Undergraduate Research & Creativity Grants

Grants are available on a competitive basis to support undergraduate and international undergraduate research and creativity activities to all full-time (12+ credits) and part-time (1-11 credits) UW-L undergraduates. Two competitions are held each year—one during fall semester and one during spring semester.

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 Award Amounts:

  • Domestic individual (one student) projects; $2,000 total of which up to $1,000 can be a student stipend.

  • Domestic collaborative (2 or more students) projects; $2,500 of which up to $1,500 can be student stipends.

  • International individual (one student) projects; $3,500 of which up to $1,000 can be a student stipend.

  • International collaborative (2 or more students) projects; $4,000 of which up to $1,500 can be student stipends.

The remainder of the funds requested should be used for supplies, travel, books and instructional materials and other expenses required for execution of the research project.

  • Money for all categories will be awarded within six weeks of the award date.

  • Stipend and travel funds will be mailed to the student. If the travel funds will be used for airfare, the funds will be distributed in two installments: the first upfront and the second upon sending evidence of ticket purchase to the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creativity.

  • Funds for supplies, software, and books will be given to the primary mentor's department, and all purchases will be made through the department.

  • Students may use up to $50 for poster printing for presentation of the proposed research.

  • Incentives given to research participants must not exceed more than 10% of the total grant award.

    Undergraduate Research Guidelines:

Eligibility UW-L full or part-time undergraduate students who are not graduating during the semester in which they are applying for grant funds. You must still be an enrolled undergraduate when completing your project.  If you are graduating the semester after submitting the grant it is up to you to clearly explain to the committee how you will be able to start and finish your project before graduation.
Enrollment Guidelines Requests for the proposal Google docs for the Spring Cycle must be received by Wednesday, March 5 by a student sending an E-mail to the UW-L Research Office stdtresearch@uwlax.edu
Submission When the grant deadline expires we will "unshare" the Google documents with you and share them with the review committee.  You do not need to formally submit the grant, just have all of your necessary information entered by noon on Tuesday March 25th.  Incomplete proposals will be removed from the review process.
Notification
of Award
The Office of Undergraduate Research & Creativity will notify award recipients, typically within 6 weeks of grant submission. 
Spending Deadlines All funding must be spent by one year after the award date.
Restrictions Funding will not be available for any work already completed, for travel to present research findings at conferences, or for publication printing fees.  If funds are limited, priority may be given to proposals from students who have not received previous funding.


If funded, students are required to:
1. Complete a verification of travel form upon purchasing flight ticket to get the rest of your travel funds. Adobe PDF version MS Word version (if applicable).
2. Present the results of their work at Celebration 2014, held in the spring semester. RECEIVING A GRANT DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY REGISTER YOU FOR CELEBRATION. You must submit an abstract.
3. Submit a FINAL REPORT to the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creativity.

I. INTRODUCTION
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is pleased to provide funding on a competitive basis to support meaningful, campus-wide, undergraduate research and creativity activities. Students should carefully read the information that follows and submit proposals that adhere to these guidelines.

The Undergraduate Research and Creativity Committee equally welcomes single- or multiple-discipline proposals. This Committee recognizes that different disciplines call for different methods of inquiry. Methodologies used in the physical and social sciences will likely be different from those of the arts and humanities. Nonetheless, all proposals will need to meet certain general criteria. Ideally, research projects will result in some form of publication or a product that may be presented and disseminated through other acceptable means of communication or expression.

You may pursue projects during free time in the summer, between semesters and/or in conjunction with advanced (independent study/research) coursework for which credit might be earned. Multiple investigators may submit a single proposal and may work collaboratively on one research project.

II. COMPLIANCES
Researchers should be aware of the various regulations and compliances to which the University must adhere. Any students with questions about protocols may contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs located at 220 Morris Hall.

1.Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR): All grant recipients must complete RCR training before receiving their funds. More information can be found at http://www.uwlax.edu/grants/compliance/RCR.htm

2.Institutional Review Board (IRB): All undergraduates conducting research involving human subjects must complete IRB protocol. More information can be found at http://www.uwlax.edu/grants/compliance/IRB.htm  

3.BioSafety (IBC): More information can be found at http://www.uwlax.edu/grants/compliance/IBC.htm

4.Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC): More information can be found at http://www.uwlax.edu/labanimal/iacuc.htm

III. PROPOSAL WRITING GUIDELINES

To request application documents, follow the enrollment guidelines in the table above.  You will receive access to a folder containing the two Google documents below. Upon receiving the Google documents, you will automatically be enrolled in the grant application process.  All of the instructions and required information can be viewed in these two documents.

Blank Cover Sheet

Blank Narrative

While writing your proposal, make sure to keep in mind the Most Common Grant Writing Mistakes.


Click on the links below for samples of:

Completed URCC Cover sheet

Art Grant Narrative

Biology Grant Narrative

International Grant Narrative

Psychology Grant Narrative