Undergraduate Research Grant Proposal Format

Each undergraduate research grant proposal should follow the format below: 

I.  Cover Sheet

A standard form has been developed for Undergraduate Research Grants and is available in the Office of the Provost or online.  Please provide the appropriate information, project title, and project description.

II.  Project Description

Applicants will briefly describe the project they envision, with enough detail to provide a clear picture of the project but without technical or specialized description which would obscure the description's clarity.

Applicants should give special attention to the following:

  1. The purpose of the project:  What are the objectives? What theoretical framework, if any, underlies the project? Is this a student initiated project or is it part of a larger faculty project? If this is a part of a faculty project, then what is the relationship between this specific project and the larger research project? If you are requesting travel funds, why do you have to go to this specific location to do or present this research? 
  2. The significance of the research:  What is the value of this research? Why does it matter? How will it add to what is known about this subject? 
  3. The plan of work:  What is the timetable for the work? What special tasks or processes will be involved?
  4. Anticipated results:  If all goes as expected, what can be the expected outcome of the project, and how will it enhance teaching or learning? How will you ensure that the information learned from this project does not end with you? In other words, what is your dissemination plan for what you learn?

III.  Budget

A brief, but specific, statement of how the grant will be spent (i.e., equipment, materials, stipends, travel, etc.)

IV.  Statement of Support

A faculty sponsor should be identified who will review the student's proposal and agree to act as a resource person during the research project. A letter of support from the faculty sponsor is required as part of the student's application. 


Electronic submissions are encouraged. Applications may be submitted at provost.office@valpo.edu.