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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 (RSCA) Grants program is designed to support projects performed by graduate students. Funding is available to support expenses incurred by graduate students in accomplishing a scholarly activity/conducting research. Funding for travel in order to present results at conferences are available through the Student Travel for Research Results Presentations program.

Graduate Student RSCA grants will not exceed $500 and may cover supplies or research 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. A student 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. Application Process

The GradRSCA application is processed in BP Logix and must be initiated by the graduate student. Please visit the Using eForms and BP Logix page for a detailed explanation of the eForm system.

The application has four sections:

  • Basic Information and Summary: including title, faculty mentor, co-investigators, project funding dates, and a 3-5 sentence abstract
  • Attachments:
    • Narrative: Please attach a PDF or Word document. It should be 2-4 double-spaced pages, with page numbers, and should address:
      • Project objectives
      • Project descriptions including approximate timeline and significance
      • Plan for dissemination of the results
    • IRB/IACUC approval number is required if your project involves human or animal subjects.
  • Budget: all expenses must be explained and clearly related to the proposed project. These may include:
    • Project Travel
    • Room/Lodging
    • Meal Costs
    • Supplies
    • Outside or additional sources of funding
  • Routing: please fill in your Graduate Program Director and Chair/Unit Director to ensure the application is properly reviewed. The form will be routed for approval from the faculty research mentor, graduate program director, and department chair prior to being processed by ORSP.

The Center for Writing Excellence, located on the second floor of McIntyre Library, can help at any stage of the writing process.

D. Deadline for Application

The proposal may be submitted to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at any time.