Undergraduates play a key role in producing new knowledge at a comprehensive research university like CU Boulder. What new knowledge will you contribute?

Types of Awards

Which grant you apply for is dependent upon your project type. Click on the grant award below to learn which type fits your project. With the exception of HHMI and Team grants, students can receive a maximum of two total grants as an undergraduate, one of which can be a Research Assistantship. Students conducting international research have specific requirements. UROP staff are available to help you design a plan to maximize funding opportunities before you, or your student, graduates. Email urop@colorado.edu to make an appointment.


Assistantships introduce students to research fundamentals by working with a faculty member on her/his project. Assistantships are ideal for students who have little or no prior research experience. Students can be funded one-time only for a maximum award of $800.

Apply:  (PDF) (DOC)

Development Grant

Development Grants are for undergraduates in the creative fields for early stage conceptualization of projects. Those fields include Creative Writing, Film Production, Music Composition, Studio Art, Theatre and Dance. Development Grants will provide recipients up to $500 for the following activities: research-based attendance at workshops, festivals, exhibitions or performances; discipline-specific training in the creative and performing arts; scouting locations for the production of creative writing or film projects; interviews or consultations with practitioners in the field; and artistic collaborations. There’s a limit of one Development Grant for each undergraduate who applies. After receiving a Development Grant students may choose to apply for an Individual Grant for completion of the project.

Apply — (PDF)(DOC)

Individual Grants

Individual Grants are for students working independently with a faculty mentor. Students can design their own or be part of a faculty member’s research project. In addition to laboratory or theoretical research, these grants are ideal for students writing honors theses, creating fine arts or performance projects, or doing research abroad.Maximum awards are $1200 in the academic year and $2400 in the summer.

Grants in the Creative Arts Fields: Apply — (PDF) (DOC)

Empirical, Experimental, and Theoretical Projects: Apply — (PDF) (DOC)

The following are examples of successful Individual Grant Applications from:

Michelle Hellums, Spring ’12 ACCT – Business/Social Enterprise Study,

Colton Kooker, December ’11 FILM — Film Creative Project,

Victoria Kraft, Spring ’12, GEOG graduated cum laude — Geography Field Study.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Individual Grants (HHMI)

HHMI Individual Grants fund bioscience laboratory research for the entire academic year up to a maximum $2400. Funds are provided by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute through CU’s Biological Sciences Initiative. Limited awards are available. Applications are reviewed early Fall only.

Special requirements associated with HHMI funding include:

  • Professional development seminars
  • A poster presentation

Apply: (PDF) (DOC)

Team Grants

Team Grants are for 2 or more students working on one research or creative project guided by a faculty mentor. Each student has a designated, well-defined role in the project, but they work together as co-researchers or collaborators. Maximum awards are $3000 or $1200 per student on two person teams. Maximum awards for capstone course teams is $250 /student, not to exceed $1000/team.

There are special criteria for those proposing team grants to produce a publication:

  • Funding is available for printing costs only.
  • Maximum awards are $500 per student, not to exceed project total of $3000.
  • Content must be by undergraduates only.
  • Publication must have a unique niche (i.e. the content can’t be similar to another publication on campus).
  • Applicants must have signed waiver and release forms for images of people identifiable in the publication.
  • No free advertising should be included in the publication.
  • Projects must acknowledge UROP for funding support.

Apply:  (PDF) (DOC)

Apply:  (PDF) (DOC)

Faculty Research Seminars

Faculty can teach seminars on their own research or general research in their field with the aim of teaching students what it means to be a researcher in that particular discipline. Seminars are intended as pilot projects to develop future course offerings in the faculty’s department. Minimum enrollment is 15 students; maximum enrollment is 25 students. Generally the grant is used for adjunct pay in order to release the seminar faculty member from an existing course. Grant amount is commensurate with current adjunct pay for the college.

Apply: Research Seminars (PDF) (DOC)