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Undergraduate Research and Innovation Grants

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About Undergraduate Research and Innovation Grants

In the 2019–20 academic year, VCUarts will award a total of $40,000 in grants to support undergraduate research, innovation, and entrepreneurship projects.

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Undergraduate Research Grants

These grants encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration and promote faculty-student mentorship. They are open to applicants seeking funding to complete research or creative work that is interdisciplinary, involves student collaboration and draws on the expertise of a faculty mentor.

Funding

  • Receive up to $5,000 in grant funding to develop an interdisciplinary project.
  • Average project award is $1,850.
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Arts and Health Research and Innovation Grants

These grants encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration between the arts and health disciplines on projects, products, and/or services that focus on one or more of the following areas of healthcare: medical education, care provider quality, patient experience, society health and wellness. In addition to grant funding, awardees are provided with workspace in the Center for Creative Economy and have access to a network of faculty and industry mentors in addition to those in your proposal.

Funding

Receive up to $5,000 in grant funding to develop a project, product and/or service that integrates the arts and health disciplines and contributes to the enhancement of healthcare delivery.

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James R. Gregory Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Projects with an entrepreneurial focus and have a strong potential to become a sustainable business model are eligible for the James R. Gregory Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In addition to seed funding, awardees are provided with workspace in the Center for Creative Economy and have access to a network of faculty and industry mentors in addition to those in your proposal.

Funding
Receive up to $5,000 to develop a product and/or service that has strong potential to become a sustainable business model.

Apply for Undergraduate Research and Innovation Grants

  • All students who are awarded a research or innovation grant will be asked to present on their work, and/or provide a written synopsis or images. Please place your initials in the box as proof of understanding of this requirement.
  • Project synopsis

    In fewer than 100 words, summarize the project. This short description will be used to describe your project online and in communications materials if selected.

    Project narrative

    In 400 words or fewer, please describe your concept; product or service (what you are trying to do); audience (who are you addressing, helping); methodology (what medium/media you will be employing); and your outcome. The narrative must also include an estimated timeline of activities, team member names, majors and their role(s) in project.

    Budget

    Using the spreadsheet template provided, list all assumed costs for your project, including rentals, materials and travel costs. Up to $5,000 may be awarded per project. Equipment or technology purchased with these funds (such as cameras and tools) will become the property of the sponsoring department at the close of your project.

    Faculty approval and support

    A document, drafted and signed by your faculty mentor, verifying their knowledge of your project and stating their willingness to serve in a mentorship capacity. This document can outline agreed upon meetings, areas of expertise that will supplement the project, or other relevant information. The document must include a date for mid-project evaluation, information and date for final deliverable, and strategies for submitting documentation.

    Supplemental materials

    Provide any additional materials directly related to your proposal that may help create a convincing argument for the validity of your research, product or service. This could be a document that includes links to websites of personal work from team members, concept sketches, benchmarking or needs assessments, or surveys.

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