UROP Mini-grant Program

The UROP Mini-grant program provides up to $1000.00 of support to undergraduate students that are conducting research, creative scholarship or work on an innovative project under the guidance of a UO faculty member.

Mini-grants may be used to purchase materials, equipment, and supplies that are necessary for the project and/or cover travel expenses related to completing the project (mini-grants cannot be used to pay for travel to present research at a conference).

Students from every major may apply.

Program Details & Eligibility

  • Open to undergraduate students from every major
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Must be returning to the UO the term following receipt of the mini-grant
  • Must have a project proposal finalized and faculty mentor secured prior to applying
  • Applicant must obtain a commitment from a faculty member to supervise their research project as their mentor.  Faculty mentors must be Tenure Track Faculty or Career Non-tenure Track Faculty with an FTE of .50 or above (exceptions may be made to this requirement under special circumstances – inquire with UROP for more information).
  • If for any reason a student’s circumstances change and makes them unable to meet the eligibility requirements of the program, the grantee must forfeit their award. UROP Mini-grants cannot be deferred
  • Undergraduate students may only received two UROP Mini-grant awards during their undergraduate education
  • Research with Human Subjects:
    • If applicable, the applicant must obtain approval from the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS), which serves as the UO’s Institutional Review Board (IRB).
    • If your project requires IRB approval you will need to submit  your project for review before completing an application. You do not need full approval at the time you submit your application, however, you must have your project submitted for review.
    • If your project is selected to receive a Mini-grant, the award will be put on hold until UROP receives notification from the applicant that it has received IRB approval.
    • If your project already has IRB approval please send your protocol number to urop@uoregon.edu at the time you apply.
    • For more information visit http://rcs.uoregon.edu/content/research-involving-human-subjects.

Award Details & Conditions

  • Students are not given the award money. All award funds are processed and used in coordination with the business/finance staff in the department that students are conducting research in.
  • Upon notification of receipt of a UROP Mini-grant, undergraduate students must sign an agreement form outlining their commitment to:
    • use their award during the academic year in which it was awarded;
    • work with their assigned departmental budget officer to use the award so that it meets all UO financial policies and procedures;
    • submit a final report of 2 double-spaced pages by May 19, 2017;
    • complete the post-award online evaluation;
    • present your research at the 2017 UO Undergraduate Symposium;
    • acknowledge the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation in all work resulting from research during the fellowship period;
    • notify the UROP staff immediately of other support or of any conflicts with the restrictions and conditions of this program;
    • notify the UROP staff of any publication or conference presentation that is associated with your research project; and
    • all non-perishable materials that are purchased with a UROP Mini-grant must remain with the University lab/facility that the research project is associated with after the completion of the project. If no University lab/facility is affiliated with the project, all non-perishable materials remain the property of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program and must be returned after the completion of the research project.

Timeline (2016-2017 academic year)

Fall Winter
Application Available Sep. 26, 2016 Nov. 21, 2016
Application Deadline Oct. 19, 2016 Feb. 6, 2017
Selections Made Nov. 3, 2016 (estimated) Late February


Contact urop@uoregon.edu

How to Apply

Make sure that you meet all of the eligibility criteria outlined above before proceeding.

  1. Download the UROP Mini-grant Application Guidelines Document
    • Read this whole document carefully before beginning your online application.
    • Ensure that you can meet the conditions outlined in the Guidelines Document.
    • Determine whether your research project requires UO IRB Approval. If it does, you must submit to the UO IRB at the same time you submit your Mini-grant application.
    • Work with your faculty mentor to craft a proposal that you will submit through the online application (Step 2).
    • OPTIONAL: Schedule a meeting with UROP (urop@uoregon.edu) to discuss your project proposal, receive feedback, and ask questions you have about the program.
  2. Complete the online UROP Mini-grant Application.
    • Preview the application.
    • View Abstract and Research Methods Example Proposals
    • Complete the online application. (closed for 2016-2017 academic year)
      • Group Applications: If you are applying as a group, please email urop@uoregon.edu for guidance.
      • Note: you must complete the application in one session, you cannot save and return to it later.
  3. Letter of recommendation. 
    • Request that your faculty mentor complete the letter of recommendation worksheet.
    • Instruct your faculty mentor to submit the completed worksheet to urop@uoregon.edu
    • Under the federal law titled the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and according to the University of Oregon Student Record Policy, registered students are given the right to inspect their records, including letters of recommendation and teacher recommendations. If the student wants to waive their right of access to this recommendation, they may do so by completing a waiver form.
  4. Obtain unofficial copies of your UO transcripts and send to urop@uoregon.edu