Undergraduate Research Summer Institute Grant (URSIG)

Undergraduate Research Summer Institute Grants (URSIG) is a new undergraduate research program at UVU. The purpose of this grant is to make progress on a significant research project relevant to the faculty and the region that will be done in a team of a faculty and students.  Student-faculty teams collaborate to conduct in-depth research or creative work related to their chosen field of study during the summer. A limited number of projects (4-5) will be funded for summer 2018 in amounts from $5,000 to $15,000.

Funds will be awarded based on a competitive basis for work between May 9th and August 10th, 2018. Funds awarded in April will be available within three weeks of the submission deadline and must be used by the end of August 2018.  The application must be based on collaboration and team effort, and the applicant must be full-time faculty. 

Applications must have the following information:

a. What is the purpose of the research?

b. Clearly describe the roles of each member of the team?

c. How will the students roles contribute to their learning?

Awards may be used for supplies, faculty stipends, or student hourly wages. Proposals will be submitted to the Title III committee for review.

Faculty awarded funding must submit a final summary representing their findings prior to the beginning of the following school year.  


Application Instructions:

  1. Click here to apply for URSIG funding.  You will be transported to OrgSync, where you will create a membership login.
  2. Click on “Signup” and complete membership.
  3. Logon to OrgSync with username and password.
  4. Locate Office of Engaged Learning page and click on “Join Now.”
  5. Click on “Forms.”
  6. Select “Undergraduate Research Summer Institute Grants (URSIG)” to complete application form.

Application Deadline:
April 16, 2018

Notification of awards will be sent via email.

PLEASE NOTEYou will need to secure signatures to complete the application. We will not accept a hard copy of signatures in our office. Please plan ahead--securing signatures from, department chair, and dean and financial manager may take several days.  

URSIG Budget Request Form

URSIG Signature Page: Requires signature from your faculty mentor, department chair, and your college's financial manager. 

URSIG Blank Application Form

Tips on preparing your proposal

Proposals Should:

  • Include your name, UVID number, email address, and lead faculty information.
  • State, in clear terms, the central question, purpose of research, and background and context to show how the project fits into overall discipline, and how it contributes to that discipline in a meaningful and novel way.
  • Budget narrative must include what the role of the individual(s) will be on the project.
  • Be well organized.
  • All proposals will undergo a careful review by the Title III committee.

Review and funding of Undergraduate Summer Institute Projects

Take into account the following criteria.

    1. The project has clearly stated research objectives and outcomes that can be readily evaluated.
    2. The project describes research that significantly contributes to scholarship or creative work within its discipline.
    3. The project describes the role of each member of the team and how it contributes to students learning and experience.
    4. The project describes rigorous contribution t by each student team member.
    5. Project provides a transformative experience for participant(s).
    6. The proposal has the proper team structure (at least two students, and one faculty), with the written endorsement of the department and college.
    7. The budget rational and distribution of the budget is precise and appropriate for the research (students’ salaries, faculty salaries (Max. $1000 plus benefits), equipment, project related activities (no dissemination funds and conference travel)).

You may wish to download and view the PDF of a blank application form to familiarize yourself with the required information before you begin the application process.

For more questions, please contact Alaa Alsarhan at 801-863-5270, email alaa.alsarhan@uvu.edu