RESEARCH SCHOLARS
PROGRAM

Providing Research Experiences for
Underrepresented Undergraduate Students

The Research Scholars Program provides funding for faculty-mentored research projects for underrepresented undergraduate students in STEM fields.

Broadening participation in STEM-based science disciplines through mentoring and collaboration.

Kentucky NSF EPSCoR  established the Research Scholars Program (RSP) to increase graduation rates for underrepresented minorities in STEM-based science disciplines through mentoring and collaboration.

$7,500
per student

Up to 2
Students

Undergrad
Focused

Faculty
Mentored

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the RSP program?

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.

How many students can be supported per application?

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.

Do I have to have student participants selected prior to submitting my application?

Yes. Students chosen to receive RSP funding should be indicated in your proposal.

What is the maximum application request per student?

The maximum application request is $7,500 per student.

Can RSP awards be used to support graduate students or post-doctoral scholars?

No, RSP funding is intended to support underrepresented undergraduate students.

What are the reporting obligations of awarded applicants?

All awardees and funded participants are obligated to provide reporting about the outcomes of their KY NSF EPSCoR-supported projects. More information regarding reporting obligations will be provided to awardees at a later date.

How much of the funding should be applied to direct salary support for the student?

The emphasis of the RSP 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.

General Terms & Conditions

  • Applications to all 2016-2017 programs should include requests for federally-negotiated institutional F&A/indirect costs. Maximum budget request amounts indicated apply to direct costs. F&A costs can be added to these direct cost maximums.

 

  • Applications for EI/RSP will be accepted anytime in February 2017.

 

  • Funds cannot be awarded for time periods beyond 7/31/17.

 

  • Only one application per investigator per program per year is allowed.

 

  • All awardees and funded participants are obligated to provide reporting about the outcomes of their KY NSF EPSCoR-supported projects. More information regarding reporting obligations will be provided to awardees at a later date.

 

  • Each institution that applies for financial assistance from the KY NSF EPSCoR must have a formal institutional 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. KY NSF EPSCoR must receive verification and notification that participants on supported project have received appropriate training consistent with their established institutional policies.

 

  • Foreign travel can’t be proposed.

 

  • Any request for computers must receive approval from epscor@uky.edu prior to submission of the proposal, or the proposal will be returned without review.

 

  • Any proposal submitted to KY NSF EPSCoR and declined for funding can be modified and resubmitted the next year (program  cycle) but if declined more than once, can’t be submitted again.

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