University of Connecticut

Get Research Funding

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) administers several different funding programs.

UConn IDEA Grants: Imagine / Develop / Engage / Apply

UConn IDEA Grants of up to $4000 are available to support self-designed projects, including artistic products, community service initiatives, entrepreneurial ventures, creative endeavors and research projects. The Program is open to UConn undergraduates in all majors at all campuses, and applications are accepted from individuals and small groups. UConn IDEA Grant projects begin with an application, are developed during a period of planning, require a period of focused engagement, and end with public presentations.

Life Sciences Honors Thesis Awards

The Honors Program has provided funding for up to twenty awards to Honors thesis researchers in the life sciences for academic year 2013-14. Funding is provided only to defray laboratory costs or to purchase consumables essential to the execution of undergraduate research leading to the completion of the Honors thesis. The maximum total award for research supplies, across all OUR funding sources, per Honors researcher is $1,000 per academic year.

OUR Supply Awards

OUR Supply Awards fund undergraduate researchers for up to $500 for research expenses. Students may use award funds to cover costs associated with their research projects, such as supplies and/or consumables in the laboratory or studio, printing and copying, or software. Students may not receive funds for living expenses during the academic year or for charges incurred for the UConn courses in which they are enrolled. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and awards are made until funds are exhausted. (In other words, apply early!)

OUR Travel Awards

OUR Travel Awards fund undergraduate researchers for up to $500 for travel to conduct research or for travel to present at a professional conference. Awards may be used to pay for conference registration, food, travel, parking, and lodging while away from UConn. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and awards are made until funds are exhausted. (In other words, apply early!)

RARE Awards (Roper Award for Research Experience)

RARE is a research apprenticeship program through which a faculty mentor and an undergraduate student collaborate on a research project that utilizes or/and expands upon the data files in the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. Data in the Roper archives must be central to the proposed research project. Applications are made in Fall Semester. During the Spring semester, student apprentices will receive a $1,500 stipend, and faculty mentors will receive a $500 professional development stipend.

SHARE Awards (Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts Research Experience)

The SHARE program supports undergraduate research apprenticeships in the social sciences, humanities, and arts. SHARE is designed especially for students in the earlier stages of their college careers as an introduction to research in a chosen field and to develop the skills needed for further research projects. Applications are made in Fall Semester. During the Spring semester, student apprentices will receive a $1,500 stipend, and faculty mentors will receive a $500 professional development stipend.

SURF Awards (Summer Undergraduate Research Fund)

SURF awards support full-time undergraduate students who are engaged in summer research or creative projects under the supervision of a University of Connecticut faculty member. SURF awards are available to students in all majors at all UConn campuses. The deadline is early in the spring semester; awards are made for the summer. The maximum total amount awarded for SURF awards is $4,000 ($3,500 stipend for the student researcher and up to $500 for consumables associated with the project).

Translational Research Internship Program

The Translational Research Internship Program provides UConn undergraduates with greater insight into the physician-scientist career path (combined MD/PhD program). The internship gives students the opportunity to perform basic science research under the direction of a faculty member in a University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC) laboratory and to shadow a physician/surgeon to see firsthand the interplay of biomedical research and clinical medicine. The program will support 2-6 undergraduates who will participate in a 10-week summer research internship. Students will receive a stipend of $350 per week; additional funding (up to $500 per month) may be available to students who require housing in the Farmington area.

UConn-TIP (Technology Incubator Program) Internship Program

The UConn-TIP Internship Program provides mentored summer research internships in University of Connecticut Technology Incubator Program (TIP) biotechnology laboratories. The program will place interns in TIP labs at Storrs, Farmington, and Avery Point TIP locations, and provide an opportunity for exposure to and involvement in research within a real-world entrepreneurial biotechnology environment. Interns will receive a stipend of $3,200 for the 10-week internship.

External Research Funding

There is a huge universe of funding sources outside of UConn! Usually your faculty advisor can suggest funding sources specific to your major, but we also have a list and links to some databases to help in your search.