Travel & Small Grants

The Office of Undergraduate Research provides funding opportunities for students whose research requires travel or other support.

When to Apply: Grants are considered monthly. Travel Grant and Small Grant Applications must be submitted by the end of every month to be considered the first of the following month. Grants are for future expenses only.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be enrolled undergraduate students at the University of Utah at the time of application and at the time the funds will be used
  • Applicants must be working collaboratively with a University of Utah faculty member on a research project
  • Requested funds may only cover the undergraduate student applicant’s future research-related expenses

Travel Grants

  • Funding from the travel grant program (max $500) might cover expenses for future: airfare, lodging, conference registration, mileage (funding may not be used for gas).
  • Students may be awarded only one travel grant.
  • Award preference will be given to students who:
    • Request travel funds for a conference at which they have been accepted to present
    • Award preference will be given to applicants who have not recently been awarded travel funds for UCUR and/or NCUR.

Small Grants

  • Funding from the small grant program (max $200) can help with future purchases of: research supplies, special training fees, or other research costs related to the student’s original work.
  • Small grants may not be used to pay publication fees or to purchase books, software, or other supplies that are available to U of U students via the libraries, computer labs, Marriott Knowledge Commons, etc.
  • Students may be awarded only one small grant.

What is expected of Travel Grants & Small Grants recipients and their mentors?

Students are expected to:

  • Use awarded funds only as indicated in the proposed budget.
  • Forfeit and return unused funds to the Office of Undergraduate Research within two semester of the award.
  • Submit a final report within 60 days of the end of the project (or, in the case of a Travel Grant, the travel).
  • Acknowledge support from the University of Utah Office of Undergraduate Research in the dissemination of the research. We suggest the following: This work was supported by funding from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at the University of Utah awarded to [student’s name]. Please use  this logo.
  • Failure to meet these expectations will result in a forfeiture of the award, expulsion from UROP, and future ineligibility for UROP funding, Small Grants, Travel Grants, and the URSD. Students who have lost eligibility should contact the Office of Undergraduate Research for further information.

Faculty mentors are expected to:

  • Mentor the student in her/his pursuit of the proposed research project.
  • Support the expectations of students listed above.
  • Acknowledge support from the University of Utah Office of Undergraduate Research in the dissemination of the research. We suggest the following: This work was supported by funding from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at the University of Utah awarded to [student’s name]. Please use  this logo.

Apply for Travel Grants & Small Grants

  • Complete the online Travel Grant Application or the Small Grant Application
  • Once you complete the student portion of the application, you will be instructed to forward your submission confirmation email to your faculty sponsor, who must then complete the faculty mentor portion of the application before the application will be considered for funding. Incomplete applications expire after 30 days and must be re-submitted to be considered.
  • To the extent possible in light of the award criteria, Small Grants and Travel Grants are distributed throughout the colleges and schools on campus.
  • A Travel/Small Grant Final Report is required once your funds have been awarded and used.