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Creative and Special Project Grants for Academic Year 2020-2021

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is pleased to provide grants to UNF undergraduate students engaged in faculty-mentored creative and special projects.

 

Creative and special projects funded through the OUR must have a research component; that is, students must engage in some form of "systematic investigation or inquiry aimed at contributing to knowledge of a theory or topic" in the given field (OED, 3rd ed., 2010). Students studying the visual, applied, and performing arts or other disciplines who would like to propose a project which

  1. arises from a question or problem and
  2. will result in an original creative product which contributes to the body of work in a given field (e.g., a play, art exhibit, film, video, etc.) are strongly encouraged to apply for this grant.

Students who need to acquire a language or specific skill as a tool to further their faculty-mentored research may also apply for this grant.

 

Creative and special project grants may be awarded in amounts up to and including $2,000 for a single student project principal and up to $3,500 for multiple student project principals. Projects proposed with co-student principals should utilize a single application, but each student principal must play a equal role and must meet and fulfill all eligibility requirements.

 

OUR Creative and Special Project Grants are selective and applications will be reviewed by a committee of UNF faculty with a history of innovation and creative project completion. Grant awards are to be used for the design and implementation of the specific creative project only and are intended to enrich the undergraduate experience of UNF students.

Student eligibility and requirements 

  • You must be a degree-seeking undergraduate enrolled in at least six credit hours at UNF during the semester in which you make application for the research or creative and special project grant
  • As a general rule, you may not apply for a research or creative and special project grant in your final semester (see more details on the grant application)
  • You may only receive one research or creative and special project grant per academic year
  • You must have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher
  • You must be working with committed faculty mentor
  • You must schedule an appointment with a staffer at the UNF Writing Center for review and endorsement of the grant application before submission
  • You must submit all required components of the research or creative and special project grant application package
  • If you receive a research or creative and special project grant, you will be required to sign a scholarship acceptance letter provided by the Office of Undergraduate Research
  • If you receive a research or creative and special project grant, you will be required to present a poster at the Showcase of Osprey Advancements in Research and Scholarship (SOARS) in April
  • Eligibility parameters and submission requirements apply to each student researcher, investigator, or creative project principal named in the research or creative and special project grant application (see the application's Student Eligibility and Requirements page for more detail)

Student applicants who do not meet eligibility requirements cannot receive a research or creative and special project grant. Students who receive a grant but subsequently fail to present at SOARS are ineligible for any future funding from the Office of Undergraduate Research. This restriction includes but is not limited to research grants, creative and special project grants, conference and travel grants, and participation in other funded activities. 

Faculty mentor eligibility and requirements

  • Faculty mentors must ensure that the mentored student complies with the requirements above
  • If a research or creative and special project grant is awarded and the mentored student fails to comply with the subsequent requirements, other students supervised by the faculty mentor may also be ineligible to receive funding from the Office of Undergraduate Research 

 

Deadlines

Fall 2020

Submission deadline: rolling

Faculty-mentored students who apply for a Fall 2020 research or creative and special project grant will be awarded funding before the end of the Fall semester.

Spring 2021

Submission deadline: Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 5:00 PM

Faculty-mentored students who apply for a Spring 2021 research or creative and special project grant will be awarded funding before the end of the fiscal year (June 30, 2021).

Creative and Special Projects Grant Application

To apply for a Creative and Special Projects Grant Application through the Office of Undergraduate Research, student and faculty must submit: 

 

All documents should be emailed to OUR@unf.edu no later than 5 p.m. EST on the date of the grant deadline.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I receive confirmation once I submit my grant application?

Yes, correctly-submitted grant applications will receive email confirmation of receipt within two business days. If you do not receive such confirmation, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at OUR@unf.edu. 


When will I find out if my grant application was successful?

Grant applications go through several stages of review and approval before funding is awarded. This process may take up to two months. Dr. Cousins, the OUR Director, will be happy to respond to student inquiries about grant application status, particularly if the process is taking longer than expected. 


Will I be awarded the amount for which I asked?

The Office of Undergraduate Research receives a high volume of grant applications, and thus cannot always award the requested amount. Compelling, well-written and supported, carefully-detailed applications are more likely to be awarded the requested amount, subject to available funds and the competitiveness of other grant applications. If your application has been approved for funding at an amount less than you requested, you may choose to decline the award in writing. You may apply again during the next application cycle in the hope that the full amount will be funded. 


If I receive a research or creative and special project grant, how will I receive the funds?

The OUR disburses grants directly to eligible student recipients in the form of a scholarship. If the student grant recipient is ineligible for a scholarship, or if a portion of the grant is for faculty-procured expenses, some or all of the funds may be transferred to the department, and any compensation portion of the grant disbursed to the student as income. 


Will I receive feedback about my grant? Will I see my scores from the reviewers?

An important part of writing a grant application is learning from reviewer feedback. All applicants will receive comments and scores from the reviewers. 


If my grant isn't funded can I reapply next semester?

Yes. We recommend using the feedback you received from the reviewers to make your grant application stronger. You may also work with the Office of Undergraduate Research staff or the Writing Center to improve your grant application. 


Where do I find a copy of my unofficial transcript?

MyWings > Student tab > Student Self Service > Student Records > Academic Transcript > Select "Undergraduate" and "Official" and Submit. Once your transcript appears, CTRL + P > Change printer to PDF and save document.