Undergraduate Research Grants

The OUR Undergraduate Research Grant program supports Purdue undergraduate students in the pursuit of their research, creative endeavors, and scholarly activities (collectively referred to as "research"). These awards, up to $500, are competitively awarded in the fall semester (research conducted from July 1 - June 30) and spring semester (research conducted January 1 - December 31).


The student application and Purdue research mentor letter of support, submitted separately, must be submitted by the deadline for the application to be complete. Submission of the student application will send an email to the faculty or staff member to complete their recommendation. No late or incomplete applications will be considered. An email notification with the research grant decision will be sent to you and your research mentor no later than 4 weeks after the application deadline.

Expected Uses of Funds

  1. Purchase supplies or materials (i.e., consumables) necessary for the research project, but not equipment.
  2. Printing or postage, if required for the research project.
  3. Travel to conduct research at different sites, not to present your research.

Prohibited Used of Funds

  1. Food/beverages
  2. Giveaways/prizes
  3. Donations
  4. Compensation for anyone working on the project
  5. Equipment


The Fall 2021 deadline is October 15, 2021.

Application Links

Student Application

Application Guidelines

  1. Application forms for the grant program must be completed online for all proposed projects.
  2. Approval by the faculty or staff research mentor is required and assure the funds are used appropriately. The research mentor will receive their recommendation form after the student submits their application.
  3. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

General Information

  1. Students must communicate with the OUR regarding any questions involving the application or grant.
  2. Submission of an application does not guarantee funding.
  3. Each grant recipient is required to write a final report describing what skills were gained, how the research will be published (e.g., poster, paper, gallery), and the benefits of the grant. The final report is due no later than one week prior to the end of the semester to ugresearch@purdue.edu.
  4. Research grants are to support the completion of a research project, not to travel and present the work at a conference. You can apply for a professional development grant funding to present the work at a conference.
  5. A thank you note should be written that acknowledges donors to the Office of Undergraduate Research. Funds collected by outside donors are given directly to students through research grants, travel grants, and scholarships.
Writing a Thank You Note

A thank you note is typical when receiving some sort of funding and undergraduate research support is no different. Please review this guide on how "Expressing Gratitude to a Donor" to help you in crafting your thank you note. This is important to inform the donor of what you were able to accomplish with their gift to help encourage them to see value in their donation. The OUR has cards you may use for your thank you note.

Sigma Xi provides additional research grants for STEM projects and is a separate process from the OUR Research Grant program.

Point of Contact

Angie Welshimer

Office of Undergraduate Research

Phone: (765) 494-6503

Email: ugresearch@purdue.edu