OURS Grant


About the OURS Grant Eligibility
Application Process Grant Requirements
Award Amount Grant Reimbursement Process


About the OURS Grant
The Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship has established a fund to support undergraduate student research, performance, and scholarship. The OURS grant program is designed to encourage collaborative scholarly research and creative work between undergraduate students and faculty. An undergraduate student may propose a research, scholarly, or creative project to a faculty member, or a faculty member may actively recruit an undergraduate student for collaboration. These grants provide students with financial support of up to $500 for supplies and equipment. Undergraduate students (both part- and full-time) are eligible to apply. Students are eligible for funding only once per academic year.

The OURS grants are divided into 3 allotments which are distributed equally over the academic year (May-August, September-December, January-March). Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis each period (provided proposals meet established guidelines) until funds are exhausted for the period. Although grants are non-competitive, each application will be reviewed by the Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship.

Please note: OURS grants are NOT to be used for travel expenses for conferences. If a student is presenting at a conference and needs funding for travel, apply to the Academic Conference Fund (coordinated by the student) or the Academic and Professional Enrichment Fund (coordinated by faculty).

Download: OURS Grant Application

Application Process
Applications will be accepted on a per semester basis for the academic year until funds are depleted. Funding awards will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications may be submitted not later than 30 days prior to the beginning of each semester.

If project start is: You should apply:
Spring/Summer Semester Winter Semester
Fall Semester Spring/Summer Semester
Winter Semester Fall Semester

The student applicant needs to complete the application form (typed) and submit to the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (230 LIB) no later than 30 days before the semester in which the funds are needed.

Award Amount
Up to $500 to be used on supplies, equipment, and library and archival activities for faculty-mentored research and scholarship.

Funding eligibility is open to all undergraduate students who meet the following:

  • Are at least a halftime undergraduate student of Grand Valley State University (6 credits)
  • Are in good financial and judiciary standing with the University
  • Are in good academic standing with the University

Students may be awarded one OURS grant per academic year.

Faculty mentors will commit an appropriate portion of their time to effectively and actively mentor a student. Faculty must disclose any pending or successful applications for additional funding for the project.

Grant Requirements
Funded students will be required to participate in the Student Scholars Day (SSD) that falls within the academic year that the grant was awarded, and must submit their SSD abstract to GVSU's Institutional Repository, Scholar Works.  Students are also required to complete the OURS Grant Report and Reflection Form, which includes actual budget information, an abstract ready for publication or presentation (outside of the GVSU community) or a description of the current status of the project, and a reflective essay. The form should be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship within 10 business days from the completion of the project. Students should e-mail their reports to ours@gvsu.edu and the faculty sponsor.

Grant Reimbursement Process
The Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship will reimburse the costs associated with the project up to the amount awarded.  We will reimburse the entity who incurs the costs, whether that be the student, faculty, or academic department.

If you have questions, please contact us at ours@gvsu.edu or 331-8100

Page last modified March 24, 2014