Discovery Grants support the travel costs up to $1000, associated with ongoing undergraduate research and creative projects. The funds may be used to present research findings at conferences or seminars, or to conduct travel necessary to complete the research for a project that requires additional funding above and beyond the current funding sources.
Discovery Grants are generally not awarded for projects that have already been funded through the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship. If you intend to submit an OURS Undergraduate Research Grant proposal then we recommend that travel be included in the budget for a single Undergraduate Research Grant proposal rather than submit an Undergraduate Research Grant proposal and a separate Discovery Grant proposal to request travel funds. If the Discovery Grant application is intended to support research funded by another OURS grant then justification must be made that explains why additional travel funding is necessary.
Discovery Grants will not support new projects. New proposals should be submitted as an Undergraduate Research Grant.
Discovery Grants will not fund:
Discovery Grants may be used to fund:
Discovery Grants contribute support but generally do not fund the entire cost of a proposal unless the applicant can demonstrate exceptional circumstances. For example, if a Discovery Grant funds roundtrip transportation and conference registration fees there is an expectation that hotel fees will be covered by other funding sources.
Deadline: Students apply for this award on a year-round basis. A faculty mentor supervising the project must endorse the application. For travel to present research findings the faculty mentor must also write a short description regarding the significance of the conference.
Eligibility: Applicant must be admitted to UAA as an undergraduate degree-seeking student.
Submission Guidelines: To be considered complete, applications must include the following:
Awardee Responsibilities: Discovery Grant recipients must provide the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship with the following items: