture of undergraduate research and inquiry at FAU.



 Last Modified 2/3/22