Texas Tech University

Undergraduate Research Project Funding

The Center for Transformative Undergraduate Experiences (TrUE) provides project funding to undergraduate students working on research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. To be eligible to receive funding, an undergraduate student must be conducting original research, scholarship, or creative activity under the mentorship of a faculty member.

Applications for undergraduate research (UR) project funding may be submitted in any amount, up to $1,000. Project funding must be used to pay the undergraduate researcher for time worked on the project.

Student smiling in front of their research poster

Funding is limited and will be awarded based on a competitive review process. Please review the sections regarding submission specifications, funding process, uses, and limitations, and review process and criteria prior to completing the application for funding below. Incomplete applications or applications that do not meet these specifications will not be considered.

Students will receive decision notifications regarding project funding applications by email once a review is completed by faculty and staff serving on the undergraduate research project funding selection committee. Funding will be allocated according to Texas Tech University and State of Texas regulations, and final approval of all committed funds will be left to the discretion of TrUE.

Submission specifications

  • All UR project funding applications must be written and submitted by the Faculty Mentor for the student they are mentoring. However, the student should be aware the mentor is applying for project funding for them. 
  • No more than $1000 in total project funding awards will be made to students from the same faculty mentor/research lab during each funding period.
  • No more than two projects from the same faculty mentor/research lab will be funded during each funding period. When more than two projects from a single faculty mentor/research lab are reviewed by the committee, only the top two projects have the potential to be funded.
  • Funded proposals may be shared (with personal identification information omitted) as a reference for applicants in following years.

Funding process, uses, and limitations

  • Applicants are only eligible to receive project funding once per academic year. If a student's initial proposal is not funded, they are eligible to resubmit during the following funding cycle.
  • Funding amounts vary, but all awards are capped at $1000 per student per academic year.
  • Funded UR projects must be approved by and conducted under the mentorship of a faculty member.
  • Funding will be processed as a student stipend directly to the student. 

Review process and criteria

The review process will be facilitated by our Undergraduate Research Administrator.

You are advised to complete your proposal in such a manner that will illuminate a student experience that is most likely to result in the following outcomes:

  1. The impact of the undergraduate student's contributions to the project
  2. The cognitive, intellectual, and/or experiential growth opportunities the student will gain from participation in the project

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the funds are depleted.

Updated Project Funding guidelines coming soon! Applications open September 14, 2020 at 5:00 PM!

We will begin accepting project funding applications on a rolling basis starting September 14, 2020. Preference will be given to students who graduate in or after May 2022. This ensures they are available to present at the 2022 URC.

  • Application opens: Sept 14, 2020
  • Submission deadline: Rolling Basis
  • Award notifications: Rolling Basis

Steps to completing the submission process:

  1. Thoroughly review the submission specifications, funding process, uses, and limitations, and review process and criteria.
  2. Faculty complete the funding form for their student.
  3. Student schedules meeting with UR Administrator when they receive their award email.