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Graduate Student Research and Scholarly and Creative Activity Grants (GradRSCA)

A. Purpose and Overview:

The Graduate Student Research and Scholarly and Creative Activity (GradRSCA) Grants program is designed to support projects performed by graduate students.  Funding is available to support expenses incurred by graduate students in accomplishing the scholarly activity.

Graduate Student RSCA grants will not exceed $500 and may cover supplies or travel expenses.

B. Eligibility:

Graduate students admitted to a graduate program who are engaged in research or other scholarly and creative activities are eligible to apply, and may receive one award per academic year.  If undergraduate students are involved, the project may be eligible for funding under the Faculty/Student Research Collaboration or Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates programs.

C. Writing Guide:

New Online Application Process

The Grad RSCA application will now be processed in the BPLogix eForm system using electronic stamps associated with your university ID as your signature. For more information about BPLogix and instructions, see our Eforms page. Click here to log in to BPLogix using your UW-Eau Claire ID and password.

Initiating the Eform

The graduate student must initiate the Grad RSCA form. To start the form, go to the "Start New Form" tab in BPLogix and select ORSP to pull up the list of forms. The narrative can be uploaded as an attachment to the form. Fill in the names of the individuals in the routing order area at the bottom using the userpicker button. This must be done prior to submitting the application to ensure that those in the routing process have access to the form to approve it.

Submit the application when complete. When you click 'Submit' or ‘Send’, the form will be routed to the next person in the workflow who must approve the form before it is sent to ORSP (e.g., Student Initiator sends to Faculty, Faculty sends to Chair, Chair sends to Dean, Dean to ORSP). The initiator should receive an email that confirms the form has been submitted along with a PDF of the form. When first submitting the form, the initiator will receive an email that confirms the form has been submitted along with a PDF of the form. If you do not receive the email or have any questions about this, please contact ORSP or 715-836-3405. NOTE: Any person in the workflow can generate the form to PDF by selecting "Print" at the bottom of the form, and printing to Cute PDF.

If you need to pause before finishing the form, click "Save to Edit Later." The form will remain accessible from the top left quadrant of BPLogix (under MY TASKS). Once you submit the form, it may be tracked, but NOT changed, in the top right quadrant (Running Workflows) while it is being reviewed by others. NOTE: If you keep opening forms from the bottom left quadrant, you will have several duplicate forms. Try to avoid this. You may delete duplicate forms by opening the form and clicking the button at the bottom "Delete Form and Workflow."

Please see General Guidelines for All Proposals.
The proposal consists of:

  • GradRSCA Form
    • Applicants must clearly explain and justify all requested expenses in the budget explanation section of the form.
  • A Narrative (2-4 page word-processed document), addressing each of the following:
    • Objectives
    • Project description (including approximate timeline) and significance
    • Plan for disseminating results

D. Deadline for Application

The proposal may be submitted to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at any time. The form will be routed in BPLogix for approval from the faculty research mentor, graduate program director and department chair prior to being processed by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.