OUR Project Award Program
Please review this information carefully before applying for an OUR Project Award
Awards are intended to support undergraduate students researching under the mentorship of a faculty member.
Current undergraduate, degree-seeking students who are in good standings with the University are eligible to apply.
Allowable mentors include current UWF faculty with a range of appointment types including adjunct, lecturers, post-docs, and tenure line.
Due to resource limitations, the awarding of grants is competitive. The University intends to achieve the broadest possible impact with the funds available. Therefore, some applications recommended for funding may only receive partial support. Undergraduate students should explore other sources of funding before applying for this grant. Any additional sources of funding should be noted and accounted for in the budget narrative and the amount of the request.
If you are of faculty, adjunct, staff, or administrative classification at UWF, and you would like to review OUR Project Award proposals, please complete the interest form, and we will add you to our database.
- Up to $500 for individual projects
- Up to $750 for group projects (two or more students)
Allowable expenses include travel to get to the field site, external library or archival facility; chemicals or laboratory equipment; photocopies of documents or research questionnaires; etc. Student or faculty stipends are not allowable expenses.
Guidelines for Acceptable Research Projects
Research can be conducted in any discipline. Please use the following guidelines to determine whether or not the project is “research.” If the research does not meet this criterion but you and your faculty mentor believe it is still a “research,” please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The research is an inquiry or investigation on a topic related to the student’s professional interests.
- The research is conducted by an undergraduate student under the mentorship of a UWF faculty member.
- The research makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline. Format of the research is similar to professional researchers in the discipline.
There will be two award cycles each academic year. An early fall semester deadline will be for projects spanning the fall/spring academic year, and a late fall/early spring deadline will be for projects to be completed in the spring semester. Applications must be submitted during one of these cycles.
For the 2019-2020 academic year, please follow the following deadlines:
- Fall 2019 deadline - 10/02/2019
- Spring 2020 deadline - 11/15/2019
- Late Spring 2020 deadline - 2/03/2020
All 2019-20 OUR Project Award Funds should be spent no later than 6/05/2020
|Fall 2019 Project Award Cycle||Dates To Remember|
|Call for Proposals||9/06/2019|
|Proposal Faculty Review||10/11/2019|
|Proposal Reviews Due||10/25/2019|
|Award & Denial Notification||11/01/2019|
|Spring 2020 Project Award Cycle||Dates to Rember|
|Call for Proposals||10/07/2019|
|Proposal Faculty Review||11/20/2019|
|Proposal Reviews Due||12/06/2019|
|Award & Denia Notification||1/06/2020|
|Late Spring Project Award Cycle||Dates To Remember|
|Call for Proposals||1/10/2020|
|Proposal Faculty Review||2/06/2020|
|Proposal Reviews Due||2/20/2020|
|Award & Denial Notification||2/27/2020|
Notification of Awards
Students will receive a notification letter regardless of acceptance or denial. Award and denial letters will be sent via email within one month of the application deadline.
Applications are submitted via the electronic OUR Project Award Application
Applicants will attach the following documents (saved as individual .PDFs) to their application. Students should gather all necessary documents before beginning the application process, as applications cannot be saved and accessed at a later date:
- Budget narrative (written description of all expenditures, additional sources of funding, the total budget requested, as well as copies of price quotes for expenditures)
- Project description (1-2 page narrative, include your project's objective, the scientific or creative methods to be employed, and the significance of your work to the field of knowledge in general, including background information with citations where appropriate. For group projects, please indicate which student(s) will be responsible for each aspect of the project. Please remember that faculty reviewers of your proposal may be outside your department and so acronym's and abbreviations should be defined or avoided.)
- Signed OUR Project Award Letter of Commitment- 2019-20 OUR Project Award Letter of Commitment- Each OUR Project Award application should include ONE signed OUR Project Award Letter of Commitment. Group projects are only required to submitted ONE signed OUR Project Award Letter of Commitment as well. NOT ALL GROUP MEMBERS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AN OUR PROJECT AWARD LETTER OF COMMITMENT.
- For group projects only: To verify each student on your group project application OUR will need the following information compiled and attached to the OUR Project Award Application: Name, UWF ID, Department, College, Email. OUR uses this information to verify that each named member of your group is currently enrolled as a UWF student, but also to better understand UWF populations and how we can best serve you with OUR programs and opportunities.
For groups of two or more students working on the same project, the group should submit one application.
Per the OUR Project Award funding agreement, students and faculty are to complete the following: