Student Mentored Research Training
The Mentored Research Grant will provide up to $5,000 to support undergraduate student research with the scope of Arizona’s Technology and Research Initiative Fund (TRIF). Applications are accepted anytime after October 15, 2022 and will be considered on a monthly basis during the academic year.
The Office of the Vice President for Research announces the Mentored Research Grant as a limited-term intramural support award for FY2023. The program supports undergraduate level research with the scope of Arizona’s Technology and Research Initiative Fund (TRIF), and is designed to encourage student participation in research and provide a small allocation of funds to faculty advisors to aid material support of the student research. The program is designed to facilitate mentored research experiences for students when other sources of funding for this support are not available (including local funds, such as IDC returned to the home unit, available for use by the PI).
The Mentored Research Grant program is open to faculty across all colleges at NAU. Faculty members who are both (1) NAU regular employees (i.e., benefit-eligible) and (2) eligible to serve as Principal Investigators/ Project Directors on extramural grants (as per NAU PI Eligibility policy) may serve as PI or co-PI on these proposals.
Research Track faculty members are eligible to be principal investigators on proposals to this program if they can demonstrate in the proposal available, non-committed effort.
Award information Accordion Closed
Faculty applicants can request up to $5,000 (up to $4000 in student salary support and $1000 in funds for materials, supplies and travel) through this opportunity.
Individual PIs are able to submit up to two (2) applications to this program per year provided the applications are associated with separate student mentees.
Award period Accordion Closed
Funds are awarded for use anytime after November 1, 2022, and funds must be expended by the end of the following summer term (August 21, 2023). Extensions of Mentored Research Grant funding beyond this date will not be possible.
Costs of the following may be supported via Mentored Research Grant awards Accordion Closed
- Hourly wages for undergraduate research assistants during the academic year or summer session The material, supply and travel allocation of the request may support the following expenditures:
- Laboratory consumables
- Small research equipment
- Software licenses used primarily for research
- Student travel expenses (to research sites or professional conferences)
Costs of the following may NOT be supported via Mentored Research Grant awards Accordion Closed
- Salary for faculty or staff
- Buy-out of teaching duties
- Renovations or building modifications
- Professional memberships
- Travel costs for faculty advisors
All expenditures are subject to standard rules provided by NAU and ABOR.
When to apply Accordion Closed
The Mentored Research Grant program is a limited term opportunity for FY2023. Applications are accepted anytime after October 15, 2022, and will be considered on a monthly basis during the academic year.
How to apply Accordion Closed
Interested applicants should provide all requested information on the Mentored Research Grant Face Page and Narrative Template document.
Applications for program funding must be submitted electronically. The Face Page and Narrative Template should be converted into a single PDF document and emailed to email@example.com.
The PDF document must be saved as follows: MRGYEAR_Last name of applicant_First name of applicant, e.g., MRG2022_Doe_John
The Subject of the e-mail must read as follows: MRGYEAR Last name of applicant, First name of applicant, e.g., MRG2022 Doe, John
Selection criteria Accordion Closed
Clear delineation of how the proposed work is within the scope of one or more TRIF initiatives is a requirement.
Priority will be given to meritorious proposals that effectively demonstrate student training in the work and that communicate the role of the sponsored students in the estimated deliverables of the project (publications, presentations, invention disclosures, etc).
A prior record of success with previous undergraduate student mentees will be considered in the evaluation process, as will the availability of funds to the PI for student support via other active internal or externally sponsored awards.
Mentorship of students from groups underrepresented in research, first-generation students, or returning veterans, is particularly encouraged.