Undergraduate Research - Research grants

The Undergraduate Research program offers grants-in-aid to support undergraduate research projects. Awards generally are made in amounts up to $500. 

Research grants may support undergraduate research in any field. They are intended to enable students, individually or in groups, to perform research they otherwise would not have means to do. Grants may be used to purchase laboratory supplies, media supplies, microfilm, software or field materials; fund copying or printing expenses; support telephone, fax or other communication costs; fund travel to a regional library, museum or off-campus field site; or make possible other legitimate research expenses. 

The funds must be expended directly in support of the proposed investigation. The funds should not be used for materials more rightly funded by another source, such as departmental equipment, salary, standard laboratory supplies, or travel to meetings.  As a general rule, funding for class-based projects should be made to the appropriate department chair and/or dean rather than to the undergraduate research program.

All equipment and software purchased with research grant funds becomes property of Elon University. 

Barring extenuating circumstances, students who receive research funding from the program are expected to submit an application to present at the Spring Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF) in the academic year the award is given or the following academic year.

A research grant application must consist of the following typed documents:

  • general information form.
  • a brief project description.
  • a proposed, itemized budget.

Note: To receive any support from the Undergraduate Research Program, including being accepted to SURF, applicable approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) must be in place before any data collection from human subjects takes place. View the IRB website for more information about this requirement.

Reimbursement guidelines

Students may access granted funds by requesting a reimbursement for themselves, their faculty mentors, or others who made purchases for them. Reimbursement requests must be received in the Undergraduate Research Program office no later than the second calendar month after the award was made (that is, no more than 60-90 days after you are notified of your award). If additional time is needed in expending the awarded funds, an extension request form must be submitted to the Undergraduate Research Program Office prior to the end of the second calendar month after the award was made.

Additionally, all requests for reimbursement must be received no later than April 24 of the academic year in which the grant was awarded, regardless of the actual date of notification. If April 24 falls on a weekend, the final reimbursement requests will be the Friday immediately prior.

Related documents


Reimbursement Form