These research grants are intended to further the aims and objectives of undergraduate research at UNC Asheville, to increase the research skills of our students, to provide increased opportunity for learning, to encourage professional relationships between faculty and students, and to advance the body of knowledge in the researcher’s chosen field.
Any currently enrolled UNC Asheville student is eligible to apply. Preference is given to full-time students.
The academic year student research grants program provides for expenses associated with the student’s undergraduate research project such as supplies, equipment, travel to field sites or libraries, printing, and similar costs. These expenses must be directly incurred while carrying out the research.
Fall and Spring – No funds will be awarded to cover stipends or wages, and all equipment remains the property of UNC Asheville. The time period for the grant is the designated semester or the full academic year. Application for this program includes a description of the proposed research including a timetable of research activities, bibliography, budget (not to exceed $500), statement of proposed publication outlet, and a statement from the faculty research advisor.
Summer – Unlike Fall and Spring Grants, the Summer Grant proposal may include a request for a stipend as part of the budget. The time period for the grant is the summer school session. Research funds not to exceed $2500.00 per grant are available to cover: $1000.00 for cost of equipment, supplies, books and travel to field sites or libraries. No more than $1,500.00 of the funds may be designated for student stipend for a period of eight full weeks during the summer. Maximum award $2500.00. All equipment including books and software purchased with grant funds remain the property of UNC Asheville. It is expected that a minimum of two awards will be made. Application for this program includes a description of the proposed research including a timetable of research activities, bibliography, budget, statement of proposed publication outlet, and a statement from your faculty research advisor. The stipend MUST BE REQUESTED if desired; it is not awarded automatically
- The feasibility of successful completion of the research project in the time allotted.
- The opportunity for the student researcher to learn appropriate research techniques and methodology from the project.
- The degree to which the project complements the faculty research advisor’s existing research program.
- The contribution the research makes to the field.
- The probability of the research resulting in a significant publication, exhibit, or performance.
Travel Presentation Grants
The Student Presentation Grant Program provides funding to allow a student to present research results at conferences and meetings. Funding for travel associated with doing the research should be requested under the Academic Year Research Grant Program. Any currently enrolled UNC Asheville student is eligible to apply, with preference given to full-time students. The maximum grant award is $500.
The application for a presentation grant consists of a description of the conference/meeting for which the student is requesting funds, an estimate of the travel cost, and an abstract of the research to be presented. Applications may be submitted at any time throughout the year. Applications must be filled out a minimum of four weeks prior of the intended travel. Funding is on a first-come basis, so it’s a good idea to apply early. No travel grants will be awarded to a student mentored by a non-UNC Asheville faculty or staff member.
Please note: Receiving monetary awards to support undergraduate research travel and conference attendance may affect a student’s financial aid. Such awards may also be reported to the IRS in the recipient’s annual Tuition Statement (Form 1098-T). It is the responsibility of the recipient to determine how much, if any, of the awards are taxable income to the recipient.
Students may also be eligible to receive reimbursement for travel expenses.
The following criteria will be used to assess your travel request:
- The contribution the research makes to the field
- Did you submit a web link to the conference site?
- Did you notify your faculty mentor to submit a letter of support?
- Whether or not the applicant is the actual presenter of the paper
- The completeness of the proposal and the extent to which it follows the guidelines specified on the application form.
Deadlines & Grant Proposal Workshops
We offer grant proposal workshops to guide students through the grant application process. Dates for 2018-19 workshops for current students, along with application deadlines, are available at urp.unca.edu.