FOUR provides funding opportunities for any UVM undergraduate currently enrolled and in good standing.

Below students will find information about the requirements and eligibility for specific grant applications. FOUR grants are considered "internal" awards meaning the money is coming from UVM and it's affiliates. For external awards suchs as the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REUs), please refer to the Fellowships side of the office as they are nationally-competitive awards. All FOUR-funded research must be faculty-sponsored and adhere to University Research Ethics and Policies

We offer funding for the following:

  • Mini Grants -small amounts of funding for research expenses (rolling applications until funds are depleated);
  • Presentation Awards -will help cover the expenses associated with presenting or performing your work at conferences and competitions;
  • Summer awards (through SURF or Simon programs) -the funds will cover a personal stipend for you and money for your research expenses. Make your research and scholarship your summer job!
  • Clean Energy awards -offered in the forms described above and also for research jobs on campus, or innovative new programs to get UVM students even more engaged in green innovations and initiatives.

Commonly needed forms (Download to your computer before editing content):

 

Mini Grants (Rolling)

Mini Grants are available for 2020-21 for general research. We have additional funding for Clean Energy related projects and Honors College theses; all are available through the Mini application.

Funds are available starting on July 1 of every year until they are completely expended (usually in March).

Mini Grants are small awards used exclusively for research expenses. They may not be used to cover personal expenses, stipends, tuition costs, or any expenses related to a course. The average Mini Grant during the semester is $600. 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed on the first of each month until funds are exhausted. Because funds are available as needed (rather than by strict deadline), review does not begin until you submit ALL parts of the application.

Application Requirements & Eligibility

  • You must have a UVM Faculty Sponsor/Mentor.
  • All safety and ethics training must be complete at the time of application. If you are unsure of what training or paperwork you need to complete, we ask that you talk with your faculty and when necessary consult with Risk/Safety. This is the primary reason that slows the review process.
  • An itemized and complete budget is necessary for application. We strongly advise students consult us on Budget Creation & Management. This is the second highest reason that keeps an application from being accepted.
  • If you are asking above the average grant amount, we require that you demonstrate an attempt to meet your additional need using alternative funding (through another grant, through your department, or through other means). You may receive funds from multiple sources to meet your budgetary need. Please indicate on your budget what items you ask FOUR to cover and which will be covered by the other funds. 
  • There are three types of Mini Grants sharing the same application: the standard (no indication on the application necessary), the Honors College Thesis Mini Grant (indicate on the application), and the Clean Energy Mini Grant (indicate on the application).

Application and supporting materials (Download to your computer before filling in content)

Presentation Awards (Rolling)

Presentation Awards for 2020-21  Funds are available starting each year on July 1 until the money is all spent (usually in March). These awards may fund virtual conference participation costs.

Please note: During the pandemic most travel is restricted and international travel is not funded. Please consult UVMStrong for updates about trafvel retrictions.

These awards are used for presenting/performing at a conference or other public event. The average award for domestic travel is $700; for international travel, $1100. You must have your presentation/paper/performance accepted by an organization in order to apply for this award (proof of this must be provied as part of the application materials). Travel grants may be used for registration fees, food, transportation, parking, presentation costs, or lodging.

Application Requirements & Eligibility

  • You must have a UVM Faculty Sponsor/Mentor.
  • If you are travelling internationally, you are required to go through the GoAbroad! system. Your travel must be registered more than six weeks prior to the trip, so please begin by contacting the office for registration on GoAbroad! as soon as you know believe you are going abroad.
  • An itemized and complete budget is necessary for application. We strongly encourage students to Budget Creation & Management to get assistance on your budgets. This is the number one thing that stops an application from being accepted.
  • If you are asking above the average grant amount, we require that you demonstrate an attempt to meet your additional need using alternative funding (through another grant, your department, or other means) or sharing resources (traveling with other students, sharing hotel rooms). You may receive funds from multiple sources to meet your budgetary need. Please indicate on your budget what FOUR funds will cover and which items will be covered by the other sources.
  • We need proof of conference acceptance at the time of your application submission. This can be just a screenshot of the email as well as a saved email or letter.

Application and supporting materials (Download to your computer before filling in content)

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) Program

SURF 2021 -currently unavailable

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program covers most of the FOUR summer undergraduate research internship awards. This pulls together ten different awards under one common application. All ten provide a $4000 stipend as well as up to $1000 for research expenses. Below you will find a list of these awards as well as information regarding requirements and deadlines. Additionally, we are adding an award specific to students working with CALS faculty.

  • *NEW for 2021* The CALS Life Science Leadership Program: This award is for young scholars who are proposing research with CALS faculty and who will also participate in enhanced relationship building with both faculty and a small cohort of peers. More information coming soon!
  • Summer Research Award: This award is the most common variation of the SURF. It is open to any UVM undergraduates. About 20 SRA's are given each year.
  • Brennan Summer Research Fellowship: This alumni-funded grant is awarded to the strongest 2-3 applicantions each summer. Get more information on the Brennan Family and this generous donation.
  • Carl Reidel Summer Award: This single award is available to an Honors College student engaging in a project that aims to understand, communicate, and resolve environmental challenges, no matter the discipline. Learn more about Dr. Carl Reidel and this generous donation.
  • Clean Energy Fund Summer Fellowship: These awards are given to 5-6 students every year whose work is based in any area of scholarly endeavor, but must focus on clean energy. Learn more about the UVM Clean Energy Fund.
  • Green Mountain Scholar: This award was created as a collaboration between FOUR and the Center for Research on Vermont. It is given to a student who has crafted the best summer research project focusing on Vermont. Learn more about the CRVT here.
  • Gund Institute Summer Research Award: Established in 2018, these 2 awards are available to students studying environmental topics. Any discipline may apply as long as the research has an environmental component. Learn more about the Gund Institute for Environment here.
  • HCOL Summer Award: An award specifically for Honors College students of all disciplines. The research project need not be related to your senior thesis.
  • Humanities Center Summer Award: Established in 2014, this award is given to two students annually -one award for humanities scholarship and one for the creative arts. Get more information on the Humanities Center at UVM.
  • Social Justice Research Fellows: Up to five awards to fund individuals investigating systems of oppression and the intersections between facets of identity including, but not limited to, race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, class, nationality, and colonization.
  • Special Collections Summer Scholar: This award provides funding for work in special collections, archives, museum collections, etc.

Deadlines & Important Dates for Summer 2021

  • Application made available:   January 4, 2021
  • Application Deadline:               March 5, 2021
  • Deadline for Safety & Ethics:  June 11, 2021
  • Deadline to Set up Payment:  June 14, 2021

 

Simon Family Public Research Fellowship (Summer)

The Simon Family Public Research Fellowship is an award generously funded by The Simon Family Foundation. This grant is awarded each year to 4-5 students engaging in community-based research. Each student receives $6000 to be split between research expenses and a personal stipend. Get more information regarding the Simon Family Public Research Fellowship.

Deadlines & Important Dates for Summer 2021

Application made available:    January 4, 2021 (Download 2020 application)
Application Deadline:               April 1, 2021
Deadline for Safety & Ethics:  June 11, 2021
Deadline to Set up Payment:  June 14, 2021

 

Once You Have An Award

If you applied and received an award, congratulations! Before, during, and after your project there are requirements you need to fulfill.  

Before Beginning Your Project/Using Your Money

  • All Risk/Safety requirements and/or Iprotocols (RB/IACUC/IBC) must be completed prior to beginning your project or receiving funds.
  • A contract (provided by the office at the time of award confirmation) must be signed by you, your mentor, and your department's business manager before we release the award.
  • If you are being reimbursed, you must have original, itemized receipts AND file them within 60 days of purchase or return from travel.

After Using Your Grant

  • FileAward Completion Form should be filled out and turned in within 2 months of spending your funds (due on October 30th after a summer award). There is both a Fileword document version of this form and a PDF iconPDF version.
  • You must present at the annual Student Research Conference. Even if your research is not "complete" we want to hear from you at the conference. If you have specific questions regarding this, contact the SRC Coordinator directly
  • Any time you present or distribute the research that you do for your grant, please include the name of the award, and use PDF iconthe FOUR logo

Other questions? Contact us.

Funding Information for Faculty Mentors & Grant Reviewers

Faculty mentors make the most significant impacts on a student's educational experience. As such, we take that relationship and learning experience very seriously and are here to help mentors should they need any assistance or support.

We also like to keep our faculty mentors informed about the expectations UVM has of them when they sign on as a mentor through a student's grant application and award. Some fields or research experiences do not require direct supervision of an undergraduate; we do ask that you provide some oversight of the student throughout their project. The oversight allows students to feel supported and get the most from their research experience. Mentorship is highly individualized; please foster the kind of working relationship that helps meet the needs of the student and the work that they are doing. We do require that faculty are available for communication with their mentees during the funding period. Please note: Both students and their mentors must be up-to-date on all Risk/Safety trainings and University protocols. 

Keep in mind, we are always looking for grant application reviewers. Typically this requires some of your time around spring break for the SURF applications as well as near the middle of April if you are reviewing Simon Fellowship applications. The Simon committee does meet in person while currently we do not ask SURF committee members to meet. SURF reviewers use a standard Review Template (this is a rough equivalent to what is used annually) and provide comments to FOUR.

From the green rooftop of UVM's Aiken building, UVM researcher Gary Hawley is talking with a group of environmental sciences students and grads about how green roofs can help control erosion and pollution.

Next step: Hawley’s students will be taking data from here and “applying that to all the flat roofs that UVM owns,” Hawley says. “What impact would that have on the stormwater discharge of UVM? Or what would happen if all the flat roofs in Burlington have a green roof? Maybe we could reduce stormwater by 20 percent. That’s a big number.”

 

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$300,000+ available to undergraduates in research funding