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Enhancement of Graduate Research Awards

Call for Proposals 2017-2018

Co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Vice President of Research and Economic Development, and the Dean of the Graduate School


The Provost, the Vice President of Research and Economic Development, and the Dean of the Graduate School are providing small grant awards to support research, creative or artistic projects. This program underscores the value placed on providing students with research opportunities and support for the scholarly work by graduate students.

Funds Available

A committee assembled by the Dean of the Graduate School, comprised of members of the Graduate Council, will evaluate proposals. Each student chosen for support will receive an award up to $1000 to support his or her project.  One of the goals of the committee is to distribute the awards to students with quality projects representing a wide variety of departments within the University. Funds will be provided to graduate students to participate in original research, creative or artistic projects in which they have a major responsibility. Funds may be used to support travel to national or regional conferences, the purchase of items for specific projects, to defray publication costs, and specific needs that the committee deems essential for the student’s development. Cost-sharing by departments and faculty sponsors is encouraged. These projects require supervision by a faculty sponsor.

Please note, all funds must be expended and travel completed by 15 June 2018, with all accounting paperwork and receipts received by our office by 18 June 2018.

No extensions can be granted in this respect.

How to apply

To apply for a grant, a student must complete an application coversheet and submit the proposal along with a letter of support from a faculty sponsor. In addition, for projects that require IRB or IACUC review, approval must be obtained for consideration in this year’s selection process. Only one application per student is permitted. The student should electronically submit the following:

Application Coversheet

For your application to be considered you will need to complete the Application Coversheet prior to submitting a packet of supporting materials in a merged PDF file [items 1-4] to with the subject line in the following format: Last Name, First Name – URI ID, no later than 4:00PM on 16 October 2017.

Supporting materials

  1. Provide supporting documentation concerning your preparation to do the proposed research. This can include a list of relevant courses or experiences, term papers, publications, grades, etc.
  2. Following the outline suggested below, briefly (no more than three (3) pages) describe the project for which you are seeking support. Write with the assumption that the members of the committee have no expertise in your subject area.
    • Background (provide brief introductory information about the subject area)
    • Aims, objectives, or rationale of the project
    • Results achieved or progress made to date by you if you have done work in this previously
    • Procedures to be followed (this is important information; be specific and thorough)
    • Aspects of the project that are your original ideas
    • Value of the project to you, (e.g., how does this work fit into your ultimate scholastic goals)
  3. Attach a budget page not to exceed $1000 explaining how the award will be used to support your project. Budget figures must be totaled.
  4. Faculty sponsor’s letter

Guidelines for Faculty Sponsors

  1. Grants will be awarded only to original research, creative or artistic projects.
  2. An individual graduate may receive only one grant in an academic year.
  3. The primary criteria upon which the grants will be awarded include: originality, independence, initiative, clarity and feasibility of the proposal.
  4. As required by University regulations, research with human participants must be approved by the IRB and those with animal subjects must be approved by the IACUC. Contact the Office of Research Integrity for assistance (4-4328). If IRB/IACUC approval is integral to the approved project, funds will not be released until such approval is in place. The burden of proof for IRB/IACUC approval lies with the applicant(s) and the determination of the selection committee will be final.
  5. As the faculty sponsor, we ask that you write a letter of support for the project to be included in the student’s proposal packets. Do not write a confidential letter of support. Please include in the text of the letter what support you will lend to the project and how you will assess the project.
  6. Should the proposal be funded, you will be required to review the student’s final report and add a brief evaluation of the project.

Evaluation Criteria for EGRA Proposals

  • Proposals involving the conduct of research should follow this rubric
  • Proposals involving research dissemination should follow this rubric

The rubrics are to help guide students to prepare their applications; applicants are NOT required to submit these rubrics.

Submission Deadline

Proposals must be submitted to the following e-mail address with subject line in the following format (Last Name, First Name – URI ID) as a merged PDF file, no later than 4:00 PM on 16 October 2017 to be considered for an award.

Questions about this program should be directed to Lisa Furlong at the Graduate School at, referencing in the subject line (EGRA and last name). Notification of results should be sent out via email by 1 December 2017.


The awards have certain limitations:

  1. a graduate student can receive only one award in an academic year;
  2. funds may be used only to support projects which include original student research, creative or artistic endeavors;
  3. IRB or IACUC approval must be obtained; and
  4. upon completion of the project the student must submit a final report to the faculty sponsor and the Graduate School.
  5. Use of these funds for incentives for research participation is strongly discouraged.

Students who received awards last year may apply again, however, preference will be given to those who have not received these awards previously. Eligible expenses for this research program include equipment and materials purchases, photocopying, postage, film, and travel costs. Meals and accommodations are eligible expenses. Any equipment purchased with an award will revert to the department of the sponsor at the conclusion of the project. The budget must be reasonable and not exceed $1000. It is expected that funds requested for equipment and supplies will be for items that are not normally available for graduate research in your department. The Graduate Research Grant Committee may reduce or delete budget items as it deems appropriate. Budget figures must be totaled.

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