URECA FAQ Decision Guide

Name of the Grant: Undergraduate Research Experience and Creative Activity (URECA) + URECA Summer Teams + URECA Travel Grants

  1. Funding Allowances/Restrictions
    1. Does this grant provide funding for:
      1. Personnel
        1. Academic year faculty course release/reassign time?No
        2. Academic year faculty stipends (i.e., extra pay)? Yes
        3. Summer faculty stipends (i.e., extra pay)? Yes
        4. Full-time Temporary (non-tenure-track) faculty? Yes, tenure-track preferred
        5. Adjunct (non-tenure-track) faculty? No
        6. Academic year graduate or undergraduate student support? Yes
        7. Summer graduate or undergraduate student support? Yes

      2. Equipment and Travel
        1. Equipment/supplies/materials? Yes, limited
        2. Travel to a workshop or training program? Yes, for travel grants
        3. Travel to attend a conference? Yes, separate pool

    2. Does this grant provide funds for projects longer than one year?  No

    3. Does this grant have restrictions on or preferences for when faculty may reapply after having received an award? No. Students apply. Summer program will probably limit faculty applications, this year we had to limit student re-applications.

    4. Does the grant committee prioritize proposals according to faculty status (e.g., rank, tenured, tenure-track)? Tenure-track generally preferred.

    5. Does the grant committee restrict proposals according to faculty status (e.g., rank, tenured, tenure-track)? Yes- no postbac students (no degree planned).

  2. Major Positive and Negative Aspects of Proposals for this Grant
    1. What have been the most common or frequent “gray” areas where submitters have been confused or inaccurate about the grant funding criteria?
      1. Must supply justification for proposal.

    2. What are the most important attributes of successful proposals?
      1. A clear and objective plan

    3. What are the most important attributes of unsuccessful proposals?
      1. Confused goals and methodology
      2. Leaving out required items
    4. Does your committee allow revisions or resubmissions of rejected proposals?
      1. No, but we have Fall, Spring and Summer deadlines.

  3. Details of Awards for this Grant
    1. Total funds available in past year: ~$120,000
    2. Mean grant size funded in past year: N/A
    3. Range of grants awarded in past year: $500-$3,500 per student; $0-$4,000 for faculty
    4. Number of awards funded in past year: 97
    5. Does your committee use proportionate awarding of funds (e.g., a certain % allocated for each funding deadline)? Yes       

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