Enhancement of Graduate Research Awards

 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 of graduate students.

Funds Available

Proposals will be evaluated by a committee assembled by the Dean of the Graduate School composed of members of the Graduate Council. One of the committee’s goals is to distribute awards to students with quality projects representing a wide variety of University departments. Funds will be provided to graduate students to participate in original research, creative, or artistic projects in which they have major responsibility.

Award Amounts:

  • Individual student proposals chosen for support will each receive an award up to $1000.
  • Groups of up to three URI students may submit a proposal. If a Group Proposal is chosen for support, it will receive an award of up to $1500.

What Funds May be Used for: Funds may be used to support travel to national or regional conferences (including registration fees for in-person or virtual conferences), to purchase items for specific projects, to defray publication costs, or for specific needs that the committee deems essential for a student’s development. Cost-sharing by departments and faculty sponsors is encouraged.

Reimbursements will not be provided for budget requests that have occurred prior to the awarding period.  

All EGRA projects require supervision by a faculty sponsor.

Questions about this program should be directed to Jessica Coyle, Executive Assistant, at jgmartinez@uri.edu, referencing in the subject line “EGRA and last name.” 

How to apply

To apply for a grant, a student must submit the following:

Below are the rubrics used to score EGRA proposals:
Conduct Research Rubric
Disseminate Research Rubric

The EGRA Competition is currently closed, will reopen Fall 2024.

Apps Open Fall 2024


The awards have certain limitations:

  • A graduate student, whether individually or as part of a Group Proposal, can receive only one EGRA grant in an academic year
  • Funds may be used only to support projects which include original student research, creative, or artistic endeavors
  • IRB or IACUC approval must be obtained before the start of the project, if applicable
  • Use of these funds for incentives for research participation is strongly discouraged
  • Students who received ERGA grants last year may apply again, however, preference will be given to those who have not received these awards previously.

Processing EGRA Award Funds

Award decisions will be made by November 29, 2023. Expenditure and reimbursement begins December 1, 2023. All funds must be expended and travel completed by November 30, 2024. Any funds remaining will not rollover and we cannot provide an extension. 

Processing the Award
The department staff/faculty (typically the Fiscal Clerk or Business Manager) who is processing EGRA expenses should obtain the EGRA award letter and approved budget form from the student.  Click here to view the EGRA Award Procedure. 

Once the department processes expenses, copies of the Travel Arrangement, Expense Report, receipts, and supporting documents (all that are applicable) must be forwarded to the Graduate School addressed to Kathy Kantor. 

Deadlines to submit copies of travel and purchasing documentation:

  • Expenses and travel conducted during December 1, 2023 – June 25, 2024 are due no later than by June 30, 2024.
  • Expenses and travel conducted during July 1, 2024 – November 30, 2024 are due no later than by December 5, 2024.


2023 EGRA Awardees

Congratulations to the following award recipients!

AwardeesApplication TitleCollege
Alexandra LarcomFood Processing and Nutritional Quality: Considerations for Energy Intake and Healthy Young AdultsCollege of Health Sciences
Amanda L BarneyMaternal Mastitis Infection during Pregnancy and the Effects on Light Chain Neurofilament Degradation in Neonatal Dairy Bull CalvesCollege of the Environment and Life Sciences
Arash Rafiee DehkharghaniA Numerical and Field Study of Nearshore Hydrodynamics and Coastal Erosion in Little Beach, Rhode IslandCollege of Engineering
Caroline CatonUnderstanding boaters' anchoring intentions and behavior in the Virgin IslandsCollege of the Environment and Life Sciences
Colleen HayesPPAR alpha-mediated regulation of hepatic MRP3 for the treatment of chronic cholestatic liver diseasesCollege of Pharmacy
Cybele CollinsSerpentinization and Its Implications for Biogeochemical Cycling: Identification of Subsurface MicroorganismsCollege of the Environment and Life Sciences
Edgar Ponce Baldelamar, Cameron Amaral Funding Proposal for URI Formula SAE: Powertrain Design TeamCollege of Engineering
Elizabeth Kass, Hannah PiraciniThe Effect of Beta-Glucan Supplementation on the Metabolic Profile of the Periparturient Ewe and Developing LambCollege of the Environment and Life Sciences
Elizabeth-Ann ViscioneOptimal Sexuality and Associations with Personality, Sexual Satisfaction, and Sexual FlexibilityCollege of Health Sciences
Emily KenyonE. Kenyon EGRA Application: Attend SPPAC 2024 to Present ResearchCollege of Health Sciences
Erica EwtonEnvironmental and Biological Indicators of Mixotrophy in a Productive Continental ShelfGraduate School of Oceanography
Evelyn Hernandez ValenciaA multi-modal approach to examine the association between sleep and suicidal ideation in peripubertal youth receiving intensive servicesCollege of Health Sciences
Jane CarrickExpanding the cold-water coral niche: Disseminating novel findings of bio-physical coupling of thermal stress and food supplyCollege of the Environment and Life Sciences
Jessica Leighton, Meagan CollinsA C. elegans model of Nervous System Development in Fanconi AnemiaCollege of the Environment and Life Sciences
Joshua PiReflections, Perceptions, and Practices of Spearfishing Among Ulithian Communities in Ulithi, FSM and Hawaiʻi, USAGraduate School of Oceanography
Julie MaurerInvestigating the Role of the Algal Toxin Domoic Acid as a Driver of Plankton-Associated Bacterial Community Structure in Pseudo-nitzschia Blooms With a Combination of In Vitro Experiments and Ecological Time SeriesCollege of the Environment and Life Sciences
Katherine RocheEvaluating impacts of nutrient stress on diatom molecular physiology during the North Atlantic spring bloomGraduate School of Oceanography
Mariam OladepoMechanism of Treprostinil in reducing Ischemia Reperfusion Injury invivoCollege of Pharmacy
Mariyam AbbasBidi Smoking Among India's Day Laborers- International Scale Development and Risk Profile AnalysisCollege of Health Sciences
Michelle GregoirePotential Neuroinflammatory Consequences of CREB Pathway Dysfunction in ALS/FTDCollege of the Environment and Life Sciences
Morgan McPartlandImmune Evasion: Investigating Serum Resistance in Haemophilus parainfluenzaeCollege of the Environment and Life Sciences
Payel Biswas, Kevin Rivera, Liyuan GongDevelopment of Micro-Robotics Methane Sensors for Studying Methanotroph Distribution and Methane Cycling in the OceanCollege of Engineering
Payton BeckerAnalysis and Conservation of Ancient Egyptian Textile FragmentsCollege of Business
Ren JohnsonIdentifying a Chemical Scent Lure to Attract Nesting Bumble Bee Queens to Nest BoxesCollege of the Environment and Life Sciences
Stephen WinkelThe Relationship between Mental Health Disclosures and Employee Sentiments & Turnover Intentions in the WorkplaceCollege of Business
Sue KimAsian American Immigrants in Postnatal CareCollege of Arts and Sciences
Virginie SonnetHit or miss? Impact of time series resolution on resolving phytoplankton dynamics at hourly, weekly, and satellite remote sensing frequenciesGraduate School of Oceanography
Viviane Fornasaro-DonahueA Hispanic-Latino Centered Approach to Obesity Treatment for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery PatientsCollege of Health Sciences
Yarisbel Melo HerreraImproving the Diet Quality of WIC-Participating Women using Digital Food EnvironmentsCollege of Health Sciences