Team Grants provide $3,000 for faculty-led research, scholarly or creative projects involving 2 or more undergraduates.

Guidelines

  • Faculty awarded UROP Team Grants are not required to identify the students selected for their teams until they submit the Final Report near the end of the award period.
  • Students already receiving UROP funding in the same award period are not eligible to receive funding from a Team Grant, but faculty are currently not limited in the number of students they can mentor.

Coursework

Team Grants are not intended to support "general" coursework, even if it is research/inquiry-based, but funding may support students doing research or creative projects outside the classroom while they’re enrolled in Independent Study/Honors Thesis courses with section numbers in the 800-900s.

Blind Review

UROP Team Grant proposals are evaluated in a blind review process in which committee members cannot identify the faculty mentor.  To ensure the integrity of the blind review process, UROP proposals must not contain personal information.  

Please, make the following substitutions:

  • "student" for the student's name
  • "mentor" for the mentor's name
  • "additional supervisor" for the additional supervisor's name
  • "lab/research team" for the lab or research team's name
  • "they/their" for gendered pronouns

Evaluation Criteria

UROP Team Grant proposals are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Originality and Creativity: The proposal demonstrates originality of thought and creativity in approach and project design.
  • Background and Context: The project proposal's results and objectives are clearly positioned within the "bigger picture" of the disciplinary frame or wider context.
  • Scale and Scope: The project proposal achieves meaningful outcomes in the award period without interfering with regular coursework and extracurricular obligations, including a timeline of activities.
  • Methodology and Strategy: The project proposal clearly explains the methodology and/or strategy to achieve meaningful outcomes and objectives.
  • Resources and Materials: The project proposal makes thoughtful, efficient use of available resources.
  • Style and Grammar: The project proposal is free of grammatical errors and is readily understandable by a reader in the disciplinary category.
  • Relevance and Student Benefits: The project proposal advances the student’s academic goals and/or professional aspirations.

Project Category

UROP Grant proposals are evaluated by one of six faculty review committees organized by disciplinary category.   

Proposal Prompts

  • 200 words maximum: Situate your project within other work in the field by providing a summary of the work done and discuss the theoretical traditions influencingyour project.  State the specific objectives/purpose of your project. Explain the project's relevance and who stands to benefit.  Note what is original about your project and what contribution it makes to the field. 
  • Alternate Prompt for Creative and Performance Projects | 200 words maximum: Tell us the objectives, points of curiosity from which you're starting, hypothesis or question you're exploring and the guiding principles of the work.  Discuss what theoretical, aesthetic, and/or creative traditions influence your project. Include what contributions you're making to the field.  Discuss where and when the final project will be exhibited, displayed or performed. Include your own creative/performance history.
  • 150 words maximum: Explain the method(s)/strategy used in this project, including a justification for your approach.  Also justify off-site work and/or international travel if your project requires it.  Note any experience, training and/or coursework required for students.
  • Outline the major phases of your project timeline. (e.g., "October, Data Collection" or "Sep.-Oct., Data Collection") 
  • 50 words maximum: Explain how you will recruit and select undergraduate researchers.
  • Anticipated Number of Students
  • 350 words maximum: Explain your role and, if applicable, that of the additional supervisor in the mentoring of students in this project.  What learning outcomes should they expect? Will they have the opportunity to co-author or present this work? Note previous experience mentoring undergraduate researchers and summarize your mentoring approach/philosophy.