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The URISC application form with guidelines is available in MS Word format. If you are unable to access this electronic form, contact the Research Office Incentive Programs at to request a paper copy. Please allow one week for delivery.


The Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) program is designed to create opportunities for Students (herein called Student Co-PI) to advance their professional career and personal goals by engaging in service and creative activities with our diverse faculty (herein called Faculty PIs). The URISC program provides resources to students to better enable them to work with artists, engineers, scientists, public policy specialists, humanists, health experts, or any of a wide range of other professionals.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. The Faculty PI must be of professorial rank (Instructor, Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor). A faculty member may be the PI on only ONE proposal submission. Graduate students, post-doctoral scholars and non-professorial staff are not eligible to serve in this capacity.
  2. The Student Co-PI must be a full-time undergraduate student and must be pursuing a baccalaureate degree at Oregon State University during the time the project work is to be conducted.
  3. Proposals must be initiated and written by the Student Co-PI, but the details of the proposed work should be prepared in close coordination with the Faculty PI.
  4. The Faculty PI is responsible for submitting the URISC proposal and preparing the Interacting Plan. The Interacting Plan must ensure measures of the Student Co-PI's success and progress of proposed project.

Application Information

Applications for URISC grants are now being accepted for Summer2017/Fall 2017/Winter 2018/Spring 2018

DEADLINE: Monday, April 10, 2017 at 5pm.

The Student Co-PIs must complete their URISC project at least one term prior to the term in which they graduate. For example, students planning on graduating at the end of Fall 2017 term will not be eligible to receive URISC funding. Similarly, students planning on graduating in June 2018 are eligible to receive Fall/Winter term funding only.

A Student Co-PI may receive an award only once from the URISC academic year program and once from the URISC summer program.

The Faculty PIs and Student Co-PIs will be notified via email of award decisions.

Award and Matching Funds

  • Due to recent changes in federal labor laws, we have changed how awards are made. For the academic year program, the program provides a total funding of $4,000. Total budget cannot exceed $4,000 and that includes: salary for Student Co-PI (minimum of 300 hours per the duration of the project) with corresponding OPE, travel, reagents. The budget should be prepared according to the specifics of the project.

If additional funds are required for travel, supplies, services, equipment rental or similar significant resources, it will be the responsibility of the sponsoring academic unit to provide these resources. It is advised to ensure these resources will be available for the Student Co-PI prior to submitting the application. 

To receive a URISC grant, the Student Co-PI must be registered as full time students (See the eligibility criteria). Shortly after the beginning of each term, registration will be verified. The awarded funds will be transferred to the Faculty PI’s development funds with associated specific index.

Grants are made to support the Student Co-PIs performing service and research activities. Support will not be used in lieu of existing grant funds designated for undergraduate research assistance or grant funds that could potentially support undergraduate research.

Total funding amount $60,000 to fund approximately 15-20 proposals.  


Interaction Plan from the Faculty PI (required, limit one page; double-spaced 12 pt. font, 1 inch margins)

Describe your plans for working and mentoring of the Student Co-PI for the duration of the project.

  • Specifically, will you be responsible for mentoring and direct interacting with the Student Co-PI? If not, describe who will directly mentor the Student Co-PI.
  • Describe how often you plan to meet with the Student Co-PI, and how you will monitor the Student Co-PI's development and progress of the project.
  • Define the anticipated achievement(s) as a result of the URISC grant.
  • If more than one Faculty PI is involved in the project, outline who is responsible for overseeing the individual components and how the overall Student Co-PI's goals and the project are integrated (e.g. describe whether the Student Co-PI and Faculty PIs will meet and how often over the course of this project to provide cohesive mentoring environment).

Research Compliance Requirements (if applicable)

If the proposal would involve active engagement of activities requiring compliance oversight, it is the responsibility of the Faculty PI and the Student Co-PI to obtain approval from the appropriate compliance committee(s) prior to the initiation of the research project. Allow sufficient time for the review and approval process which could take up to ten weeks.

Review Procedure

The Research Office Incentive Programs reviews all proposals for eligibility. Incomplete proposals and proposals not following the guidelines (including font size, spacing and page limits) will NOT be considered for review and ultimately for funding. Requests that qualify are then given to the URISC Advisory Panel for competitive review and evaluation. The URISC Advisory Panel provides a prioritized list of recommendations for funding to the Vice President for Research based on the quality of the proposals as reflected in the review criteria. The Vice President for Research will make award decisions based on available funds.

Review Criteria

The URISC Advisory Panel is composed of faculty members appointed by the Vice President for Research who represent the diversity of the University's research enterprise. Proposals should be written at a level understandable to reviewers outside the Pi’s and Student Co-PI’s specialty as they are evaluated by faculty members from a variety of disciplines. Proposals that describe the research project to this general audience, providing clear explanations of the purpose, Student Co-PI’s role, importance and methodologies of the proposed topic, and avoiding the use of jargon and unexplained acronyms, will fare better than those written from a highly focused discipline perspective. 

The URISC Advisory Panel evaluates each proposal using the following criteria:
(Not in order of importance)

Scholarly Merit (Project Description)

  • Does the project description provide a clear statement of the significance of the proposed project?
  • Does the proposal provide a clear statement of the overall project hypothesis/objectives/goals?
  • Are the proposed methods appropriately designed, accurate and clearly described?
  • Are potential pitfalls and alternative strategies sufficiently discussed?
  • Does the proposal provide a clearly outlined expected timeline for the proposed research project?
  • Is the text of the proposal well written?

Student Co-PI Statement

  • Will the proposed project/activity significantly expand or diversify the Student Applicant’s artistic or scholarly base?
  • Does the proposed project have a potential to enhance the Student Applicant’s engagement in the academic environment at OSU and ultimately retention?
  • Is the Faculty PI and Student Co-PI work clearly described?
  • Will the Student Co-PI gain educational/experiential benefits (e.g. opportunities to continue the research/scholarly/creative experiences beyond the URISC funding period, for instance admission to a graduate program)?
  • Is the Interaction Plan clearly described and outlined?

Other Considerations

  • Is the resume well prepared?
  • Diversity and additional circumstances

Application Procedure

The URISC application form is available in MS Word format. If you are unable to access this electronic form, contact the Research Office Incentive Programs at to request a paper copy. Please allow one week for delivery.

Complete all sections of the application form and follow the submission instructions on the application form.

Submit the complete PDF document electronically with supporting documentation (signatures required) to by the deadline date of Monday, April 10, 2017 at 5 pm.

Incomplete proposals and proposals NOT following the guidelines (including font size, spacing and page limits) will not be considered for funding.

Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence (required -2018 Event)

The Student Co-PIs of the URISC award are required to present a poster on their URISC-supported research in the Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence (CUE) event. CUE is an annual gathering for all undergraduates at Oregon State University to share their research and accomplishments in their studies. Presentation of an academic poster is an excellent enhancement to any CV or resume and is viewed favorably on graduate school or other scholarships applications.

Transcript Notation (optional)

Oregon State University offers students who complete a research or creative project with an Oregon State University professor, and make a presentation of their project to a wider audience than the circle around the mentor, the opportunity to get this notated on their official transcript. Details for obtaining the Transcript Notation along with the application are available on the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and the Arts website.


The complete PDF document with all supporting documentation (signatures required) must be submitted electronically to by 5:00 PM on the deadline date.

Other Requirements

Any publications made possible by URISC funding are required to cite URISC support.

Final Reports

The Faculty PI and Student Co-PI are required to submit a final (progress) report at the end of the term(s) for which funds were awarded.

The final (progress) report should contain the following points (2-4 pages):

  1. Header: including the PI and Student Co-PI names, title of project, name of the department, and award information (type, date of award, amount of award).
  2. How and/or on what were the URISC funds expended?
  3. A brief summary of the work conducted; including a discussion of the accomplished goals, how the data/creative activity was gathered, and how the project will contribute to research/creative activities in the future.
  4. State the benefits from the URISC award; including additional scholarly/creative activities, research progress, collaborative relationships, and any publications or other funding made possible for the Student Co-PI as a result of this award.

Submit the final report electronically to Incentive Programs at

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Submit the final report electronically to Incentive Programs at