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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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.
Special requirements associated with HHMI funding include:
- Professional development seminars
- A poster presentation
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.