FOUR provides funding opportunities for any UVM undergraduate while they are taking classes 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 its affiliates. For external awards such 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 have UVM faculty sponsorship, but need not take place directly under a UVM faculty member or even at UVM. Students must 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);
  • Travel/Presentation Awards -will help cover the expenses associated with presenting or performing your work at conferences and competitions;
  • Summer awards -funds will cover a personal stipend for you and may have money for your research expenses. Make your research and scholarship your summer job!
Commonly needed forms (Download to your computer before editing content):

Three Summer Funding Programs: Applications CLOSED for 2022 - Announcements for Summer 2023 coming soon

Agroecology Extension (AX) Summer Research Fellowship

AX Application deadline: March 4, 2022 at 4:00pm EST

Open to undergraduates who are US citizens/nationals, from any college/university. The AX Summer Research Fellowship pairs students with unique, 10-week long research experiences at sites near Burlington, Vermont. Awards provide a $4000 stipend, on-campus housing (or housing allowance for UVM students with a lease), and all research expenses. 

Learn more about the program, participating faculty and their projects by clicking here

Deadlines & Instructions for Summer 2022

Application instructionsClick here to download
Microsoft Teams Form (to apply)Click here to access
Application deadlineMarch 4, 2022 4:00pm EST
Final decisions announcedlate March
Start of programMay 31, 2022

Curious about AX? Check out testimonials from alumni below! 

"Before AX, I'd always been really interested in food systems and food security and food production, but I'd never heard of agroecology until looking into this program. Focused discussions about agroecology really helped me understand it as more of a social movement and not just a way to farm. I also interviewed people, which I’d never done before. It introduced me to a whole new side of environmental studies. It has given me a lot of ideas to think about for my thesis."

"My major is food systems, and this was pretty reassuring to me to see that there are all sorts of things that I could do. It was interesting to learn about how cover crops interact with pests, how they're not just for the soil or for organic matter, and how it's not about farming to get a yield but about farming with the environment and with different people and cultures. In the short term, I want to do more research at UVM."

"This summer impacted my studies. I learned, gained skills, and built relationships. I had no idea that I’d be meeting so many people related to UVM, and in the community. This job that I applied to has allowed me to do all this, and the skills helped me get a new job on campus."

"I really enjoyed the fieldwork and research side of things. In the past, I hadn’t thought about how farmers and growers adopt practices. This summer helped me see how farmers and growers make decisions and talk to other growers through research. Now I see how academic research and practice combine. Academic research does help farmers with their decisions. It was helpful to see what extension is doing and to imagine what I could do in the future. It affirmed that this is the field I want to go into."

"Listening to everyone that came to speak about Extension was incredible. They talked about relationships that they had built with the farmers, and the information that they had learned from and shared with them. This experience has given me a more narrowed view of what I want to do. I haven’t made physical change to my major, but I have a narrowed view of what I am interested in and passionate about."

SURF Program

Application **NEW Deadline**: Friday, MARCH 18, 2022

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program covers most of the FOUR summer undergraduate research internship awards. This pulls together several different awards under one common application. All provide a $4500 stipend (rather than paying a wage) and students may apply for up to $500 for research expenses (except for Food SURF, see details) once the award has been granted. 

Prior to receipt of a SURF, students will need to enroll in a 1-credit summer research internship credit (SINT course). As part of that course, students will be required to virtually attend three short informational workshops throughout the summer, including "Getting started with your award". 

Below is a list of this summer's awards; some carry specific requirements (major, college, and/or research topic).

  • **NEW for 2022** Food SURF: Sponsored by the Agriculture Research Services of the USDA and hosted by the Food Systems Research Center at UVM, this award is for scholars who are proposing research centering on the food system. There will be 10 awards of $4500 to students and $1500 research allotment direct to the faculty sponsor.

  • Summer Research Award: This award is the largest number SURFs. It is open to UVM undergraduates in any major. There are 20 SRAs of $4500 paid to the student as a stipend. Additional funds may be available for research expenses.

  • Brennan Summer Research Fellowship: This alumni-funded grant is awarded to the strongest 4-5 applications each summer. For more information on the Brennan Family and this generous donation, click here.

  • CALS Life Science Leadership Award: For students advancing diversity in the life sciences who are working with CALS faculty. For more informatino on the Program, click here.

  • Carl Reidel Summer Award: This single award is available to one Honors College student engaging in a project that aims to understand, communicate, and resolve environmental challenges, no matter the discipline. Click here for more about Dr. Carl Reidel and this generous donation.

  • 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 proposal focusing on Vermont. Learn more about the CRVT by clicking here.

  • Gund Institute Summer Research Award: Established in 2018, these two awards are available to students studying environmental topics. Any discipline may apply as long as the research has an environmental component  and the support of a Gund faculty sponsor. To learn more about the Gund Institute for Environment, click here.

  • 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. You'll find more information on the Humanities Center at UVM here.

  • Social Justice Research Fellows: Two 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.

  • Sustainability Summer Fellowship: Any field/discipline, but topics related to energy, water, responsible investment, transportation, food, waste, green tech, etc.

Deadlines & Important Dates for Summer 2022

Application instructions:Click here to download
Microsoft Teams Form (to apply):Click here access
Application deadline EXTENDED:MARCH 18, 2022
Getting started workshop:May 11, 2022
Deadline for trainings/protocolsJune 11, 2022
Mid-point check-inJuly 1, 2022
Deadline for final reflection:September 2, 2022

 

Simon Family Public Research awards

The Simon Family Public Research awards provide talented and motivated students with an opportunity to do community-based research that enriches their educational experience and contributes to the welfare of their community.

In recognition of the strain felt by community partners during the pandemic, there are two pathways for funding, Simon Fellowships and Simon Public Research Awards.

  • A Simon Fellowships are awarded to 3-5 students engaging in community-based research projects. Students write the proposals, perform the research, and create the deliverables for their community partners. Each student receives $6000 to be split between research expenses and a personal stipend. Get more information regarding the Simon Fellowship by clicking here.
  • A Simon Public Research Award is a faculty-directed experience that seeks to enhance engagement with a community partner. As such, a faculty member submits a short proposal describing the educationally enriching experience ("research internship") they are creating for a student to assist in moving forward a relationship or project with a community partner in mind. Students receive a  $4000 stipend. For application download click here; for questions please contact us.

Deadlines & Important Dates for Summer 2022

Application made availableJanuary 24, 2022
Application deadlineApril 1, 2022 (Fellowship)
 April 8, 2022 (Public Research Award)
Getting started workshopMay 11, 2022 (Teams meeting)
Deadline for trainings/protocolsJune 11, 2022
Mid-point check-inJuly 1, 2022
Deadline for final reflectionSeptember 2, 2022

 

Rolling Awards

Mini Grants

Mini Grants are available for 2022-23 for general research. We have additional funding for Honors College theses; all are available through the Mini Grant application.

Mini Grants are available starting on July 1 of every year until we run out of money (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 is $600 (domestic projects) to $1000 (international projects).

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed on the first of each month. The program runs until funds are exhausted. Because the money is 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 two types of Mini Grants sharing the same application: the standard (no indication on the application necessary) or the Honors College Thesis Mini Grant (indicate on Pg1 of application).
    • For the Honors College Thesis Mini Grant you must have a letter/email from your home college acknowledging acceptance of your thesis proposal. For more information, click here.

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

Presentation Awards

Presentation Awards for 2022-23  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, some in-person (COVID restrictions apply), even some publication costs.

Please note: During the pandemic most travel is restricted and international travel is largely not funded. Please consult UVMStrong for updates about travel 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 provided as part of the application materials). Presentation 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.

Please note: The University will NOT fund trips to countries under a US Department of State "travel warning" designation.
  • 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)

Presentation Award application (fillable PDF)
Budget Form (fillable PDF)
Faculty Support Form (fillable PDF)

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 protocols (IRB, 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 contract. 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 early April if you are reviewing Simon Fellowship applications. The Simon committee does meet in person; 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 scores and comments to FOUR.

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Summer is one of the best times to pursue your research, scholarship, and creative activities. 

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$300,000+ in research funding available to UVM undergrads through FOUR