UROP Grants/Fellowships

Research and creative activities are an integral component of the education undergraduates receive at UCI, regardless of their career choice. UROP provides funding in support of UCI faculty-mentored undergraduate research and creative projects. Students can apply for funding by submitting a proposal during Calls for Proposals in the Fall and Spring Quarters of each school year.

The Calls are announced on this Web site and distributed to faculty members and the undergraduate counseling offices. Students have approximately one month from the announcement to submit their proposals. All UCI undergraduate students from all disciplines and majors who are participating in a research or creative project with a UCI faculty mentor and are in good academic standing are eligible to respond to the current Call for Proposals.

Proposals should be prepared by the student applicant and jointly submitted by the student and the faculty mentor. This program funds a variety of projects with grants up to $1,000 for individual projects, although higher amounts can be awarded for group projects. The UROP Faculty Advisory Board reviews proposals and makes the funding recommendations.

Funds can be used to support such expenditures as the purchase of materials and supplies, research-related travel, and the costs incurred in the presentation of research projects or creative activities. These funds cannot support major hardware purchases, salaries or stipends, or travel expenditures only. Proposals that do not require funding or are already receiving adequate funding from departmental or other sources may be submitted for the UROP Honorary Fellowship.

UROP Research Abroad Fellowship

The UROP Research Abroad Fellowship recognizes research or creative projects conducted abroad by UCI undergraduates under the guidance of UCI faculty, or projects resulting directly from an undergraduate's experience abroad.  Proposed projects must be submitted online and in response to the regular Fall or Spring UROP Call for Proposals.

Special Fall Calls for Proposals

UROP has announced five Special Fall Calls for Proposals as a collaboration between UROP and other initiatives. UCI undergraduates from all disciplines who are conducting research projects or creative activities under the guidance of UCI faculty are encouraged to apply. Proposed projects must be submitted online and in response to the regular Fall UROP Call for Proposals. To be considered for this Special Call for Proposals, the project title must begin with the words "Special Call."

Women’s Empowerment

Topics of inquiry and investigation may include: mentorship and leadership development, navigation of multiple roles, disparities in healthcare—women’s health across the lifespan, gender and socialization of women, self-efficacy and self-esteem—psychological health of women, women and athletics, violence against women, queer/feminist theory, gender, culture and social change, sociology of law, women and sexuality, women’s contribution to the economic marketplace, and women’s career development.  Funded in part by the UCI Women’s Empowerment Initiative, which has a primary goal of serving and empowering the next generation of women leaders in a global society through educational programming, leadership opportunities, research and scholarship.

Computer Gaming

Topics of inquiry and investigation may include: multidisciplinary research projects encompassing computer gaming and related academic areas and applications, such as programming, design, cognitive or behavioral studies, neurobiology and education.  These studies will help us see the world differently through immersive visualization and virtual tours, allow us to interact and socialize with global communities and understand and create technology and applications that enrich and help us learn more about each other and improve our quality of life.  They represent new performance art and author a new media history of artificial worlds. And they offer novel insights on how humans interact with computers, and with each other in virtual environments. Funded in part by the UCI Esports initiative, which is built on five pillars of competition, academics & research, community, entertainment, and careers.

Anteater Recreation Center "Laboratory"

Topics of inquiry and investigation may include: physical activity and exercise related research in areas including, but not limited to, fitness and lifelong health, women and fitness, psychological health of students, demographic differentiation and barriers and facilitators to participation, intersection of health, well-being and the university environment, public health, nutrition, technology and fitness, holistic health, links to other behaviors, injury and illness, program design and goal achievement and other potential multidisciplinary studies.  Funded in part by Campus Recreation, where the Anteater Recreation Center (ARC) is an ideal location to facilitate research opportunities involving regular exercise given its transformative effects on many aspects of physical and mental wellbeing.

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM)

Stemming from the Arts’ new program in Emergent Media + Design and the Beall Center for Art + Technology, proposals should emphasize innovative art-making techniques, interdisciplinary design (i.e. computational, intermedia, or interactive experiences, platforms, or objects), builder or maker-inspired projects, and/or socially engaged technologies.  Supported projects will become part of the Beall Center’s ongoing Emergent Design Lab Projects (EDLP). Examples of applicable projects are:  A video game that may help Alzheimer’s patients better recall information; A system for recycling single-use plastics to make sustainable 3D printer filament; An art-making technique that uses biological data and amino acids to create beaded jewelry; Data visualization software that uses color and sound to track and manipulate stress levels in users; Projection mapping that can be used for more accurate fabrication methods for designers; etc.

Confronting Extremism

A collaboration between the Office of Inclusive Excellence (OIE) and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and within the framework of the Provost Experiential Alliances to Confront Extremism (PEACE), UCI faculty proposed projects that will engage undergraduate or graduate students in opportunities to honor free speech while developing campus action strategies in one of three focus areas: Confronting the denial of our common humanity, Confronting the denial of science, and Broadening critical inquiry through course experiences. These projects are part of the Multidisciplinary Design Program (MDP); please see the MDP Web pages to apply.

Research Conduct

Students supported by UROP must adhere to UCI's research conduct rules dealing with health and environmental issues, research ethics, use of humans as experimental subjects, and care of laboratory animals, as well as patents and copyrights.

Effective Fall 2017, all undergraduate students who are lead researchers on faculty-mentored human subjects research that meets the criteria for exempt review must submit the UROP Exempt Review Protocol Narrative.

Additional research conduct guidelines and appropriate forms are available at the following Web site: https://research.uci.edu/.

Library Benefits

Through the collaborative efforts of UROP and the UCI Libraries, UROP Fellows receive several library privileges to support their research or creative activity. These include:

  • Extended borrowing privileges of 90 days instead of 30 days
  • Access to the Nordstrom Honors Study Room (Langson Library, Room 457) for quiet study (the key can be checked out at the loan desk)
  • Unlimited Interlibrary Loan to enhance access to other UC campus collections and to other libraries' collections worldwide

To contact a librarian for assistance on a particular research or creative project subject, please visit http://www.lib.uci.edu/about/contact/subject-librarians.html.


Fall 2019 Call for Proposals
Deadline: Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Proposal Form Details (PDF)

UROP Exempt Review Protocol Narrative

Proposal Writing Workshop: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
(3-5 p.m., Calit2 Auditorium)

Proposal Guidelines (PDF)
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