The Research Scholars Program provides financial support for faculty-mentored research projects for underrepresented undergrad students in STEM fields. Funding should support student(s) (up to two students per application if working on the same project, but each student should have individual responsibilities explained in the proposal application). Proposed activities should be developed in collaboration with a mentoring faculty member and the application should be submitted by the faculty member at the organization where the award would be administered.
Funding may support up to two (2) students per application if working on the same project, but each student should have individual responsibilities explained in the proposal application.
The maximum application request is $7,500 per student.
No, URE funding is intended to support undergraduate students.
The emphasis of the URE program should be about supporting students and their research projects. While there is no specific threshold for a ratio of direct salary support for the student versus other forms of financial support, such as research materials, applications that do not request the majority of the funding for student salary are expected to include carefully detailed explanations about the need for the non-salary requests, and explain how this part of the request will benefit the supported student’s research experience.
No, they may not. URE funds may only be used to support the student(s) named in the applicant’s proposal.
Yes. The responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR) is critical for excellence, as well as public trust, in science and engineering. Consequently, education in RCR is considered essential in the preparation of future scientists and engineers. More about NSF’s policy: https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/rcr.jsp
NSF Statutory Requirement
“The Director shall require that each institution that applies for financial assistance from the Foundation for science and engineering research or education describe in its grant proposal a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in the proposed research project.”
Please be advised that if awarded, a certification of completion of RCR training for all of the aforementioned participants, consistent with the sub-awarded institution’s policies, will need to be provided to KY NSF EPSCoR (firstname.lastname@example.org) before a subcontracted award can be fully executed with the University of Kentucky. View UKY’s Policy for the Responsible Conduct of Research.
KY NSF EPSCoR Proposal Application Requirements:
(1) Provide a statement certifying that a RCR training plan for the applying organization is in place. If the applying organization does not have a RCR training plan in place, a statement certifying they will create and implement a RCR training plan in the event they are awarded should be provided. (Training plans are not required to be included in proposals but institutions are advised that they are subject to review, upon request.)
(2) An institution must designate one or more persons to oversee compliance with the RCR training requirement. Identify these designees by name and provide their contact information.