Research & Sponsored Programs

Internal Funding for Student Research

Undergraduate research

This program provides encouragement for undergraduate students to engage in research/scholarly/creative work with faculty in their disciplines. Up to $1000 per project may be proposed, and approximately $30,000 total is available annually from this fund. Any equipment acquired using award funds remains University property. The Research Advisory Committee makes funding recommendations to the Vice Provost for Research. In addition to the current calls for proposals for this winter term, an additional call for proposals will be released at the start of the Spring 2019 term.

Review the following guidelines and use the application packet in the final step to apply.

  1. Eligibility: Program is open to any registered undergraduate student in good standing. Preference will be given to new applicants. This program is designed to support individual or collaborative (team) proposals. The proposal narrative should define the individual contributions of the collaborators, and the project description should focus on the applicant's role. Separately authored proposals must be submitted for each student seeking funding within the collaborative. No sections of two proposals should be identical.
  2. Award Amounts: Grants will be awarded for up to $1000 per proposal.
  3. Solicitation of Proposals: The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP) solicits proposals twice per academic year: once in early fall and once in early spring. Proposals received in the fall may start in the upcoming winter or spring terms. Proposals received in the spring may start in the summer or fall terms.  
  4. Applying: The application should include a proposal no more than two pages in length. The narrative must outline appropriate background material so that the project proposed is placed in context and its significance can be assessed. Please see the following section for the proper format.
  5. Use of funds:
    • Funds may be used for expenditures as outlined in the project budget (e.g., student support, travel, equipment, supplies). Any deviation from the budget must be approved by RSP. Funds must be expended within one calendar year after award receipt.
    • Travel funding is permitted, but this is not solely a travel grant. Travel must be relevant to the other activities proposed in this application.
    • Any additional source of support for the work proposed should be indicated.
    • Any impact on campus equipment or other resources should be noted.
    • Reimbursement for expendable project materials must be supported by receipts/purchase orders and must be submitted to departments.
    • Any non-expendable items and equipment (cameras, tablets, glassware, cables, costumes, etc.) acquired using award funds remains the property of the university.
  6. Faculty Advisor: The student proposal must be accompanied by the "Faculty Advisor Assessment of Undergraduate Work" form. This form is completed by a faculty mentor who agrees to provide appropriate direction to the applicant.
  7. Review: Proposals will be reviewed by members of the RAC who will provide recommendations to the Vice Provost for Research. The attached rubric will be used as a significant part of the RAC’s evaluation process.
  8. Required Distribution and Discussion of Results: The proposal must contain a plan for distributing and discussing the results of the work. Some examples include: a Scholar's Week poster presentation, workshop, presentation at a conference, publication in conference proceedings or a journal, a performance, creation of literature, display at a gallery or other venue. The Faculty Advisor will review the work prior to this proposed activity.
  9. Undergraduate research call for proposals application packet. Submit as a single PDF to Research and Sponsored Programs.

Graduate research

Graduate student research awards assist students in accomplishing the research/scholarly/creative work required by their degree program. Up to $2000 per project may be proposed, and approximately $60,000 total is available annually from this fund. Requests should be relevant to the student's research/scholarly/creative work and which are not already available to the applicant through their academic department or college. Any equipment acquired using award funds remains University property. The Research Advisory Committee makes funding recommendations to the Vice Provost for Research. In addition to the current calls for proposals for this winter term, an additional call for proposals will be released at the start of the Spring 2019 term.

  1. Eligibility: All students currently enrolled, and in good standing, in graduate programs at Western Washington University are eligible to apply for research funding.
  2. Purpose of Awards: Graduate student research awards assist students in accomplishing the research/scholarly/creative work required by their degree program. Up to $2000 per project may be proposed, and approximately $60,000 total is available annually from this fund. Requested funding should be relevant to the student's research/scholarly/creative work and represents support that is not already available to the applicant through their academic department or college. Any equipment acquired using award funds remains University property. The Research Advisory Committee makes funding recommendations to the Vice Provost for Research.
  3. Graduate research call for proposals application packet. Submit as a single PDF to Research and Sponsored Programs.