Research Grants

Note: Receiving monetary awards to support Undergraduate Research travel and conference attendance may necessitate a reduction in other financial aid the student receives.  Such awards may also be reported to the Internal Revenue Service in the recipient’s annual Tuition Statement (Form 1098-T). It is the responsibility of the recipient, in consultation with his/her tax advisor, to determine how much, if any, of the awards are taxable income to the recipient.

Reimbursement payments may be requested through Chrome River (for travel) or by submitting a check request with supporting documentation to Accounts Payable.


These research grants are intended to further the aims and objectives of undergraduate research at UNC Asheville; to increase the research skills of our students; to provide increased opportunity for learning; to encourage professional relationships between faculty and students; and, to advance the body of knowledge in the researcher’s chosen field.

Any currently enrolled UNC Asheville student is eligible to apply. Preference is given to full-time students.

Apply for a Research Grant

Faculty Recommendation Form For Student Grants


  • Monday, September 13, 2021, Fall Research Grant Application, Abstract, Proposal and Faculty Statements Due
  • Monday, November 8, 2021, Spring Research Grant Application, Abstract, Proposal and Faculty Statements Due
  • Monday, April 25, 2022, Summer Research Grant Application, Abstract, Proposal and Faculty Statements Due

Available Grants

The academic year student research grants program provides for expenses associated with the student’s undergraduate research project such as supplies, equipment, travel to field sites or libraries, printing, and similar costs. These expenses must be directly incurred while carrying out the research.

Fall and Spring

No funds will be awarded to cover stipends or wages, and all equipment remains the property of UNC Asheville. The time period for the grant is the designated semester or the full academic year. Application for this program includes a description of the proposed research including a timetable of research activities, bibliography, budget (not to exceed $500), statement of proposed publication outlet, and a statement from the faculty research advisor.


Unlike Fall and Spring Grants, the Summer Grant proposal may include a request for a stipend as part of the budget. The time period for the grant is the summer school session.  Research funds not to exceed $2500.00 per grant are available to cover: $1,000.00 for cost of equipment, supplies, books and travel to field sites or libraries. No more than $1,500.00 of the funds maybe designated for student stipend for a period of eight full weeks during the summer. Maximum award $2,500.00. All equipment including books and software purchased with grant funds remain the property of UNC Asheville. It is expected that a minimum of two awards will be made. Application for this program includes a description of the proposed research including a timetable of research activities, bibliography, budget, statement of proposed publication outlet, and a statement from your faculty research advisor. The stipend must be requested if desired; it is not awarded automatically


  • The feasibility of successful completion of the research project in the time allotted.
  • The opportunity for the student researcher to learn appropriate research techniques and methodology from the project.
  • The degree to which the project complements the faculty research advisor’s existing research program.
  • The contribution the research makes to the field.
  • The probability of the research resulting in a significant publication, exhibit, or performance.

Research Proposal Criteria

Applications for consideration need to follow the new submission instructions.

Proposals should be single spaced, font – New Times Roman, size 11. Heading should include: Student first and last name, discipline of research, research advisor name and title of proposal.

Abstract (150-300 words max)

Your abstract should:

a) communicate specific information from your research project or creative work.
b) include the purpose, methods, and scope of your research or creative work.
c) provide the research project’s or creative work’s results, conclusions, and recommendations.
d) be short (150-300 words)

An effective abstract has the following qualities:

a) uses one or more well developed paragraphs: these are unified, coherent, concise and able to stand alone.
b) uses an introduction/body/conclusion structure which presents the article, paper, or report’s purpose, results, conclusions, and recommendations in that order.
c) follows strictly the chronology of the article, paper, or report.
d) provides logical connections (or transitions) between the information included.
e) adds no new information, but simply summarizes the research or work.
f) is understandable to a wide audience.
g) uses passive verbs to downplay the author and emphasize the information. Check with your advisor if you are unsure whether or not to use passive voice.

Description of Research

Provide a detailed description of the proposed project, which should include a brief introduction/background, methodology, body, conclusion and a bibliography (which will be at the end of the proposal). The description of research should be between 500 and 1000 words in length and be written for an audience of all disciplines.

Time Period

Include a timetable of research activities.

Budget with Justification

The budget should include each item or service requested and its estimated cost. The rationale for your budget request should be given in the Description of Research. Budget items labeled “Miscellaneous” will not be funded.

Are you seeking additional funding from other sources?

If yes, please describe in your budget paragraph. Include detailed information.


Please list the scholarly sources cited in your proposal in the style for your discipline (e.g. MLA, Chicago, APA). Please consult with a Reference Librarian for help finding building your collection of relevant, primary source materials.

Publication outlet

The anticipated publication and presentation outlet should be identified.

Human Subject Form

If using human subjects please fill out the Institutional Research Board (IRB) form and send to Please note that requests for providing payment to human research participants are not likely to be funded.

Faculty Statement

The faculty research advisor should submit a statement (between 100 and 350 words) which makes reference to the criteria for evaluation and identifies and describes the involvement of the advisor in the research program. Please estimate the amount of time the advisor expects to provide. The faculty advisor should send the statement to

The completeness of the proposal and the extent to which it follows the guidelines specified on the application form.

Students who have been past recipients may reapply, however, priority will be given to first-time applicants. Also, although faculty occasionally sponsor more than one student at a time, it may be necessary to limit the number of awards per faculty member in the interest of distributing funding as much as possible.

Students who receive awards are required to present a paper at one of the UNCA Undergraduate Research Symposia (held in November and April), publish in the UNC Asheville Journal and submit a final budget report.

Examples of Successful Proposals

Fall/Spring Proposals

Summer Proposals