Monday, October 16, 2023

Applications being Accepted for Small Grants for Undergraduate Research and Creative Work

The Office of Undergraduate Research and the Office of the Vice President for Research provide small grants to facilitate undergraduate research and creative scholarship. These funds are open for use for purchasing research supply materials as well as traveling to conduct research if the facilities or materials are not available at the U of Iowa. For example, if a student needed to travel to the Field Museum in Chicago to study relevant collections at that facility, these funds would be applicable. 

Some activities that do not qualify for this funding are travel to conferences or presentations, field schools, internship travel, graduate or professional school interviews, computers, etc. Travel awards for undergraduate research presentations or conference attendance are available separately through OUR.


Grants of up to $1,000 are available for research and creative work expenses including equipment, supplies, software, travel to access facilities not available on campus, travel to access collections or materials not available on campus, interviews (research related), on location filming, etc. 

Projects with budgets greater than $1,000 must provide clear evidence that additional funds are available to cover the amount of money required beyond this award or that the project can be accomplished as written for the amount awarded. Funding will be transferred into the faculty mentor's preferred 050 MFK. Grant recipients have one year to expend the awarded funds. Those looking for summer funding should apply during the spring application cycle.

Post Award

At the conclusion of the project or the year-long period, recipients will be expected to submit a short expense report to OUR via email detailing how funds were expended and how the project has progressed. (Note: This is in lieu of receipt records and intended to show that funds were spent appropriately. It is understood that projects change and expenses may not exactly match the initial budget.) All equipment will be considered the property of the PI’s home department. 

Minimum Requirements


  • The applicant must be enrolled as a degree-seeking undergraduate in good standing at the University of Iowa at the time of application and at the time of the award payment.
  • The proposed research, scholarship or creative activity must be completed prior to graduation.
  • An undergraduate may only receive this award once during their degree program.

Additional Information

Please direct any questions to OUR at 319-335-8336 or via email at