Research Scholarships and Funding Opportunities

Honors College Research Scholarships

The Honors College may provide up to $1,000 to offset costs associated with a student’s research or creative project.  This is a competitive process; awards will be determined by the quality of submissions and the availability of funds. The deadline for applications is November 17, 2017.

Honors College Research Scholarship Guidelines and Application

•  Applicants must be currently enrolled in the Honors College.

•  The proposal must be approved by the student’s faculty research advisor before submission.

•  Applicants must submit the scholarship application and budget form and any other supporting documents electronically.

•  Applicants must provide a justification for each item in the proposed budget. Only items listed approved as allowable costs can be purchased. Indicate if any budget items will be supported from another source (e.g., your college, department, faculty grant, or personal funds).

•  Recipients must submit a progress report, approved by the faculty mentor, to the ARCH office at the end of the fall semester.

•  At the completion of the project, scholarship recipients must submit a detailed two‐page summary, approved by the faculty research mentor, describing the results/outcomes of the project. The report must be turned in to the ARCH office for final approval.

•  Projects involving human subjects, vertebrate animals, or recombinant DNA require prior approval by the FIU Institutional Review Board.

•  Students are required to present their work at the Undergraduate Research Conference at FIU (CURFIU) in the spring.

» View the Allowable Costs information before filling out the application.

» Complete the ARCH Research Scholarship Application form here.

» Complete the ARCH Creative Project Scholarship application form here.

Research Conference Scholarships

The Honors College provides up to $500 to offset costs associated with an external research conference.  This is a competitive process with the granting of awards determined by the quality of submissions and the availability of funds.

» Complete the Honors College Research Conference Scholarship application form here.

External Sources of Research Funding

The following information regarding funding is from the Web-GURU Guide for Undergraduate Research, a comprehensive resource for student researchers. If you interested in ARCH, or are currently active in the program, it’s highly recommended that you visit the Web-GURU website and explore everything they have to offer.

There are four basic types of funding sources:

•  Government

•  Private industry

•  Foundations

•  Professional organizations

Many government agencies provide funding to individuals and teams of researchers to work on specific types of research projects. Examples of government agencies that provide financial support include:

•  The National Science Foundation (NSF) (science, engineering, and education);

•  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) (health related projects in science and engineering);

•  The Department of Energy (DOE) (energy-related research); and

•  The National Aerospace Agency (NASA) (research related to aerospace science and engineering)

Many private companies provide grants and/or materials and supplies in support of research. Examples of companies that provide targeted support include:

•  Honda (e.g., fuel cells and robotics);

•  DuPont; (e.g., polymer science broadly defined); and

Privately funded foundations are another good source of funding for research. Examples of foundations that provide financial support to researchers include:

•  Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

•  Research Corporation (RC); and

•  The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation

Professional organizations represent still another possible source of funding for your research project. Examples include:

•  Sigma Xi;

•  The American Association of University Women (AAUW); and

•  The American Cancer Society

There are a number of useful tools that you can use to identify possible funding sources. For example:

•  The American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) Grants Net

•  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Grants; and

•  The U.S. Department of Education’s e-Grants

However, the majority of these provide support to scientists and engineers with advanced degrees. That said, there are a number of associations and agencies that provide support for undergraduate research. Web-GURU has compiled Program Listings that will assist you in identifying possible funding sources specifically targeted to undergraduate researchers.

For more information:
Associate Dean Juan Carlos Espinosa
Honors College
DM 233
(305) 348-4100