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.
Please submit your completed application packet to:
*Please print all applications one sided and make sure that all materials are legible.
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. Graduating students may apply for conference funds at any time as long as the conference is taking place prior to the date of graduation.
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.
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 17 Norton Hall by 3 p.m. on the dates listed below:
|Fall 2018||This funding is for fall semester and early applicants for winter session projects ONLY.||
Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 3 p.m.
|Winter 2018||This funding is for winter session and early applicants for spring semester projects ONLY. Seniors graduating in Spring 2019 may not apply for project funding beyond this date.||
Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 3 p.m.
|Spring 2019||This funding is for spring semester projects or early summer session applicants ONLY. Seniors graduating in spring 2019 may NOT apply for this funding.||
Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 3 p.m.
|Summer 2019||This funding is for summer session ONLY. Seniors graduating in spring 2019 may NOT apply for this funding.||
Wednesday, April 3 at 3 p.m.
*Please also note that seniors graduating in spring 2019 may NOT apply for funding beyond the winter 2018 deadline.
Your application will be reviewed by the CURCA graduate assistant and then will be scored by the CURCA Review Committee. 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.
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: January 11, 2019 4:37 pm EST