SOURCE Funding Opportunities

Deadlines

FALL

Intent to Apply (required) – September 30, 2021

Complete Application – October 14, 2021

  • Apply for faculty-mentored independent project funding:  SOURCE Spring Grants, SOURCE Spring + Summer Grants*, and Honors Program Awards.
  • Timeline and budget may include:
    • Spring 2022 only (up to $5000)
    • Spring and Summer 2022 (up to $4500 for Spring + up to $3000 for Summer)*

*Graduating Seniors may only apply for Spring 2022 funding (up to $5000).  May 2022 graduates are not eligible for summer funding.

SPRING

Intent to Apply (required) – February 17, 2022

Complete Application – March 3, 2022

  • Apply for faculty-mentored independent project funding:  SOURCE Summer Grants, SOURCE Fall + Spring Grants, and Honors Program Awards.*
  • Timeline and budget may include:
    • Summer 2022 only (up to $3000)
    • Academic Year 2022-23 (up to $5000)
    • Summer 2022 + Academic Year 2022-23 (up to $4500 for Academic Year + up to $3000 for Summer)

*Graduating Seniors are not eligible to apply for funding in the spring cycle.

ROLLING BASIS

Expansion Grants: 

  • Apply for SOURCE Expansion Grants (up to $1000) with application and review on a rolling basis. You need not be a prior funding recipient to apply. Allow up to 4 weeks for decision.

Apply for Source and Honors Program Funding

Please read this guide to understand the process and your eligibility. The Intent to Apply link is here, and on the last page of this guide.


Program Description

The Syracuse Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Engagement (SOURCE) provides expanded funding opportunities and support for diverse undergraduate engagement in faculty-guided scholarly research and creative inquiry across all disciplines and programs at Syracuse University.

Research and original creative work have powerful benefits for all students; these experiences demonstrably improve the undergraduate experience for diverse groups of students and across the curriculum. The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) defines undergraduate research as “an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.” SOURCE understands that student research occurs along a spectrum and supports both early-phase and more advanced work. While the faculty-guided projects will be from all fields of study and take many forms, they are all motivated by a spirit of inquiry and participation in the active conversation of a scholarly, professional or creative field of study.

In keeping with the University’s Academic Strategic Plan, the SOURCE Grant Program supports student discovery, innovation, and success, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion, enhancing the climate of research, creativity and scholarship for all our undergraduates. SOURCE funding supports undergraduate work in basic, translational and applied sciences, the arts, media, technology, social sciences, engineering, liberal arts, humanities, and all professional schools.

Award applicants will be selected on a competitive basis to pursue a mentored experience under the guidance of Syracuse University faculty. The funding supports travel, supplies and materials, summer support, and other research expenses. Criteria for selection include academic, creative or professional strength and significance of the proposed project; level of the student’s skills to complete the project as demonstrated by the academic record and faculty mentor recommendation; feasibility of the proposed project; quality of writing in the narrative proposal.

Prior to applying, interested applicants must contact their potential faculty mentor to discuss the project plans and confirm that the faculty member is willing to provide mentorship for the period in question. A brief letter of support from that mentor is required as part of the application process. Proposals must also include a detailed description of the project, grounded in the academic, creative or professional field, a work plan, indicating the activities that will support the proposed research or creative work, as well as a budget, the timeline of activities, and the plan for dissemination of results.

We encourage applications from teams of students. Each team will appoint a Team Lead. The Team Lead is responsible for submitting the application.  Proposal materials should developed collaboratively, and the group will typically work with one faculty mentor. Team members will share one award.

Undergraduate students funded by this program are expected to:

  • Conduct original research or creative work, under the direction of a faculty mentor;
  • Commit at least 20 hours per week during the summer months, for a total of 200 hours for summer awards, or commit at least 10 hours per week for a total of 400 hours for academic year awards;
  • Participate in one research skills workshop and one diversity and inclusion in research workshop offered by the SOURCE;
  • Submit monthly progress reports, verified by faculty mentors, including hours committed and tasks completed;
  • Present their work either on- or off-campus;
  • Submit a final report.

Questions?  Contact ugresearch@syr.edu or 315.443.2091