Undergraduate Research Grant Student Application

This is a new application process, please read carefully!!!

Undergraduate Research Grant Program

Instructions for Application

Final Call for Undergraduate Research Grants Proposals in Fall 2013 has ended. Applications will be available for the next grant cycle.

Applications will include two MS Word Files, one is a separate cover sheet and another is the proposal of no more than 2 pages. Students will submit this application to their mentors for review. Mentors are asked to review but not write the application. Once the mentors review and approve the application, they will forward the completed application to SRO@purduecal.edu. Please put all identifying information on the cover sheet, and not in the proposals which will go through a blind review process.

The application should be submitted to the Student Research Office by the mentors, not by the students. This will ensure the approval of the application by the mentors.

Please note that by submission of this application students agree that if they receive URG funding they will present their research during Spring 2014 Student Research Day.

Separate Cover Sheet

Cover sheet should include the following information:

  • Project Title:
  • Faculty Mentor(s):
  • Amount Requested:

Student Information

  • Name:
  • PUID:
  • Email Address:

Research Proposal (Maximum 2 Pages)

Project title:

Problem Statement (Question to be investigated):

State the problem that the research is trying to solve, or write a question that the results of the research will try to answer.


Significance of the problem (Rationale):

Give a statement on how this project is unique. Describe what new information you are trying to discover; or what new process is being used or what new type of analysis is being used on the problem.  Describe what aspects of this work make it different from work done before.

Give a statement on how this research fits within the general body of knowledge – previous work by others. Cite the references for the information

Describe the context in which the research will be conducted, whether it is for a class, a competition, a continuation of other work, a part of an overall faculty project or something else.


Objectives (Outcomes):

Explain what is expected to be learned from this work.  Explain the measurable result of the project, such as: a piece of information, a constructed material, a method to analyze something or new analysis of old information.  Explain what specifically you are planning to accomplish during this project.


Methods and Activities (Research plan):

State what techniques and methods will be used to perform the research.  Describe what specific instrumentation or software you will use.  Explain how you will analyze the results.

Please note: Projects involving human subjects that have not received IRB approval will not be eligible for this grant. Please obtain the approval and apply next time.

To comply with Purdue Policy, mentors must have received IRB approval for any project that involves Human Subjects (survey, interview, human behavior study, any interaction or intervention with a living individual, etc) before the grant can be awarded. To apply for IRB approval, please go to the following link:

Purdue Policy for conducting Human Subjects Research:

To ensure the safe and ethical conduct of research involving human subjects at Purdue University, all Purdue faculty, staff, and students who conduct research involving human subjects must be familiar with and understand the underlying ethical principles, federal and state laws and regulations, and policies and procedures that compose Purdue University’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP). To document the necessary familiarity and understanding, all Purdue faculty, staff, and students who wish to conduct research involving human subjects must be certified as having completed appropriate formal training and education before an application and protocol in which they are named will be approved or determined exempt by one of Purdue University’s Institutional Review Boards, or their designees.


Place each budget item into one of the following categories.  Give an actual or estimated cost for each item listed.  Describe the function of each budget item and state why it is necessary.

Consumable Materials:

  • Materials that will be consumed during the research.
  • Examples are chemicals for reactions, materials and components to be manufactured into a product or art supplies needed to create a project.

Capital Materials:

  • Materials that will not be consumed during the research program and will remain with PUC after the research program is completed. Examples are books, software or instrumentation


  • Travel to a location to perform research or gather data not available at PUC
  • Examples are travel to use an instrument, to get information from a library or museum, to visit someone for an interview and to observe the subjects of interest, such as being at a town council meeting discussing the topic of the research or listening to a presentation on the subject.  This is not for presenting the research.

Cost for Use:

  • To supplement the cost for the use of some equipment
  • Examples are costs to send a sample away for analysis that cannot be done at PUC, to use a piece of equipment at another location or to get time on a supercomputer.

Examples of Costs NOT Allowed in Your Budget:

  • Refreshments for any conferences or presentations.
  • Table cloths or any other decorations.
  • etc.

Example of Submitted Budget

Consumable Materials:

3 Tanks of N2 gas                                           $80.00 each

N2 gas is needed to have an inert atmosphere in the furnace to prevent oxidation during heating.

1 kg copper powder                                        ~ $100 for purchase and shipping

Copper powder is used to infiltrate into the iron matrix


2 visits to Illinois Institute of Technology      $20 for mileage, $22 for tolls and $20 for parking

Need to use the tensile press and die at IIT to make tensile samples


Evaluation Criteria

The proposal will be rated on a scale of 1(poor) to 5 (Outstanding) based on the following criteria:

  1. Is the research problem well defined?
  2. Is the significance of the project clearly presented?
  3. Does the proposal clearly articulate the objectives of the project?
  4. Are the methods and activities well described?
  5. Does the budget appear reasonable and does the proposal give a clear understanding for the needs of the budget?
  6. Does the proposal convey an overall impression as a well thought out project with potential for success?