FOUR provides funding opportunities for undergraduates currently enrolled at the University of Vermont

Below you will find information about the requirements and eligibility for specific grant applications; there is also information for faculty regarding sponsorship and serving as a reviewer. These grants are what 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, please refer to the Fellowships side of the office as they are nationally-competitive awards.

We offer rolling grants (small amounts for research expenses or travel to present your work) and summer awards. Summer awards include a stipend, so you can call research your job! All undergraduate research must be faculty-sponsored and adhere to University Research Ethics and Policies.  All applications are found in the new, online system, InfoReady. PDF icon Research compliance forms for all grant applications can be found here.

If you have already received an award and are looking for information on what happens next, please go to the bottom of the page ("Once You Have An Award"). 

Mini Grants (Rolling)

Mini grants are small awards used exclusively for research expenses. They may not be used to cover personal expenses, stipends, or tuition costs. The average mini grant during the semester is $500 and during the summer it is $1000. 

Mini grant applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. Review does not begin until you submit ALL parts of the application. Note that these requirements are listed as part of the application but we wanted to draw special attention to these parts because they require more time on the applicant's part.

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 member and when necessary consult with Risk/Safety.
  • An itemized and complete budget is necessary for application. We strongly advise students to attend a drop-in session to receive assistance on creating this budget. This is the number one thing that stops an application from being accepted.
  • If you are asking above the average grant, we require that you demonstrate an attempt to meet your need using alternative funding, either 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 portion(s) you wish for the Office of Undergraduate Research to cover and which will be covered by the other funds. 
  • There are 3 types of mini grants: the standard mini grant (no indication on application necessary), the Honors College Thesis mini grant (indication on application required), and the Clean Energy mini grant (indication on application required).

Application and supporting materials on InfoReady.

Travel Grants (Rolling)

Travel grants are to be used for presenting at a conference. The average travel grant for domestic travel is $500 and for international travel it is $1000. You must have your presentation/paper/performance accepted by a conference 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 conference registration, 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 iAbroad system. Your travel must be registered more than 6 weeks prior to the trip so please be sure to begin this process prior to application by contacting the office for registration on iAbroad. You can get started before you receive confirmation from the conference that your presentation/performance has been accepted. Please note that 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 attend a drop-in session 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, we require that you demonstrate an attempt to meet your need using alternative funding, either 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 portion(s) you wish for the Office of Undergraduate Research to cover and which will be covered by the other funds.
  • 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 on InfoReady.

Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Internship (Fall, Spring, Summer)

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Internship (OCME) application for UVM undergraduates, recent grads, and PBPM's is facilitated by the Office of Undergraduate Research. This unfunded internship provides students with direct exposure to the day-to-day activities of the OCME. This is a highly competitive opportunity with limited space. The highly competitive nature often leads students to apply multiple times, this is typical for this opportunity. Applications from first year students will not be accepted and we encourage students from any academic path to apply. 

The Application Process has multiple steps. The application through OUR is the first step. OUR reviews the submissions, and submits the most qualified students from the pool of applicants to the State of Vermont Medical Examiner for further review. Being selected by the UVM reviewer does NOT guarantee acceptance into the program. 

The Internship Program requires students to have two weekday mornings (8am-12pm) available during the term for which you apply. 

Important Dates & Deadlines

  • Spring Internship (January-April) deadline: 3rd Friday in November
  • Summer Internship (May-August) deadline: 3rd Friday in February
  • Fall Internship (September-December) deadline: 3rd Friday in August

A little about the OCME: The OCME has the statutory authority under Vermont law to investigate deaths when a person dies...

  • From violence; suddenly, when in apparent good health; unattended by a physician or a recognized practitioner of a well-established church; by casualty; by suicide; as a result of injury; in jail or prison or in a mental institution; in any unusual, unnatural or suspicious manner; or
  • In circumstances involving a hazard to public health, welfare, or safety.

(Cited from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer in Vermont.)

PDF icon Internship Application for the Office of the Chief Medical Officer (PDF)

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) is the common term for our summer research awards. This pulls together 8 different award under one common application. All 8 awards provide a $4000 stipend as well as up to $1000 for research expenses. Below you will find a list these programs as well as information regarding requirements and deadlines. 

  • Summer Research Award: This award is the most common variation of the SURF. It is open to any UVM undergraduate. About 10-15 SRA's are given each year.
  • Brennan Summer Research Fellowship: This alumni-funded grant is awarded to the strongest 2-3 applicantions (in any discipline) each summer. Get more information on the Brennan Family and this generous donation.
  • Carl Reidel Summer Award: This grant is available to Honors College students engaging in projects that aim to understand, communicate, and resolve environmental challenges, no matter the discipline. Learn more about Dr. Carl Reidel and his generous donation.
  • Green Mountain Scholarship: This award was founded by the Center for Research on Vermont and is given to a student who has crafted a summer research project focusing on Vermont.
  • Humanities Center Summer Award: Begun in 2014, this award is given to two students. One is awarded to a student working in the Humanities and the other is awarded to one student engaging in the creative arts. Get more information on this award and it's criteria.
  • Clean Energy Fund Summer Fellowship: This award is given to two students every year who are doing research in relation to clean energy. Learn more about the UVM Clean Energy Fund.
  • HCOL Summer Award: An award specifically for Honors College students. No matter your discipline, if you are in the Honors College, you are eligible for this award.
  • New in 2018, Gund Summer Scholarship: An award available to students studying environmental topics. Any discipline may apply as long as the research has an environmental component. Learn more about Gund here.

Deadlines & Important Dates for Summer 2018

  • Application made available: November 30
  • Application Deadline: March 9, 2018
  • Deadline for Safety & Ethics: June 15
  • Deadline to Set up Payment: June 16

Application available through InfoReady.

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 a $4000 stipend plus up to $1000 in research expenses. Get more information regarding the Simon Family Public Research Fellowship.

Deadlines & Important Dates for Summer 2018

Application made available: November 30
Application Deadline: March 30, 2018
Deadline for Safety & Ethics: June 15
Deadline to Set up Payment: June 16

Once You Have An Award

If you applied and received an award, congratulations! We have requirements for before beginning your research or trip and after. 

Before Beginning Your Project/Using Your Money

  • All Risk/Safety requirements, IRB/IACUC protocols 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 receipts AND file them within 60 days of purchase.

After Using Your Grant

  • An Award Completion Form should be filled out and turned in within 2 months of spending your funds (due on October 30th after a summer award). 
  • 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 PDF icon the FOUR logo!

Other questions? Contact us.

Funding Information for Faculty Mentors & Grant Reviewers

A faculty mentor is one of the highest impact practices for students in higher education. As such, we take that relationship and learning experience very seriously and are here to help mentors should they need any advice.

We also like to keep our faculty mentors informed about what we expect of them when they sign on as a mentor through a student's grant application. While many fields do not require direct supervision of an undergraduate researcher, we do ask that there be some oversight of your researcher. That oversight allows students to feel supported and get the most educationally from the experience. Mentorship looks different for everyone and your own style is likely what drew you and this student together so feel free to foster the kind of relationship that you want to have with your mentee. That said, we do require mentors to be up-to-date on all Risk/Safety protocols and on campus and available for communication during the majority of your time mentoring. 

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 come together.

In need of funding application help? FOUR has writing tutors available to help with your applications throughout the spring semester at the Hub (100 Davis)!

Writing Tutor x FOUR drop-in's:

  • Tuesdays: 3:00-4:00
  • Thursdays: 2:00-5:00
  • Fridays: 10:00-1:00

 

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