Acquiring funding is part of the research process. Faculty diligently search and compete for limited resources. To help with the process, consider the following suggestions:
- Talk with your faculty mentor for ideas about professional organizations or agencies related to your work. Sometimes these organization offer scholarships and grants to undergraduate students.
- Be prepared to “cobble” together your funding—you may not find one source to provide all of your funding. However, you might find an office or several smaller grants that might pay for a portion of your expenses. Make sure to prepare a spreadsheet that outlines your anticipated expenses.
- Funding may also be available through your academic college. Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page for a list of web resources by college.
- Search these grant websites for additional funding opportunities:
- MSU Library Grant Site focuses primarily on funding opportunities for individuals, such as financial aid or scholarships for students.
- Community of Science Funding Guide lists over 400,000 research funding opportunities, including scholarships, internships and trainings for undergraduates. (Note: Under the main search, select "undergraduate" and funding type "training or scholarships or fellowships" and any other search criteria)
Undergraduate Student Travel Support
The Undergraduate Research Office has some funding available to support undergraduate student travel to professional conferences. The funds have a few stipulations:
- Undergraduate students must be presenting their work—not just attending the conference.
- The college or academic department is responsible for completing the necessary travel authorization forms for each student.
- A financial contribution is required from the academic department and/or college. For example, if a student’s total cost for a conference is estimated to be around $1000, and if the academic department can contribute $200 and the college can contribute $300, the Undergraduate Research Office will try to provide $500 to match. However, a match is not guaranteed.
- A budget of estimated total expenses should be included with each request.
Each request will be considered on an individual basis; the funds are available on a first-come, first serve basis. To help manage these requests, we ask that the Associate/Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Affairs (or a comparable person) make the request to the Undergraduate Research Office.
Entrepreneurial Undergraduate Research
The Gerstacker Foundation Entrepreneurial Grant Program is an opportunity for undergraduate students from the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines to compete for funding for a research concept with entrepreneurial potential. Students will develop a concept, conduct the research, and present their findings with the goal of getting their concept into use or production. Finalists will receive $5,000 to develop their concept. Visit www.gerstacker.msu.edu for details.