Oregon State University

Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship & Creativity (URISC)

Current Solicitation

Applications are being accepted for Fall, Winter and/or Spring Term(s) 2014-15

Proposal Submission Deadline: Monday, May 5, 2014 by 5:00 PM

Award Announcement: Approximately Monday, July 7, 2014

Future Projected Deadlines:

Winter and/or Spring Term(s) 2014-15 Solicitation - Deadline: Approximately November 4, 2014

Summer Term 2015 Solicitation - Deadline: Approximately February 16, 2015


URISC is a Research Office program that supports Oregon State University (OSU) undergraduate research activities. "Research" at OSU is interpreted broadly to reflect what goes on not only in laboratories and field stations, but also in libraries, art studios, and music practice rooms. The Research Office seeks to involve undergraduate students from all academic disciplines within the University. 

Hundreds of opportunities exist for students to become actively involved in the scholarly pursuits of the faculty and to take part in a compelling learning experience. This kind of involvement provides insight into the creation of knowledge that is often not a part of classroom learning. It gives the student a hands-on opportunity to apply what they have been learning in the classroom, as well as to develop a mentoring relationship with a faculty member.

The URISC program is intended to enable OSU undergraduate students to develop a scholarly relationship with faculty early in their academic careers. Faculty mentors are expected to assume financial responsibility for student research activities if they continue beyond the initial URISC sponsorship.


Only faculty with professorial rank are eligible to serve as Faculty Project Advisor.

Full-time undergraduate students currently pursuing a baccalaureate degree at OSU and who are in good academic standing are eligible to apply.

Students completing graduation requirements before or during term(s) support is requested are not eligible. (i.e. students graduating in June would not be eligible to participate in the summer program following graduation.)

Award Information

Preference may be given to undergraduate students having their first research experience. Multiple proposals submitted from the same Faculty Project Advisor are unlikely to be funded.

For the academic year program, the maximum award is $1,000 for one term; $1,500 for two terms; and $1,800 for the full academic year (three terms).

For the summer program, the Research Office will provide 60% of the total budget request (see Matching Funds), to a maximum award amount of $1,800.

Awards must be spent in the term(s) for which the funds were requested.

A student may receive an award only once from the URISC academic year program and once from the URISC summer program.

Applicants will be notified via e-mail of award decisions.

Matching Funds

For the academic year program no matching funds are required. However, for projects lasting two or three academic terms, a financial contribution by the unit does provide evidence about the level of commitment of the faculty member to the success of the project.

For the summer program the participating Faculty Project Advisor, Department or College is required to provide at least 40% of matching funds, and 100% of approved funds in excess of $3,000. It is the responsibility of the student and the faculty project advisor to identify and secure commitments for these funds prior to submitting the application. Maximum Research Office award amount $1,800.

Use of Funds

Awards are made to support students performing scholarly, creative, or research activities. Research Office support will not be in lieu of existing grant funds designated for undergraduate research assistance or grant funds that could potentially support undergraduate research.

It is expected that funded laboratories and studios will provide expendable supplies, services, and other incidentals at no cost to the student project(s), and that such supplies should not be used as matching funds. Supplies and services will be acceptable as part of URISC budgets if the faculty advisor provides an explanation of why it cannot be supported through his/her operation.

The URISC Advisory Council suggests that the bulk of URISC funds be devoted toward student salaries, and/or research related travel where applicable.

Budget Items ELIGIBLE for support

  • Student salaries, wages or stipends
  • Travel to conduct research or visit libraries/archives
  • Library costs (i.e. duplication costs, acquisition of reference materials)
  • Equipment rental (requires justification by the faculty advisor)

Budget Items NOT ELIGIBLE for support

  • Faculty, postdoctoral or graduate student travel
  • Expendable supplies, services or incidentals (exception can be made with justification by the faculty advisor)
  • Equipment purchases (includes computers)
  • Costs to prepare, copy or bind undergraduate theses
  • Travel to meetings or conferences (includes related fees, lodging and travel expenses)

Research Compliance Requirements (if applicable)

If the proposal would involve active engagement of activities requiring compliance oversight, it is the responsibility of the student and Faculty Project Advisor to obtain approval from the appropriate compliance committee(s) prior to the initiation of the research project. Allow sufficient time for the review and approval process which could take up to ten weeks.

Application Procedure

The URISC application form is available in MS Word format. If you are unable to access this electronic form, contact the Research Office, Incentive Programs at (541) 737-8390 to request a paper copy. Please allow one week for delivery.

Proposals must be initiated and written by the student, but should be done in close coordination with the Faculty Project Advisor.

  1. Complete all sections of the application form.
    • Complete Items 1-9 within the space provided.
  2. Attach the following supporting documentation to the end of the proposal packet:
    • Items 10 and 11, limit two pages per item to provide the information requested (double-spaced, 12 pt. font, 1 inch margins).
    • Item 12, student's resume. The resume should include the student's academic major, current academic standing, and expected date of graduation.
    • Item 13, transcript (unofficial is acceptable, including GPA).
    • Item 14, letter of support from the Faculty Project Advisor.
    • Item 15, Appendix. Applicants are permitted to provide a one page supplement that describes the proposed methodology (optional)IF the proposed methodology involves survey research, a copy of the study instrument must be provided (required).
  3. Obtain signatures (required): Item 16, signatures from the student, Faculty Project Advisor and the Faculty Project Advisor's Department Head/Chair.
  4. Submit the complete proposal packet.
    • One original (single-sided) by the deadline date to the Research Office, Incentive Programs, A312 Kerr Administration Building.

Incomplete proposals and proposals NOT following the guidelines (including itemization, justification, font size, spacing and page limits) will not be considered for funding.


All application materials, including supporting documentation, must be received in the Research Office, Incentive Programs, A312 Kerr Administration Building, by the deadline indicated at the top of this page.

Review Procedure

The Research Office, Incentive Programs reviews all proposals for eligibility. Incomplete proposals and proposals not following the guidelines (including itemization, justification, font size, spacing and page limits) will NOT be considered for funding. Requests that qualify are then given to the URISC Advisory Panel for competitive review and evaluation. The URISC Advisory Panel provides a prioritized list of recommendations for funding to the Vice President for Research based on the quality of the proposals as reflected in the review criteria. The Vice President for Research will make award decisions based on available funds.

Review Criteria

The URISC Advisory Panel is composed of faculty members appointed by the Vice President for Research who represent the diversity of the University's research enterprise. Proposals that describe the research project to this general audience, providing clear explanations of the purpose, importance and methodologies of the proposed topic, and avoiding the use of jargon and unexplained acronyms, will fare better than those written to reviewers from a highly focused discipline perspective. 

The URISC Advisory Panel evaluates each proposal using the following criteria:
(Not in order of importance)

Student Impact

  • Would funding this project create a professional experience for the student that might not otherwise be accessible?
  • What educational/experiential benefits will the student gain?
  • Will the proposed activity significantly expand or diversify the student's artistic or scholarly base?
  • Will the project create opportunities to continue the research/scholarly experience for the student beyond the URISC funding period?
  • Will the project help position the student to pursue further scholarly, professional, creative opportunities (e.g., graduate school)?
  • Is the resume well prepared?

Scholarly Merit

  • Does the proposal provide a clear statement of overall project hypothesis or objective?
  • Does the proposal provide a clear statement of the student's role?
  • Does the proposal provide independent research study for the student?
  • Are the proposed methods appropriate and accurate?
  • Does the proposal provide clear and specific budget information? (e.g., itemized list of materials and supplies)
  • Is the text of the proposal well written?

Other Considerations

  • Transcript and GPA
  • Will the proposed work help the student or Faculy Project Advisor establish new extramural funding?

Other Requirements

Any publications made possible by URISC funding are required to cite URISC support.

Final Reports

Award recipients/students are required to submit a final (progress) report at the end of the term(s) for which funds were awarded.

This report will be posted on the Research Office web site and will be archived such that future applicants and awardees will be able to access it as a source of reference.

Recipients who fail to submit the required final report will be ineligible to receive future funding from the Research Office, Incentive Programs.

The final (progress) report should contain the following points:

  1. Header: including student name, title of project, Faculty Project Advisor name and department, award information (type, date of award, amount of award).
  2. How and/or on what were the URISC funds expended?
  3. A brief summary of the work conducted; including a discussion of the information gathered, how the data are being analyzed and if you are far enough along, describe how the data collected supports or refutes your original hypothesis or discovery goal.
  4. State the benefits from the URISC award; including additional scholarly activities, research progress, collaborative relationships, and any publications or other funding made possible for the student as a result of this award.

Submit the final report electronically to Debbie Delmore, Research Office, Incentive Programs to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu.

Updated and Current Student Information

Award recipients are asked to notify the Research Office of any changes in mailing address, e-mail address, or telephone number.

For More Information

Contact Debbie Delmore, Research Office, Incentive Programs at: | debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu | (541) 737-8390

Contact Info

Incentive Programs
Research Office
Oregon State University
A312 Kerr Administration
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone 541-737-8390
Fax 541-737-9041
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