Grants-in-Aid

What is this? A grant for students conducting research who need materials or have incurred other project expenses
Who is eligible?
  • Students with Sophomore, Junior, and Senior standing
  • Students enrolled in at least one 498/499 credit hour during the current academic year
  • Students who have already started their projects and need specific materials or purchases
  • Students who have NOT already received a grant-in-aid for the current academic year
What is the funding? Up to $500
When is the deadline? Rolling (apply anytime between June-April)
How do I apply? Application We are out of funds for 2019-2020. Please click here to let us know how much you would have requested

The Undergraduate Research program offers grants-in-aid to support undergraduate research projects. Awards generally are made in amounts up to $500. Note that students are only eligible to apply for one grant-in-aid per academic year and they are accepted on a rolling basis.

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.  We do not pay students or Elon faculty for their labor (e.g., transcription, inter-rater reliability) but we do reimburse for gift cards for participants and professional transcription.

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.

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“The person I am today is not the same one that started this project three years ago. Working alongside my mentor has taught me to never stop pursuing my passions and to always ask why. I could not be more grateful for this experience.” 
Nathan Hunnicutt ’19, Middle Grades Education major