OUR Project Award Program

Please review this information carefully before applying for an OUR Project Award

2020-2021 Application Deadlines*:

October 2, 2020 (Cycle 1)

November 13, 2020 (Cycle 2)

February 5, 2021 (Cycle 3)

* Please note that application deadlines were extended due to Hurricane Sally. All deadlines and important dates updated as of September 25, 2020.


2020-21 OUR Project Award Details*

OUR Project Award Application Guide

OUR Project Award Application (Apply Here)


Purpose and Eligibility

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.

Award Information
  • 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.


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.

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 our@uwf.edu.

  • 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.
Review Project Proposals

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. 

I would like to review proposals (Faculty Only)

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.

Additional Resources
Important Dates


There will be three 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.

* Please note that application deadlines were extended due to Hurricane Sally. All deadlines and important dates updated as of September 25, 2020.


Cycle Number Call for ProposalsSubmission Deadline Anticipated Award and Denial Notifications
Cycle 1 31 Aug 2020 02 OCT 2020 23 Oct 2020
Cycle 2 5 Oct 2020 13 Nov 2020 11 Dec 2020
Cycle 3 14 Dec 2020 5 Feb 2021 26 Feb 2021
Expectations of Award Recipients

Expectations of Participants: 

  1. Students who receive an OUR Project Award are expected to complete the research project described in the approved proposal by the end of the academic year in which the award is made (i.i., end of spring semester).
  2. Make consistent progress toward your reserch project until its completion.
    1. Students who fail to make consistent progress toward their research projects may forfeit all or part of their reearch funding.
  3. Submit an abstract and present your research to the UWF Student Scholar Symposium - abstracts are typically due in mid-February.
    1. Students can elect to present their research in a variety of formats, including poster presentations, oral presentations, research panel discussions, etc. 
    2. The Student Scholar Symposium typically occus on the third Thursday of April.
  4. Submit a photo of yourself conducting/engaging in research. 
  5. Act as an ambassador to the OUR program.
    1. Speak to at least one approved campus event about your research experience at UWF.
    2. Campus events include:
      1. Classes
      2. Campus tour groups
      3. other approved campus events
  6. Submit a final research report.
    1. reports will include brief summaries of the reesearch project or copy of a research poster from the Student Scholars Symposium, as well as additional questions on the impact of the research experiences.