Funding Opportunities

Undergraduate students engaged in research are encouraged to apply for funding to support their endeavors.

Internal Opportunities

PCLB Psychological Sciences Undergraduate Research Grant

Administered by the Department of Psychological Sciences

PCLB Psychological Sciences Undergraduate Research Grands fund students in any major doing research in collaboration with psychological sciences faculty. Grants of up to $1500 cover costs of research supplies and expenses. (Salary and conference travel are not supported.)

Applications are accepted in the fall semester; awards are made for the remainder of the academic year.

OUR Supply Award

Administered by the Office of Undergraduate Research

OUR Supply Awards fund the consumable supplies students need to complete their research or creative projects. Awards of up to $500 may cover laboratory consumables, art supplies, research participant incentives, and fees for time on shared equipment; this award may not be used for the purchase of durable equipment.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and awards are made until funds are exhausted.

Please note: Students eligible to apply for the PCLB Psychological Sciences Undergraduate Research Grant Program are typically not awarded OUR Supply Awards.

Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts Research Experience (SHARE) Awards

Administered by the Office of Undergraduate Research

The SHARE program supports undergraduate research projects in the social sciences, humanities, and arts. SHARE is designed especially for students in the earlier stages of their college careers to introduce them to research in their chosen field and develop the skills they will need for further research projects. Student apprentices receive a $1,500 stipend and their faculty mentors receive a $500 professional development stipend.

Applications are accepted in the fall semester; awards are made for the spring semester.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) Awards

Administered by the Office of Undergraduate Research

SURF awards support students engaged in summer research or creative projects under the supervision of a UConn faculty member. The maximum total amount awarded for SURF awards is $4,000 ($3,500 stipend for the student researcher and up to $500 for consumables associated with the project).

Applications are due early in the spring semester; awards are made for the summer.

UConn IDEA Grant

Administered by the Office of Undergraduate Research

UConn IDEA Grants support self-designed individual and small group projects. Grants of $4,000 may fund artistic products, community service initiatives, entrepreneurial ventures, creative endeavors and research projects.

Applications are due in the fall semester for summer funding and in the spring semester for academic year funding.

OUR Travel Award

Administered by the Office of Undergraduate Research

OUR Travel Awards are for students who must travel off-campus to conduct their research (Travel to Conduct Research Awards) or to present at a professional conference (Travel to Present Research Awards). Awards of up to $500 may be used to pay for conference registration, food, travel, parking, and lodging while away from UConn.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and awards are made until funds are exhausted.

External Opportunities

Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Grants

Administered by the Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology

Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Grants are for members conducting an original research project in psychology or a related field under the supervision of a faculty member. Awards of up to $1,500 may be used to cover equipment, consumable supplies, travel to conduct research, and participant incentives; this award may not be used for travel to present research or salary.

Applications are due on November 1 and February 1, or the closest weekday.

Undergraduate Research Excellence Fellowships

 Administered by the American Physiological Society

The UGREF from the American Physiological Society is open to full-time undergraduate students who are looking to continue working in the lab of an established investigator. This Fellowship is awarded to up to 6 students and includes a $4,000 stipend, $1,300 experimental biology travel support, and a $300 grant to the research host. Both students and research hosts much be members of the APS in good standing.

Applications are due on February 1st.

Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships

Administered by the American Physiological Society

The UGSEF from the American Physiological Society is open to full-time undergraduate students who are looking to begin work in the lab of an established investigator over the summer. This Fellowship is awarded to up to 24 students and includes a $4,000 stipend, $1,300 experimental biology travel support, and a $300 grant to the research host. Research hosts much be members of the APS in good standing.

Applications are due on February 1.

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid

Administered by the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society

The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research programs is available to undergraduate and graduate students from all areas of science and engineering. Grants are awarded up to $1,000 and are used for travel or purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary for a specific research project. Students are not required to be a member of Sigma Xi, although about 75% of the funds will go to dues paying student members. Students from any country are eligible for these grants.

Applications are due March 15 for fall funding or October 15 for spring funding.

Pivot

Run through a partnership between the Office of the Vice President for Research and UConn Libraries

Pivot is a UConn run search engine for grant funding opportunities. It allows researches in the sciences, social sciences and humanities to identify potential funding resources, share opportunities with other researchers, and identify potential collaborators within UConn and at other universities.