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covid-19 update

The most current information on research protocols in the COVID-19 environment are available here: https://www.du.edu/coronavirus/faq/faculty/research

The Writing Center recorded a webinar version of the "How to Write a Research Proposal" workshop and included a link to a Q & A form and a follow-up consultation for those who want to make one. The webinar recording can be found here.

We will be able to issue research grants this year. However, the University has made the decision that to protect your safety we can only fund summer research that will happen remotely and respecting current social distancing requirements.

  • Research involving travel: international and domestic travel is prohibited until restrictions are lifted, and the URC cannot award grants for travel until it is deemed safe.
  • Research involving human subjects: the URC requires IRB approval before any funds will be released. The IRB will consider how your research protocol protects your safety and the safety of your research participants. This may involve interacting with people remotely via zoom etc. or other measures to keep you and your participants safe.
  • Lab research: only essential personnel are allowed in labs, and only essential research laboratories and facilities remain open. If you are proposing to work in a lab, you will need to show evidence that you have permission to be in the lab and will need to discuss your lab's plan to respect social distancing requirements before the URC can disperse funds.

At the end of your proposal, please include your Research Compliance determination letter and/or a discussion of how you will conduct your research so that you comply with social distancing restrictions.

Partners in scholarship (pins) Awards

Partners in Scholarship (PinS) provides a unique opportunity for students to collaborate on a project with a faculty member. Students should work with the faculty partner to develop a detailed project plan. While most partnerships involve one-to-one work with a faculty member, students can work with multiple faculty members or with other students. If working with other students, each student must submit an application stating his/her personal contribution to the project and is eligible to receive $1,500. All projects must be finished by June 1st of the academic year/the end of the fiscal year. The URC cannot fund tuition, internships, service learning, classes, or lessons. Funding may be considered for research-related travel. For more questions, contact urc@du.edu

Fall application deadline: October 7, 2020 (Notifications will be sent the week of November 4)

Winter application deadline: January 20, 2021 (Notifications will be sent the week of February 17)

Summer Research Grant

The Summer Research Grants are intended to stimulate student/faculty collaborative projects. Students may request up to $3,500 and may include a stipend in addition to project expendables. The project may last anywhere from 1 to 10 weeks, depending on the nature of the project. While most partnerships involve one-to-one work with a faculty member, students can work with multiple faculty members or with other students. If working with other students, each student must submit an application stating his/her personal contribution to the project and is eligible to receive up to $3,500. All award funding must be spent by September 1st. The Summer Research Program cannot fund service-learning programs, tuition, DU courses (direct or indirect), or lessons. Graduating Seniors are not eligible to apply for a Summer grant.

Student Stipends

Student stipends, if requested, will be paid on a monthly basis and are taxed. When requesting a stipend, you must factor in a 1.5% fringe rate. You must submit an I-9 form, required paperwork proving ability to work in the United States, and a W-4 form.

Summer application deadline: TBD

 All Summer Research Grant awardees are required to attend the following:

- DU Virtual Research and Scholarship Showcase

This event will give you the opportunity to hear tips from experienced undergraduate researchers, as well as prompt you to think through the expectations for your summer of research and how this experience will fit into your future goals and ambitions.

PinS & SUmmer research grant Application requirements

All PinS and Summer Research Grant applicants ARE REQUIRED to review the webinar recording from The Writing Center prior to submitting a proposal. The recording can be found here.

PinS & SUmmer REsearch grant Application Instructions

A complete PinS or Summer Research Grant application consists of:

  • The online application. APPLY HERE.
  • The project proposal should be a maximum of 2 pages, SINGLE-SPACED. You should also include a 3rd page that lists citations, a timeline, and a detailed budget justification (uploaded at the end of the online application). We encourage you to use the URC Proposal Evaluation Rubric (below) to guide your proposal structure. 
  • Unofficial transcripts (we will gather this for you).
  • Faculty partner endorsement form (this will be automatically forwarded to your faculty partner after you submit your application and faculty will need to complete their endorsement by the following Monday, approximately 4 days after the application deadline)

The proposal review committee is comprised of faculty from a diverse set of academic departments on campus. Thus your proposal should be written for an intelligent but non-specialist audience. You may have readers from history, biology, art, etc. who all need to be able to understand and evaluate your proposal. Good writing matters. Your proposal will be evaluated for its writing presentation. The project proposal should address the following:

  • Define the research problem or a creative endeavor. How does it fill a gap in existing knowledge or the extant body of creative works, and why is it important to fill that gap? Be sure to cite the most important sources that your project builds upon. What is the question you hope to answer? Why are you undertaking the project?
  • Describe the research method and research design. Explain how you will collect data or recruit participants. For visual or performing arts, explain how the proposed project is not simply an effort to refine one's own skills or abilities but connects to broader questions within your discipline.
  • How does the project relate to your goals? What background do you have that prepares you for this project?
  • Convince the committee that the project is feasible. Why is it likely to succeed?
  • What will be the final product(s) of the project?

Be sure to address why this research is needed. If you are collecting new data, justify why you cannot work with existing data. If you are requesting funds for travel, why is it necessary for you to go to the destination? If conducting interviews, why are in-person interviews preferable to email or Skype?

***Write your proposal for a general audience so that those outside of your discipline can understand it.***

  Rubric extended

STUDENT SCHOLAR TRAVEL FUND (SSTF)

Students whose work has been accepted at an academic conference or meeting may apply for the Student Scholar Travel Fund (SSTF). In order to be considered for funding, travel should be for the purpose of presenting academic research. Students may only receive one travel grant per academic year. Graduating Seniors may not receive the SSTF for travel after their graduation date.

Given the university's ongoing travel restrictions, we are not funding conference travel at this time. However, if you have been accepted to present in a virtual conference, you may apply for a grant to cover the conference registration fees.

The SSTF does not fund service-learning programs, DU courses, lessons, or student stipends.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

SSTF APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

The SSTF application is online. APPLY HERE.

Applications are accepted at any time during the academic school year. The committee reviews applications on a monthly basis. Be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Your general student information
  • Event information (dates, location, name of conference or meeting)
  • Project title
  • Project abstract/summary
  • Itemized budget and budget description

Human or Animal Research

Does your proposed project involve human subjects? 

If your project involves human subjects (this includes surveys, interviews, observation of public behavior, etc.) you must complete and submit an Application to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects form. Complete the IRB form in consultation with your faculty partner and submit it to the IRB. IRB approval can take time. If you receive URC funding, it will be contingent upon IRB approval.

Does your proposal involve animals?
If you are working with animals, you must receive IACUC approval. If you receive URC funding, it will be contingent on IACUC approval.

International research

International travel is prohibited until restrictions are lifted, and the URC cannot award grants for international travel until it is deemed safe. When travel is deemed safe, please note the following: 

If applying for an international PinS grant, all applicants must verify that your proposed destination(s) is approved by Enterprise Risk Management prior to submitting an application. Review the information found here in order to determine if your destination(s) is approved or not. If your destination(s) is not found on the list of high-risk destinations, proceed with the PinS application process. If your destination(s) is not approved, please contact risk@du.edu to discuss the option to submit a petition to the International Travel Committee for review. If you have any concerns or questions relating to health, safety, and security of your proposed destination(s), please contact risk@du.edu to discuss any issues.