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Funding Your Research

$500.00 Undergraduate Research Awards

UB’s Center for Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities, through the support of the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, is pleased to offer undergraduate students the opportunity to apply for Undergraduate Research Awards. Awards are granted to University at Buffalo undergraduate students who exhibit a need for funding to perform meaningful research and/or creative activities during their undergraduate enrollment at UB. Award applications will be reviewed by a team of UB faculty and staff that will give consideration to applications that show a true need for financial support to purchase supplies, attend conferences, etc. Application procedures and instructions can be found below.

Important Application Information

  • Only complete application packets will be accepted. Please fill out applications using Adobe Acrobat or use pen to write in the blanks. All applications must be printed single sided.
  • Before an application can be reviewed, the project described MUST be advertised under Research Opportunities on the CURCA website. Faculty mentors are to submit research opportunity postings online.
  • Students often have questions about their application. While it is not required to schedule an appointment with CURCA prior to submitting an application, we are happy to meet with you to discuss your application and answer any questions you may have. Please email ubcurca@buffalo.edu and we will work together to arrange a convenient time to discuss your application.
  • Projects that involve human subjects, either for medical/human testing and/or for completing surveys or questionnaires that are person-specific or seeking personal information or opinion, may require Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval. CURCA reserves the right to deny applications or hold funds for applications that require IRB approval but have not yet been approved. Please discuss the potential need for IRB approval with your faculty mentor. A project leader may have prior IRB approval and simply need to add you to the project with proper CITI training; or, you may need to work with your mentor to apply for IRB approval. Details on the IRB process and CITI Research Ethics Training can be found here:
  • ***Please note: There is a set amount of undergraduate research funding available each academic year. Our review team reserves the right to defer decisions regarding applications for projects that have already been funded by CURCA in order to allow remaining funds to be utilized on new research proposals. CURCA also reserves the right to stop accepting applications when our yearly funding budget becomes exhausted.

Application Forms

Please submit your completed application packet to:

  • CURCA - Undergraduate Research Awards
  • 24 Capen Hall - Undergraduate Education Office
  • University at Buffalo North Campus

*Please print all applications one sided and make sure that all materials are legible.

Applications for Conferences Only are Accepted on a Rolling Basis

Applications for conference registration fees and travel will be reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year. You must explicitly state on your application that you are requesting funds for a conference. If you are not presenting your research at a conference, you must explain why attending the conference will assist you in research and/or state the workshops/seminars/lectures that you will be attending and why. CURCA reserves the right to limit the number of students approved for funding to attend each conference, and proof of acceptance to present at the conference must be provided before funds are released to the student or faculty mentor.

Your application will be reviewed and then scored by the CURCA Review Committee in their review meeting. This review process typically takes two weeks to complete, and you will be notified via email the outcome of your application. Please be aware that the payment process for funded projects may take between four to eight weeks to complete.

Application Deadlines for Non-Conference Applicants

All other applications for research projects and creative activities not requesting funding for conferences must be printed single sided and dropped off to the CURCA Office in Capen 24 by 3:00 p.m. on the dates listed below:

Semester Deadline
Fall 2016 This funding is for fall semester and early applicants for winter session projects ONLY. Wed., Sept. 28, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
Winter 2016 This funding is for winter session and early applicants for spring semester projects ONLY. Seniors graduating in spring 2017 may not apply for project funding beyond this date. Mon., Oct. 21, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
Spring 2017 This funding is for spring semester projects or early summer session applicants ONLY. Seniors graduating in spring 2017 may NOT apply for this funding. Wed., Feb. 22, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Summer 2017 This funding is for summer session ONLY. Seniors graduating in spring 2017 may NOT apply for this funding. Wed., May 17, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

*Please also note that seniors graduating in spring 2017 may NOT apply for funding beyond the winter 2016 deadline.

Your application will be reviewed by the CURCA GA and then will be scored by the CURCA Review Committee in their review meeting. This review process typically takes two weeks to complete, and you will be notified via email the outcome of your application. Please be aware that the payment process for funded projects may take between four to eight weeks to complete.

If your project was not funded

The premise of the CURCA Awards Process is to give students the ability to work closely with their research mentor and experience what it is like to write and (hopefully receive) a research grant. Please know that in the real world of research funding, denials and rejections are a very important part of this learning process. Student applicants that are denied CURCA funding are encouraged to go back to their research mentors and look for ways to improve upon their application for subsequent funding rounds. Check out this article about resubmitting your grant proposal.

Last updated: June 13, 2016 9:39 am EST