Fall 2019 Call for Proposals

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Fall Call for Proposals has been announced with a deadline of November 12, 2019. UCI undergraduate students from all disciplines who are currently involved in faculty-mentored undergraduate research or creative projects are encouraged to apply.

Proposals are submitted online. Be prepared to provide information about the undergraduate researchers and their faculty mentors, and additional details related to the proposed project. You must also upload (as separate files) the proposal and a personal statement for each undergraduate group member, as applicable.

Before you start the online submission process, please make sure you have the following information:

  • For each undergraduate researcher directly involved in the proposed project, you need to provide his/her name, UCI student ID number, major(s), title and number of units for each research-related course he/she is enrolled in, expected graduation date, educational goals, career goals, research interests and prior research experience (if any), current mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address. Each undergraduate researcher must upload a personal statement (as a separate file) that outlines the student’s background, future plans, and how the research experience will impact his/her education and future career.
  • For each faculty member directly involved in mentoring the proposed project, you need to provide his/her name, home department, e-mail address, phone number, and UCI address.
  • Details about the proposed project, including: title of the project, funding request total, and other funding you might have received in support of this project.
  • A Department Accounting Contact's name, phone number, and e-mail address.
  • You will also be asked to upload an electronic version of the proposal, which includes a topic or thesis statement, the background or introduction, the objective or significance of your project, methods, expected results, specific responsibilities of the student(s), project timeline, and budget details and justification. With your permission, we will download a copy of your transcript; you do not need to provide it to us. For more details on how to prepare a proposal, please review the Proposal Guidelines; for examples, review the Sample Proposals.
  • If your research involves human or live animal subjects you may require IRB or IACUC approval. You must apply for this approval before applying for a UROP grant. You may, however, submit your UROP proposal before receiving final IRB or IACUC approval. 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.

Please submit only one proposal per project, regardless of the number of student researchers. A confirmation is sent to the undergraduate researcher(s) and faculty mentor(s) via e-mail once the submission has been received. This confirmation provides a secure link for students and faculty mentors to access and update the submission. In addition, faculty mentors are asked to upload one letter of recommendation per project, evaluating the student's performance to date and capacity to complete the proposed activities.

To begin your proposal submission process, click here for the
UROP Proposal Submission Form

The Process

Proposals are evaluated based on the intellectual merit of the student's research, a complete application, the level of support from the faculty mentor, student transcripts, and available funding. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of Fall or Spring Quarter, depending on the cycle applied for, and may begin to make expenditures immediately or cover expenses incurred during the quarter of submission.

Your award letter indicates the method by which the grant is awarded. Funds are either transferred to a departmental account or awarded directly to you as a stipend. For awards transferred to departmental accounts, please contact your faculty mentor and the appropriate departmental accounting contact to expend the funds for your project. All funds awarded for a Fall Proposal must be expended by June. All funds awarded for a Spring Proposal must be expended by the end of the following June.

A final report on the project activities and findings is required of all UROP Fellows. Instead of a report, Fellows may submit a paper for possible publication in The UCI Undergraduate Research Journal. All UROP Fellows are required to submit an abstract and present at the following year's UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium. For more examples or more help, browse through some Sample Proposals and our Researcher's Handbook.


Fall 2019 Proposal Submission Form
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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