Graduate Research Funding (GRASP)

GRASP (Graduate Research Awards for Student Projects) awards support research activities for graduate students in: Biology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Mathematics, Science Education and Applied Engineering & Technical Management. The awards, in amounts up to $750, are specifically for costs related to research projects that are part of the student's degree program. All awards must be expended by May 31.

How to Apply

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Open to any graduate student with regular degree status and a declared major in one of the disciplines listed above
  • GRASP awards support student research, so proposals should be written and submitted by graduate students.  Proposals may be submitted by individual students, or by groups/teams of students working on the same research project.  The student’s research/faculty adviser must verify the intended use of the monies.
  • Students may receive one GRASP award per academic year, and up to two awards during their academic career.
  • Selection of award recipients will be based upon the scientific merits of the proposed project and adherence to the submission guidelines.
  • Any revisions to the approved budget must be resubmitted for approval.

What does the funding cover?

GRASP funding eligible costs include:

  • Computer software and hardware, laboratory or field research supplies
  • Relevant office costs (mailing, photocopying), library services
  • Travel costs directly related to research activities
  • External laboratory fees/costs

Ineligible costs include:

  • Student wages, academic course fees
  • Costs related to presentation of results (travel, thesis, publishing)


Submission Guidelines

Application forms are available from the CHAS Dean's Office, departmental offices and the CHAS website. Applications must be submitted by the third Monday in September for fall semester and the first Monday in February for spring semester. Submit all materials to the Ami Roeding at or Communication Arts Center 266.

‌Required Materials

  • Cover sheet (Please use the form provided.)
  • A narrative written entirely by the student outlining the research project (2-page maximum, 12 pt Times New Roman or similar-size font, 1-inch margins all around). The narrative should address the following:
  1. An overview of the project AND how it will specifically add to the current literature in this area, that is, why this project is important to do?
  2. A description of the student's academic and/or research background that ties directly to the project.
  3. A description of how the project will contribute to the student's overall education at UNI.
  4. A description of how the results of the project will be disseminated (conference, publication, etc.). Students may be contacted to clarify any aspects of the narrative that are unclear.
  • A one-page budget sheet (provided) that includes description of item, costs per item, total number of items, and total project costs. Additionally, a justification of the items must be included in the budget sheet.