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) UWL 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 scholarship.

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

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

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

         *Students submitting international grants: 

  • Starting with Fall 2018 grant applications: each student who will be traveling internationally must complete a travel plan approval request via the Qualtrics survey for International Education & Engagement (IEE) no later than the grant deadline. 
  • If your grant is funded, IEE has advised us that there are mandatory fees for UWL sponsored international travel that you will be charged. Contact IEE for the most up to date fee information. Currently, the following three fees may be requested as part of your travel budget, up to a total of $218:
    • $50 international travel application fee
    • $100 emergency contingency fee
    • $34 per month for insurance

Students may submit more than one proposal; however, the total amount of scholarships awarded to a single student will not exceed $1000 in a single grant cycle.

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.

  • Scholarships will be processed via the Financial Aid office.

    • Scholarships will first be applied to any outstanding bill.
    • Any remaining amount will be paid via one of the following methods:
      • Direct deposit - if you have set this up in WINGS
      • Paper check - mailed to the home address you have listed in WINGS
    • NOTE: scholarships may impact your total financial aid award package. Contact the Financial Aid office with any questions.
  • Travel funds:

    • If the travel funds will be used for airfare, the student will meet with the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creativity (URC) and the ticket will be direct billed to a URC account. 

    • All other travel will be funded as reimbursements with the paperwork submitted via URC. It is important that students review the travel information page when budgeting and prior to travel.

  • 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.

  • Research participant incentives must be of an amount in compliance with UWL's payment of incentives to research participants policy. Grantees are responsible to have the specific dollar amount or value of the incentive offered included in their IRB proposal and to follow UWL's requisite policy when expending funds for this purpose.

Undergraduate Research Guidelines:

Eligibility UWL full or part-time undergraduate students with a cumulative GPA greater than 2.5.  Students cannot graduate 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 must be received by Tuesday, October 16th by a student sending an E-mail to the UWL Undergraduate Research & Creativity Office, urc@uwlax.edu. A folder will be shared with you. You should then share this with your faculty mentor and any other student co-authors.  A student can be the lead author on only one proposal, but may collaborate on more than one.
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 11:59 pm on Tuesday, October 23rd. Incomplete proposals will be removed from the review process; changes made after the deadline will be reversed.
of Award
The Office of Undergraduate Research & Creativity will notify award recipients, typically within 6 weeks of grant submission.  
Spending Deadlines Fall grants must be spent by June 1st of the following year. Spring grant funds will not be available until July 1st and must be spent by June 1st of the following year. Exceptions to these spending windows can be made with prior approval from the URC office. Processing a request may take a few weeks, please plan accordingly.

Funding will not be available for:
  - any work already completed
  - travel to present research findings at conferences   
  - publication printing fees
  - fees for workshops, courses, tuition, or training   
Students may use part or all of their scholarship, if those funds are received by the student, to cover these items; however, no reference may be made to that intent anywhere in the proposal including the budget justification.

Important Note 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 and submit the grant acceptance form received with their award letter.

2. Complete module 1 of the RCR training available via Ethics Core

3. Use the award money only for the purposes of the grant as designated in the proposal submitted.

4. Share the results of the project by presenting at or submitting to at least one of the following venues:

  • Celebration. The Celebration of Student Research & Creativity is held in the spring semester. RECEIVING A GRANT DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY REGISTER YOU FOR CELEBRATION. You must submit an abstract. 
  • UWL Journal of Undergraduate Research
  • Other appropriate UWL campus-wide venue; prior URC approval is required

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. 

Often a student's project is part of a larger project on which their mentor is working. If this is the case, be sure to explain how your project has its own objectives and how you have carved out a small part of the larger project as your own.

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

  1. Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR): All grant recipients must complete RCR training before receiving their funds.
  2. Institutional Review Board (IRB): All undergraduates conducting research involving human subjects must complete IRB protocol.
  3. Bio-Safety (IBC)
  4. Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)


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.

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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

Finance Grant Narrative

Psychology Grant Narrative

International-Public Health Grant Narrative

International-Archaeology Grant Narrative